Startup City Hamburg launches to increase transparency of founders

7 June 2022
Platform raises visibility of Hamburg's start-up ecosystem nationally and on global scale

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, officially launched the brand new Startup City Hamburg platform Thursday (June 2, 2022) during the Hamburg Innovation Summit (HHIS). This latest platform serves as a digital, single point of contact for Hamburg's start-up ecosystem and raises the city’s visibility as a centre of start-ups nationally and on a global scale. The platform is the result of a joint initiative by the Ministry of Economics and Innovation, Hamburg Innovation, Hamburg Invest, Hamburg Marketing GmbH and the Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit). 

Platform facilitates investor settlement

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, remarked: "We and our partners, have developed a great online platform for start-ups which maps their entire ecosystem. The stakeholders can use it to network even better. The platform  should make it easier for national and international start-ups and investors to settle in Hamburg. I am delighted that we have been able to implement a key measure in the coalition agreement to promote Hamburg as a centre of start-ups and innovation."

Hamburg's start-up world at a glance

The platform offers all kinds of information and functions. General facts and figures about Hamburg's start-up scene are supplemented by all the latest supports and funding schemes for founders across the city. Start-ups and supporting organisations can register on the platform and become a visible part of the network. Start-ups can also search for suitable investors in Hamburg and all over the world or post possible collaborations and job vacancies. All those interested can find lots of inspiration for their own company in the "Success Stories" section in which successful start-ups outline their development.

Exciting functions for investors in Hamburg

The platform highlights the many interesting applications for investors. Special filters allow the user to search for a suitable start-up by industry to match their funding portfolio ideally. Investors can find detailed information on the stage of development and investment history of the respective start-up as well as facts about the founders and their business idea.

Always up-to-date: news and events from the Hamburg start-up scene

In addition to the many useful services and functions, Startup City Hamburg also offers news and details of various events in the start-up scene. Visitors to the website can keep up to date with what's going on, which start-ups are successful and which events are a must for founders and entrepreneurs.


Over 1, 000 stakeholders in science, business and politics attened live and virtually the 7th Hamburg Innovation Summit (HHIS) in June 2022

Sources and further information

The Hamburg Innovation Awards were presented in the categories "Idea" (companies in the start-up phase), "Start" (companies that have existed for a maximum of five years) and "Growth" (established companies) during the Hamburg Innovation Summit (HHIS).

Idea: DePla is striving to establish  a sustainable and resource-efficient circular economy by chemically recycling non-recyclable PET bottles. Meanwhile, the team behind Inospec is offering novel spectroscopy equipment in quality control and material analysis while WeDart facilitates automatic scorekeeping, online play and detailed game statistics when playing darts.

Start: Nect has developed  "fully automated trust services" based on artificial intelligence. The specially developed, patented technology, which is certified in accordance with eIDAS, an EU regulation on electronic identification and trust services, was used for the first time by an insurance company per app in 2018 in the shape of the fully automated online identification Nect Ident.

Founded in Hamburg in 1999, Luis Technology offers vehicle manufacturers individual and customer-oriented safety solutions for camera monitor systems and driver assistance systems. With "Turn Detect", Luis has introduced a turn-off assistant to the German market and was the first supplier ever to receive general operating approval (ABE) from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).


Startup-Unit Hamburg 

Hamburg Invest offers all those interested in starting a business and particularly founders with a focus on knowledge and technology-oriented business models lots of information and support from a single source. The Startup Unit is the main point of contact for all queries about start-up offer, funding, key events and networks in Hamburg.


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