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Location Forthcoming is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Location Forthcoming Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Location Forthcoming Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Location Forthcoming Founder Institute and local leaders: Alexander Manzei and Susanna Potenza.

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Location Forthcoming? Then apply to the Location Forthcoming Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages

There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Location Forthcoming Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. Deutsche Startups
    2. Startbase
    3. Startup Region Stuttgart News
    4. Startup Stuttgart
    5. StartupValley Magazine
    6. Stuttgart Startups
  • Inspirational Location Forthcoming Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. 12min.me Stuttgart
    2. FutureTalks
    3. Hightech Summit
    5. Startup Weekend Stuttgart
    6. TEDxStuttgart
    7. VISION

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
    1. blockLAB Stuttgart
    2. Cocktails & Code
    3. CryptoMonday | Blockchain Stuttgart
    4. Startup Grind Stuttgart
    5. Stuttgart Design Thinking Lab
    6. Stuttgart Digital
    7. Stuttgart Startup Founder 101
    8. Stuttgart Startups Meetup Gruppe
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and startup bootcamps for entrepeneurs. (Includes comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. Disrupt Meetup | Blockchain and Crypto Assets Stuttgart
    2. Disrupt Meetup | Data Science and AI Stuttgart
    3. Disrupt Meetup | Future of Mobility Stuttgart
    4. Disrupt Meetup | Industrie 4.0 and IoT Stuttgart
    5. Disrupt Meetup | Women in Tech Stuttgart
    6. Founder Institute
    7. IBM Regional Club @Südwest
    8. Incubate Stuttgart Meetup
    9. NobleProg
    10. SINGA Business Lab
    11. Spiced Academy
    12. Startup CTO and Tech Founder Meetup
    13. Stuttgart Javascript Meetup
    14. Stuttgart Startup: Idea to IPO
    15. tech&talk Stuttgart
    16. Zühlke Stuttgart Meetup

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in Location Forthcoming.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Afterwork-Bierchen für StartUps, Freelancer & Unternehmer
    2. Business High 5
    3. CoFoundersLab
    4. CyberForum
    5. Digital Nomad Meetup Stuttgart
    6. Foreign Startups & Entrepreneurs near Stuttgart Meetup
    7. Founderio
    8. innolution valley | Die Plattform für Innovation und Startup
    9. START Stuttgart
    10. Startup Stuttgart Meetup
    12. Startup Walk & Talk Stuttgart
    13. Startups Esslingen
    14. Tech and Trails 0711
  • Build First Product: Hackathons & product events in Location Forthcoming.
    1. ARENA2036
    2. Blockchain Hackathon
    3. Blockchain Technology & Decentralized Computing
    4. coding stuttgart
    5. Connected Autonomous Driving
    6. frei [raum]
    7. Hackathon Stuttgart
    8. Infuanfu
    9. MESH Hackathon
    10. Shackspace
    11. SMZ Makerspace
    12. Stuttgart Connectory

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Location Forthcoming law firms & banks for startups
    1. BSB Quack Gutterer
    2. BW Bank
    3. CMS
    4. Commerzbank
    5. Deutsche Bank
    6. DZ Bank
    7. Evangelische Bank eG
    8. Gleiss Lutz
    9. GLS Bank
    10. Gowling WLG
    11. Hoeger, Stellrecht & Partner Patentanwälte mbB
    12. HSBC Deutschland
    13. HypoVereinsbank
    14. Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner
    15. Mercedes-Benz Bank
    16. MTR Rechtsanwälte
    17. Raiffeisen Meine Bank
    18. Schlun & Elseven
    19. Sparda-Bank
    21. Volksbank Stuttgart eG
  • Location Forthcoming Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups in Location Forthcoming.
    1. Agendis BC Stuttgart
    2. ARENA2036
    3. CoWorking Café 101
    4. Coworking0711
    5. Design Offices
    6. DIE FABRIK Coworking
    7. HomeOffice14
    8. Impact Hub Stuttgart
    9. Innovation Space
    10. NewWorkSpace
    12. Shackspace
    13. Stace Coworking
    14. Urban Spaces
    15. WorkRepublic

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Location Forthcoming accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.  
    1. App-Stuttgart
    2. Benchkram
    3. Carpe Diem GmbH
    4. Entrecode
    5. espiridon
    6. HWS
    8. LoBuS UG
    9. mittl medien
    10. mobivention
    11. Pandevo
    12. Pragmatic Apps
    13. Soll & Haben
    14. Tax Consultation Johanna Müller
  • Location Forthcoming Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
    1. ARENA2036
    2. CODE_n
    3. ESA Business Incubation Centre
    4. grow
    5. Incubate Stuttgart
    6. MAHLE Incubator
    7. Medical Innovations Incubator
    8. STEYG Next
    9. The Quantum Incubator

C. Launch

  • Location Forthcoming Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. Accelerate X
    2. Arena 42
    3. M.TECH Accelerator
    4. Sandbox Stuttgart
    5. Startup Autobahn
  • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase Location Forthcoming startups for investment.
    1. BLOCKROCKET Monthly Startup Pitch
    2. Pitch for Progress Online Demo Day: Watch Promising Impact Startups Pitch
    3. Pitch your Startup Idea to Stuttgart Investors & Experts Online
    4. Sandbox Stuttgart Demo Day
    5. Start-up BW Elevator Pitch
    6. Startup Autobahn Demo Day
    7. Startup The Future

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Location Forthcoming Investor Networking:  Events and groups that connect professional investors with founders.
    1. Angel Investment Netz
    2. Business Angels Region Stuttgart
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
    1. Stuttgarter Nachrichten
    2. Stuttgarter Zeitung

B. Funding

  • Location Forthcoming Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs.
    1. Andreas Schwend
    2. Andreas von Richter
    3. Christoph Sagemann
    4. Claus Nestmann
    5. Mike Flache
    6. Patrick Nennewitz
    7. Timo Linnemann
  • Location Forthcoming Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. EKK
    2. Grazia Equity
    3. LBBW Venture Capital
    4. Porsche Ventures
    5. Robert Bosch Venture Capital
    6. THI Investments
    7. Vector Venture Capital

C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Allianz
    2. Dr. Maier + Partner
    3. Egon Zehnder
    4. Engel & Völkers
    5. Hays
    6. Hiscox
    7. ImmoScout24
    8. Instant Offices
    9. MatchOffice
    10. Randstad
    11. Regus
    12. Stanton Chase
    13. Zurich
  • Expansion: Location Forthcoming Growth accelerators and consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. Accenture
    2. All for One Group
    3. Aon
    4. BearingPoint
    5. Berners Consulting
    6. Booz Allen
    7. Boston Consulting Group
    8. Capgemini
    9. Crowe
    10. Deloitte
    11. Ernst & Young
    12. KPMG
    13. Luxoft
    14. McKinsey & Company
    15. Mercedes-Benz Consulting
    16. Mercer
    17. North Highland
    18. Porsche Consulting
    19. PwC
    20. Roland Berger
    21. Warth & Klein Grant Thornton
    22. Willis Towers Watson

4. Location Forthcoming Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. 5Analytics
  2. AnyDesk
  3. AX Semantics
  4. Brokat
  5. deskMate Cloud
  6. Filestage
  7. Impulse Dynamics
  8. Instagrid
  9. internetstores
  10. Laserhub
  11. Peakboard
  12. RIB Software
  13. Shape
  15. Vialytics
  16. ViveLaCar
  17. WiredMinds


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Location Forthcoming Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Alessandro Spanu
  2. Alexander Manzei
  3. Anja Hendel
  4. Daniel Rebhorn
  5. Hannah Boomgaarden
  6. Johannes Ellenberg
  7. John Stewart III
  8. Kerstin Heiligenstetter
  9. Marcel Werle
  10. Michael Heimrich
  11. Mike Towle
  12. Peter Froeschle
  13. Sabrina Jones
  14. Susanna Potenza

2. Location Forthcoming Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. Chamber of Commerce and Industry Stuttgart Region
  2. Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing
  3. Start-up BW
  4. Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation
  5. Stuttgart Welcome Center

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Location Forthcoming Tech Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. AKAD Fernhochschule
    2. Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg
    3. HFT Stuttgart
    4. International School of Management
    5. Stuttgart Media University
    6. University of Hohenheim
    7. University of Stuttgart
  • Location Forthcoming Tech Employers
    1. Amazon.com
    2. Bosch
    3. Cisco
    4. Deutsche Telekom
    5. Diconium
    6. Fujitsu
    7. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    8. HP
    9. IBM
    10. Informatica Deutschland
    11. Lenovo
    12. MHP
    13. Microsoft
    14. Nokia
    15. Philips
    16. Siemens
    17. Sony
    18. TeamViewer
    19. Vector


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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Location Forthcoming Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in Location Forthcoming? Then apply to the Location Forthcoming Founder Institute today

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