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Financial Times Ranking: Europe's Leading Start-Up Hubs



Berlin, Germany

15th March, 2024


INAM (Innovation Network Advanced Materials) is delighted to announce its selection among the top 125 companies for accelerator and incubator programs (out of several thousand) in Europe in the Financial Times. Reaching the top 11 in Germany and placing in the top 3 within Berlin, INAM takes its place among Europe's Leading Start-up Hubs.


‘The Financial Times cooperated with Statista R, a subsidiary of the international data and research company Statista as well as Sifted, a leading media brand for the European startup community.


To identify the leading hubs, a registration and survey process was conducted. Several elements were considered for the evaluation, with the main criterion being the assessment of the respective start-up hub by alumni who participated in at least one incubator or accelerator programme run by the respective hub. In addition, the recommendations of external experts, such as investors (business angels, representatives of venture capital firms), entrepreneurs and academics were included. On top of that, the most successful startups coming out of a hub were examined.’


Oliver Hasse, Managing Director of INAM, stated, “We are thrilled to have made it into this prestigious ranking by the internationally renowned Financial Times, particularly as a newcomer with a non-generalist, deep tech focus. As several thousand hubs were examined, being on the list is quite an achievement in itself. Being in the top 15 in Germany is a pleasant surprise to us. Also, with four hubs from Berlin on the list, the city underscores its leading position in the European startup ecosystem. Needless to say, the performance of our programmes’ alumni has been crucial in achieving this - congratulations to them in the first place!”


The INAM team would like to extend its sincere appreciation to our community of members, startups, mentors, partners and every supporter of the thriving INAM network. Here is to a brilliant future and accelerating the entrance of revolutionary advances in materials and deep tech startups into the global market.


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About INAM

Founded in 2016, the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials (INAM) is dedicated to supporting innovative products, and processes in Advanced Materials. INAM fosters collaboration between deep tech startups, corporates, research institutions and investors, to accelerate the global market entry for groundbreaking ideas.


INAM operates three accelerator programs explicitly created for deep tech startups, tailored to their Technology Readiness Level (TRL) stages. INAM’s program consists of the Advanced Materials Lab, the Advanced Materials Competition, and the Advanced Materials Competition Scale.


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