Google helps open new home for startups

Google has helped fund a new home for internet startups in Germany's capital.

Internet entrepreneurs have received a new home in the German capital with the opening of the "Factory" - a workspace developed in partnership with Google that allows startups to innovate and collaborate under one roof.

Factory founder Simon Schaefer said at Wednesday's opening the 16,0000-square-metre building was helped with a 1 million-euro ($A1.50 million) from Google.

He said new businesses will benefit "from the internationalism of our partners and will get attention from investors and potential customers from around the world".

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt was on hand for the opening of the workspace, in a former brewery, which is designed for some 500 people.

The first occupants will also include established firms such as Twitter, Soundcloud and Mozilla.