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Choosing the city where you decide to build your startup is an important decision. You want to pick a place (or places) that has a low enough cost of living to maximize your runway, yet a high enough quality of life to maintain a good a work/life balance. It’s important to pick a place that has a vibrant entrepreneurial community with a sufficient amount of great talent, as well as access to a quality investor network.

It’s because of these reasons and more that Berlin continues to climb the rankings as one of the best places in the world to build a startup.

Last summer, the first Techstars Berlin class accelerated with great success, having invested in four companies from Germany, two from Israel and one each from Austria, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Peru. They have collectively raised several million euros in VC financing.

Today I’m excited to announce that the applications for the second Techstars Berlin program are now open. Here are some key dates to keep in mind:

  • Applications Open: Now!
  • Applications Close: April 15th
  • Offers Made: May 13th
  • Program Starts: June 13th
  • Demo Day: September 6th

If you have questions about Techstars or would like to more about the  Berlin program in particular, please feel free to reach out to me at rob.johnson@techstars.com.

Learn more about the program here.

Apply here.


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Rob Johnson
Rob is the Managing Director of Techstars Berlin Accelerator. Previously, he was the MD for Techstars METRO, where he successfully led the world’s first hospitality and food tech accelerator. Rob co-founded Makers Academy in 2012, Europe’s largest coding bootcamp. @startuprob