Become a Startup Scout

Discover a dynamic opportunity to contribute to Berlin's thriving startup ecosystem. As a VC startup scout, you can shape the future of innovative enterprises and unlock exceptional networking possibilities. The city's growth is in your hands!


Berlin is recognized as one of the leading startup hubs worldwide. The value of its ecosystem is estimated at $33 billion, with the presence of 4900 active startups which means there are about 191 startups per 100,000 people in Berlin. Berlin's startup scene is characterized by a creative, international mindset that fosters innovation and collaboration.

Among the high-profile Berlin-based startups, SoundCloud, a popular audio distribution platform launched in 2007, rose into prominence and its success story has been inspirational for many founders. Another successful startup, Zalando, an e-commerce platform founded in 2008, brings Berlin a considerable reputation by becoming Europe's leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle.

The venture capital ecosystem in Berlin is equally dynamic. VC funds like Earlybird Venture Capital and Project A Ventures are some key players. These VCs are engaged in nurturing the startup culture, providing substantial financial leverage to emerging companies. Moreover, The German Startups Group, headquartered in Berlin, is one of Germany's leading venture capital providers which has significantly contributed to Berlin's potent startup culture.

Further initiatives like Factory Berlin, a community of innovators and changemakers who empower each other to create, share, and disrupt, have also made substantial contributions. Berlin Partner, a unique public-private partnership, collaborates with the Berlin State Senate and over 270 companies dedicated to promoting their city, and fostering innovation by providing a platform for networking among startups, investors, and corporations.

Berlin's startup ecosystem has some unique characteristics. For instance, Berlin startups have a significant tendency towards B2C models, with 62% of startups offering B2C models compared to the national average of 42%. The city's vibrant arts and nightlife also make it a desirable location for young entrepreneurs and tech talents from around the world.

Famous investors such as Christophe Maire, an angel investor who has invested in over 50 startups since 2000, including SoundCloud, is based in Berlin. This proves that the city not only raises successful startups, but also attracts high-profile investors who play an instrumental role in shaping its startup ecosystem.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Are you looking for dealflow opportunities from individuals, startups, and innovations coming out of Berlin? We can help you stay up-to-date with the latest investments and advancements from the city's dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Do you interview founders &ย startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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