Hamburg's startup scene on growth course despite corona

10 February 2021
18 new startups founded in software, e-commerce, food and medical sectors since last September

Some 18 new startups have been founded in Hamburg since last September and 29 companies have moved to the city bringing the total of new startups to 218 in 2020 - ten more than in 2019. Hamburg has become increasingly attractive as a centre of innovation for startups since 2013. New business models are emerging mainly in software, e-commerce and in the food and medical sectors. Around 1,271 startups currently operate in Hamburg, a press release said Tuesday (February 9 2021). 

Hamburg's positive progress a centre of Innovation 

Even in a crisis, Hamburg remains highly attractive for start-ups, said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics. During the first 21 days of 2021, five new startups were welcomed to the city. The senate's innovation strategy and funding for startups, which has been in place for years, paid off in the crisis-torn year 2020: "We have launched targeted assistance for startups and growth-oriented SMES to help them through these difficult times. The senate has ensured that by expanding the corona protective shield and prolonging and increase the volume of the Corona Recovery Fund,  (CRF), this will be the case in future."

The CRF has been extended until June 30, 2021, and the volume of funds raised from EUR 50 million to EUR 100 million. It benefits startups and SMEs with long-term venture and equity financing. The Innovation Starter Fund at the Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank (IFB) counts among the most active investors in the crisis.

Pandemic leaving mark on startup scene

However, the coronavirus pandemic has not left Hamburg's startup scene unscathed. The 218 new startups in 2020 were offset by 79 startups which were by hit liquidations, relocations and inactivity. While the obligation to file for insolvency has been suspended, it remains to be seen how small companies that use their own financial resources and do not have large investors fare in future.


Sources and further information

IFB Hamburg

The Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank (IFB Hamburg) supports housing and economic development as well as environmental protection and innovation projects. IFB Hamburg is the main point of contact for private individuals, companies and institutions in Hamburg and advises about all of Hamburg's funding offers and those of the German government and the European Union. More information can be found on:

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