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Hamburgs Startup Ecosystem

What is the essence of Hamburg’s start-up scene? Is it the many networking events in exciting locations, the original co-working spaces, start-up slams and nightly hackathons? The harbour, the Elbe or The growing number of accelerators and start-up hubs with their international connections?

Startup themes

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Green Tech

Hamburg has set itself ambitious climate targets. By 2030, CO2 emissions are to be cut 55 per cent over levels in 1990. Intelligent environmental technologies, which often stem from young founders’ think tanks, are pivotal therein. Hubs for start-ups with a sustainable impact are growing in Hamburg almost as fast as the global demand for solutions. The Social Impact Hub in Hamburg, which has several branches worldwide, is expanding; events such as the Climathon or Planet Sustainability ensure that sustainable ideas are circulated.

Woman in Tech

The proportion of female (co-) founders is particularly high in Hamburg and the development is showing promise. Well thought-out, innovative business concepts can find a growing network. Initiatives such as Women in Tech, Women in Mobility, hhstartups and, last but not least, the Hamburg Startup Unit are driving this development. Every two years, the City of Hamburg honours technical innovations and innovative concepts by women with the Innovation in Digital Equality Award (IDEA). 

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Hamburg’s key geographical position renders it an outstanding logistics hub in world trade. As an international trade metropolis, logistics has always been pivotal. Intelligent solutions for cities are existentially important today amid an increasing flow of goods. Numerous logistics start-ups in the Digital Hub Logistic are working on innovative business models in the historic Speicherstadt. 


When it comes to raising Hamburg’s profile as a centre of start-ups, Hanseatic start-ups can be found in places as far flung as Singapore, Tel Aviv, Austin or Lisbon. Many of them present their ideas and concepts to international investors with the help of Hamburg Invest, Startup-Unit Hamburg and other partners. A worldwide network ensures swift, uncomplicated contact. The Future Hamburg Award also attracts international attention every year. 

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IFB Hamburg's credit scheme for founders

Swedish Chamber of Commerce: Annual Launch 2022

Hamburg Innovation Summit 2022

WindEnergy Hamburg 2022