There is continual buzz around Germany’s growing startup ecosystem – especially around developments in Berlin. Founders from Germany and abroad can benefit from relatively affordable housing, a vibrant and international community, and a burgeoning support network. For all these reasons and more, Germany is attracting talent from all corners of the world.
To bring this talent pool together, conferences have entered into the ecosystem as an additional resource for startups. Each are unique in theme, location, and design, though, one thing all of them have in common is their desire to inspire entrepreneurs.
Check out our picks for the four best conferences for founders in Germany. Choose your favorites, clear your calendars, and get networking.
May 5, Berlin
HEUREKA is a one-day event that promotes knowledge gaining and sharing amongst founders. If you are looking for advice on financing, marketing, sales, and beyond, this conference wants to summon the experts in the industry to help you. Highlights from last year include speed pitching and personal pitch training, which we are likely to see again this year. For 2014 impressions, check out this Berlin-style video.
Tech Open Air
July 15 – 16 – 17, Berlin
Declaring itself the “Unconference”, Tech Open Air channels Berlin’s flair and energy. Started by members of the startup community, the event aims to bridge tech, music, art, and science. Startup specialists are featured in the program along with live music, art installations, and inspirational talks. Past contributors include the Co-founder of YouTube Jawed Karim, Co-founder of Indiegogo Danae Ringelmann, and TechCrunch’s Editor at Large Mike Butcher.
September 2 – 3, Cologne
If the name has you scratching your head, rest assured that the Pirate Summit is a founder’s conference through and through. According to the website, the two-day event wants to bring participants an experience of “grassroots entrepreneurship: authentic, crazy & real”. Staying true to its theme, Pirate Summit holds a startup pitch competition called Walk the Plank. If you want to meet founders, VCs, business angels in an exciting setting that promises lots of fire (actual fire), then this could be the right conference for you.
September 24-25, Hamburg
After four years, the digital economy festival NEXT is moving from Berlin back to Hamburg. It will merge with the Reeperbahn Festival to create a program with representatives from both the music and digital economy scene. Last year, startups were able to choose from various startup ticket packages that allowed them to brand onsite and online, exhibit in the networking area, and receive a pass for the two-day event.
Our Tip: Pirates on Shore
The makers of Pirate Summit are also bringing you Pirates on Shore. Between February and June, this event series will take place in more than 45 cities all over Europe. Its purpose is to connect local entrepreneurs with VCs and business angels.
The best part is that we at Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy will be joining them at select locations. It is will be a great opportunity to pitch and get to know us. Stay tuned as more details are released in the coming weeks!
So, there you have it from our side – and now it’s your turn. Which startup conferences in Germany do you recommend?
Teaser Picture Credit: HEUREKA Conference