The specialists at Berlin Partner for Business and Technology continued to successfully support companies investing in the capital in 2013. Berlin Partner guided a total of 258 projects which will be creating 5,506 new jobs with an investment volume of 369 million euros over the next three years. This is 200 more jobs created than in the preceding year, and 90 million more euros of investment. These positive figures were presented today at a press conference by Economics Senator Cornelia Yzer and Berlin Partner Managing Director Melanie Bähr.
Cornelia Yzer, Berlin Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, stated : "With a start-up scene making headlines worldwide and first-class research and technology facilities, Berlin has an immeasurable competitive advantage over many other cities and regions in Germany. More than 250 new business and expansion projects demonstrate the appeal of our capital as a location for high-tech industry companies and innovative service providers. Key support for these projects was provided by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, which completed its merger last year. It offers individualized assistance to national and international investors – for everything from developing the initial idea to successfully expanding. Top items on the agenda that Berlin Partner is actively pursuing this year include networking start-ups with established companies in the city, raising awareness of the advantages of the Berlin location among companies which do not yet have a presence here, and raising capital to promote innovations by local companies.”
Melanie Bähr, Managing Director of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, stated: "we have been able to provide especially strong support to two strategic areas of innovation in Berlin’s economy by attracting innovative industrial companies and start-ups, and by helping them expand. Projects that we guided for these companies alone have led to the creation of more than 3,500 jobs. If we can cross-link these two future-oriented areas of development more strongly, this will result in even more high-tech jobs with long-term prospects.”
A major part of these business development projects consists of helping companies apply for state, federal, and EU funding. Targeted growth projects have been launched in the city in close cooperation with the Investitionsbank Berlin. Outside funding of around 80 million euros was acquired in 2013, a substantial part of which was connected with the "Berlin-Brandenburg International Showcase for Electromobility”.
In addition to business success, the year 2013 also saw the successful completion of the merger between Berlin Partner and TSB Innovationsagentur. The resulting Berlin Partner for Business and Technology can now advise and support companies and investors even more effectively than before. With its centralized and trans-sector contact partners, it can meet the needs of Berlin companies and international investors in the best possible ways and coordinate networks among research, business, funding agencies, and government – for example in managing the growth clusters in the capital region. With a new business structure as a public-private partnership, Berlin Partner enjoys especially close ties to its more than 200 partners from business, science, and administration.
Berlin Partner is anticipating further success in 2014. "All available figures for the current year indicate that we will maintain and further increase the level of 2013,” noted Bähr. "We see strong additional potential for growth especially in the expansion of services to attract more companies in the IT, healthcare, and high-tech industries. A major highlight for me will be the anniversary of the fall of the Wall, which we will be integrating into our marketing work, including that for investors.”
Additional statistics and materials for the press conference as well as our 2013 annual report are available online at: www.berlin-partner.de/informationspool/presse