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Where to start

You've caught the entrepreneurial spirit, but you don't know what comes next? We'll put you on the right path.

Hamburg’s business startup scene is alive and well, drawing creative and innovative minds from all over Germany, Europe and beyond. Some successful Hamburg startups you may have heard of are XING, Jimdo and myTaxi. For an overview of Hamburg's current startup scene, check out Hamburg Startup Monitor (in German) and nextMedia Hamburg.

If you’re ready to start your own business, take a look at the following information:

Residency permit

Make sure that your residency permit allows you to set up a business or carry out self-employed activities. If this is not the case, find out how to apply for an amendment to your permit. EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are subject to the same rights as German citizens.

Chamber of Commerce

If you’re looking for practical advice about starting your own business in Hamburg, book an appointment at the Chamber of Commerce: the focal point for the local business community. Through the Point of Single Contact, the Chamber of Commerce helps future business owners find their feet in Hamburg by clarifying complex legal and commercial issues, as well as matters concerning the authorities ― all in English. The chamber staff will be there to assist you with financial matters, help you launch your new business, or consolidate and expand your existing business in Hamburg.

Coworking spaces

If you're looking for a temporary office or just a spot at a table with a steady WiFi connection, and perhaps a round of 'kicker' with other freelancers, check out the coworking spaces that Hamburg has to offer. Besides a space to work, these locations offer excellent networking opportunities during events, workshops and mixers.

betahouse ( in German)
places (in German)