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    Startup Unit
    Economic Development
    City of Düsseldorf
    Burgplatz 1
    40213 Düsseldorf


    Our Team

    Your personal contact persons are:

    Theresa Winkels

    As the head of economic development and chairwoman of the supervisory board for the Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/Rhine region and the Düsseldorf Innovation and Technology Center, I am passionate about positioning Düsseldorf as an international, livable business metropolis with dynamic economic power and an efficient mix of industry, services, and start-ups. Economic development is here for you.

    Christian Schachmann

    As a Senior Project Manager of the Startup Unit, I am not only a point of contact for topics such as Lean Startup, business models, and your ideas, but I also take care of the further development and expansion of our startup ecosystem in Düsseldorf and its surroundings. This includes not only the expansion of our network but also the organization and continuation of events, such as the Startup Week.

    Nadine Thees

    As a contact person for international startups, I advise on topics such as Lean Startup, business models, or funding and financing options. I provide information on interesting events that can accelerate your idea and connect you with network partners. Because: Innovation is not only about ideas - It's about making ideas happen!

    Elisabeth Inhester

    In the International Business Services team, I support foreign companies that are already in Düsseldorf or want to establish a branch here. For any questions related to your company formation, your stay, and the location, feel free to contact me, of course, also in English.

    Christiane Knoll

    In the Startup Unit team, I look after startups and companies from the creative and fashion industries. I provide you with all the information on events, trade shows, and networking meetings of Düsseldorf's creative and fashion scene. Furthermore, I'm happy to introduce you to multipliers, existing companies, and innovative startups. We can also discuss funding and cooperation opportunities for your business.

    Teresa Bähr

    Do you need support from experts to further develop your idea? I can help you with that! I take care of corporates and medium-sized businesses based in Düsseldorf. This means I have a cross-functional role: I connect startups with established companies and startup alumni. One example of this is the mentoring program.

    Martin Beckers

    I am responsible for press and public relations at the economic development agency and support the Startup Unit, particularly during the Startup Week and the activities of the Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/Rhine region. Your press releases, award nominations, and news are in the right hands with me.

    Monika Bosbach

    The establishment and support of foreign companies in Düsseldorf are the main focus of my work at the International Business Service. Do you have questions about company formation or residency rights? Feel free to contact me, also in English or French.