Where can I find the HotSpots of the Startup Scene?
A startup alone does not bring success. They live from publicity and the corresponding resonance. This makes it all the more important to become part of the scene or community. That sounds easier than it is, because socializing also needs to be learned. For this, there are different formats that bring together different characters - for mutual exchange, inspiration and new alliances.
Where do I meet StartUps?
If you want to meet founders in a relaxed environment and get to know them better, cafés, bars or restaurants are the right places. There are various locations in the centres of the start-up scene. You can find the hottest places in Berlin, for example around Torstraße, also because most of the heads of the scene still live here. Here, people talk less about their own company than about the big ideas for changing the world.
They help to find easy access to the already existing community, that meets regularly and knows the local scene. Similar to new circles of friends, the fresh founder often feels a little strange at the beginning, so intimate is the atmosphere you enter. If you get involved and show openness here, you can quickly make contact and profit from the new contacts and their expertise.
Meet and Greets have become very fashionable, with a large following in the meantime. Meetings on specific topics are announced online in advance in order to win participants. Meetings with like-minded people for an efficient exchange is the primary goal.
Coworking Spaces and Makerspaces/Fablabs
Coworking Spaces and Makerspaces/FabLabs are suitable for combining work and pleasure. These special places are available to all creative minds - you meet like-minded people and lateral thinkers. Working on their own projects, interdisciplinary exchange takes place here. In Spaces and Labs you can not only get helpful tips for your own cause, but also new inspiration, make new contacts and make new friends. The informal project-related way of networking is often easier for many founders because socializing takes place on the side.
Fairs and (Partnering) Conferences
If you are a startup looking for an investor, conferences and fairs are particularly suitable as the first port of call for meeting many different business angels and venture capital (VC) investors in a particularly short time. The goals are contacts and financial support, the way here is the pitch. Particularly supportive is the immediate honest feedback on one's own vision, which can positively orient one's future path. Partnering conferences such as DxPx, where experts from a very specific field meet, are currently establishing themselves as a completely new concept in this format. Startups of the respective industry have the chance to present their ideas to an audience of experts and investors. In this often very relaxed but also intensive environment you meet the greats of your own scene. Ideas meet the willingness to invest, be it knowledge or capital.
The listed formats are the most established among many other options for startups to get connected to their scene. While everyone involved knows what they are getting into, giving and taking each other is the basis for a fertile breeding ground; sharing ideas and visions without competition is the capital that founders invest.