Six tips for Australian startups and scaleups going to Berlin

Berlin is one of the hottest place in Europe for startups and scaleups looking to find investors. We've put together some tips and tricks to make your landing in Berlin as easy as possible. 


  • Join a co-working space
    Co-working spaces are designed to flexibly serve the needs of their members. The benefits to joining a co-working space include the knowledge exchange and the opportunities to grow your network. Independent and established co-working spaces, such as betahaus, have a tight-knit and open-access community where there is an exchange of knowledge, inspiration, ideas, hires, clients and networks. This helps new-in-town startups grow fast. 

  • Get involved in startup events
    Berlin is home to hundreds of tech events each year. By splitting your time between large-scale and smaller events that are relevant to your industry, you’ll have the opportunity to make yourself and your company known. Startup Calendar and Startup Digest are great resources for startup events – whether your startup specialises in Internet of Things, advanced manufacturing, Medtech, future mobility, or renewable energy, you’ll find startup events on every day of the week.

  • Join Facebook groups
    Stay up-to-date on startup meetups, new products, programs, events and opportunities in Berlin by joining the right Facebook groups. These groups include Startups Berlin, Tech & Startup Events Berlin and Berlin Startups. Members post everything from interesting offers to partnership opportunities, plus it is an excellent way to connect with the community at a grassroots level.

  • Join weekly meetups
    Rather than shaking hands in a corporate high-rise, Berlin networking often takes the form of weekly meetups. Share your story at betabreakfast, a weekly pitch event that allows you to introduce yourself to the community at betahaus. You can also join one of the events hosted by other major players on the startup scene like St.Oberholz or Silicon Allee. With a little help, you’ll find yourself in the room alongside the most relevant players in Berlin. A strong business network means greater opportunity.

  • Finding a flat
    The best way to find a flat in Berlin is to just show up. Platforms like Immobilienscout24 put all available apartments into one easy place. Berlin is reliant on peer-to-peer transactions and many apartments are exclusively listed in Facebook groups such as WG-Zimmer & Wohnungen Berlin or Flats in Berlin. Once you have found a place, you’ll enjoy low rents in central neighbourhoods.

Our best advice for Berlin is to apply for our Landing Pad. We’ll ensure you get the introductions you need and you'll be set-up in one of the best co-working spaces in Berlin.

Apply now for the Berlin Landing Pad.