Anna: First of all, the Rhine-Neckar region has a great infrastructure for entering the German and other European markets. It’s possible to travel anywhere in Germany or within Europe by car, train or plane in a very short time.
Second of all, we have great support systems here. Apart from the Up2B accelerator, there are also other accelerator programs in Baden-Württemberg, as well as over ten startup centres in Mannheim and Heidelberg.
Third of all, we have a dense network of business angels to support startups financially and a very big density of corporates. There are many world market leaders, hidden champions and SMEs situated in the Southwest of Germany that are interested in collaboration with startups.
Finally, there is great tech and startup community in Mannheim and Heidelberg and we offer networking events and platforms where they can meet each other and exchange.