Silicon Allee® was started by entrepreneurs Schuyler Deerman and Travis J. Todd. Inspired by their US roots and time spent in San Francisco, they set out to build a startup community in Berlin with meetups, events and an English-language blog.
Silicon Allee’s first monthly meetup was hosted at Rosenthaler Platz in February 2011 and has been running on the first Tuesday morning of the month ever since. In the Summer of 2011 David Knight joined Silicon Allee as editor-in-chief, and served as the voice of the community for several years.
Since 2011 the term “Silicon Allee” has become synonymous with Berlin’s tech ecosystem. Berlin has become Europe’s startup capital, eclipsing London in 2014 in venture capital investments. Berlin is now one of the top cities in the world for entrepreneurs.
Silicon Allee’s mission has always been to connect Berlin’s tech community with the rest of the world. We have consulted companies moving to Berlin, produced internationally renowned events in the city and continue to produce valuable content to promote and provide deeper insights into the local tech economy. We have grown to also become the first contact many have with Berlin’s tech ecosystem – the unofficial welcoming committee for Berlin’s newest entrepreneurs and tech employees.
In 2016, on our fifth anniversary, Silicon Allee joined Factory to build a working, living and event space for our vibrant startup community in the center of Berlin. You can read more about this journey here. We opened the campus in January of 2017, with a stellar group of international and local technology companies in residence, including Stripe, Zenloop, The Family, Point Nine Capital and Here. Our craft beer and coffee shop, R/D, opened to the public in May of the same year and we are continuing to build out public and private spaces on campus including several fantastic event venues, our coliving space and few hidden gems.
After the opening of our campus, we are again focusing our services on our local community, doubling down on helping international newcomers and promoting issues and valuable programming from our neighborhood. Please get in contact with us to learn more about how we can help you connect with Berlin’s international tech cluster. We look forward to hearing from you!