10 Berlin startups that you should know already
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Torstraße in the Mitte district of Berlin, where most of the city's startups are headquartered (CC BY 2.0 Alper Çuğun via Flickr)

As one of the hottest startup scenes going on today, this German city is home to a group of companies that are leading European innovation

Berlin’s startup ecosystem is an increasingly important driving factor for Germany’s overall economic development. Ernst & Young’s latest Start-up Barometer Deutschland report emphasized the significance of the German capital’s startup scene, even on European level. Certainly, the Brexit could result in Berlin surpassing London as the startup capital of Europe.

Here’s a roundup of ten Berlin startups everyone should know about.

1. Bitwala

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Bitwala in a fintech startup based in the trendy Kreuzberg district of Berlin. Their team of 12 specialise in making blockchain banking services fast, cheap and accessible to everyone in the world. With Bitwala, you can make transactions, load your credit card, and pay bills using Bitcoin or Altcoins. The company is expanding its services all over the world, and recently announced a fee-free Bitcoin to M-Pesa transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Clue

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Another startup based in Kreuzberg, Clue is a female health app that allows women to track their menstrual cycle. The company was launched in 2013 and uses science and data to help women discover unique patterns and gain valuable insights into their bodies. The app has millions of users and in 2015 was listed as one of Europe’s Hottest Startups by Wired UK, and one of the best apps both Apple and Google.

3. Eye-em

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EyeEm is a technology company that is pioneering the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to the field of photography. Its image recognition technology currently uses AI to select the best images to license for brands, agencies or individuals. It is also a mobile app and website where both professional and amateur photographers can share, interact and learn more about photography. Since its founding in 2010, the community has grown to encompass 18 million photographers, and over 70 million photos.

4. N26

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This fintech startup is a direct bank with a difference. As well as offering savings accounts, credit cards and investment products, it enables you to control your entire financial life via your phone. N26’s unique features include being able to split bills and send and receive money from your friends in real-time. In addition, it provides its services at a much lower cost than most traditional European banks, and has cool credit card designs!

5. Colorfy

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Colorfy is a design startup that works in collaboration with other companies. The company started off as a B2B consultancy but recently evolved into a design and engineering agency that focuses on IoT projects. Their goal is to create sustainable, connected garments. Their first project is a wearable, smart shirt, designed in collaboration with 10eleven9. The shirt aggregates and stores a personal data to help you improve your posture and health, and has unique features such as a camera, and integrates with your favourite gadgets, such as your current fitness tracker.

6. Dubsmash

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In June 2015, selfie-style videos synced with audio clips from pop culture took social media by storm. Dubsmash was launched in November 2014 by Jonas Drupel, Roland Grenke, and Daniel Taschik. With over 100 million users, their app allows users to record and share selfie-style videos synced with their favorite pop song. The app has recently expanded to include a messaging service.

7. Contentful

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Contentful is a content management system (CMS) with a difference. Unlike web-focused CMSs, Contentful makes it easy to create and manage content in the cloud and publish it to a whole host of different places: web, smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, TVs, cars and any other thing connected to the Internet. Because Contentful is developer-friendly, it makes launching projects significantly faster. Last year, Contentful was named a Rising Star in Forbes Cloud 100, a list of the world’s best 100 cloud companies.

8. Splash

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This virtual reality (VR) start-up was launched in 2015 by Michael Ronen, Stefan Marx, and Maximilian Schneider. Splash enables people quickly and easily share 360° images and videos that can be viewed on both smartphones and VR headsets like Google Cardboard. The company was the 2016 winners of the SXSW Interactive VR Accelerator.

9. Relayr

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The start-up relayr enables industrial customers to analyze and use data gathered from their computers and machines. Their platform enables manufacturers, retailers, smart cities and others develop new solutions, equipment, and services for the Internet of Things. Founded in 2013 by Jackson Bond, Paul Hopton and Harald Zapp and Joseph Brunner, the company has expanded from its home in Berlin to set up an additional office in Boston.

10. deepstreamHub

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Founded by investment banking technologists Wolfram Hempel and Yasser Fadl in 2015, deepstreamHub is a cloud platform for building real-time apps. This includes uses such as social messaging, geolocation services, multiplayer gaming, financial trading, and the Internet of Things (IoT). It is comparable to Google’s Firebase, but it is faster, community driven, open source, and more granular.

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