Establishing a startup in Düsseldorf

Focus on your success! Networking is key!

Around 400 startups with more than 3,000 employees, 85,000 square metres of coworking space, collaborative arrangements between young companies and established corporations, global players as well as innovative medium-sized companies, a large number of universities and higher education institutions and an international atmosphere… Düsseldorf is simply “the place to be” to turn your innovative business ideas into reality.

The startup unit of the Economic Development Agency

We focus on offering individual services and networking opportunities for startups in the various phases of business startup and development. In face-to-face meetings, we offer you advice on your project and give you a full overview of the local startup ecosystem where you will be able to find plenty of help.

We have set ourselves the goal of constantly improving the basic conditions for startups in Düsseldorf. Besides the Startup Week, we organise events such as “Startups meet Investors” or the “Mentoring Program” which bring together young companies and established corporates.

If we can help you with your startup, register here for our individual consultation hours during the Startup Week.

We take on the role of signposts and door openers for your startup:

  • We would be happy to answer your questions and offer you tips on the various aspects of your startup process, e.g. financing, business model development or subsidies.
  • We help you find the right expert in our network for your questions and challenges.
  • Do you need an office or laboratory? Talk to us or take a look at our „Room for ideas“ brochure.
  • We can help you build your personal network with national or international corporations and would be happy to take you along to trade fairs in Germany and abroad.

Five good reasons to establish and grow a startup in Düsseldorf

Good reasons for starting a business in the startup metropolis Düsseldorf.



Market potential
The chances of finding potential customers and partners in Düsseldorf and the surrounding region are very high, especially in the B2B sector. You can reach 11.4 million inhabitants and over 500,000 companies within an hour’s drive. Perfect conditions for the scaling of your business.



You can get anywhere quickly from Düsseldorf, especially via the airport. Furthermore, Düsseldorf is the “10-minute-city”, the city of short distances.



70 colleges and universities in the Rhine-Ruhr region with over 500,000 students provide your startup with the young professionals and talents it needs. As Düsseldorf has a high quality of life, it is a great city to live in and is therefore particularly attractive for skilled workers.



Düsseldorf is home to more than 5,000 foreign companies and business communities. International specialists can be sure of a warm welcome and will have no problem settling in thanks to broad-based international networks and the corresponding infrastructure.



Startup community
Düsseldorf has a lively and thriving startup scene but you never lose sight of the big picture – people still know each other! There are regular meetings and events every week offering you plenty of opportunities to network and broaden your knowledge.


Startup Unit
Düsseldorf Economic Development