The Weekly Lowdown: Berlin’s top start-up events (Jan 16-22)

Berlin Fashion Week
Berlin Fashion Week

The last of the firework debris has been swept from the streets, the remaining Christmas trees have been whisked away and our cups and bottles have been assiduously recycled – Berlin has cleared its head of last of the festive hangovers and is ready to get BACK TO BUSINESS. This bright and crisp January encapsulates the optimism of 2012 – we’ve already had news of major funding for Gidsy, Zapitano and 9flatsand this year looks set to be a bumper time for Berlin business – here’s the major networking opportunities this week…

Tuesday, January 16

If you want to stay connected with the latest social media developments, then you’ll need to head to The Social Media Club of Berlin’s first 2012 event. Taking the chair will be Malte Prien (Business Development/SinnerSchrader Mobile), joined by a panel of luminaries: • Stefan Zilch (MD DACH of madvertise Mobile Advertising) • Christian Golecki (Director of Platform Management/IMAGE digital) • Holger Spielberg (Head of Mobile Payments & Innovation at PayPal Germany) • Ramzi Rizk (Co-founder of EyeEM). The event takes place at Green Salon, Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz 2. Doors open at 7pm – book ahead as spaces are limited.

Berlin Fashion Week

Tuesday, January 17

If you want to sashay into the New Year in style, you’ll have Tuesday marked in your calendar as the kick-off to Berlin Fashion Week, which runs from January 17-22. Check the diary for a slew of shows, parties and events. Our picks? • Bread & Butter the leading international trade fair for street and urban wear, running from January 18-22 at the former Tempelhof Airport • British Upcycling Special (Jan 18-21) at the Upcycling Fashion Store,  Linienstraße 77

Wednesday, January 18

If you want to get your clutches on EU funding, if you work in the IT sector, then find out the latest opportunities in this free information session, held from 9am until 7pm at Ludwig Erhard Haus, Fasanenstrasse 85. If you want to bask in the business wisdom, then stay at the same address, because “Berlin, the Silicon Valley of Europe” sees Christopher Maire (angel investor and founder of txtr, gate5, phone coverage) presents talks from a selection of the hottest start-up bosses from Berlin, including: • eDial Dekker – Gidsy • Simon Fabich ans Felix Schlegel Monoqi • Frank Fitzek – Phone Cover  • Tarlig Ibrahim – Mangir Seats cost €25, but hurry, as spaces are limited! Or if you like your computing Apple-flavoured, The Berlin Apple User-Group has its first meeting of the year today at 7.30pm at ClubOffice Berlin, Bundesallee 171-175. Topics include iTunes Match, Freecom and perfect colour calibration. More information on the Berlin Apple User-Grouphere.

Thursday, January 19

If you want to save the world, one Tweet at a time, then this series of workshops on inline fundraising will help you get your charity or NGO in line with the digital age. Running from 19 to 20 January 2012, Fundraising 2.0 Camp and Conference will see experts share thoughts on online marketing and fundraising, as well as new technology solutions and events. Kalkscheune, Johannistrasse 2.

Friday, January 20

If you want to polish up your green credentials, get down to International Green Week at Berlin Messe – which runs from Jan 20-29. Billed as the world’s biggest fair for food, agriculture and horticulture, producers from all over the world can test market food and luxury items and establish a brand image. Or if you just fancy kicking back and relaxing after a hard week, you can still get your fill of tech and start-up news over at Friday @6 Radio show – listen to the live stream here.

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