While at the time of the first Internet boom in 1999/2000, hardly any protagonist in Germany had much experience in building or financing startups, today the situation is different. Many entrepreneurs who learned the business the hard way in 2000 have become serial founders, business angels, or investors.
It’s these people, plus many international entrepreneurs that have arrived in Berlin over the past years, who provide a pool of experience and practical help that enables new founders to start their business avoiding the mistakes that kill many startups right at the onset. GTEC Berlin Startup Academy makes this network of entrepreneurs, investors, creative wizards, IT gurus, and industry legends available to you as a founder – even when you’re from abroad, don’t speak German, or have so far not been in touch with the startup scene.
Its Founder Christoph Räthke (linkedin profile) started his career in one of the first digital agencies in 1996, joined his first startup team in 1999/2000 and has been working with the Berlin digital industry ever since. Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy as Germany’s only founder-owned accelerator in Summer 2012. Since 2015, BSA works as an independent part of German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), Germany’s most powerful initiative to unite high-growth innovation with industry, Mittelstand, capital, science, and academics. In addition, Christoph is the host of Germany’s most successful entrepreneurship talk show Founders Unscripted, and author of business/ lifestyle mag Business Punk’s startup review column.
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