Entrepreneurs’ day in Bielefeld successful.

Held on 4th August, START-UP! Dein Tag zum Gründen – “Start-up! Your day to set up” – was a highly successful get-together for medium-sized industrials and innovative start-ups. As one of the partners behind the event, e&Co was delighted to see young entrepreneurs and established businesspeople exchanging views and ideas about business plans, financing strategies, and customer acquisition. Our role was to mediate and offer a sounding board, holding an intensive workshop on how to keep optimising a business model as a company develops. We were particularly keen to make contact with entrepreneurs in artificial intelligence, communications, and online marketing, networking with a range of initiatives to support and scale new business models.

The overall aim is to develop the East Westphalia/Lippe region around the north-west German city of Bielefeld to a nucleus of digital start-ups which will be able to support the area’s broadly family-owned Mittelstand companies with the digital ideas and business models they will need to remain competitive. Paired with good infrastructure, this combination of strong demand and low competition makes the region a great place for young entrepreneurs to consider setting up; while it may be a long way from Berlin or Tel Aviv, Ostwestfalen/Lippe (OWL for short) offers plenty of options and strong development potential. We are always happy to put businesses in contact with the region’s start-ups and to help start-ups get a foot in the door at established companies. Just contact us if you are interested.

“Thank you OWL! There really should be more events of this kind – and more specific initiatives taken to continue supporting the development of a real cluster of start-ups. We were delighted to take part in this exciting conference and got a lot out of it.” Kai H. Kuljurgis

Saarburg / Bielefeld 05.08.2016

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