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.

Lean Café @ BHT Startup Hub: Business Automation for Early Stage Startups
Join us for an insightful session on automation tools and techniques designed specifically for startups.
25 Jul 2024
Startup Webinar: Growth Hacking for Startups Navigating the Valley of Death
Instead of Reading - Learn how to Sell, Design, Develop and Land Anchor MVP Charter Customer Accounts in this Valuable Online Workshop.
24 Jul 2024
Circular Fashion: Embracing Sustainable Design X Couture in Berlin
In the ever-evolving landscape of design and fashion, the concept of circular economy has emerged as a driving force for positive change.
2 Jul 2024


13 May 2024

Design The Loop – the University Makeathon


Together with Cradle to Cradle NGO, HWR Berlin – in cooperation with BHT and other universities of applied sciences is organizing a cross-university Makeathon.

As part of an ideas competition, interdisciplinary student teams develop sustainable and innovative solutions for the cultural and event industry. Participation in the Makeathon is open to students and startups from all disciplines.

The student teams work on challenges relating to the ecological sustainability of companies, start-ups and organizations in the event and cultural sector – from the development of new products and processes to cross-sector innovations and systemic solutions.

To address these challenges, the Cradle to Cradle NGO is sharing its knowledge from the project “Labor Tempelhof” to the students. With the help of cradle to cradle and circular design principles for the event industry, climate-and resource-positive products, processes and innovations were developed and tested at major concerts with over 180,000 visitors. In the Makeathon, these findings are to be used, further developed and transferred to related areas together with the students.

The following challenges are planned together with partners from the event and culture industry:
1. Circular and sustainable solutions for large concerts
2. Circular and sustainable solutions for museums
3. Circular and sustainable solutions for theaters
4. Circular and sustainable solutions for trade fairs

When does it start?
It starts with the kick-off on 30.05.2024, followed by the idea generation phase and the preparation of pitches until 03.06.2024.
On 4 June 2024, the jury will evaluate the best ideas and the selected teams will have until 1 July 2024 to further develop their prototypes and concepts and finally present them on 2 July 2024.

The Makeathon is part of the A-B-Circular project to promote climate-neutral manufacturing of products ‘Made in Berlin’ in the design, fashion & fashion and architecture & construction industries.
The project is being realised as part of the Masterplan Industriestadt Berlin from the thematic funding call CIRCULAR ECONOMY and financed by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

Further information and registration options can be found HERE.

We look forward to your participation and wish you lots of fun and success with real challenges from the world of business!



17 Apr 2024

HTW Berlin and Berliner Sparkasse honour female founders and innovative start-ups at the HTW Startup Challenge 2024

🚀 HTW Berlin and Berliner Sparkasse honour female founders and innovative start-ups at the HTW Startup Challenge 2024 🚀

We’re thrilled to share our remarkable experience from yesterday at the HTW Startup Challenge 2024, where innovation and entrepreneurship collided in the most exhilarating way possible!

Our participation was not just about showcasing our startups’ potential but also about championing diversity and empowering women in entrepreneurship- together with Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin and The Berlin School of Economics and Law we’ve started a very exciting program for female founders – EXIST – Existenzgründungen aus der Wissenschaft Women!

At the heart of the HTW Startup Challenge, our startups applied their creative minds across different categories, aiming for the coveted prize pool totaling €15,000. Moreover, we were honored to bring along 10 extraordinary women from our Exist Women program, fostering meaningful connections and empowering conversations within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The highlight of the event was witnessing our teams shine on stage. Team Hale made us proud by reaching the finals of the Female Founder category, showcasing their passion and dedication alongside the best female-founded ventures. And a special round of applause goes to team #Maluma Micha Orth for clinching the 1st place in the Startup Rally, a testament to their hard work and innovative spirit.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to HTW StartupBerliner SparkasseStartup Incubator Berlin, and Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes for their generous sponsorship, making these awards possible and fueling the dreams of aspiring entrepreneurs.

#HTWStartupChallenge #StartupInnovation #WomenEntrepreneurs #BHTStartupHub #DiversityInTech #EntrepreneurshipJourney


2 Apr 2024

BHT Startup Hub Welcomes EXIST Women On Board

🌟 We are thrilled to share some exciting news from our growing community of female entrepreneurs!

🚀 After an intensive selection process, we are delighted to announce the successful onboarding of 10 remarkable women for the EXIST Women Programme. 🎉 This initiative, generously supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), is dedicated to encouraging women at universities and research institutions to venture into self-employment.

💼 Our aim? To cultivate a future where more women stand as managing directors and shareholders of innovative startups. 🌱

The EXIST – Existenzgründungen aus der Wissenschaft Women Programme isn’t just about launching businesses; it’s about fostering a supportive environment where women can connect, share ideas, and collaborate without constraints. 💡 It’s a space where female graduates, scientists, students, and professionals associated with the university can come together to envision business ideas, with inspiring female coaches guiding them every step of the way. 🌟

What makes our newest cohort truly special? Well, they come from diverse backgrounds, representing 7 different nationalities and collectively speaking fluently14 different languages. 🌍 From the film industry to marketing, social media to architecture, each member brings a unique perspective and skill set to the table. 🎬📊 We’re beyond excited to witness the magic that unfolds as these talented women embark on their journey to entrepreneurship. 🌟

Join us in celebrating this incredible milestone and in championing diversity, innovation, and female leadership in the startup ecosystem! 💼👩‍💼 #EXISTWomen #Empowerment #FemaleFounders 🚺✨

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.