From November 14th - 17th, 2021, a selected group of brave, enthusiastic and like-minded entrepreneurs from all over the world will have the opportunity to explore digitally and visually some of Germany’s most promising hotspots for both startups and “old economy”: North Rhine-Westphalia.

Within Start.up! Germany Tour 2021 you will get to know large corporations, multinational companies and representatives of the "German Mittelstand". Furthermore you will get an insight into the location NRW and its vibrating Rhine-Ruhr region.

We organize for you: reverse pitches, virtual matchmakings, 1to1 meetings, a speed hackathon and you can apply to pitch your own startup.

In addition, there will be a pre-program where you can learn more about the location NRW, the business culture and practical things for your entry into the German market. And you will get access to a lot of exciting events. 

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our 2019-Tour
Vertical 1: insurtech
Vertical 2: smart City
Vertical 3: Logistics & Mobility
The insurance industry is ripe for innovation and disruption.
Modern technologies have found their way into the insurance sector, and investment in InsurTech startups has soared in recent years.

Whether it’s developing new insurance models or using data from smartphone apps and wearables to dynamically price premiums according to observed behavior - opportunities for startups are boundless.
The City of Tomorrow.
The city of tomorrow is a city characterized by the collection and use of data to manage the demands of its citizens efficiently.

From traffic monitoring and power generation, to water and waste networks and to schools and hospitals, this is our most diverse vertical.
improve the way to move people and things.
For centuries increasing mobility and logistic capabilities have allowed us to travel further and organize the transportation of goods more efficiently. And the possibilities are far from exhausted – there is always another new idea that allows startups to improve the way we move people and things.

Why our Tour?!
Benefits for Startups.

North Rhine-Westphalia as one of the most dynamic Regions in Germany.
NRW has the highest amount of working force and the most innovative companies in Germany. The most driving locations are the Rhine-Ruhr-Area along the cities Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Bochum and Dortmund.
Get new ideas and learn from practical insights.
The tour will give you a deep insight into North Rhine-Westphalian startup ecosystem. You will meet many local startups, incubators and accelerators for practical advice and networking on the tour and during the RuhrSummit.
Get in touch with other foreign startups and other AHKs.
Many AHKs come along with their startups to support them. There you can solidify your international business network.
Startups since first tour


a project of the IHK Ruhr, IHK Cologne, IHK Düsseldorf and DIHK.


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