Germany and India

Germany and India: Together We Can!
Germany and India have a rich history of partnerships across many areas, be it business, clean energy, skill development, infrastructure, river rejuvenation, education or science. The dynamic startup sector adds a new and interesting dimension to Indo-German ties. Both countries are strong markets with flourishing startup hubs. What’s Up, Germany? looks at six successful case studies from Germany and India across various categories that prove teamwork makes the dream work!


Senvion India is looking to provide high-quality wind energy solutions. It will begin as an agile and fresh-minded startup that will apply new approaches while using the Hamburg-based parent company’s solid R&D and experience. Senvion already has an R&D centre in Bengaluru.


When Rahul Gopal, Hiten Patel and Perceus Mody met German student Katja Walter at Mississippi State University, they developed the idea to launch an educational hub to increase collaboration between students and professors. What they didn’t expect was a $100,000 funding!


The next time you land at Frankfurt Airport, make sure to have a cuppa at perfect day’s coffee shop. This socially conscious coffee company is a truly organic Indo-German success story. It has its roots in a coffee farm in south India, where the coffee beans are grown and carefully hand-harvested. Perfect day is currently looking to launch in India. “Perfect day represents a creative, responsible enterprise in a globalised world. As social entrepreneurs, we have grown organically, which has made our business successful. We focus on people—whether it’s coffee growers, staff or guests—who motivate us and create our inspiring atmosphere. The joy of using our talent and drive to create a community motivates us every day anew!” said co-founder Dominique V Dauster.


In order to help budding entrepreneurs in validating their business ideas and bringing them to life, GIZ (German Development Agency for Technical Cooperation), DfID (UK’s Department for International Development) and Intellecap have partnered to set up StartupWave, India’s first virtual incubation platform. The platform and services, which include online resources as well as links to in-person support and mentoring, were co- created with physical incubators, investors and other players in 2014. More than 600 entrepreneurs from across India and across sectors have used this platform.


If you’re an entrepreneur and have not heard of the VC firm Rocket Internet, you should pretty much shut shop! A key global player since 2007, Rocket Internet builds and invests in internet companies that take proven business models to new, fast-growing markets. Run by the Samwer brothers, the incubator entered the Indian market with Jabong, FabFurnish and foodpanda.


German software giant SAP has a deep relationship with India. It engages with over 400 startups across the country and plans to increase its engagement. SAP’s in-house investment arm, Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures), is looking for more opportunities in India. This development is boosted by SAP’s innovation-centred culture, which aims to convert internal ideas into disruptive startups, especially in areas like Big Data, mobility, Internet of Things, robotics and 3D augmentation.

Mingling Around: Conferences that Matter

surge-logoSURGE, Bengaluru: The first edition was organised by Web Summit, one of the most influential tech-based conferences. Held in Bengaluru in February 2016, it was attended by 5,000 people from more than 70 countries. SURGE will return to Bengaluru in 2017. However, tickets are not cheap! “SURGE is our vision for a new type of tech conference for India—a meeting place for people who are both building the companies of tomorrow and managing the companies of today . . . India has arguably the most important and accessible startup ecosystem in the world right now,” said Paddy Cosgrave, founder & CEO of Web Summit.
asia-pacific-week-berlin-logoAsia-Pacific Weeks Berlin: The 11th edition, which focused on startups and their pro-innovation ecosystems, was held from 23rd May to 3rd June 2016. This conference is one of Europe’s most important platforms for dialogue and cooperation with partners from the Asia-Pacific region.
berlin-web-week-logoBerlin Web Week: This week-long festival of independent events related to the digital industry saw an attendance of 20,000 people from across the globe in 2015. The ninth edition of Berlin Web Week took place from 7th–17th June 2016.
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