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Blog | 24. Mai 2017

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: BERLIN’S STARTUP CAMPUS FACTORY

They may have started later than intended – but they did it right. After more than two years of preparation, the start-up campus, Factory Berlin, opened its doors in 2014. Right in the heart of the capital, young company founders, especially from the tech scene, can find a home that would otherwise be unaffordable elsewhere. Flexible leases and affordable rents for only as long as the office is needed; easy interaction with other founders – and the chance to even meet one of the scene’s high flyers at the water cooler. The idea is that Factory should not just be an office, but a communication hub. SoundCloud, Twitter, Uber, and the industry’s role models, 6Wunderkinder, Mozilla, Toast – all the minor and major stars of the industry have moved into Factory. Even the members of the management boards of established DAX companies are now regular guests. The brainchild of Simon Schäfer and Udo Schloemer took off even faster than the initiators had originally thought.

OFFICE SPACE URGENTLY SOUGHT! INTERACTION, TOO

Berlin, the epicenter of Germany’s start-up scene and its international reputation, was attracting so many creatives that it soon became clear: The 16,000 square meters of office space in the converted brewery on the former Berlin Wall areal wouldn’t be enough. An ambitious plan was hatched back in 2015. Due to the explosive growth of the start-up community, new space was urgently needed, so the offer had to be increased to 100,000 square meters. Over the next three years, the startup scene will have access to more than 900,000 square meters. In the meantime, there is an additional location in Kreuzberg, which is also completely rented and serves as the location for the industry event “Startup Europe Summit” for international founders. Silicon Allee has established itself as a “competitor” brand in Berlin-Mitte – having been launched by one of the original initiators of the Factory idea. Digital companies, such as Drivy or Here and the tech company, Stripe, have also set up shop on Chausseestraße.

EXPORTING A PROMISING STRATEGY

From Berlin, the successful “Startup Factory” model is to be exported to other major European cities. Lisbon could be the next location for the booming start-up industry. Funding is even being supplied from the German capital: Silicon Allee has raised around EUR one million to implement the concept in Portugal. Investors include around 500 start-ups as well as leading figures in the German scene – e.g. 6Wunderkinder founder Christian Reber and the founders of adjust, Christian Henschel, Paul Müller and Manuel Kniep.

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Blog | 24. Mai 2017

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: BERLIN’S STARTUP CAMPUS FACTORY

They may have started later than intended – but they did it right. After more than two years of preparation, the start-up campus, Factory Berlin, opened its doors in 2014. Right in the heart of the capital, young company founders, especially from the tech scene, can find a home that would otherwise be unaffordable elsewhere. Flexible leases and affordable rents for only as long as the office is needed; easy interaction with other founders – and the chance to even meet one of the scene’s high flyers at the water cooler. The idea is that Factory should not just be an office, but a communication hub. SoundCloud, Twitter, Uber, and the industry’s role models, 6Wunderkinder, Mozilla, Toast – all the minor and major stars of the industry have moved into Factory. Even the members of the management boards of established DAX companies are now regular guests. The brainchild of Simon Schäfer and Udo Schloemer took off even faster than the initiators had originally thought.

OFFICE SPACE URGENTLY SOUGHT! INTERACTION, TOO

Berlin, the epicenter of Germany’s start-up scene and its international reputation, was attracting so many creatives that it soon became clear: The 16,000 square meters of office space in the converted brewery on the former Berlin Wall areal wouldn’t be enough. An ambitious plan was hatched back in 2015. Due to the explosive growth of the start-up community, new space was urgently needed, so the offer had to be increased to 100,000 square meters. Over the next three years, the startup scene will have access to more than 900,000 square meters. In the meantime, there is an additional location in Kreuzberg, which is also completely rented and serves as the location for the industry event “Startup Europe Summit” for international founders. Silicon Allee has established itself as a “competitor” brand in Berlin-Mitte – having been launched by one of the original initiators of the Factory idea. Digital companies, such as Drivy or Here and the tech company, Stripe, have also set up shop on Chausseestraße.

EXPORTING A PROMISING STRATEGY

From Berlin, the successful “Startup Factory” model is to be exported to other major European cities. Lisbon could be the next location for the booming start-up industry. Funding is even being supplied from the German capital: Silicon Allee has raised around EUR one million to implement the concept in Portugal. Investors include around 500 start-ups as well as leading figures in the German scene – e.g. 6Wunderkinder founder Christian Reber and the founders of adjust, Christian Henschel, Paul Müller and Manuel Kniep.

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