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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 Head of the Office of Economic Development and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/Rhineland and the Düsseldorf Innovation and Technology Centre, I am delighted that Düsseldorf is positioned as an international, business metropolis with a high quality of life, dynamic economic power and an efficient mix of industry, services and startups. You can count on the support of the Office of Economic Development.

    Daniel Adler

    As Head of the Startup Unit, I am responsible for the strategic development and improvement of the basic conditions for startups in Düsseldorf as well as our cooperation with external partners. In addition, I advise startups from the life sciences in particular, and focus on customer discovery and startup financing.

    Teresa Bähr

    Do you need the support of experts to develop your idea further? I can help you there! I am not only part of the Startup Unit but also support corporates in Düsseldorf. This involves me in interdisciplinary work: I introduce startups to established companies and startup alumni. One example is the mentoring programme.

    Jürgen Gerreser

    I am responsible for sector development of the digital economy, innovation and startup support at the Office of Economic Development. In the Startup Unit, I am the contact person for networks, events and digital fairs as well as for the initiative Co-Founder Matching. And what do you do?

    Elisabeth Inhester

    In the International Business Services team, I support foreign companies already based in Düsseldorf or those interested in setting up a branch here. If you have any questions on setting up your company here, your residence or the location, please feel free to contact me. You are welcome to use English, of course.

    Ingo Stefes

    I am responsible for the development of the local startup ecosystem. I used to be self-employed in the catering sector and tried to set up a digital startup. I can answer your questions on setting up a startup, on validation, MVP and pitches and can also help you to network with experts.

    Christiane Knoll

    My role in the Startup Unit is to look after the startups and companies from the creative industries and the fashion industry. I send out all the information on events, fairs and network meetings relating to the creative and fashion scene in Düsseldorf. In addition, I would be happy to introduce you to multipliers, existing companies and innovative startups. We can also talk about funding and cooperation opportunities for your company.

    Irina Kordon

    I work at the interface between established companies and international startups and am responsible for the "International Startup Booster". I help you explore the local market and make business contacts at our events.

    Martin Beckers

    I am responsible for press and public relations at the Office of Economic Development and support the Startup Unit, especially during the Startup Week and the activities of the Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/Rhineland. If you have any press releases, award nominations or news, send them to me.

    Monika Bosbach

    My work in the International Business Service focuses on helping foreign companies to settle in Düsseldorf and providing them with the necessary support. Do you have any questions on setting up a company or residence rights? Then feel free to contact me, in German, English or French.