The Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises of the State of Berlin and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy of the State of Brandenburg have assumed patronage of BPW. In addition, the project is co-financed by the European Social Fund.
Entrepreneurs in Berlin and Brandenburg have had to overcome major challenges in the last two years and also face many imponderables in the near future. Despite these external influences, we continue to experience an incredible and unique dynamism in start-ups in Berlin. Almost 40,000 start-ups were created in Berlin last year - even slightly more than in the pre-Corona year 2019. Today, the difficult environment demands even more from founders than in the past to think intensively about the strengths and challenges of the business idea and to consider new risks - ideally also in exchange with others. The Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition offers a wide range of formats for this purpose: knowledge can be acquired or deepened in workshops and seminars, and inspiration can be generated and solutions found at networking events and in direct exchange with professional coaches. Even after the start-up, the investment banks in Berlin and Brandenburg offer a wide range of support to accompany not only the ideas of today, but also the successful companies of tomorrow. I wish you every success in this task.
A dynamic start-up scene is the basis for ensuring that SMEs in Berlin and Brandenburg can continue to grow. The Corona pandemic and the effects of the war in the Ukraine must not be allowed to become an obstacle to start-ups.
That is why I appeal to all those in Berlin and Brandenburg who are willing to start up a business: Start up - now more than ever! Develop your business ideas, pursue them consistently with the goal of launching a successful company. The BPW offers all participants advice tailored to their needs and valuable feedback on the submitted business plans. Take advantage of the BPW's wide range of services and its competent consulting network. Because founders with a concrete business and product idea and clearly defined target groups have an easier time on the path to independence. BPW is also the right place for those who are planning to take over or hand over a company.
We want to strengthen the start-up climate in Berlin and Brandenburg and encourage people to become self-employed. I wish all participants in the BPW all the best! Take part - it's worth it!