• StartupDorf the One-Stop-Source

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Düsseldorf is an awesome startup hub

We believe that Düsseldorf, capital city of the state of NRW and center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitian region with 11 million people is a hub of entrepreneurial driven innovation, creativity and high-technology. Innovators and entrepreneurs are everywhere, they just need to come together to collaborate and share the clear vision that leads to a vibrant startup community.

We help make Düsseldorf and whole NRW a better place for Startups!

With our resources and activities we support our members such as startups from Düsseldorf and startups of the government district Düsseldorf (Regierungsbezirk) as well as international/national companies and other actors of the regional startup ecosystem:

  • Local Community
  • Regular Events, Meetups, Classes
  • Platform & Matchmaking role
  • Common Voice

Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for local startups by connecting them with each other, investors, corporates and mentors so that we all can engage, grow, and help build a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.


StartupDorf is a local, grassroots and entrepreneur-led network to foster Düsseldorf startup eco-system. A hub and local community to access support to start and grow businesses and to connect with other startup founders. It is an open place for all startups, stakeholders, and interested persons.

To bring together, to promote startup culture, aggregate different community activities and to create a brand for web and tech entrepreneurship in Düsseldorf, NRW and act as a representative that give a voice to all awesome startups.


From and for a local community of movers and pushers, developers, designers, hackers, founders, creatives, entrepreneurial risk takers, freelancers, makers, students, first adopters, early investors, advisors, community hosts, bloggers, reviewers and more.

A volunteer-based group of people who are powered by the passion of a big vision, with no respect for the status quo – mobilizing the StartupDorf.


While “Düsseldorfer” like to think of themselves as great collaborators, the Düsseldorf entrepreneurship and startup community hasn’t come together yet around a shared vision or purpose.

Startup entrepreneurs from Düsseldorf are struggling to navigate a fragmented startup-ecosystem, which creates challenges for entrepreneurs to identify and access support.

The challenge: Collaboration, aggregation, visibility and true willingness to move for StartupDorf – an entrepreneurial culture in Düsseldorf.

We are not a substitute or a subsidiary to public institutions such as the Economic Development Düsseldorf (Wirtschaftsförderung) or Chamber of Commerce (IHK). We are an additional layer and different to them. We address to the specific needs of startups, which are a bit different than those of small and medium sized enterprises and try to stimulate a vibrant and thriving entrepreneurial community.

StartupDorf is founded upon the principles of democracy, volunteerism, and the common interest to foster startups in Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany. It is very important to us to help our members as a true representative in a democratic environment of an association.

Full Members

Startup Ceo’s & Founders. They own a full membership and vote in the general assembly, where they control the board and plan the general activities.


The Board, Team, Mentors, and all little helpers behind the association spent thousands of hours for a better startup culture and startup landscape.

Supporting Members

Companies, Institutions and Sponsors help to support the association through contributions and receive recognition at events and online.

Hanns Tappen - Vorstandsvorsitzender

Hanns Tappen Chairman

Digital and startup expert | Since 1998 in different roles and functions of technology and internet startups | Head @betawerke – discover the startup way! Digital innovations & startups for corporations.

Dr. Fabian Braun

Dr. Fabian Braun Vice Chairman

Management consultant, marketing expert, digitisation enthusiast, networker | Founder and CEO @aixcapital , intelligent financial investment bots

Philipp Bohne

Philipp Bohne Vice Chairman

Digitalization of retail – Passion for E-Commerce and Local-Commerce | Founder of HierBeiDir & Asantis. Create & build ideas to StartUps. Next Pirate King.

Martin Boden

Martin Boden Extended Board Member

Lawyer in the fields of trademarks, designs and copyright l Founder of Boden Rechtsanwälte l Innovation enthusiast l Mentoring and consulting Startups

Eugenia Gagin

Eugenia Gagin Extended Board Member

Startup enthusiast, networker & sports addict with strong background in strategy and finance | Co-Founder of DENTALHELD.de the market place for dental materials

Florian Baum

Florian Baum Extended Board Member

Passionated about SaaS & Video Games | Successfully failed 2 Startups | HR-Startup Co-Founder of yucca and graduate of M.A. Innopreneurship – always done for a coffee

Our meetups and events to bring the entire community together and work out ways to improve entrepreneurial ecosystem in NRW centered around Rhein and Ruhr, here in Düsseldorf. Watch.