Digital Tour-program 2020. Your access to german Corporates.

25 - 28, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Time indications refer to German time (CET).
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Day 1 //
6 - 7.30 PM
// Come together with startups from around 30 countries.
// Get to know the people behind the tour.
// Get hints from the organizers for a successful participation.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Day 2 //
10 - 11 AM
Kick-off event Start.up! Germany Tour 2020
“Welcome to NRW and its capital Düsseldorf”
Words of Welcome
Gregor Berghausen, Executive Director, Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Petra Wassner, Chief Executive Officer, NRW.INVEST
Theresa Winkels, Head of Economic Development Office of the City of Düsseldorf

How to develop a startup ecosystem - Best practice Düsseldorf/NRW and our engagement with international startups
Peter Hornik, Managing Director, Digihub Düsseldorf

Presentation of Expat Service Desk
Johannes Grünhage, Head of Expat Service Desk Düsseldorf

12 - 1 PM 
Get an introduction to the three verticals by industry experts and important multipliers.

// Overview of the respective industry and its opportunities.
// Relevant companies and partners in the Rhine- Ruhr Region.
// Contact points for foreign startups.

Introduction by InsurLab Germany

Introduction by 
Alexander von Schweinitz, Member of Managing Board, Smart City Alliance Dortmund 
Mirko Bass, Business Development Manager EMEAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia), Cisco Systems


Mobility Hub NRW and Virtual visit to EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf 
Uwe Kerkmann, General Director, EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf
Alexander Söchtig, COO, inno2Grid GmbH

The Project „KoMo:D Next“ – Digital Testfields for Mobility in Düsseldorf 
Torben Hilgers, Manager Project Office KoMo:D
4 - 6 PM
Reverse pitches and company presentations of three to four multinational companies from each vertical that are interested in your business!

Ten to fifteen startups per vertical are selected in advance to pitch live online in front of the companies.

After the BIG PITCH we will bring you directly in contact with the German companies.

Meet Signal Iduna, AXA, Gothaer and Zurich Insurance Group 

Meet BAYER and Vodafone

Dr. Kerstin Ilg, Innovation Sourcing - Strategic Sourcing BP SMol/RegScience, Bayer AG
Robert Dillge, Innovation Manager, Innovation & UPLIFT, Vodafone GmbH

Moderated by
Dominik Stute, Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Meet Metro AG, DB Schenker, GS1 Germany GmbH, Inno2Grid GmbH

Moderated by
Katrin Lange, Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce 
Marc Meckle, Essen Chamber of Industry and Commerce 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Day 3 //
11 AM - 1 PM
Some of the most important companies in the region present themselves live on stage and show you possibilities, how to co-operate with them.

// Startport
// Evonik Digital GmbH
// DB Schenker
// ebm-papst neo GmbH & Co. KG
// Ernst & Young GmbH
// perpetuo GmbH
// Emschergenossenschaft
// signals (SIGNAL IDUNA Group)
// Vonovia
// E.ON
3 - 4:30 pM
Get the chance for direct one-to-one conversations with exciting medium-sized companies that are interested in your business.

// Haeger & Schmidt Group
// Startport
// SPECTRO Analytical Instruments GmbH
// ISIS IC GmbH – Innovation Center
// thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
... and many more! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Day 4 //
10 AM - 12 PM
Companies and important institutions from NRW will exchange ideas and questions with you to obtain your ideas and solutions.

The aim is to create a basis for future cooperation and to take advantage of the diverse international perspectives of Start.up! Germany Tour.

Topic 1
Data as an asset – Fact or fiction in B2B and how can Evonik participate?
by Evonik Industries AG
With entities like the International Data Spaces Association, leveraging the value of data in ecosystems is becoming feasible also for manufacturing industries. In what capacity can Evonik participate in this marketplace?

Topic 2
From founders’ nightmare to unicorn fairytale
by Worldfactory Start-up Center
You got stranded in Germany and are required to have a market-ready product within a few days. In our ideal Worldfactory Start-up Center world, you are given endless opportunities to support your business idea. Which ones do you pick to turn the nightmare into a fairytale?

Topic 3
Cities need innovation and innovation needs cities
by World of Walas
The future of our cities depend greatly on the ability of our cities to initiate and nurture innovation. Only through innovation can our cities transform radically in order to cope with urban challenges such as climate change, social exclusion, poverty, inequality and so on. We are at a point in human history where it is literally “innovate or die”.

We at World of Walas have a radical hope that we can make the changes needed. But only when we collaborate with other businesses, cities and municipalities, universities and colleges and especially with the local communities where we are working on the ground. Many of these collaborations, and in particular with start-ups, are aimed at creating access to innovations for projects and urban developments. By creating this access to innovations can cities and project get access to the tools they need to turn policies and goals into practice and action.

Cities need innovations to turn policies into action, and the other way around is just as true. Innovators need a true urban environment as a pre-condition for innovations. Only an urban environment that is designed to be urban, with mixed use, with an active and all-inclusive community, and that is authentic, can inspire and nurture innovations.

Our challenge is actually an invitation to all start-ups from every place on the globe to explore together with us how to collaborate and turn Phoenix West in Dortmund into an innovation district by bringing in your innovations, and by creating an environment that provides the best possible conditions and circumstances to be successful and help cities like Dortmund to make the much needed transitions.

Let’s collaborate to innovate!

Topic 4
Digital assembly work through the lens of SmartGlasses - science fiction or already serious potential for industrial use? 
by Altenburger Maschinen Jäckering GmbH
The need to support customers from a distance is more topical than ever in these times of ongoing pandemic situations. There are already a number of solutions on the market for this purpose, such as the so-called SmartGlasses, which are designed to ensure loss-free image transmission via the internet.

The resulting question is, how far advanced is the technology and its use really?

Do reliable solutions already exist on the market and can an appropriate business model in terms of after-sales service be generated?

Topic 5
The Smart City vs. The Transparent citizen 
by XignSys GmbH

Imagine a world where everything is connected. Each of the small IoT devices are collecting data from everything that gets around it. On the other side we have the citizens who are using services based on this data and creating even more data.
How can we create a smart city eco system that is levering the benefits for the citizen while protecting their privacy?

XignSys is a young tech company based in the heart of the Ruhr Area, in Gelsenkirchen. XignSys provides passwordless multifactor authentication for any purpose and use case.

Gelsenkirchen is one of the smart city and digitization pilot districts which is funded by the state of North-Rhine Westphalia and Germany.
12:20 - 1 PM
The RuhrSummit is one of the biggest startup conferences in North Rhine-Westphalia with a strong focus on B2B.

Last year the RuhrSummit hosted more than 5.000 participants. This year it will take place digitally for two days.

Participating startups of the tour get the unique chance to qualify for the international final at the RuhrSummit and thus to present themselves to a large audience in Germany.