Creative City Challenge: Innovative ideas for Berlin culture and nightlife

Global Innovation Collaborative in Berlin

The top metropolises Berlin, London, New York and Paris have come together to form a Global Innovation Collaborative and are looking for innovative solutions that will contribute to the financial recovery of culture and nightlife after the pandemic.

As part of the Creative Cities Challenge, you can submit your ideas for reviving and strengthening the creative economies and cultural scenes in these cities. Submissions are being accepted from now until 3 August 2021. The aim of the challenge is to collectively discover new, cross-sector tools, systems and solutions that focus on economic resilience, ecological sustainability and social equity.

The Creative Cities Challenge is aimed at creative thinkers as well experts and companies that have weathered the pandemic well – for example, the technology, manufacturing and logistics sectors. Your knowledge and expertise are just as important for the future development of the cultural and creative sector as your industry-specific ideas. Apply now!

Submit your ideas online. Be part of the challenge and seize the opportunity to see your ideas brought to life! One winner and their project will be chosen per city. Here’s how the challenge works:

  • 1 June to 3 August 2021: Application period
  • August 2021: Selection process carried out by a panel of experts with representatives from all four cities
  • 8 September 2021: 8 to 16 finalists will be announced (2 to 4 per city)
  • September and October 2021: Workshops with the finalists to further develop their concepts
  • End of October 2021: Virtual Public Showcase with pitches by the finalists
  • December 2021: Winners will be announced (one winner per city)

The Global Innovation Collaborative is supported by strategic partners including Bloomberg AssociatesMicrosoft and Nitrous. These partners provide the cities and innovators with benefits in kind, knowledge, expertise and the opportunity to trial the ideas in practice.

Berlin’s partners include Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public EnterprisesClubcommission BerlinKulturprojekte Berlinmedia:net berlinbrandenburgTech Open Air and visitBerlin. Members of the Berlin expert panel include Lutz Leichsenring (Clubcommission Berlin Spokesperson and partner at VibeLab), Moritz van Dülmen (CEO Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH), Jeannine Koch (CEO media:net berlinbrandenburg e.V.), State Secretary Christian Rickerts (Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises), Niko Woischnik (Tech Open GmbH founder), Burkhard Kieker (CEO visitBerlin – Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH) and Dr. Stefan Franzke (CEO Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH).