The Berlin School of Economics and Law is an excellent think tank for startups

Startup Incubator Berlin (SIB), the start-up center of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin), came third this year, just three points behind the Berlin University of Technology and one point behind Humboldt University, and was ranked as the only university to end up in in the ranking of applied sciences in the capital in the top three.

Matthias Grytzka, one of the two heads of Startup Incubator Berlin: “We are very proud that our founding teams have achieved such a good position in the competition for the best think tanks in Berlin and Brandenburg. This result not only reflects the wealth of ideas and commitment of our startups and students, but also confirms that the unique support of the HWR Berlin university start-up ecosystem pays off. It is run by individual professorships, through departments to university management. We are glad that our work helps Berlin today to be considered the European capital of start-ups. “

1,000 students from universities and technical colleges in Berlin and Brandenburg took part in the competition. A total of 352 business concepts were submitted, many of them by women, according to BPW. HWR Berlin has a strong starting position as one of the most active universities in Berlin.

“Thanks to our successful start-up center, we create the framework conditions in which creative start-up teams can thrive together with established companies, and thus constitute the point of crystallization of knowledge transfer between the university and industry,” says Prof. dr hab. Andreas Zaby, president of HWR Berlin. “We want the spark of entrepreneurial spirit to spread to the courses at our university. That is why the start-up center and interdisciplinary education in the field of entrepreneurship are so important to us, says Zaby.

The HWR Berlin start-up center creates space for the emergence of business ideas and offers the necessary broad, intensive support for their further development. In this attractive environment, teams interested in starting a business and ideas become products and services that can be marketed. The central element is the exchange between startups. If all goes well, a company will eventually be formed. “The team and entrepreneurial spirit of our startup incubator provide the opportunity and make a significant contribution to enabling founders to realize their dreams and ideas,” says Grytzka.

A special feature of the startup center with locations on the Schöneberg campus and the A32 Entrepreneurs Forum Berlin Siemensstadt is that the teams work according to the lean startup method and are properly trained. Basically, it is about engaging potential customers at an early stage in order to closely align product and service development with market needs from the outset. Financial aid is available during the start-up phase through the Berlin Startup Scholarship. The strategy works: About 95 percent of funded startups set up corporations and become economic players themselves.

“Start-ups are of great strategic importance for Berlin and the region as a business location. Scientific spin-offs play a special role here. The transfer between research and practice promotes innovation, is the engine of structural changes and creates jobs of the future, emphasizes Żaby.

The Berlin School of Economics and Law has proven to be one of the best universities of applied science (HAW) in Germany on the start radar of the 2018 Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft. Thanks to funding from the Federal Ministry, it can continue and further develop successful start-up support, as a member of the network of successful German start-up universities, gain and give impetus. HWR Berlin sets three priorities for strategic expansion:

  • HWR Berlin Startup Boosters: A regional network that directly benefits the startups it supports
  • Open Startup Academy: regional network providing institutionalized anchoring of HWR Berlin in the regional startup ecosystem
  • International Startup Community: Transfer of knowledge and people between partner universities to support a regional network.

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