Hamburg's startup scene

Hamburg is your ideal startup city

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of one of the world's most liveable cities, which consistently ranks at the top of the Global Liveability Index! Hamburg is a city of short distances - and this also goes for administrative and bureaucratic processes. Join us on an exciting journey through the Hanseatic city's vibrant startup scene.

Locations in Hamburg: Erholungsfläche in der HafenCity Hamburg, im Hintergrund die Elbphilharmonie

HafenCity tour

Start your tour through the HafenCity and along the port, the gateway to the world and a key reason for Hamburg's prominent role in trade and logistics. Turn right and explore the legendary Reeperbahn as well as vibrant inner-city neighbourhoods, such as the Schanzenviertel.

Locations in Hamburg: Bar bei einem Netzwerk-Event

Networking events

This is where the heart of the startup community beats! Take part in 48-hour hackathons, mingle at networking events such as and discover innovative young companies just getting off the ground - at locations such as coworking spaces, backyard offices or charming period apartments.

Locations in Hamburg: Erholung am Wasser in der HafenCity

Innovative Hamburg

Industry giants such as Google, Facebook, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik have chosen Hamburg as their base. The city is a global pioneer in civil aviation. And if you're a nature lover, you don't have to leave the city because Hamburg is not only a business centre but also very green. Here, numerous startups are working on sustainable business models, such as compostable plastic alternatives. Green oases such as the Volkspark, home to the renowned DESY research centre and the tecHHub, make Hamburg a unique city for startups.

In a nutshell

Hamburg offers the perfect mix of economic strength, scientific excellence, a diverse range of leisure and cultural activities and an open ecosystem for international guests.

Dear founders and startups from around the globe: Hamburg is waiting to be conquered by you - get started here and be inspired by our city!

Get in touch with us

We advise and support you on all matters relating to startup programmes in Hamburg. This includes e.g. the following topics:

  • Funding programmes and financial support options
  • Infrastructure and resources available for startups
  • Availability of coworking spaces, suitable startup programmes and further training measures to promote entrepreneurship
  • Support you in building a network by providing access to relevant stakeholders, events and platforms
  • Increasing your visibility by providing access to selected (inter)national trade fairs and conferences
  • Help you find co-founders, specialists and talent
  • Market access and internationalisation
  • Current trends and developments in the ecosystem

Hamburg Startup Unit

+49 40 22 70 19 - 45

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