START-UPS Consultation

Start-up in NRW? How we'll support you in the Ruhr area

In addition to various event formats, we would also like to actively assist you with individual questions. We are your first point of contact, particularly when it comes to the founding and growth phase of your digital start-up. We are very familiar with the digital start-up scene in the Ruhr area and have successfully supported many start-ups. Often it's not necessary to reinvent the wheel, because a specific tip in the right direction makes all the difference. Our goal: Supporting the various start-ups in NRW.


How can you register for the start-up consultation?

Send us one or two short sentences about your company, what phase you are in and in which area you need support. We will contact you and tell you how we can help, or put you in touch with people in relevant positions.

What can you expect?

The process and methods of our individual consultation and support are as varied as the questions and needs of young companies.

Sometimes, someone from our team can already help and sometimes there are people in other positions who are ideal for this. The advantage to us: We are very well networked within the digital economy of North Rhine Westphalia and can often provide you with direct contracts as mentors and experts.

Feel free to contact us, and we'll see what we can do for you. If you're looking for a Pitch Training opportunity, take a look at our Start-up Nights.

Start-up contact points of the business development agencies:

Through our connection to the business development agencies as shareholders, we work closely with the start-up programmes that also introduce you into the local networks and support you with regard to start-up topics. Are you urgently looking for co-working spaces in the Ruhr area, or do you have to comply with municipal requirements?

If so, we can help you:


The EWG start-up team in Essen, Tabea and Kai, will accompany you from the start and they'll be there for you with advice and action for every question. For start-ups, they can help with everything from the idea to scaling-up during the growth phase. The EWG positions itself as an independent, neutral institution whose services cover the entire value chain during the start-up phases. The Essen Economic Development Agency's start-up initiative will help you with questions about financing and grants, will integrate you into the Essen network. All of our services are free of charge to you.
Our contact partners: Tabea Lersmacher ( ) & Kai Bonnen (


No matter what phase you are in, the Bochum start-up consultancy has the right range of services for you: Starting with seminars/webinars, connection to the start-up scene and related events, the "Main Theme" business model bootcamp, "Plant X" incubator and progressing to the "High Flyer" accelerator, international start-up trips to conventions, and offices for your start-up in our start-up centres.
Our contact partner: Gregor Tischbierek (


Are you from Dortmund and looking to found a start-up? At the Dortmund Economic Development Agency, you get individual consultation and specific services for your digital, technological, social or urban start-up. You will be put in touch with interesting partners in Dortmund so that you can prepare to found your start-up in the best possible way. And you're also in the right place when it comes to forging contacts with medium-sized companies! The range of services on offer extends from the “start2grow” nationwide start-up competition to the “5 Euro StartUp” urban project and workshops for social entrepreneurs, through to specific matching with investors and medium-sized companies.
Our contact partner: Andrea Schubert (


Do you want to start a business in Gelsenkirchen? No matter what stage you are at, the Wirtschaftsförderung Gelsenkirchen has the right offer for you: We will guide you through the entire start-up process and advise you free of charge. This includes support with project planning documents, assistance in the start-up phase, support in raising capital or finding suitable premises. We help you with questions about financing and funding, and integrate you into the regional network.

Our contact person: Kristof-Alexander Höfs (

Mülheim a. d. Ruhr

As a first-stop shop, Mülheimer Wirtschaftsförderung is available to founders and start-ups in Mülheim an der Ruhr for all aspects of planning and assistance in the implementation of business models. This includes support with the planning documents, assistance in the start-up phase, support in raising capital, the search for suitable premises and the establishment of a suitable network.
Our contact partner: Mathias Meinke (


You want to start a business in Duisburg? Perfect! Duisburg Business & Innovation is your contact and guide to help you on your way to becoming a start-up. With our matchmaker garage DU, we bring start-ups and Duisburg companies together and at MEET UP you can meet prospective and experienced start-ups and founders. We can also help you with your questions about financing, business models, co-working spaces and office space.

Your contact person: Jan-Niclas Müller (

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