There has been hype building around Berlin's start-up scene for the past few years, and as the tech industry flourishes in the city people arrive to look for jobs every day. But there has been a backlash of negativity around the industry.
And while companies fail and some people leave the city disappointed after not finding the hipster mecca so heavily reported on, The Local decided to take a look at the benefits of working in one of the the city's many start-ups.
For one, they're helping to bring a struggling city to its feet. “Start-ups have been a growing part – albeit still a small one – of the city's economic upswing,” explained David Knight of tech news website Silicon Allee.
From the chance to learn another language and make friends from all over the world, to an industry that the country is sitting up and taking notice of, have a look at our 10 points in defence of Berlin's start-up industry and decide yourself.