Founders & Start-ups

North Rhine-Westphalia has one of the liveliest ecosystems on offer to founders and start-ups in Europe. Funding at all stages, affordable co-working spaces and the political decision-makers’ high regard for innovation form the basis for one of Germany’s highest rates of start-ups in NRW. The proximity to investors and a broad client base in all industrial sectors are unique in Germany and provide outstanding development opportunities. The Mediencluster NRW is the first port of call and contact for start-ups, young creatives and companies and provides a comprehensive range of services and information.

Facts and figures

  • Germany’s No. 1 start-up stronghold
  • outstanding infrastructure with large number of co-working spaces
  • six regional DigiHubs as contact points for founders
  • good access to private and state venture capital
  • incubators like 1stMOVER or Startplatz as drivers of the start-up ecosystem
  • successful networks such as NRWalley, Start-up Region_OWL or StartupDorf
  • events: dmexco, Pirate Summit, Rheinland-Pitch, StartupCon, RuhrSummit, Creative Startup Slam
  • Urlaubsguru, Kalaydo, auxmoney and Trivago as start-up benchmarks

More on “Founders & Startups” in the location brochure, published by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.


Katrin Ahues

Tel: +49 211-930 50 305

Head of Communications


Mediennetzwerk.NRW is financed by the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and receives funding from the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRD).

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