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The great success story of DB Schenker and Gideon Brothers Part 2:

In 2018, the global logistics service provider DB Schenker with headquarter in Essen and the Croatian startup Gideon met in the semifinals of the Start.up! Germany Tour. Having worked together in different projects since 2018, DB Schenker joins in June 2021 a $31 million Series A investment into the Croatian robotics and AI solutions company […]
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Interview with Stefanie Burgdorff from Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI)

We are pleased to welcome Stefanie Burgdorff today. Stefanie answers our questions today and gives us exciting insights into the world of our close tour partner GTAI. First of all, let's take a look at your Digital Hub. Could you briefly explain the concept behind it? The Digital Hub Initiative is an initiative launched by […]
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The great success story of DB Schenker and Gideon Brothers Part 1:

Interview with Erik Wirsing, Vice President Global Innovation, DB Schenker In 2018, the global logistics service provider DB Schenker with headquarter in Essen and the Croatian startup Gideon met in the semifinals of the Start.up! Germany Tour. Having worked together in different projects since 2018, DB Schenker joins in June 2021 a $31 million Series […]
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NRW: Strong location for innovation in growth markets of the future

North Rhine-Westphalia is not only Germany's most populous state, it also occupies a top economic position in the Federal Republic. Twelve of Germany's 40 largest commercial enterprises are based here, and with its strong industrial core, numerous world market leaders and a dense network of research institutions as well as technology and start-up centers, NRW […]
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Interview with Mariam Alice Saad - Head of the Young Business Leaders Club of AHK France

First of all, please describe your role as AHK in the ecosystem and establish the link to Germany. Thanks to our programs such as startup discovery tours both in France and Germany and European projects like Access2Europe, the French-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an important player in the French-German Startup ecosystem. Startups are […]
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Interview with Felix Neugart, CEO of NRW.Global Business

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany's most important economic region, offers young companies optimal conditions for growth. Many of them have already expanded successfully, because NRW offers plenty of room for investment and innovation, explains Felix Neugart, Managing Director of the state-owned foreign trade promotion company NRW.Global Business [...]
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Interview with AHK India

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK India) participates as one among other German Chambers of Commerce Abroad at the Start.up! Germany Tour 2021 by acquiring and selecting promising startups from India to participate in this year's Start.up! Germany Tour. In this interview we talked with Mrs. Chaitra Dole, Manager for Outbound Services from the Indo-German […]
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Welcome to SUGT 2021 by Minister Prof. Dr. Pinkwart

This year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is one of our main partners of the Start.up! Germany Tour 2021. We are happy to share with you a warm welcome and greetings from our Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State North […]
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Startup-Interview with PIX Moving from China

PIX Moving participated in the digital tour last year and won the international final at the Ruhr Summit. In the interview, they talk about their idea, why they participated in the Start.up! Germany Tour and how they liked it. Dear Nancy, please introduce yourself and the startup PIX Moving. This is Nancy Lee, the Marketing […]
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Startup-Interview with Litium from Iran

The startup Litium from Iran took part in our digital tour last year. In the interview, they talk about their experiences with the Start.up! Germany Tour, their expectations of the German market and the startup scene in Iran. What was your experience of the Start.up! Germany Tour 2020? The Start.up! Germany Tour 2020 was the […]
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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 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. 

Be part of it - let's tour digital!
get some Impressions from
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.
267
Startups since first tour
+40
Countries
+2500
Connections

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a project of IHK NRW (hosted by IHK Ruhr, IHK Cologne, IHK Düsseldorf), AHK and DIHK

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