The Kalkscheune premises are the only surviving continuous complex of buildings of the former Berlin Barn District. First mentioned, in an 1831 insurance document, other evidence would suggest that the building had been erected before the construction of the Brandenburg Gate (1730s).


At this site, master machine builder Johann Caspar Hummel erected his machine works which made him one of the outstanding trailblazers of the industrial revolution in Berlin. So, nearly 200 years later innovators and entrepreneurs return!


Cavalry barracks posted at the site of today’s Friedrichstadtpalast had their horses stabled at Kalkscheune, and later the machine works became the location of the Prussian bicycle manufactory, inaugurated by Queen Auguste Viktoria.


Die KALKSCHEUNE is located right in the heart of Berlin, in walking distance of Brandenburg Gate.




Join us at this year’s Venture Capital Forum, where leading investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers will explore what makes Europe the world’s most exciting place to invest in ideas.


An impressive list of speakers will share their insight into how vision and expertise can take a small idea and turn it into a billion Euro company, why in constrained times of capital VCs can offer a lifeline to small companies and why for today’s investors, great returns are being realised.


The comprehensive agenda reflects the EVCA’s 30 years at the heart of venture and tackles the tough questions:


  • What are the competitive advantages and disadvantages of Europe?
  • Is it time to reset the European venture model?
  • Exit strategies – what’s available in today’s world?
  • Incubators, VCs, angels: cooperation or competition?
  • Creating a cluster, what creates a critical mass and is it needed to bring in brains, capital, competition and vision?
  • Frankly speaking: What do investors need from their managers?


Taking place in Berlin, one of the most dynamic start-up hubs in Europe, this year’s meeting will combine robust discussion with excellent networking. The special reception to mark our 30th year will take place in the renowned club, 40seconds, giving delegates the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.


New for 2013!


This year the EVCA is delighted to be in partnership with the Falling Walls Foundation and has been invited to participate in the Falling Walls Venture competition – it’s a brilliant opportunity to showcase one of your portfolio companies.


Falling Walls Venture

A gathering of science based start-ups, investors and opinion leaders on 8 November 2013 (13:00 – 18:00) in Berlin. Falling Walls Venture is an international forum for outstanding science based start-up companies, venture capitalists and strategic investors as well as their wider academic environment. 10 leading academic institutions and 10 venture capitalists present their most outstanding science based enterprises to an audience and a distinguished jury. The winners will be awarded the title Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year 2013.


Falling Walls Venture is initiated by the Falling Walls Foundation and takes place in cooperation with the EVCA, international partner universities and research institutions.




We invite VCs to submit their application to this competition no later than Monday 2nd of September. Please click here to see the information to participate.






Conference venue


Johannisstrasse 2

10117 Berlin Mitte

Tel: +49 30 59 00 43 40

Fax: +49 30 59 00 43 411


Cocktail and dinner venue (7 November)


Potsdamer Strasse 58

10785 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 89 06 42 41





7-8 November 2013