Our network partners

DITEC, the Düsseldorf Innovation and Technology Centre, is part of a tight-knit network of institutions, organizations and individuals embedded at regional as well as national and international level that you can call on at short notice and without red tape, e.g. when looking for partners or if you have any questions about finance or raising capital.

Düsseldorf Economic Development Office (Wirtschaftsförderung Stadt Düsseldorf)

Düsseldorf Economic Development Office is a service partner for young companies and start-ups. It provides new entrepreneurs with individual assistance with their business concepts, access to sources of financial support and advice, help with finding suitable offices and commercial premises as well as contacts and training opportunities in Düsseldorf’s active network of start-ups and young companies.
Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf

CEDUS – Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf


The Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf is the central facility of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf for all questions concerning self-employment and setting up a business. The areas of entrepreneurship research, courses related to starting a business, services and funding programmes for start-ups, IP management and financing are all gathered under one roof.

CEDUS – Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

The service portal of Heinrich Heine University offers scientists from all disciplines information and support in all areas concerned with research. The university’s Research & Transfer Department provides extensive assistance, ranging from initial questions about how and where to source funding to submission of applications, formulating contracts, project and budget administration, as well as safeguarding and commercialization of intellectual property.
HHU Forschung und Transfer

Düsseldorf Municipal Savings Bank (Sparkasse Düsseldorf)

The savings bank has contributed proactively for many years to research and teaching at the universities in the federal state capital. It supports young start-up projects and delivers advice on how and where to source solid finance for innovative start-up ventures, in particular access to public-funded promotional loans.
Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf

BioRiver – Life Science im Rheinland e.V.

BioRiver was established in 2004 as an independent organization mandated to represent the life sciences sector in the Rhineland. Its sole shareholders are its more than 100 members who are all stakeholders in the Rhineland bioregion. Since then, BioRiver has been the driving force behind successful networking in the region and offers a platform for active exchange between business, science, investors and politics. Through the active involvement of its members, the association fosters technology transfer between science and business and is the link between research groups, research projects and industry.

LifeScienceNet Düsseldorf

LifeScienceNet Düsseldorf is the central contact point for biotechnology and life sciences in the Düsseldorf region. It provides news updates, an event calendar, contacts to business and science as well as information about Düsseldorf as an important location for life sciences.
LifeScienceNet Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Start-up Network (Gründungsnetzwerk Düsseldorf)

In the framework of the region-wide “GO!” initiative for start-ups, 22 institutions in Düsseldorf have joined forces within a network to help start-up entrepreneurs in all the phases of setting up a company – from business idea to launch. Here start-up entrepreneurs and young companies in the early phase of their development can find competent answers to all their questions and themselves actively shape the network and the creative start-up scene in Düsseldorf.
Gründungsnetzwerk Düsseldorf

1stMOVER – Incubator for Start-ups

1stMOVER is an incubator for start-ups that develop innovative products and services for the mobile internet economy. Its network of experts are specialized in business development, product and project management, programming, design, marketing and PR as well as sales and distribution.

Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Düsseldorf)

Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce is a service organization and represents the interests of trade, service and industrial companies as well as being the point of contact for all questions related to the corporate life cycle.
Industrie- und Handelskammer Düsseldorf