Setting up a business in Düsseldorf – Information for foreign entrepreneurs

25.08.2020 | 14:00 - 18:00 UHR

veranstaltet von City of Düsseldorf, Office of Economic Development


City of Düsseldorf,
Office of Economic Development

Contact: Ms. Bettina Löhr
Phone: +49 211 8995511

Contact: Ms. Christiane Knoll
Phone: +49 211 8993892


Haus der Universität
Schadowplatz 14
40212 Düsseldorf

One in ten entrepreneurs in Germany is a foreign national. Increasing numbers of foreign residents are choosing top international locations such as Düsseldorf to set up their own companies and put their business ideas into practice.

The Office of Economic Development of the State Capital Düsseldorf is offering a seminar in English on setting up a new business aimed specifically at foreign entrepreneurs and small business owners. The seminar will provide a forum to discuss the many questions and challenges encountered by foreign entrepreneurs on their way to a successful new business.


2 – 2.30 pm
Participants introduce themselves
Presentation of services for foreign entrepreneurs
Speaker: Office of Economic Development,City of Düsseldorf

2.30 – 3.15 pm
Startup City Düsseldorf
Essential elements of a business plan/Startup Network Düsseldorf / organisations and advisory programmes/consultation support and government grant
Speaker: Office of Economic Development, City of Düsseldorf, & Guests

3.15 – 4 pm
Legal aspects of setting up a business
Right of residence, employment permit, EU market, Schengen Agreement, company forms
Speaker: Jan Matthes, Lawyer, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Jan Matthes

4 – 4.15 pm

4.15 – 5.15 pm
Fiscal aspects of setting up a business
Different types of taxes
Speaker: Daniel Schmaltz, Tax Advisor and CPA, Schmaltz und Partner

5.15 – 5.35 pm
Case study
Success story of a foreign start-up entrepreneur in Düsseldorf

5.35 – 5.45 pm
Discussion, question and answer session


Certificates of participation will be issued after the seminar.