Welcome to
BHT Startup Hub

We are the startup hub & incubator of the Berliner Hochschule für Technik (BHT)

Consult your startup
idea with us!

We offer founders the opportunity to analyse their future business concept - book you free consultation today!

Berliner Startup

Apply with us for a startup funding program. The aim of the scholarship is to establish and launch your start-up.

EXIST Business
Startup Grant

The founding teams receive an EXIST Business Startup Grant and support of our research institution to develop their ideas both technically and entrepreneurially.


At BHT Startup Hub, we pursue a vision of a lean incubator – we want to encourage young entrepreneurs to turn their technological ideas with the support of our technical university into reality.

With our programs we support ambitious and visionary academic startup teams with know-how, coaching, free coworking space, infrastructure, mentoring, business opportunities and equity-free scholarship funding. Our team has helped +270 entrepreneurs from different professional backgrounds and cultures in multiple programs dedicated for first time founders and early stage startups.


At our startup incubator, we specialize in assisting aspiring founders in navigating the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey. With our lean startup methods and pragmatic approach, we provide valuable guidance to help these future founders identify the opportunities for validating their ideas.

Our first step is to thoroughly understand the unique concept each founder is working on. We delve into the core aspects of their idea, examining its market potential and assessing its feasibility.


After conducting a comprehensive analysis of your business idea, team skills, and market opportunities, we are excited to extend an invitation to the most promising startups to apply for equity-free funding through our programs.

At our startup incubator, we recognize the vital role that funding plays in the early stages of startup development and are able to match the right funding programmes to the right business ideas.

BHT Startup Bootcamp 2024
The BHT Startup Bootcamp is an accelerated learning program for future entrepreneurs organised by BHT Startup Hub.
11 Mar 2024
Alumni Club @ BHT Startup Hub - Ask Me Anything: Luca Osten / Calimoto GmbH
Treffen Sie Luca Osten, Mitbegründer und CTO von Calimoto, beim Alumni Club im BHT Startup - Stellen Sie ihm alles Mögliche vor!
27 Feb 2024
Startup Masterclass: Venture Capital Fundraising - Part 2
The masterclass with actionable fundraising strategies, methods, hacks, and tricks that help raise venture capital successfully.
27 Feb 2024


15 Mar 2024

Scale Up mit Wolves Summit in Berlin

Unsere angesehenen Partner von Wolves Summit freuen sich, ihr lang erwartetes Event “Scale Up with Wolves und European CVC Awards” anzukündigen! Vor der beeindruckenden Kulisse Berlins wird dieses außergewöhnliche Festival am 26. März 2024 stattfinden. Aber hier kommt das Besondere – es findet auch ONLINE statt und zwar schneller als gedacht!

Scale Up with Wolves ist nicht Ihr durchschnittlicher Gipfel – es ist ein dynamisches Treffen, das europäische Scaleups, Investoren, Unternehmen und Technik-Talente in einer elektrisierenden Veranstaltung vereint. Ob Sie Ihr Unternehmen skalieren, sich mit erstklassigen Investoren vernetzen oder die neuesten technologischen Innovationen erkunden möchten, dies ist eine Gelegenheit, die Sie nicht verpassen sollten.

Und wissen Sie was? Im Rahmen unseres Engagements für unsere Community freuen wir uns, einen exklusiven Rabatt von 20% auf Tickets anzubieten! Verwenden Sie einfach den Code “WolvesInBerlin20”, wenn Sie Ihr Ticket kaufen, um von diesem speziellen Angebot zu profitieren.

Bereit, Ihren Platz beim Scale Up with Wolves zu sichern? Besuchen Sie https://berlin.wolvessummit.com/scaleups-tickets, um Ihr ermäßigtes Ticket zu erhalten oder sich KOSTENLOS als Scaleup zu bewerben.

Verpassen Sie nicht diese unglaubliche Gelegenheit, Teil eines der aufregendsten Events der europäischen Technologieszene zu sein. Begleiten Sie uns beim Scale Up with Wolves und lassen Sie uns gemeinsam Ihr Unternehmen auf neue Höhen bringen!


1 Mar 2024

HTW Startup Challenge

Innovation is the driving force behind the most successful startups, and now is the time to put your ingenuity to the test at the HTW Startup Challenge on 16 April 2024! The HTW Startup Challenge is the event for founders who want to take their startup to the next level and pitch for prize money totalling €15,000. We also award the EXIST Women Prize. Sounds exciting?


Then apply from 29 February to 14 March with your pitch deck and a video (max. 1 minute) in which you present your innovative business model. Ideally, you should have a connection to HTW Berlin or want to be part of the HTW community. The HTW Startup Team will then select the best startups from all submissions.


The highlight of the HTW Startup Challenge is the pitch event on 16 April 2024, where the three best Female Founder Teams pitch for €10,000 in front of a top-class jury.

All startups can apply for the HTW Startup Prize. The audience will decide who wins the HTW Startup Prize worth €5,000. There will also be a startup rally in which the teams have to convince as many guests as possible of their idea within 45 minutes.

In addition, we would like to support budding female founders, i.e. the innovators of the future, with one-off sponsorships totalling €3,000 per female founder. The EXIST Women programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection provides the framework for this. Please note: You cannot apply for the EXIST Women Award; instead, the participating universities nominate scholarship holders and the sponsors select a female founder. We are currently still looking for sponsors! Become a sponsor and support female founders with € 3,000. CLICK HERE!

Price categories

  • Female Founder Prize of the Berliner Sparkasse – € 10,000
  • HTW Startup Preis – 5.000 €
  • EXIST Women – 3.000 € per scholarship holder

Female Founder Startups apply for the Female Founder Prize worth €10,000.
All others have a chance to win the HTW Startup Prize worth €5,000.
It is not possible to apply for the EXIST Women Prize. The participating universities nominate female scholarship holders and the mentors select a female founder.

The cooperation partner of the competition is the Berliner Sparkasse. Berliner Sparkasse supports founders in all phases of setting up a business. Whether it’s an account, a loan, public subsidies or modern financing instruments – the founding experts at Berliner Sparkasse are on hand to advise you and determine which offers are suitable. You can find more information on the Berliner Sparkasse website.

Award ceremony

Whether you want to pitch for the attractive prizes, get to know innovative startups and their business models or network with exciting minds from the startup scene – the HTW Startup Challenge is the perfect opportunity. Celebrate after the pitches. At the after-pitch party, you will have the opportunity to network and get to know the HTW start-up projects and the start-up community.

Take part in the HTW Startup Challenge on 16 April 2024 from 5 p.m. at the Treskowallee campus and take the first step towards realising your startup vision!

If you want to be part of the Startup Challenge final, please send an email to claudia.duenckmann@htw-berlin.de.


2 Feb 2024

Exist Women – Call for Applications!

🌟 Calling all aspiring women entrepreneurs! 🌟

Are you ready to turn your innovative ideas into successful startups? The EXIST Women program, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), is your gateway to a vibrant community that empowers and encourages women to embark on the exciting journey of entrepreneurship.

🚀 What is EXIST Women?
As part of the German Federal Government’s startup strategy, EXIST Women focuses on strengthening the presence of female founders in the startup ecosystem. This program is specifically designed for women at universities and research institutions, providing a supportive environment to venture into self-employment and thrive as managing directors and shareholders of groundbreaking startups.

💡 Why Join EXIST Women?
Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded female graduates, scientists, students, and professionals associated with universities.
Collaboration: Share ideas and collaborate in a pressure-free environment.
Inspiring Coaches: Envision your business ideas with experienced female coaches who will guide you towards success.

🔍 Application Process:
Your journey starts with a thorough evaluation of your qualifications, ecological relevance, market understanding, and economic prospects. The most promising applicants will be invited to pitch their projects in a three-minute presentation to experts from the Berliner Hochschule für Technik.

🌐 How to Apply:
Ready to take the plunge? Visit the BHT Startup Hub and complete the online application form. Answer key questions about your startup project, and let us help you turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

👉 Apply Now: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1u3Xx6IWtDQTBh6slole0QjT-BZSIp2ygVCeFxowRPIk/edit#responses
Got questions? We’re here to help! Feel free to reach out at any time. Let’s break barriers and build a future where women entrepreneurs thrive! 💪🚀 #EXISTWomen #WomenEntrepreneurs #StartupJourney #EmpowerHerEntrepreneurship

Funding Partners

The programs provided by BHT Startup Hub receive backing from the European Union (specifically the European Social Fund), the State of Berlin, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.