The idea for the initiative and name StartupDorf comes from Hanns Tappen (Initiator, Chairman StartupDorf e.V.). The name is influenced by StartupVille from Brad Feld. In the meaning of Ville as german “Dorf” he saw a nice word game with DüsselDORF, our hometown. Brad Feld is managing director at Foundry Group (VC). Brad wrote the book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.

Support and Help is something we can’t get enough. There are many ways that you can get involved: 1. Add a company to the map.

2. Join our mailing list

3. You are a community host or you are planning an event? Contact us for talking and collaboration.

4. You are a founder, young graduate, startup enthusiast, helper? Become a active member and join StartupDorf!

5. You are a serial entrepreneur, startup veteran, business angel, corporate senior executive? Become a mentor!

6. Spread the word & connect with us!

After checking several legal forms (“Verein”, “Kapitalgesellschaft”, “gemeinnützige…”) we came along with an ideal form for our activities. We founded the association “StartupDorf e.V.” with seat in Düsseldorf. The democratic constitution of our “Verein” helps us to act as a representative that give a voice to all awesome startups in Düsseldorf, capital city of the state of NRW and center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.
Our legal seat is at the Coworking Space GarageBilk in Düsseldorf, Bilker Allee 217. You can find us on events and meetups. Like to get in contact? Use our contact details, connect with us on Twitter or tweet us. Please note: We do not offer regular office hours. Please announce your visit some days in advance.
Primary Note: We offer the map for companies which are located in (and around ) Düsseldorf. We try to focus on companies in several categories (Company Types). Obviously most important is the category Startup. Web and Tech Startups from Düsseldorf. Other categories strives the whole startup eco-system, with Coworking Spaces, Accelerators, Incubators, VCs/Angels, Consulting Firms and Hackspaces. We belive that a vibrant startup community has a varied mixture, but is led by entrepreneurs.
To enter the map, please follow the link and add your company with some litte information.
We need to know: Company Name, Company Type, Adress (Street/ZIP) in Düsseldorf, accessible website (URL) and a brief description (max 150 chars) and some personal but not shown data from you as the sender.After we check the company data, the company switch into the approved status and is shown on the map.
For the moment we can offer two ways:1. Search your entry in the lists a) startups b) startup ecosystem . Klick add+ and follow the instructions. We will approve the new data and delete the former entry.2. Become a StartupDorf e.V. member, from this moment on you will get your own account with the platform.
First of all, StartupDorf is founded upon the principles of democracy, volunteerism, and the common interest to foster startups in Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany. Volunteerism is one part. Second part is the financial backing from the board. From third quarter 2014 we start to sell sponsoring packages and offer a Support Membership to companies and institutions. Read more
Starting with one language reduces our effort. We hope the writing is clear and generally understandable. Sorry for some mistakes. In the News Section we mix english and german posts. As soon as we can say “Hello” to some communications volunteers, we will launch a german version.
StartupDorf e.V. is the first Startup & Startup Ecosystem Association in Germany to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in a city. Our local approach combined with our understanding of international startup methodologies and startup community experience helps Düsseldorf Startups and Ecosystem to grow. It was founded in 2013, and is based in Düsseldorf (state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia – NRW). Community building is a long term project. The association enables also short term community builder, volunteers, entrepreneurs to reach a certain impact. Our inclusive association reduces the efforts for all participants.
We are the One-Stop-Source for anyone wanting to know more about Startups in Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf is an international city, many expats from media, consulting, ITK, advertising, fashion, arts, … – many people are members of the creative class. Our platform language “English” helps them to come in touch with all the other passionated people.
As the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf is the metropolis in the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr region and economic powerhouse with very close international markets (Netherlands/Holland = less than 50 KM, Belgium and Luxembourg) – and open for international startup relations. Feel free to contact and visit us.
Our Ambition for the coming years is to flourish a breeding ground for Startups and Entrepreneurship in Düsseldorf.
– Enlarge Network for Startups
– Unite Startup Community
– Better Communication, that there’s a culture of digital innovation in Düsseldorf, that Düsseldorfer could be part of!
Düsseldorf is an awesome Startup Hub, for entrepreneurs of the 21th century