#Connecting
Oct 23 – 26, 2022

Main Program

Within reverse pitches, matchmakings, discussions and a digital fair you will get to know exciting companies, accelerators, investors and institutions.

Choose your agenda

The program takes place within the German time zone (CET).

Logistics & Mobility

Green Tech

Industrial Solutions

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Day 1
6 - 7:30 pm (CET)
// GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
// PREPARATION FOR THE TOUR
// DIGITAL NETWORKING

Get to know the people behind the tour and hints for a successful participation

  • Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Innovation, Industry, International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund
  • Nick Neidl, Research Associate for Innovation, Industry and International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund

Participate in the tour and opening up NRW's market from an international perspective

  • Sharon Masury, Investment- & Cooperation Scout NRW.Global Business, Startup Ecosystem, Tech-Scouting, German-Israeli Chamber of Commerce

Get to know each other

We will bring you into exchange with each other. Meet startups from more than 35 countries with their exciting ideas and products.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Day 2
10 - 11 am (CET)
// KICK-OFF EVENT

Welcome words

  • Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Innovation, Industry, International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund
  • Representative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Representative of NRW. Global Business
  • Representative of NRW.BANK

How do I conquer the German market? Three international startups share their stories of entering the market

In recent years, many startups have taken part in the Start.up! Germany Tour and then successfully settled in NRW, opening up the German market.

In the panel discussion, three startups will tell their story, report on their challenges and provide hints on how to successfully enter the market.

1 - 2 pm (CET)
// ACCESS TO LOGISTICS & MOBILITY SECTOR

Get an introduction to the logistics and mobility sector by industry experts and important multipliers.

(More details coming soon)

2 - 3:30 pm (CET)
// THE BIG PITCH

Reverse pitches and company presentations of three to four multinational companies from the Logistics & Mobility sector that are interested in your business.

(The list of participating companies will follow soon)

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

After the BIG PITCH, we can connect you directly with the presenting Germany companies, so that you can exchange ideas even more intensively.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Day 3
1 - 3 pm (CET)
// ACCESS TO FINANCE - ALL ABOUT MONEY: FINANCING & FUNDING IN NRW

Companies are an essential source of job creation and the development of innovative ideas. In Germany, it’s not just corporates but a strong core of medium-sized companies – the so-called ‘Mittelstand’ with its many world-class ‘hidden champions’. And more and more startups join in.

But without money, a lot of ideas will never come into effect – startups know it best. In our workshop, we want to give you an overview about existing financing options for startups in NRW. In addition to private capital and banks, public subsidies can make a valuable contribution to financing.

Greeting / Introduction

  • Marc Meckle, Deputy Managing Director International, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Essen, Mülheim
  • Sven Wolf, Team Leader Foundation and Business Development, Chamber of Industry and Commerce North Westphalia

„Startup ecosystem finance“ in NRW

  • Sebastian Hanny-Busch, Public funding and infrastructure for startups and sme (SME) in North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.BANK

Panel discussion 1: Publicly funded funds and support programs in North Rhine-Westphalia

Panel discussion 2: Venture capital in North Rhine-Westphalia

3 - 6 pm (CET)
// DIGITAL FAIR

Get in contact with numerous companies that are interested in your ideas!

We will introduce you to numerous companies that are interested in your business ideas. In the context of a digital fair, you can see their profiles and challenges and then request personal consultations via our tool.

Convince the companies and get invited for personal interviews.

(More information about the process and the participating companies will follow)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Day 4
10 - 11:30 am (CET)
// REVERSE PITCH

Some of the most important companies in the region present themselves live on stage and show you possibilities, how to co-operate with them.

(The list of participating companies will follow soon)

6 - 8 pm (CET)
// THE GRAND FINAL

In five global competitions of our Inter.national! Startup Contest, we have selected fifteen great international startups to compete live on stage in Düsseldorf.

The startups can present themselves here in front of companies, investors and multipliers from all around the world and at the same time fight for prize money with which they can boost their activities in Germany.

Their products and ideas come from the Logistics/Mobility, Green Tech and Industrial Solutions sectors and impressively demonstrate the diversity of what grandiose products exist around the world.

THE GRAND FINAL is at the same time the closing of the Start.up! Germany Tour.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Day 1
6 - 7:30 pm (CET)
// GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
// PREPARATION FOR THE TOUR
// DIGITAL NETWORKING

Get to know the people behind the tour and hints for a successful participation

  • Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Innovation, Industry, International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund
  • Nick Neidl, Research Associate for Innovation, Industry and International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund

Participate in the tour and opening up NRW's market from an international perspective

  • Sharon Masury, Investment- & Cooperation Scout NRW.Global Business, Startup Ecosystem, Tech-Scouting, German-Israeli Chamber of Commerce

Get to know each other

We will bring you into exchange with each other. Meet startups from more than 35 countries with their exciting ideas and products.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Day 2
10 - 11 am (CET)
// KICK-OFF EVENT

Welcome words

  • Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Innovation, Industry, International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund
  • Representative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Representative of NRW. Global Business
  • Representative of NRW.BANK

How do I conquer the German market? Three international startups share their stories of entering the market

In recent years, many startups have taken part in the Start.up! Germany Tour and then successfully settled in NRW, opening up the German market.

In the panel discussion, three startups will tell their story, report on their challenges and provide hints on how to successfully enter the market.

1 - 2 pm (CET)
// ACCESS TO GREEN TECH SECTOR

Get an introduction to the Green Tech sector by industry experts and important multipliers.

(More details coming soon)

2 - 3:30 pm (CET)
// THE BIG PITCH

Reverse pitches and company presentations of three to four multinational companies from the Green Tech sector that are interested in your business.

(The list of participating companies will follow soon)

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

After the BIG PITCH, we can connect you directly with the presenting Germany companies, so that you can exchange ideas even more intensively.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Day 3
1 - 3 pm (CET)
// ACCESS TO FINANCE - ALL ABOUT MONEY: FINANCING & FUNDING IN NRW

Companies are an essential source of job creation and the development of innovative ideas. In Germany, it’s not just corporates but a strong core of medium-sized companies – the so-called ‘Mittelstand’ with its many world-class ‘hidden champions’. And more and more startups join in.

But without money, a lot of ideas will never come into effect – startups know it best. In our workshop, we want to give you an overview about existing financing options for startups in NRW. In addition to private capital and banks, public subsidies can make a valuable contribution to financing.

Greeting / Introduction

  • Marc Meckle, Deputy Managing Director International, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Essen, Mülheim
  • Sven Wolf, Team Leader Foundation and Business Development, Chamber of Industry and Commerce North Westphalia

„Startup ecosystem finance“ in NRW

  • Sebastian Hanny-Busch, Public funding and infrastructure for startups and sme (SME) in North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.BANK

Panel discussion 1: Publicly funded funds and support programs in North Rhine-Westphalia

Panel discussion 2: Venture capital in North Rhine-Westphalia

Time for Q&A

3 - 6 pm (CET)
// DIGITAL FAIR

Get in contact with numerous companies that are interested in your ideas!

We will introduce you to numerous companies that are interested in your business ideas. In the context of a digital fair, you can see their profiles and challenges and then request personal consultations via our tool.

Convince the companies and get invited for personal interviews.

(More information about the process and the participating companies will follow)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Day 4
10 - 11:30 pm (CET)
// REVERSE PITCH

Some of the most important companies in the region present themselves live on stage and show you possibilities, how to co-operate with them.

(The list of participating companies will follow soon)

6 - 8 pm (CET)
// THE GRAND FINAL

In five global competitions of our Inter.national! Startup Contest, we have selected fifteen great international startups to compete live on stage in Düsseldorf.

The startups can present themselves here in front of companies, investors and multipliers from all around the world and at the same time fight for prize money with which they can boost their activities in Germany.

Their products and ideas come from the Logistics/Mobility, Green Tech and Industrial Solutions sectors and impressively demonstrate the diversity of what grandiose products exist around the world.

THE GRAND FINAL is at the same time the closing of the Start.up! Germany Tour.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Day 1
6 - 7:30 pm (CET)
// GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
// PREPARATION FOR THE TOUR
// DIGITAL NETWORKING

Get to know the people behind the tour and hints for a successful participation

  • Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Innovation, Industry, International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund
  • Nick Neidl, Research Associate for Innovation, Industry and International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund

Participate in the tour and opening up NRW's market from an international perspective

  • Sharon Masury, Investment- & Cooperation Scout NRW.Global Business, Startup Ecosystem, Tech-Scouting, German-Israeli Chamber of Commerce

Get to know each other

We will bring you into exchange with each other. Meet startups from more than 35 countries with their exciting ideas and products.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Day 2
10 - 11 am (CET)
// KICK-OFF EVENT

Welcome words

  • Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Innovation, Industry, International Networks, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund
  • Representative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Representative of NRW. Global Business
  • Representative of NRW.BANK

How do I conquer the German market? Three international startups share their stories of entering the market

In recent years, many startups have taken part in the Start.up! Germany Tour and then successfully settled in NRW, opening up the German market.

In the panel discussion, three startups will tell their story, report on their challenges and provide hints on how to successfully enter the market.

1 - 2 pm (CET)
// ACCESS TO INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS SECTOR

Get an introduction to the Industrial Solutions sector by industry experts and important multipliers.

(More details coming soon)

2 - 3:30 pm (CET)
// THE BIG PITCH

Reverse pitches and company presentations of three to four multinational companies from the Industrial Solutions sector that are interested in your business.

(The list of participating companies will follow soon)

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

After the BIG PITCH, we can connect you directly with the presenting Germany companies, so that you can exchange ideas even more intensively.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Day 3
1 - 3 pm (CET)
// ACCESS TO FINANCE - ALL ABOUT MONEY: FINANCING & FUNDING IN NRW

Companies are an essential source of job creation and the development of innovative ideas. In Germany, it’s not just corporates but a strong core of medium-sized companies – the so-called ‘Mittelstand’ with its many world-class ‘hidden champions’. And more and more startups join in.

But without money, a lot of ideas will never come into effect – startups know it best. In our workshop, we want to give you an overview about existing financing options for startups in NRW. In addition to private capital and banks, public subsidies can make a valuable contribution to financing.

Greeting / Introduction

  • Marc Meckle, Deputy Managing Director International, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Essen, Mülheim
  • Sven Wolf, Team Leader Foundation and Business Development, Chamber of Industry and Commerce North Westphalia

„Startup ecosystem finance“ in NRW

  • Sebastian Hanny-Busch, Public funding and infrastructure for startups and sme (SME) in North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.BANK

Panel discussion 1: Publicly funded funds and support programs in North Rhine-Westphalia

Panel discussion 2: Venture capital in North Rhine-Westphalia

Time for Q&A

3 - 6 pm (CET)
// DIGITAL FAIR

Get in contact with numerous companies that are interested in your ideas!

We will introduce you to numerous companies that are interested in your business ideas. In the context of a digital fair, you can see their profiles and challenges and then request personal consultations via our tool.

Convince the companies and get invited for personal interviews.

(More information about the process and the participating companies will follow)

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Day 4
10 - 11:30 am (CET)
// REVERSE PITCH

Some of the most important companies in the region present themselves live on stage and show you possibilities, how to co-operate with them.

(The list of participating companies will follow soon)

6 - 8 pm (CET)
// THE GRAND FINAL

The startups can present themselves here in front of companies, investors and multipliers from all around the world and at the same time fight for prize money with which they can boost their activities in Germany.

Their products and ideas come from the Logistics/Mobility, Green Tech and Industrial Solutions sectors and impressively demonstrate the diversity of what grandiose products exist around the world.

THE GRAND FINAL is at the same time the closing of the Start.up! Germany Tour.