24. January 2013–
Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit has gone on a whirlwind tour of the growing startup scene by visiting four young companies in the German capital.
The startup tour, which lasted approximately four hours, began at Startupbootcamp, a European accelerator program. Wowereit and the entourage of media also made stops at rebuy, a marketplace for used items, and sofatutor, an online tutoring platform. The tour wrapped up at the Wooga office where he spoke about the successes of startups and its impact on the Berlin economy.
Wowereit, who coined the notorious "poor, but sexy" phrase, acknowledged the economic potential of startups by promising that the government would pay more attention in helping and promoting innovative companies in Berlin.
In a short time, Berlin's vibrant startup community has garnered attention from international press, foreign investors and entrepreneurs, as well as German corporate giants.
Wowereit's latest move is a good sign and demonstrates his support of Berlin's startup community. However, paying more attention to startups isn't enough to help Berlin's tech ecosystem move past its "Hype" stage – there needs to be more governmental action. For starters: How about minimising the bureaucracy it takes for startups to access the many public funding opportunities available to them?
Image credit: Klaus Wowereit – Wooga's blog
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