Start big. start berlin.

Published on
11 Jan 2022
Community Management
Francesco Sieben
Head of Community
Pia Caesar
Commnunity Manager
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Our Application System: How to apply for START Berlin

What awaits you:

• A network of talented members and potential co-founders
• Direct encounters and insights into the most successful startups in Berlin
• Contacts to investors, mentors, startups, speakers and industry experts
• Access to our international START Network with partner chapters such as START St. Gallen, START Barcelona or START Munich
• An extensive network of partners and alumni to provide you with the right contact for any startup topic

Admission Criteria:

• You are in university
• You have a burning passion for entrepreneurship
• You want to get into venture capital, get in contact with prospective co-founders or learn more about the ecosystem
• You commit to being an active member of our community for one entire year
• You are based in Berlin for at least the next 6 months


Learn about START Berlin & Convince yourself



Fill out a set of questions on Tally, as well as uploading your CV. You will receive a confirmation email that we received your application.

First interview

After initial screening of written applications, the selected candidates move on for a face-to-face interview with START members.

Onboarding Day

Your first event as an official STARTie! A full day of onboarding, meeting the whole team and getting to know each other.

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about the application process.
What departments do you have?
People: We find the raw diamonds in the Berlin startup ecosystem. Work hard with you to take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey, and most importantly, we build a community that feels like a family!

Digital: The Digital department ensures that START is set up for long-term success. We are the data experts, legal consultants and builders of our technical infrastructure.

Partnerships: Having flourishing partnerships that unite entrepreneurial minds and hence, create long-lasting impact for our members, partners, and the Berlin ecosystem.

Events: Hosting the craziest events, strengthens the community by providing them a platform to be together! They also want to give people the chance to connect with like-minded people.

Marketing: We are the Voice of START Berlin – and want to motivate each stakeholder to become engaged with START by providing all the necessary content at each step of the START-journey
Is there any membership fee?
Yes, our membership fee is 1€ per month.
How many members do you have?
More than 30 active members and plenty of alumni in our chapter. The network consists of several hundred people.
How many events do you have per semester?
Next semester we have more than 8 major events and 12 minor events. But there is always the possibility to meet fellow STARTies for a coffee.
Is it mandatory to join the events or be active in a department?
Yes, we all just benefit from START Berlin if everybody is active. That is why joining a department in the first year is mandatory; we expect you to visit as many events as possible. It is a win-win situation if every member of START is active. Of course, there are some exceptions, e.g. if you are in the middle of founding a startup.
My German is not good, is that a problem?
We are a diverse club with members from all over the world. That is why our only language is English. But we are always happy to help you to improve your German skills :)
What does the application process look like?
The current process of recruiting is simple with 2 steps. The first step of the recruiting is the application phase, where each candidate has to fill out a set of questions on Tally and upload a video or motivational text. After initial screening of these applications, the selected candidates move on for a face-to-face interview with START members, because personal fit is the most important thing. After the final round of interviews, the candidates who make the cut, are invited to join our community (as simple as that). Please do make sure to check your spam folder, just in case you didn't hear back from us.
What kind of study do I have to do to join START Berlin?
Any kind of study is right to join START Berlin!
How much time do I have to spend for START Berlin?
We expect a weekly workload of 5-10 hrs/week from our members, however this may vary.
I haven’t found an idea of what to start yet, is this a problem?
Not at all! We know it is hard to come up with the right idea on which you are passionate about making it real. We just expect an entrepreneurial spirit and want to see ambitions to found a startup at some point.
Any questions unanswered? We are happy to answer them! Just contact us