We pride ourselves on taking an international approach to boosting startups. That's exactly why we rolled out accelerator programs in Stuttgart for mobility (dubbed 'Startup Autobahn' alongside Mercedes-Daimler) and in Paris for fashion (dubbed 'Lafayette-Plug and Play' with Galleries Lafayette) this year alone.
But let's not forget our Berlin startup accelerator with Axel Springer.
Back in 2012, we launched the program and it has proven the prowess of the entrepreneurial spirit in Germany time and time again. Last month, we were fortunate to partner with Deutsche Bank – an amazing Fintech partner in the ecosystem – and being connected to the program has allowed them to develop deep relationships with six startups in their focus areas.
“With Axel Springer Plug and Play, we have the right partner for finding the best digital startups throughout Europe,” said Markus Pertlwieser, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Deutsche Bank’s Private, Wealth & Commercial Clients (PW&CC) corporate division. “For us, this is a strategic step towards accelerating the digital transformation of our core business and investing in new digital business models.”
But that's not all...
Even more recently, Axel Springer Plug and Play was named the best startup accelerator in the region. We couldn't be more proud of this partnership as it continues to flourish into a world-class location for startups to thrive and succeed.