Berlin – start up scene


the start-up scene can be a job machine – now and in the future

The job market – A new start-up is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin and the industry is set to produce 100,000 new jobs by 2020. If you’re looking to get a tech job, Berlin could be your way in.

Lower costs, lower risks – It’s no secret that Berlin is cheaper than many of its European counterparts. Berlin’s low rents, cool image and open attitude mean the city is an attractive hub for any creative business, and here startups are as ubiquitous as beer and graffiti – a new startup is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin, according to Gruenden, an advisory agency for new companies. Working spaces such as Ahoy! Berlin in the city’s Wedding neighbourhood are constantly sprouting up.

Working in Berlin – Foreign vocational qualification

AUSLÄNDISCHE BERUFSABSCHLÜSSE (Foreign vocational qualification)

Vocational recognition consulting at IHK Berlin

Qualified and skilled employees having a foreign vocational qualification and already work or want to work in Germany have a right to apply for qualification recognition. (Berufsqualifikationsfeststellungsgesetz BQFG)

The IHK invites people who have got a foreign vocational qualification to come to an open house to the IHK. You will get a first consultancy regarding your vocational recognition.

Date for next “Beratungstag Anerkennung” is the 1st of March 2016, 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. you can ask for an appointment here.

Self-employed person or freelancer in Berlin

You want to work in Berlin as a freelancer? You want to start up your own business in Berlin?

So what will you have to do? Who will support or assist you?

There are some possibilities you can choose. One of them is the “We start a business in Germany” platform. It will guide you step by step through the company start-up process. Using the initial questions of “What can I do?”, “What do I need?” and “What comes after?”. You will find extensive information about a range of topics including right of residence, required qualifications and prerequisites for your planned self-employment.

The information has been prepared specifically for people from EU and non-EU countries and is currently available in English.

Enter the internet platform We start a business in Germany

Another platform is the single contact platform (EA Berlin). It will guide you through the administrative demands you will have to meet especialy in Berlin. There is a film explaining the procedure a bit. It is also in English.

If you have foreign qualifications and wish to have them recognized in Germany you can get in touch with the IQ network. It will assist you in many issues regarding your recognition. Another possibility is the Recognition Finder, it will navigate you quickly to the appropriate authority responsible for your case. You also have access to all the information you need about the recognition procedure.



Munich Business Phoenix Award

PhoenixPreis – Munich’s Business Award for Migrant Citizens

Munich is one of the most dynamic economic locations in Europe. Part of this success are 12,000 business run by migrant citizens. They give employment to around 100,000 people from 140 different ethnic and national groups. This contribution has now been recognized with the PhoenixPrize for businesses run by migrant citizens.

The prize honours extraordinary achievement in business, as well as social and community spirit. Business volume and sales are taken into account in the prize’s evaluation system. Many small businesses have developed into mid-sized companies in just a few years, and this trend will increase.

Creating Trainee Roles and Apprenticeships
A further important criteria for participation in the prize is the creation and maintenance of trainee positions and jobs. The training and employment of young adults with low educational qualifications, who may otherwise find it hard in the job market, is particularly highly marked. Also important is integrative company management, which promotes diversity in the workplace.

Investment for Munich
The willingness of Munich’s migrant business community to invest its effort, knowledge and money in the city, shows that for these businesspeople, their life is lived in Germany. Self-employed workers with immigrant backgrounds are present in many commercial fields and sectors, primarily in small and mid-sized companies. They enrich Munich’s economy and, with their cultural heritage and language skills, are an important factor for integration in Munich.

Kameran Shwani



Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin

The annual Berlin International Film Festival is one of the most important and reputable media events of the world and it is considered to be the most publicly attended film festival worldwide. Composed of 7 different festival, the Berlin International Film Festival offers something for everyone. The categories range from feature-length films in the competition category, to independent and arthouse films (Panorama section), to short and feature-length films aimed at children and youth (Generation). Additional categories are Forum, where experimental and documentary films are shown; Perspektive Deutsches Kino, showing German films and current cinema trends in Germany; Berlinale Shorts, offering domestic and international short films with innovative filmmaking approaches and Retrospective, here selected Berlinale films of previous years and of the different categories are shown.
This year more than 50 films from 33 countries will be shown of which 18 films compete for the Golden and Silver bears.

Stuttgart an international town

Hello Visitors, today I would like to present SWR, the local radio and tv-broadcaster. SWR has an international team. However, we have even SWR International.
Stuttgart is a real international town. We have more than 44% inhabitants with migrant background. That means almost every second person comes from abroad or has foreign roots somehow. In our region Baden-Wuerttemberg the rate is 28%. People like to live and work in Stuttgart. We are the capital of the land Baden-Wuerttemberg and we have almost no unemployment. There is lot of automotive industries here, but also bio-technology, informatic and other industrial cluster. The high standards of living and location itself (not far from Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy and other places like Munich and Frankfurt) make Stuttgart a very nice place to live and work.
Stuttgart has a very open integration policy. Everybody who comes is a Stuttgarter. Come to Stuttgart! Be one of us!


Stuttgarter Fernsehturm

Stuttgarter television tower “Fernsehturm” reopening

After three years of reconstruction and renovating the television tower “Fernsehturm” is celebrating its reopening.
The television tower of Stuttgart was built in 1956, it was the first television tower of the world. It is about 217 meters high. At the 5th of February, 2016 its 60 B-day will be celebrated. In 2012 is was closed for major refurbishments, but now visitors can go up to the plattform and enjoy the wonderful view again.