Every day, more and more innovative startups are making Hamburg home. The city has a good framework for founders and attracts talented people from all over the world. It offers a great variety of events and plenty of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and potential founders. Not only that, but Hamburg has a great party culture, urban atmosphere and the Elbe river flowing through the city.
There is a veritable boom around Germany’s second-largest city, and not without a reason. The New York Times describes Hamburg as "a watery wonder, teeming with architectural marvels, restauratns and cultural charms, including a shimmering new concert hall."
[Hamburg is...] a watery wonder, teeming with architectural marvels, restaurants and cultural charms, including a shimmering new concert hall.
Hamburg is one of the largest economic centers in Europe with leading figures in the media, commerce and gaming industry and the startup scene has rapidly grown over the last few years. In 2017, Hamburg had Germany’s highest number of start-ups with 253 per every 10,000 inhabitants. myTaxi and XING are just two examples of successful Hamburg startups that you might have heard of.
betahaus l Hamburg was the first coworking space to open in the city back in April 2014. It sits in Hamburg's alternative Sternschanze neighborhood (or ‘Schanze’ if you're local) so you can spot street art right from your window or pop out for lunch at one of the dozens of awesome restaurants on Schulterblatt. Our team in Hamburg thrives on the belief that creativity and motivation can't flourish from a lonely office. Through community events and collaborative initiatives, the space serves as a central location where entrepreneurs, startups, and corporate partners can innovate together.
The space is spread across three floors with coworking areas (2,400sqm), private offices, and event spaces. Most coworkers hang out in the cozy cafe on the ground floor. In terms of memberships, betahaus l Hamburg offers two types of coworking memberships. The Coworking Flatrate starts at 70,– per month and is a good option for entrepreneurs or startups who are just starting out and who want maximum flexibility at a fair price. If you're collaborating a team or just want to use all the benefits of a private office without all the hassle, they also have a Fixed Desk membership that starts at 250,– monthly.
Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.
Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.
betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.
" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’
In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.
In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ.
Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture.
Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails.
This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.
‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)
''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’ - Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus)
This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.