There is something exciting about the potential in the powers we’re striving to unite at GTEC – industry, academia, innovation – to better support entrepreneurship. But what makes this even better is the fact that these combined resources are not just aimed at German startups, but at startups from all over Europe – indeed the world.
GTEC Director Christoph Räthke encapsulated this idea in his recent interview for Smau at their first ever Berlin exhibition. For the event at the Palazzo Italia on Unter den Linden, Smau, Italy’s leading tradeshow for innovation, brought together 50 startups and SMEs representing ‘Made in Italy’ innovation to showcase their technologies, prototypes and potential to German entrepreneurs, investors and corporates. This is directly where GTEC can help in serving (to quote Christoph) as the “docking station” for anyone who needs more business, more money, more business power using the resources of the German economy.
An inspiring sentiment, but what does this mean in practice for international startups?
First is access to the formats we’re developing. These include our Business Development Camps, our bi-weekly Open Lectures series (open for everyone to attend and available in full on YouTube if you can’t make it), and the Berlin Startup Academy (our boutique accelerator).
Second is use of the GTEC space, which is on the palatial ESMT campus. This is where we hold our Open Lectures and workshops and where the Lab is opening up in June. Watch this space for more details on accessing that.
Third is by tapping into the GTEC team’s reach and expertise to help you understand where to start looking for support within the German economy. This includes linking you up with our founding partners – Henkel, RWE, Sigmund Kiener Stiftung, Globumbus Foundation, ESMT and Noerr, and our other partners such as Data Science Retreat, Room in a Box, Club Globals, berlim.co, Powtoon and Fab Lab Berlin. Or you can join the growing GTEC ecosystem directly. Becoming a partner costs nothing and the upsides are many, so if your organisation could benefit by getting involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And because we know everyone enjoys seeing a German trying his hand at (a tiny bit) of Italian, here’s Christoph’s interview in full.