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Startuprad.io is the premier source for news and insights on the dynamic digital ecosystem of entrepreneurs and investors in the German-speaking global community. Our in-depth analysis and interviews with GSA's founders and VCs provide a guide to this vibrant startup scene. We focus on startups from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, collectively known as DACH or GSA, and deliver our exclusive content straight to your device each week. Our English-language publication has garnered numerous accolades including rankings in Apple's Global Top 20 Entrepreneurship Podcast, Chartable's Global Top 100 Tech Podcast, and Listen Notes' Global Top 0.5%. Join us to stay informed and engaged in this exciting community. We are reaching 70.000+ entrepreneurs and investors monthly with our podcasts, YouTube blog, newsletters, and internet radio station, as well as more than 250.000 monthly with our websites or social media.

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Germany has a rich history when it comes to entrepreneurship. From Konrad Zuse, Carl Benz, and Ferdinand Porsche to Werner von Siemens, there is no shortage of success stories that can be told about German-based companies looking for global expansion opportunities abroad or investors seeking out fresh investment prospects at home/abroad. We continue this with Startuprad.io keeping you up to date with the latest on the German-speaking startup scene in Germany (Europe’s largest economy), Switzerland, and Austria, collectively known as the GSA or DACH region.
We focus on interviews with startups mostly around their Series B funding or even scale-ups from GSA.
Once a month we bring you an exclusive startup new wrap-up as well.
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What We do

We are a B2B podcast, with more than 91% of our audience listening for professional reasons. Also, 46% of our audience is looking for startups to invest in (source: audience survey).Our guest's startups have a certain maturity level (mostly around Series B) and are looking beyond borders for international expansion, partners, or even investors.

Startup Stories

Interviews with Founders and Investors

Those who have been in the startup world for years may be surprised to see new faces, but don't worry! We bring you interviews with founders and investors alike. Some will share their stories about how they got started with a company or founded an industry-defining business while others talk strategy--and there's no shortage of insight on offer here at all.


This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups

What are you waiting for? Just 30 minutes of startup news wrap up a whole month, without you needing to learn one word of German.
In these monthly episodes, Chris from New York and Joe from Frankfurt get together to bring you a wrap-up on what has been going down with startups, investors, and the digital economy in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They'll share the headlines that caught their eye as well as background knowledge about these companies and the forces shaping the startup world.

Expert Interviews

We Look at Important Topics

Get a glimpse into the future and learn what's happening in European startups with our interviews. We'll bring you closer than ever before to initiatives, laws - even federal programs that will shape how this industry evolves over time!

Entrepreneur Tools

We Ask Practitioners How to Solve Common Problems

When we come across someone who has vast experience or a great solution for common startup founder problems, that's the moment where they get called into our office and talked through their approach. We call this Entrepreneur Tools.

"We have been totally surprised by the relevant reach of Startuprad.io. We have been asked about our interview multiple times."
Benedikt and Jakob Sons, Founders of Cansativa

Become a Partner

We are always looking for new partners to work with. If you want your business featured on our podcast or blog, contact us today.Startuprad.io is a
- Global Top 60 Science Podcast (Chartable)
- Global Top 75 Technology Podcast (Chartable)
- Global Top 275 Business Podcast (Chartable)
- A Top 0.5% Podcast (Listen Notes)
- A Top 20 Entrepreneurship Podcast Across All Countries (Apple Podcasts)
- A Top 100 Business Podcast Across All Countries (Apple Podcasts)
The podcasts of our franchise scored in 75 countries (August 2023) in podcast charts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Chartable, and Stitcher.With us, you get straight into the ear of hard-to-reach founders, investors, and tech executives. Reach out to learn more.

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Advisory, Startup Scouting, Deal Origination and Deal Flow Generation

Startuprad.io has been right from the start a way for investors to scout for startups.
Corporations use our content to look for innovative partners.
46% of our audience is listening to find investment opportunities (audience survey). So, it is no surprise that several startups have found their investors with Startuprad.io.
We offer multiple services to startups, corporations, and investors:
- Startup Scouting, utilizing our expansive network
- Consulting, transferring our know-how to startups and corporates
- Deal Flow Generation for investors
If you are looking to tap into this unparalleled network of startups, nationally and internationally, reach out to us.

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Our Sub-Podcasts

You may not be interested in everything we do, so we have a dedicated sub-podcast for your interest. All our content is published on our podcast Startuprad.io and the content is published at the same time on each sub-podcast, where it fits.We have a Fintech Track, a Deep Tech Track, a dedicated News Channel, a Cybersecurity Track, (soon) a Female Entrepreneurship Track and a Blockchain Track, to which you can all subscribe separately.Our Female Entrepreneurship Track will go live soon.Below you can subscribe to our main podcast. Click on the small icons of the sub-podcasts, to find all options to subscribe there.

Our Sub-Podcast Tech Startups Germany with Invest-in-Hessen.com

Our sub-podcast Tech Startups Germany is made possible by the investment promotion agency of the state of Hessen, called Hessen Trade and Invest with their brand Invest-in-Hessen. Startuprad.io is headquartered in Frankfurt, Hessen, and is proud to work with HTAI as the international voice of the regional startup scene.Here we showcase startups from the State of Hessen which are about to expand internationally, looking for international investors, or made amazing exits. Learn more by clicking on the podcast cover, or on this YouTube PlaylistSo far Tech Startups Germany has itself scored in podcast charts in Germany, as a Top 75 podcast in Entrepreneurship on iTunes. It also reached iTunes' or Chartable's podcast charts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, France, and India. It is also a global Top 200 Technology Podcast (Chartable).

Tech Startups Germany by Startuprad.io

"With Startuprad.io we have the opportunity to reach internationally minded, English-speaking audiences in the startup sector across Europe and the world. We have seen the influence Startuprad.io has on local influencers and helps to set the agenda also for German, Italian, Polish, and other country-level discussions. It is an exciting channel that we love to be part of!"
Thomas Kösters, Managing Director of DEEP Ecosystems

Pulse of the European Startup Ecosystem (Quarterly Sub-Podcast with DEEP Ecosystems)

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The European startup scene is changing fast. There are new players, old ones fading away, and even more to come in their place- all vying for a piece of this growing pie! In order not to get left behind you need regular updates on what’s going on so that our entrepreneurs can stay one step ahead when building or investing in companies here. That’s why we started the “Pulse of the European Startup Ecosystem” which will provide you with quarterly podcasts chronicling different aspects related to startup activity across European Hubs, supported by the data from the specialized analytics company DEEP Ecosystems.

Our Internet Radio Station Startup.Radio

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Startup.Radio is our 24/7 radio station. It is the world's first tech entrepreneurship radio. We run this station with our content and that of our partners like Tech.eu or the Stanford University Radio Show “Laptop Radio.”
We started our station only in February 2021, but our audience has been growing with >33% MoM in the first year.
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The Team

Who are the people you can hear on Startuprad.io's podcasts or see in our Youtube interviews?Johanna Joch is an entrepreneur, speech therapist, and lead of our Female Entrepreneurship Track. She is based in Hamburg, Germany.Dr. Christian "Chris" Fahrenbach is Mr. News. He is a freelance journalist, teacher, and entrepreneur. He joins Joe for the news and reports on GSA entrepreneurs abroad. He is based in New York City and holds degrees from the US and Germany. He won one of the of the prestigious Grimme Online Awards 2019.Jörn "Joe" Menninger is a consultant, startup scout, and podcaster. He is the founder and CEO of Startuprad.io. He also has more than 15 years of experience as a management consultant where he helps corporates and startups alike. He also works his network as a startup scout for enterprises and investors looking to invest in or buy young tech companies. He lives with his family in Frankfurt, Germany, and holds degrees from Germany and the US.Chamara Madushanka works as our editor. Madu works with all our video files to make them look much better than ever before.

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The Startupraven Platform

Startupraven is a new way for startups to approach investors and partners. Looking for investors or partners, approaching them, and communicating with them is a time-consuming job. Startupraven cuts this to one click.The platform is set up by Startuprad.io to help all startups to connect to investors and corporations looking for partners.Corporations and investors can use the platform to get real-time scouting services for potential investments, generate deal flow and look for partners.

A Brief Overview of Startuprad.io

This is a very brief overview of what we have achieved so far. It will be updated on a regular basis. You can also find some of the updates on our Instagram page.

Startuprad.io Results Audience Survey H1 2022

Pitch a Guest / Startup / Idea

We receive up to 10 requests a week, but can only interview 2-3 startups a month. This leads to a very low acceptance rate. In order to keep organized, we ask you to fill out the Google Form (link below) .

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Our Side Hustle

Startuprad.io is the international voice of the German startup scene. We are at home in Frankfurt am Main. We also want to promote the local startup scene, so our founder is an advisor to the local Startup Guide and we publish an inbound VC index for the Greater Frankfurt Region, called Rhine-Main. You can learn more about RhineMain.vc on their website.


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