Berlin

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and is one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin is Germany’s largest city.

Today Berlin is among the leading locations for creative industries and information technologies in Europe. The companies profit from the high density of scientific and research institutions, a large and highly skilled work force, effective production conditions and a comprehensive system of public supporting tools. More and more companies establish their business in Berlin.

Berlin understands Creative Industries as a key driver of innovation and economic development besides the other politically supported fields of excellence like biotechnology, medical technology, traffic/mobility and optics/photonics.

Berlin is one of 11 partners of the Cross Innovation consortium represented by the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research which is responsible for promoting innovation and economic development and operationally represented by the division ICT/ Media/ CI.

The division develops and implements strategies and policies to strengthen ICT/ CI sectors, is in charge of an innovation support programme and focuses on linking sectors within ICT/ CI and with the other clusters in Berlin. Berlin’s regional Initiative ProjektZukunft is realising strategies and plans and is making funding programmes more accessible for creative industries and developing new instruments e.g. microloans (modified), coaching program (new), Venture Capital Fund for Creative Industries (new), Foreign Trade Program (modified).

Our engagement has many faces: collaborating with international and local networks promoting the exchange of industry professionals and supporting the transfer of expertise between creatives, science and commerce. We organise industry events to stimulate networking, moderate dialogue between politics and the public and hold funding competitions for aspiring companies.

Berlin benefits from the coexistence and interplay of cultural heritage, art, media, new technologies and multicultural influences. This unique mix is the reason for Berlin’s special appeal, and it represents the parallel to international metropolises: young talents, inspiring atmosphere, rich cultural offerings, affordable rents, effective networks, sufficient industrial real estate and low cost of living, but also reasonable political contribute to the success of the development of creative industries/ ICT in Berlin.

Testament to this fact are the above-average growth and revenue figures for the cluster which incorporates the creative industries, including the media sector, the ICT industry and related fields. The cluster in Berlin grows rapidly since 2000. In Berlin, more than 223.000 people are currently working in the creative industries sector, which corresponds to approximately 10% of all employees in Berlin. The city’s more than 29.000 companies reach a yearly turnover of more than € 22 billion.

Relevant links:

  • Regional Initiative ProjektZukunft;www.projektzukunft.berlin.de
  • Hybrid Platform – interdisciplinary cooperation between Arts University and Technical University to combine creativity, technology, and engineering in R&D, education, and industry projects.; www.hybrid-plattform.org
  • Planet Modulor:Together with Modulor and its partners ModulorProjekt initiated the project and launched the association of more than thirty companies now working together at Moritzplatz.Planet Modulor is a new type of alliance between small and medium sized companies from fields as various as merchandising, handicraft, art and culture. Sustainability, creativity and social and cultural diversity are the operating attributes that make Planet Modulor on Moritzplatz in the centre of Berlin an innovative and unique marketplace, forum and meeting place for creatives.; www.planetmodulor.de
  • Design Tranfer Bonus: Funding programme that supports collaboration between SMEs and Designers to develop new innovative products and services; www.designtransferbonus.de
  • Made to Create Competitions: Support competitions for innovation – calls for ideas to finance creative spill-over projects, e.g. games & health, design & industry, mobile & public sector, books & technology; www.berlin.de/projektzukunft/wettbewerbe

Contacts:
Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research
Division Communication, Media, Creative Industries
Initiative: Project Future (Projekt Zukunft)
Nadine Barthel
EU Projectmanager
Tel.: +49 (0)30 – 9013 8347
Mobile: +49 (0)178 899 2393
Mail: nadine.barthel(at)senwtf.berlin.de