For the past several years the European tech press has been headlines including "The War of the European Tech Hubs", "Berlin & London Vie for Europe's Tech Hub Crown" or "Can Berlin's 'Silicon Allee' take on London as Europe's hi-tech hub?"
TechHub, one of Europe�s largest tech startup communities, headquartered in London, today announced it will launch in Berlin, forging the link between two of Europe's most exciting tech clusters.
Founded three years ago by serial entrepreneur, Elizabeth Varley and TechCrunch�s European Editor, Mike Butcher, TechHub supports thousands of startups. In Berlin, it will open a new kind of space for members to take advantage of connections with entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and media in London and other tech-focused cities around the world.
Commenting on TechHub�s plans, Mike Butcher said:
Across Europe startup clusters have begun to form as tech entrepreneurs need to connect with co-founders, investors, talent and each other. They can do it on their own, or they can super-charge their efforts with the support of TechHub. This is why it makes so much sense for TechHub's growing international network to connect with the high-growth Berlin startup ecosystem, both to add to the city�s own development and to act as a gateway for international connections, bringing something unique to Berlin.
The importance of Berlin to London startups is evident today at the first TechCrunch Disrupt in Europe, as TechHub members focusing on big data, import.io, announce they will double the number of public APIs globally before the end of the year. Import.io is an awesome success story, going from one founder based at TechHub, growing to a TechHub team space as they rapidly expand, raising $1.3M in seed funding earlier this year.
TechHub members have to-date raised over $100m in funding and have enjoyed marketing opportunities and press coverage in the UK and beyond, including in the Guardian, BBC and TechCrunch. TechHub wants to open these opportunities to Berlin startups targeting the UK market.
TechHub�s Co-founder & CEO, Elizabeth Varley said:
We�re thrilled to be throwing open the opportunity for Berlin�s startups and supporters to get involved in TechHub Berlin right now in the run up to our launch next year. In the coming months TechHub Berlin events will begin and we�re already in talks with some very exciting companies that are keen to be founding partners for our launch. We�re also on the hunt for more awesome people to join the TechHub Berlin team: entrepreneurs from the startup community who want to help spearhead locally.
TechHub members derive significant value from its partnerships with global brands including Google (TechHub is a major partner of Campus London), Telefonica's BlueVia initiative, BlackBerry, Barclays Bank and British Telecom which will provide unique opportunities to the Berlin tech ecosystem. For B2B startups, access to decision-makers in large corporates is invaluable, and TechHub Berlin aims to help facilitate this with both our local and international partners.
TechHub advocate, Jess Erickson, Founder of Berlin Geekettes, commented:
London is fully aware of the exciting innovation coming from the Berlin tech scene. Berliners are aware London is home to the HQ�s of more FORTUNE500 companies than anywhere outside the US, and London also has some of the leading incentives in Europe for seed capital investment. Bridging these communities will be fantastically exciting for both cities.
In Berlin TechHub is working with Simon Schaefer, CEO, The Factory Berlin who said:
We are delighted to be working with TechHub to open up its fantastic community to Berlin especially as TechHub members have free access to all TechHub�s global sites. We see TechHub as bringing something new to the community.
For the most up to date information be sure to sign up our TechHub Berlin newsletter on the Berlin Microsite.
TechHub is a unique environment where technology startups can start up faster. We nurture an international network of like-minded and focused tech entrepreneurs, providing places where they can work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have fun. By getting the right people together in a physical space, good things happen. - @TechHubBerlin