The AI Lighthouse for Northern Germany
The AI.STARTUP.HUB Hamburg promotes the successful growth of AI startups and AI ideas in the metropolitan region of Hamburg and the entire northern German region. Together with the existing AI ecosystem in Northern Germany, which connects leading AI startups and AI players with Universities and businesses, we support AI founders and those who want to become one.
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AI.STARTUP.HUB
HAMBURG

As a collaboration initiative between 6 Hamburg project partners, the AI.STARTUP.HUB Hamburg, founded in May 2022, offers qualification and support programs for AI founders.

Along all development phases – from ideation to incubation and scaling to internationalization – our AI teams and startups can expect a tailored support package and individual support for their team.

AI teams and startups from the Hamburg metropolitan region and the entire northern German region find in the AI.STARTUP.HUB a partner who supports them. AI startups and AI ideas are supported with a special focus on Applied AI, the application of artificial intelligence in business and the economy.

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AI is the central technology of the future.

We want to promote innovative AI startups and ideas from the entire northern German region and make the existing AI ecosystem visible and strengthen it.

We want to advance the use of AI for the benefit of all and bring it into science and research, society and business. Thereby, we jointly achieve a positive added value on sustainability, health and economic prosperity for the future viability of the Hamburg metropolitan region, Germany and Europe.

We are the lighthouse for AI in Northern Germany.

We offer systematic support for successful growth and international scaling for teams, startups and anyone who is interested in AI – by using science and business, our own entrepreneurial experience from foundation to exit, and our global network. By working with all key players in AI, we join forces to create exponential and sustainable growth.

Our programs.

Along all startup development phases, we offer comprehensive state-of-the-art programs tailored to the specific needs of our AI teams and startups:

  • AI Ideation Program (before founding a startup)
  • AI Accelerator Program (for existing AI startups)


Using different formats, we support our AI teams and startups in ideation and in building, scaling and internationalizing AI startups:

  • Workshop formats
  • Knowhow transfer
  • Mentorship
  • Investor Readiness
  • Corporate Matching
  • International Networking
  • AI.STARTUP.HUB Community and Events

AI Accelerator Program

Do you want your AI startup to grow? Do you want support and mentoring along your current development phase? Then our AI Accelerator Program is for you! We are looking for committed AI startups from all over Northern Germany with a clear AI connection, the urge to make a difference, to scale and to learn and grow together with other founders. From idea to incubation and scaling to internationalization, we offer support, formats and services tailored to your individual needs.

Investor Readiness
& Finance
funding-support (1)

As a startup in seed stage, we help you get in contact with private, corporate and institutional investors and support you during the preparation phase connected to these (Investor Readiness).

Incubation
& Acceleration
acceleration (1)

Product and Services development can be very time consuming. We familiarise you with agile methods that will help you target your customer’s needs with your offer.

Go to Market and
Multi-Channel Marketing
strategy (1)

Together with our startup-experienced partners and coaches, we help you prepare and execute a successful market entry and growth strategy.

AI Startup
Academy
academy (1)

We help businesses with organization, HR, communication, infrastructure and scaling from pre-seed to growth phases. We offer expertise in international markets, legal, technical, political, social and cultural aspects to navigate challenges.

AI Ecosystem
Connector
ecosystem-connection

Leading AI stakeholders from the northern German region and from other German and international AI Hotspots form a one-of-a-kind ecosystem. We connect your AI startup to partners that you need for each individual development phase.

Corporate
Matching
corporate-matching

Using our extensive network we connect you to businesses that are interested in your products or services- because we know that personal contacts still increase chances of success. We help you with the identification, procurement and support of partners or project consortia for pilot projects to support your market entry.

AI &
Tech-Support
toolbox

We create different formats to support the communication within the AI community- from a shared event calendar, the offering of an ecosystem database, an open slack workspace to the organization of workshops. We consult you on legal matters regarding AI, for instance on software patents, copyright and commercialization, so that you can focus on marketing your product.

International
Scale Up
scale-up

Together with our partner German Accelerator and the mentoring network which was created in 2012 we support you with questions surrounding the topic of AI in the international context with a special focus on the US and Asia.

AI Ideation Program

Do you have a bright idea in the field of artificial intelligence or have you done research in this field? Would you like to turn this concept into a prototype? If you live in Northern Germany, then apply now for our 6-month AI Ideation Program and receive extensive support for the implementation of your idea.

Funding
Support
funding-support (1)

As a startup in seed stage we help you get in contact with private, corporate and institutional investors and support you during the preparation phase connected to these (Investor Readiness).

Mentoring
workshops

AI teams are supported by the teams of the startup center beyourpilot. Exchange yourself with our founding consultant, validate and develop your AI idea and business model and check your product market fit.

AI Ecosystem
Connector
ecosystem-connection

Leading AI stakeholders from the northern German region and from other German and international AI Hotspots form a one-of-a-kind ecosystem. We connect your AI startup to partners that you need for each individual development phase.

Workplace
workplace (1)

AI teams receive an office in the heart of Hamburg. A place where you can exchange ideas with all participants, can implement your business idea and prototypes together and meet the AI.STARTUP.HUB community.

Workshops
academy (1)

AI Startup Fundamentals conveys AI teams specific knowledge and skills, such as the basics of starting the company, digital business models, exponential innovation, data science or AI – in short: everything you need to successfully build up your prototype and the business model.

AI Toolbox
toolbox

We create different formats to support the communication within the AI community- from a shared event calendar, the offering of an ecosystem database, an open slack workspace to the organization of workshops. We consult you on legal matters regarding AI, for instance on software patents, copyright and commercialization, so that you can focus on marketing your product.

About the project partners

The joint project of Hamburg Innovation GmbH, the Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC) e.V. and AI for Hamburg GmbH (AI.HAMBURG), is implemented together with the partners Exponential Innovation Institute (Exii), Machine Learning in Engineering (MLE) of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and German Entrepreneurship.

The Hamburg Innovation GmbH (HI) is a knowledge and technology transfer company of Hamburg’s state universities (including the University Hospital UKE) and the University of the Federal Armed Forces.

The Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC) e.V. is a public-private partnership functioning as a link between practical application and application-oriented research in the field of AI.

AI for Hamburg GmbH (AI.HAMBURG) is a private organization founded by technology entrepreneurs Ragnar Kruse and Petra Vorsteher and Hamburg@work to promote knowledge and broad use of AI in companies in the Hamburg metropolitan region.

Machine Learning in Engineering (MLE) This initiative bundles competencies in the field of Machine Learning at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) as well as the Helmholtz Center Hereon.

The Exponential Innovation Institute (Exii) accompanies corporates, startups and universities under the direction of Dr. Uve Samuels in the development of digital and exponentially growing business models.

As an ecosystem orchestrator, Start2 Group is anchored in the world’s most important innovation centers and operates the BMWi-funded German Accelerator in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, Boston and Singapore.

As one of four AI startup model regions nationwide, the AI.STARTUP.HUB Hamburg is funded and supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) for a funding period of four years. Four important German AI regions – Hamburg, Munich, Darmstadt and Berlin – will each launch a model project funded by the BMWi’s EXIST program.

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Founders

Martin Mahn

Hamburg Innovation GmbH

Ragnar Kruse

AI.HAMBURG

Petra Vorsteher

AI.HAMBURG

Dr. John Lange

AI.FUND/AI.HAMBURG

Alois Krtil

Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC)

Dr. Uve Samuels

Exponential Innovation Institute

Prof. Dr. Christoph Ihl

MLE

Matthias Notz

German Entrepreneurship

Team

Arthur Erdmann

Hamburg Innovation

Josefine Britz

Hamburg Innovation

Marc Henes

Hamburg Innovation

Jakob Mewes

Hamburg Innovation

Kim Voigt

AI.HAMBURG

Harald Kratel

AI.HAMBURG

Zoe Paulix

AI.HAMBURG

Oliver Gottfried

AI.HAMBURG

Pascal Wichmann

Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC)

Laura Alexa Tönnsen

Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC)

Anselm Fehnker

Artificial Intelligence Center Hamburg (ARIC)

Project Partner

Partners

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Available Jobs

Are you looking for a new challenge in the area of AI? Find current and open job advertisements from the AI.STARTUP.HUB Ecosystem.

Are you still looking for support in the AI area and have open job advertisements? Send us your requirements to info@aistartuphub.com and we share some vacancies with you.

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