Since planting our roots in Berlin 3.5 years ago, we have crossed paths, had beers and shared experiences with many of the greatest minds in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We have found ourselves constantly inspired by our network of peers – designers, investors, program directors and entrepreneurs alike – who have challenged us, pushed us and managed to get the tongues in our team wagging as we discussed ways in which we can elevate The Place to the next level.

So what did we do? We decided to embark on a journey to unite the smartest people from Berlin’s startup ecosystem, and build a program through which they can connect with our community of founders. And so, we present to you: The Smarts.

WHAT IS THE SMARTS?

The Smarts is Berlin’s first equity-free, in-house program aimed at supporting early-stage startups. Together with our network of talented mentors and experts, we are creating a hyper-efficient platform in which startups can build business outcomes and long-term strategic relationships. From matching founders with successful entrepreneurs, to facilitating one-on-one introductions with investors, to curating on-point pitch training seminars with Berlin’s leading talent, we are working hard to ensure that our startups can find the help they need to take things to the next level.

WHY ARE WE DOING IT?

It is clear to us that we are not simply a space in which teams come to sit. We are a community, and we take an active interest in addressing the pain-points that we see all too often in the startup scene. Whether it is writing a business plan, connecting with corporates or raising money, we know that starting a business is full of challenges. That’s where The Smarts come in, to listen to our founders and connect them with the right talent to develop their businesses further. The main aim of this exclusive network is to encourage the next Wunderlist or EyeEm to hatch in Berlin

WHO ARE THE SMARTS?

We have over 50 enthusiastic mentors and experts who are at the ready to help our startups. Our Smarts come from various backgrounds, companies and corners of the globe – simply speaking, they represent all of the people that founders need: experts in growth hacking, branding, communication, corporate relationships, tax, book-keeping, fund raising, UX/UI, law, and so forth. You can check out their profiles here.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Our program has been built for founders and entrepreneurs with big visions, and we are on the hunt for the most promising startups in Berlin (or indeed, the globe) to join our community.

RECOMMEND A STARTUP // hallo@theplaceberlin.com

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