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NRW Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy

NRW Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy

The NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs consists of nine departments: I. Central Department II. Digitization of the State Administration III. Economic Policy IV. Innovation and Markets V Digitization and Economic Development VI. Energy VII. Climate protection VIII. Location marketing and development IX. Business law The organization chart of the Ministry contains information on the departments and units. A detailed overview of the tasks and responsibilities can be found in the business distribution plan shortly. The subordinate section of the Ministry of Economic Affairs includes the state-owned companies Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia, Geological Service NRW, Measurement and Calibration NRW (LBME) and the Materialprüfungsamt NRW (MPA). In addition, the Ministry carries out the technical supervision of the Department 6 "Mining and Energy" of the district government Arnsberg and parts of the Departments 34 of the district governments Arnsberg, Detmold, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Münster.

City of Dusseldorf

City of Dusseldorf

Düsseldorf is the capital of North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany's most populous federal state and lies right in the heart of the European Market. 150 Million people live within a radius of 500 kilometres, representing 35 Percent of the European Union's total population. These and about 500.000 companies, located in Düsseldorf's catchment area, represent a huge market potential for international start-ups entering the German market. There are currently over 250 start-ups located in Düsseldorf - among them leading start-ups like Trivago, Auxmoney, Springlane, Just Spices or Eurosimtech. These are an important factor for the innovative strength of the economy in and around the state capital. As part of Düsseldorf’s start-up initiative, a long-term strategy and several projects were defined by the entire start-up community, all with one definitive goal: improving the basic conditions for start-ups and scale-ups in Düsseldorf.

 

Gold Partner

 

NRW Bank

NRW Bank

NRW.BANK is the development bank for North Rhine-Westphalia. It essentially orients its equity products on the life cycle of the firms. Thus, the regional NRW.BANK.Seed Fund invigorates the early-phase funding in North Rhine Westphalia. Young high-tech firms are supported by funding of up to € 8 million via the NRW.BANK.Venture Fund and digital companies via the NRW.BANK.Kreativwirtschaftsfonds. For businesses with above-average growth prospects and a convincing management team NRW.BANK provides contacts to potential private investors within the win NRW.BANK Business Angels Initiative. In addition, the NRW.BANK.Mittelstandsfonds and the NRW.BANK.Spezialfonds provide equity in the amount of € 1 to 7 million to growth intensive mid-cap companies in special funding and restructuring situations.

 

Silver Partner

 

European Innovation Council Pilot - SME Instrument

European Innovation Council Pilot - SME Instrument

SME Instrument, part of the European Innovation Council Pilot, supports market-creating innovation in small and medium-sized businesses that have significant growth potential and global ambitions. Each applicant SME goes through a rigorous review and selection process: Over 50,000 have applied but less than 6% have been selected. Besides funding, which starts at 50,000 Euros and can grow to 2.5 million Euros, each SME participant receives world-class business coaching, training and support services, from idea development to product launch in the market.

Orrick

Orrick

With more than 1,800 technology clients, Orrick is a leading global law firm renowned for its experience as a specialist adviser to high-growth technology companies and lead investors in the industry. We regularly advise industry leaders, from incubation through their strategic exit and other growth opportunities. We are able to offer diverse resources, including expert knowledge accrued from years of intimate work with founders, deep-rooted relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace. Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms. With 25 offices throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and an affiliated office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, our global footprint enables us to scale with our local emerging technology clients and offer seamless service as they grow and expand. We put our network to work for our clients - wherever they are in the world.

Euronext

Euronext

Euronext is the leading pan-European exchange (and 6th largest globally) with 1’300 listed issuers worth close to €3.9 trillion in market capitalization as of end June 2018, an unmatched blue chip franchise consisting of 24 issuers in the Morningstar® Eurozone 50 Index™ benchmark and a strong diverse domestic and international client base. Its total product offering includes Equities, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. Euronext operates the regulated markets, Euronext Growth and Euronext Access, which facilitates SMEs’ and Tech companies’ access to capital markets. There are 950+ listed SMEs on Euronext markets, of which 348 can be considered as listed Tech companies operating in TMT, Cleantech and Life Sciences. Overall over 5’400 institutional investors provide a deep investor pool; 1000+ institutional investors specialize on SMEs and the tech segment, coming from 40 countries.

 

Bronze Partner

 

IHK Cologne

IHK Cologne

The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an institution financed by traders, merchants and private companies; statutory membership and fees enable it to represent the general interests of industry, trade and the service sectors. The CCI contacts government and public authorities, parliaments and courts. A dialogue that is beneficial for both sides. For Startups the CCI offers a huge range of services: support in creating your business model or business plan, advice on how to cope with loan and other support programs, information on alternative ways like venture capital and crowdfunding to finance your business, consulting you in questions of growth. Your startup matters are our business!

Bio Campus Cologne

Bio Campus Cologne

BioCampus Cologne with its property area of 254.000 square meters will be one of the largest biotechnology parks in Germany. BioCampus Cologne offers Life-Science companies a pre-financed infrastructure, S1 and S2 laboratory facilities ready for occupancy with associated office space and sufficient expansion possibilities. Utilization of the shared facilities, such as the representative conference center on the eleventh floor in one of the buildings on campus, the campus restaurant with catering services and the 24/7 security service, relieve the organizational and financial burden on the companies. Until now, successful companies from the life science sector like Axiogenesis AG, AyoxxA Biosystems GmbH, Bayer HealthCare, DIREVO Industrial Biotechnology GmbH, Lonza Cologne AG, Metabolix GmbH, Nexigen GmbH, Sividon Diagnostic GmbH or A. Nattermann & Cie. GmbH / sanofi aventis profit from BioCampus Cologne’s advantages.

 

Supporting Partner

 

High-tech Gruenderfonds

High-tech Gruenderfonds

High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of EUR 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW Banking Group, as well as thirteen industrial groups of ALTANA, BASF, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE Color, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gruenderfonds has about EUR 563 million under management in two funds (EUR 272 million HTGF I, EUR 291 million HTGF II).

ACTPHAST 4.0

ACTPHAST 4.0

ACTPHAST 4.0 supports and accelerates the innovation capacity of European companies by providing them with direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities of Europe's leading photonics research centres (the ACTPHAST 4.0 Partners), enabling companies to exploit the tremendous commercial potential of applied photonics. There are 24 research institutes who together make up the ACTPHAST 4.0 Partners. Together the ACTPHAST 4.0 Partners provide a full spectrum of photonics technology platforms ranging from fibre optics and micro optics, to highly integrated photonic platforms (7 technology platforms in all), with capabilities extending from design through to full system prototyping. ACTPHAST 4.0 operates as an open call to all European companies (big and small, but particularly targeted at SMEs) so they can avail of timely, cost-effective, and low risk photonics innovation support, and that the extensive range of capabilities within the consortium can impact across a wide range of industrial sectors and application domains, from communications to consumer-related products, and life sciences to industrial manufacturing.

CEO Collaborative Forum

CEO Collaborative Forum

CEO Collaborative Forum was launched in 2005 by serial entrepreneur Dave Darsch to connect international CEOs who faced similar challenges, and to give them the opportunity to learn and grow from each other. The Forum rapidly became Europe’s top platform for business leadership growth. Now run by former CEO-CF member Christian Dupont, the forum community continues to support CEOs in taking their companies to the next level.

 

Data Partner

 

PitchBook

PitchBook

PitchBook is the premier provider of data on the public and private equity markets. We arm our clients with unprecedented insight into the flow of capital across the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape to help them capitalize on opportunities in the private markets.