The creative content and self-publishing company Startup Guide today announced the launch of an innovative platform that aims to make it simple for anyone to build a startup from scratch, from any city. Whether it’s connecting to the who’s who of a city’s ecosystem, tracking key startup metrics, or finding local requirements, users of the new platform will gain access to the essentials faster so they can get their startup off the ground in no time. Startup Guide also announced a €250,000 investment, led by an unnamed Germany-based business angel, to scale the platform globally.
Founded in 2014 by Sissel Hansen, Startup Guide produces guidebooks to help founders navigate and connect with different startup scenes across the globe. Today, Startup Guide books are in 17 different cities in Europe and the Middle East, including Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Vienna, Lisbon and Paris. Barcelona is probably next. Startup Guide also runs two physical stores in Berlin and Lisbon to promote and sell products by startups. Startup Guide is a 20-person team based in Berlin and Lisbon.
In an age of information overload, finding the right resources and tools is a pain point for many people who want to build a startup, but don’t know where to begin. Startup Guide’s new platform unveils a unique approach to learning the key steps of building a viable startup. Startup Guide built its platform to help aspiring entrepreneurs and founders jumpstart their path to success by offering top notch resources, powerful tracking tools and local expert advice, all in one place – and for free.
Sissel Hansen, CEO and founder of Startup Guide, said: “We will be using our first external investment to scale Startup Guide’s platform so that users around the world will have everything they need to build a viable startup and shape their own future, all at their fingertips. Today’s platform launch is a significant step toward Startup Guide’s aim to build a comprehensive set of content and tools to allow people to turn their startup idea into a reality easier and quicker.”
Startup Guide’s new platform is a result of many years of painstaking research and more than 1000 interviews with startups, experts and investors. With the help of the local startup community, the platform will be rolled out city by city. The aim is to have it available in at least 10 cities within a year and a half. The beta version of the Startup Guide platform is now open for sign-ups.