Digital Hub Initiative

In recent years, more and more dynamic digital ecosystems have emerged or are emerging. Here, start-ups and young entrepreneurs network with SMEs and industry, cooperating and strengthening each other. Start-ups can gain from the experiences and networks of big companies and position themselves better. But even medium-sized companies and large established companies benefit from cooperation with startups and can thus make the important digital innovation leaps that are vital for them.

This is where the Digital Hub Initiative comes in: The Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) wants to highlight Germany's strengths as a leading industrial nation with existing, high-quality know-how in the age of digital transformation, thus making Germany an alternative for founders, investors and skilled workers from all over the world.

More information about the "de:hub" initiative can be found here.

IoT & FinTech Hub Berlin

Berlin participates in the initiative of the BMWi as the "Internet of Things (IoT) & FinTech" ecosystem (hub). The focus will cover all major application industries (including health, energy, transport / mobility, communication infrastructure, IT, smart wearables, design, fintech, logistics) and their networking for a smart city.

The Berlin IoT & FinTech Hub is set up as a private-public partnership. The city of Berlin, specifically the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Business, supports the Berlin Hub and its activities and sees it as an important innovation partner in the Berlin ecosystem.

Through Berlin Partners for business and technology who coordinates the IoT & FinTech Hub in Berlin, the hub is embedded into a broad network of industry and science.

Berlin’s IoT Hub embodies a shared vision of three distinct partners: NBT’s mission to be the IoT Company Builder of Europe, Factory’s goal to transform the Görlitzer Park location into a home for IoT, and Fraunhofer’s foray into the future of Germany’s industrial technologies with IoT.

The partner for the booming fintech sector is the company builder finleap. With its focus on the financial and insurance technology industry, it seeks to bring together the banking and insurance sector with new finance/insurance technologies. The Fintech Hub offers with more than 11,000 square meters over 8 floors dedicated office space for fintechs, insurtechs and other companies in the financial services sector.


Berlin Center for Digital Transformation
The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation develops technologies and solutions that take into account the increasing digitization and networking of all areas of life. It conducts research on basic and cross-sectional technologies for the application areas mobilty, city of the future, industry and production, critical infrastructure and energy and healthcare.

The Berlin Center for Digital Transformation is funded by the City of Berlin as well as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Business and technology support for companies, investors and scientific institutions in Berlin – this is the Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH mission. With customized services and an excellent science and research network, our many experts provide an outstanding range of programs to help companies launch, innovate, expand and secure their economic future in Berlin.

A unique public-private partnership, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology collaborates with the Berlin State Senate and over 280 companies dedicated to promoting their city. Berlin Partner is also responsible for marketing the German capital to the world, for example with the successful “be Berlin” campaign.

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Factory Berlin
Factory Berlin is an international community of innovators and changemakers who empower each other to co-create, share, and disrupt. Our curated membership includes startups, academics, founders, investors and corporates who are encouraged to share expertise, experiences, resources and ideas.

finleap is a fintech company builder, based in Berlin and with an office in Milan. Founded in 2014 by HitFox Group and Ramin Niroumand, finleap has already developed 16 ventures with its infrastructure and made market entry possible. These include companies such as solarisBank, the first banking platform with a full banking license, ELEMENT, a fully digital insurer, PAIR Finance, a provider of data-based receivables management, and the fintech platforms, finreach solutions and infinitec solutions, for contextual finance. finleap provides access to seed capital, a network of investors and experienced entrepreneurs as well as customers and top talents. The finleap group employs around 700 people from 60 countries.

Next Big Thing
Next Big Thing AG (NBT) is Europe's premier startup incubator for the Internet of Things and Services (IoT/IoS) and Blockchain. As a company builder and operational VC, NBT acts at the nexus of a continually growing ecosystem of corporates, founders, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and politicians.

With our know-how in IoT, we are the touchpoint for innovation in Europe - enabling companies to realize disruptive innovation with exceptional speed.

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