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When we launched the Berlin Founders Fund (BFF) at the end of 2019 we made a bold claim: “When the shit hits the fan for founders we want to do what any BFF would do — have their back.”

Well, the shit has really hit the fan.

These are difficult days for early-stage founders. Despite investor claims that they’re still “open for business”, we know several founders who’ve had term sheets pulled. We want founders to know that we’ve still got their back.

Luckily we’re more agile than some companies and were able to spring into action once the danger…


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Join us IRL: siliconallee.com/bff

Silicon Allee has worked many jobs over the years. From blogger to barista, event producer to landlord, we’ve seemingly done it all. And through it all we’ve been a friend to founders.

But now we want to be a better friend. We want to be your BFF. Which is why we’re taking on yet another job — investor.

Today, we’re announcing the Berlin Founders Fund (BFF).

  • BFF is a microfund providing equity-free investments to early-stage founders.
  • BFF has raised 1.5M€ to date and is currently backed by the European Social Fund and State of Berlin.
  • BFF’s circle of friends include…

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Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

Some famous streets have a walk of fame, where stars emblazoned with the names of famous celebrities are embedded in the sidewalks. Until the day that we can convince the Berlin government to line Torstrasse’s Burgersteig with the names of Oliver Samwer or Edward Snowden we will have to settle for our own group of stars on Silicon Allee. That being said, I think we’ve got a much better deal than a cheap tourist attraction.

We are thrilled to have world-renowned startup accelerator, Techstars, join us here in our campus. From the moment we first started talking to the team…


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Photo by Jessica Sysengrath on Unsplash

This article was written for Silicon Allee by Roman Scharf. The Austrian, Roman Scharf, is the co-founder and partner of capital300, a European Series A Venture Capital fund that backs disruptive technology companies run by ambitious entrepreneurs. The fund was founded in early 2018 by Roman and Peter Lasinger who have built, supported and funded various successful international businesses.

Looking at our social networks serves as a constant reminder: the whole world is connected. And while for many jobs these days it may not seem too important where people are located exactly, it should never be underestimated how crucial in-person…


Will European entrepreneurs soar or be left in the dust? These regulations could make or break startups.

Entrepreneurship and government policymaking. Two different concepts, similar in fundamental ways. Both operate with the goal of solving real problems in society and preventing new ones — sometimes with triumphant results, other times with failure. And yet, one of them moves toward its goals through lengthy, meticulous, careful processes on an extremely large scale. The other does so by making itself as lean and agile as possible, always thinking five years ahead.

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On December 6th we hosted a select group of founders, policymakers, legal experts and entrepreneurs to discuss policies affecting startups in Germany. The discussions from that evening and the report we published with Allied for Startups are the foundations for this article.

The truth is: Neither successful policymaking nor true entrepreneurship can exist without the other. …


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Mario Paladini, Founder & CEO of GLOBALS & AiRelo

If you have lived in Berlin, you have most definitely come across the ‘Anmeldung’ city registration form. You didn’t learn enough German right? So, your brain is scrambled, and which boxes do you tick? Where on earth do you put your passport details? Don’t worry, we’re in the same boat, and with the power of AI all these worries could disappear…

Maybe the robots can help?🤖

Club GLOBALS’ latest endeavour, AiRelo, is a chatbot looking to resolve all of the problems registering in Germany with the first ever city registration AI. I sat down with Founder & CEO of GLOBALS, Mario Paladini to discuss this…


According to Christoph Räthke, CEO of Berlin Startup Academy

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This article was written by Connor Bilboe, correspondent for Silicon Allee.

“I will actively discourage you from starting a startup”

It’s Monday 26th March. The final beams of sunlight pierce through the horizon on Brunnenstraße, in the heart of Berlin Mitte. Christoph Räthke is about to commence the second rendition of his brand-new meetup, ‘Feedback’ at co-working space and café, Unicorn. …


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Last Friday, members of Berlin’s startup community gathered at Silicon Allee for a copyright policy roundtable discussion hosted by Allied for Startups. The event sparked debate and elicited feedback surrounding the European Commission’s complex drafted legislation that would have significant impact on startups in the EU. Our Editor-in-Chief, Julia Neuman, gives you the rundown here — along with all the details you should know about the proposed reform.

‘Disruption’ in the startup world isn’t always a good thing — especially when it involves challenging legislation. Over the past five years, as big data and user-generated content began to play an…


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Photo: WOCinTech Chat via Flickr

New data protection rules were introduced this past May in the EU; here’s a rundown of how they affect startups, and how to make the most out of them.

This post was written by Mahmud Hamdi, data protection expert and CEO of Detracker, the first online privacy advisory firm working only with startups. Say hello to Detracker on Twitter.

Data protection. Users love it, and early stage funds and VCs won’t move forward without it. But for tech companies, online privacy and data protection have historically posed an oftentimes mysterious challenge. Some startups have overlooked them in favor of developing…

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