The digihub Düsseldorf/Rheinland is the platform and contact point for digital topics from the German-Dutch border in the Kleve district to the Mettmann district in the Bergisches Land. As a matchmaker and accelerator, the hub connects SMEs, corporations, start-ups, investors and universities and promotes the development of new digital business models, products and solutions.
The digihub Düsseldorf/Rheinland regularly organizes hackathons, innovation nights, speeddatings and start-up pitches on changing topics such as ChemTech, Industry Tech or Food Tech where start-ups, scientists and companies exchange ideas and jointly develop new projects and solutions. The annual highlight is the Digital Demo Day, the largest industry start-up trade fair in Germany. Once a year, the digihub gives 175 technology start-ups a stage to present their innovative digital products and solutions and to make contact with new customers and cooperation partners. In 2020 the digihub expects 4000 visitors from medium-sized and large companies, investors and the tech scene.
More than 40 start-ups have so far gone through the digihub accelerator program Ignition, with which the digihub supports digital start-ups with a budget of 25,000 €. The program includes coaching, mentoring, prototyping & MVP, PR & marketing, access to investors and pilot customers and much more. Three times a year you can experience the five teams from the current batch at the Ignition Demo Night.
Further information is available at: digihub.de, digitaldemoday.de and ignitiondus.de.
Start-up Ecosystem Düsseldorf / Rhineland
Düsseldorf is the political centre of North Rhine-Westphalia. The more than 350 Düsseldorf start-ups are an important factor for the innovative strength of the economy in and around the state capital. Numerous coworking spaces, accelerators, incubators and industrial companies are located in Düsseldorf (see also: https://accelerate.nrw/alle-programme/?city=D%C3%BCsseldorf). Among the best-known start-ups and grow-ups from Düsseldorf are the hotel booking platform Trivago, the FinTech auxmoney and the Industry IoT platform Cumulocity.
Especially for start-ups with B2B business models, Düsseldorf as a business location as well as the surrounding regions with many headquarters of large companies and SMEs offer a major location advantage.
Düsseldorf is home to a unique cluster of mobile phone companies, innovative start-ups and state-of-the-art industrial production. All three German mobile operators (Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica) are represented in the state capital, as are the most important network suppliers such as Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE, Nokia, Cisco and Oracle. At the same time, the region is home to large industrial groups such as Henkel and world market leaders from the manufacturing sector, in particular the automotive supply industry and the chemical industry.