Berlin is a the leading media-metropole, a hotspot for creatives, startups and at the same time a central location for crowdfunding actors in Europe. On 1 February 2014, the portal www.crowdfunding-berlin.com was launched; it shows an overview of current Berlin crowdfunding and crowdinvesting projects from ICT, media, the creative industries and cultural education. The website brings together the Berlin activities on the most important German and international platforms for the first time – from Startnext, Kickstarter and Indigogo to Companisto, FundedByMe and Seedmatch.
The portal is operated by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf and on the initiative of the Senate Department for Economic Affairs / Projekt Zukunft. Over 140 projects have already been successfully completed since the beginning of the year via crowdfunding-berlin.com. We want to boost this development further.
The Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs supports the stronger use of crowdfunding and crowdinvesting and is committed to professionalising them as well as linking them to the federal state's public funding programmes. Crowdfunding and crowdinvesting are young financing instruments with a very rapidly growing market.
- 36 Jahre SO36 – Book and DVD with a multimedia chronicle of the legendary Kreuzberg club in stories, photos, films, videos and music
- Berlin Community Radio – Online radio station that showcases the creative scene in Berlin: from music, art and culture to fashion, events and lifestyle
- Du musst dein Ändern leben – Documentary about the Klunkerkranich cultural roof garden in Berlin-Neukölln, about free spaces, new work forms and the do-it-yourself culture
- Edition F – Online magazine on business, career and lifestyle for women, with outspoken reports, community functions and a job board
- emerge – Online and print magazine for photo journalism, multimedia reports and documentary photography by young journalists from Germany
- Everything Beta – Documentary about startups and entrepreneurship in the 21st century, with numerous interviews and portraits of founders from Berlin and worldwide
- FOG – Online and print magazine for documentary and artistic works: photo essays & reports, interviews, multimedia features, films
- Howie’s YAGALOO – TV magazine which reports weekly on current music and is broadcast mainly on regional television and online
- InternetMuseum.Berlin – The world's first museum to document the history of the Internet, its visionaries, projects and trends
- Krautreporter – Online magazine with detailed reports, portraits and research that seeks to facilitate independent journalism on the web
- mikrotext – E-book publisher for short digital reading: two e-books with current literary texts on contemporary topics every three months
- Peristal 3.0 – Interactive maze in Berlin: accessible, multimedia and interdisciplinary room installations on several floors
- The Open Stage Berlin – Music video platform which documents the current music scene in Berlin, its artists and special places in an interactive chronicle
- Wohin Kleiner Bruder...? – Enhanced e-book that tells the story of an urban teenager with multimedia to inspire young people to read: using comic, audiobook, e-book and songs by Berlin musicians
The three projects with the most votes will receive the following prize money:
1st place: €5,000
2nd place: €3,000
3rd place: €2,000
The finalists will also receive accompanying PR services. In addition, participation in conferences and presentations abroad by the state of Berlin may be possible.
With these awards we want to make it easier for three actors/teams to implement and market their projects, to honour their efforts in the mobilisation of fans and capital and to help establish talents with innovative ideas in Berlin.
All projects that meet the following conditions can take part:
- The stakeholders of the project are domiciled or located in Berlin.
- The financing campaign for the project must run or have run on a platform which cooperates with crowdfunding-berlin.com.
- The project is or was in the financing phase in the period between 1 February 2014 and 15 February 2015.
- The project has its focus in the area of digital media (e.g. e-book, digital radio, Internet TV), pursues a novel, technological or interactive approach (e.g. cross-media, user participation, media facade) and/or makes a clear topical reference to Berlin (platform character, prizes, festivals).
- It can be allocated predominantly to one of the following categories: film & broadcasting, literature & publishing, music, architecture, photography, art, or similar.
For the audience voting, the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research / Project Future nominates up to 15 projects that meet the criteria named, in cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin.
Only those projects are eligible for prize money which have been successfully completed, i.e. which have achieved their financing total, funding threshold or flexible target amount. It is of no significance when the financing phase ends or ended; this can be before, during or after the public voting.
In the event that the financing phase of a project ends during the voting without success, the project is excluded from further voting as the participation conditions are no longer met. Should the financing phase of one of the three winning projects in the public voting not end until after the voting and then without success, the project is also excluded. The next placed projects will then move up in the ranking.
There is no legal right to participate.