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Releasing our signature startup program: Future City Incubator

Future City Incubator has started its open call looking for  pre-seed startup companies with focus on smart cities.

We have our finger on the pulse of times and know what it means: Berlin has a lot and can do even more! In recent years, the German capital has become one of Europe’s largest startup ecosystems. With its unique history, sense of freedom, and international flair, draws talent from across the globe looking for ways to reinvent the future.

We want to tickle out this potential and promote early stage startups that make Berlin more sustainable, more connected and even faster. 



We are launching our pre-seed startup program, based on the Berliner Startup Stipendium, to accelerate ideas with a potential positive impact on cities, starting with our beloved Berlin.
Our program will award 30 scholarships – for early stage entrepreneurs and startups with innovative smart city ideas and technologies. Applications are open now until February 26th, 2020.

Our way here

We, as BIA, have long experience and a strong network in both – startup and smart city scenes. From incubation to acceleration programs, we have worked with more than 100 startup companies with the mission to create better organisations.
We are ourselves entrepreneurs, and started the Smart City Hub almost two years ago. Today, we have the experience and knowledge to support talented founders in putting their ideas into practice.

Our focus: pre-seed smart city startups

We are looking for founders with an initial business concept or idea to boost their venture and support in the first company stage. 
For the incubation program, we especially look for ideas that serve the cities with digital technologies in the areas of Smart City, Urban Mobility, Sustainability, GovTech, PropTech, GreenTech, etc.
For more information please visit the Future City Incubator page. 

Why join in?

The incubator program is equity free. We will give each founder a €1.500 grant for 6-8 months of program. In addition the teams will get a workspace at the Factory Berlin, as well as coaching, guidance, and training from industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs.
The incubator is based on a venture development program on agility methods, innovation, and business strategy, specially designed by BIA.

How does the Program work?

With bootcamps and masterclasses we support the personal growth of the founders as well as the development of a solid business model. 
In addition, we can count on our network to make it easier for the founding teams to enter the market, find possible investors, or even work on pilot-solutions.

You are in good company

We have partnered with top-class institutions in Berlin. The teams will get an excellent network, access, and visibility in the ecosystem. 
The Smart City Hub enables possible partnerships with companies like Fujitsu, ALBA, Mercedes Benz, Here, Viessmann, and many startup partners for ideation, know-how sharing, and innovation challenges. The Hub enables connections to relevant actors and access to an exclusive community.   
Collaboration is key to success in smart city related topics. We work closely with the City of Berlin and its major institutions. Especially with Berlin Partner Smart City, to continuously open doors in the city ecosystem
Factory Berlin’s diverse network of members and partners come together to build the world of tomorrow. This strong and dynamic entrepreneurial community within the Factory is far more than a place to work for our selected teams.

Join us

Applications for the Future City Incubator can be submitted up until February 26th 2020 via the F6S platform. For further information and access to the application platform, visit:
Apply now and lead the future of our city.

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BIA Team

We believe that a better world needs better organisations. And for us, that means entrepreneurial organisations that combine the characteristics of corporate resourcefulness and startup agility. Our mission is to bring people, business, and innovation together to create momentum for change. Visit our page to learn more about our leadership trainings, activation programs, and communities
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