Incubation and Start-ups Hamburg

Basically, the regional support measures for game companies in Hamburg show a broad variety, and incubation support is being offered by various players. Among those are business development agencies (HIW, Hamburg Marketing), the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, gamecity:Hamburg and technology incubators which could host game start-ups.

Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
Founded in 2010, the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft supports creative people through organising sector-specific workshops and events, but also through financial and business advice. The Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft is one of the initiators of nextMedia.Hamburg, an initiative aiming at enhancing the overall conditions for the games sector in Hamburg.

Launched in 2003, gamecity:Hamburg is a network of meanwhile 2,000 participants supporting businesses from Hamburg’s game industry. The network was founded with the intention of developing Hamburg as an attractive location for the game industry. It is publically funded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. gamecity:Hamburg is part of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft. Among the projects and collaborations of gamecity:Hamburg are the gamecity:Port offering short-term / flexible office rentals to game start-ups as well as the gamecity:Lab. a platform to integrate small game businesses in the regional network (Source: gamecity:Hamburg).

Since 2014 Innohub, as part of the InnoGames GmbH, supports start-ups and young entrepreneurs with their creative business ideas with the aim of strengthen overall growth. Innohub offers fair rental conditions for their nine fully equipped offices. Additionally, a mentoring program consisting of experts from the industry and investors advice start-ups during their work. The proximity to contacts of industry, investors and city authorities enables start-ups to build a strong network and usage of synergy effects.

Betahaus 2.0
This 2010 founded support program especially for start-ups and companies of the digital and creative sector arose from a private initiative. 2,100 qm² can be used for offices, conference rooms and events. A Pop-up store is also included. Working space can be rent on a daily or flat rate basis up to one-year rental contracts. Beneath this, weekly events organized by the landlord or tenants take place and an “Education-Program” serves as platform for networking and exchange activities.

Founding-Service of the HAW Hamburg
The University for Applied Sciences Hamburg offers their students a special founding service for start-ups. The support of the HAW focuses on the three parts qualifying, advices for start-ups and founder’s workspaces. While the qualifying aspects concentrates on workshops, events or a special founder’s day, includes the advice part a special contact person. The third aspect provides own workspaces, individual support and networking to relevant contacts. Conditions for this stage of HAW support is previous consultations and a twelve months project plan. Because the HAW is offering a master degree in games, this founding service is relevant for games start-ups. A successful example is the THREAKS GmbH i.G (Source: HAW-Hamburg).

Status: 01/2019