Establishing a startup in Düsseldorf

Around 550 startups with around 6,000 employees and alumnis, 58 coworking spaces and business centers with 130,000 square metres of 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 Office of
Economic Development Düsseldorf

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.


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

Five good reasons to establish and grow a startup in 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 13.5 million inhabitants and over 557,000 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.


50 colleges and universities in the Rhine-Ruhr region with around 600,000 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.

We are excited about the creative, innovative and sustainable startups that are founded in Düsseldorf year after year. In this respect, the Startup Week gives many entrepreneurs the boost they need to actually test and implement their business ideas.
Dr. Stefan Keller
Mayor of Düsseldorf
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