Supporting Membership for Mittelstand & Corporates

StartupDorf is the network and startup-club promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to tech entrepreneurs; If you are in the innovation and startup game with your established company, whether a beginner or a guru, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of entrepreneurship in the Düsseldorf Metropolitan Region. For you as a future supporting member, there are many ways to get involved through our four strategic work areas with its diverse measures and activities.

Supporting Membership for Mittelstand & Corporates

StartupDorf is the network and startup-club promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to tech entrepreneurs; If you are in the innovation and startup game with your established company, whether a beginner or a guru, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of entrepreneurship in the Düsseldorf Metropolitan Region. For you as a future supporting member, there are many ways to get involved through our four strategic work areas with its diverse measures and activities.
Matchmaking
Get matched with startups and other ecosystem club members depending on your interests and activity level in the community.
Educating
Get to know business building & startup leadership know-how or even contribute expert knowledge yourself.
Advocating
Get insights into the needs and requirements of startups when dealing with "Mittelstand" & corporates.
PR & Storytelling
Generate initial visibility and further awareness via individual or interlocking sponsorships.
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EVONIK (Creavis) present Innovation & Intrapreneurship topics at the StartupDorf Day (SDD)

Hanns TappenStartupDorf, the starting point for fruitful collaboration with startups from the Rhine and Ruhr

In the increasingly fast-paced competition for innovation and progress, it is becoming more and more important for companies to develop an appropriate profile and expertise in innovation and startup ecosystems through community work. Anchoring in regional communities offers employees and entire teams the advantage of being involved locally in value-added community activities. In addition, the local connection promotes identification with startup activities in NRW. The result: More corporate startup engagement, a starting point for modern innovation processes (int/ext) and a living startup culture for fruitful collaboration with startups from the Rhine and Ruhr.

Hanns Tappen, Chairman StartupDorf & Founder betawerke – discover the startup way

Good reasons for membership

No matter if you would like to work with startups as a cooperation partner, investor or as a service provider - as a supporting member you get a diversely tested and since 2013 established access to our startup members.
Learn here a few good reasons how you can support our network as a member and benefit from it in many ways at the same time. (Please swipe through the list)

Make a contribution to society

It’s clear. If startups are supported more often in their development, then more life-changing innovations can be developed for a sustainable future.

Promote entrepreneurial thinking

Enrich your own business in exchange with startup entrepreneurs and stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit of your colleagues.

Gain innovation impulses

Gain access to open innovation impulses for corporate entrepreneurship and updates on the latest trends and technologies in one of the biggest startup communities in Germany.

Increase visibility as an employer

Become an active part of the startup community and gain higher visibility in the ecosystem to attract hard to find digital talents (HR).

Foster your CSE Strategy

Support your Corporate Startup Engagement (CSE) measures with a community role in one of Germany’s largest startup associations and gain authentic access into the Rhineland startup ecosystem.

Help founders through mentor capacity

Become a part in our Uplevel Mentoring, where entrepreneurs benefit from mentors receiving the right mentoring. Senior executives from the corporate world can be matched to entrepreneurs via our dedicated programme.

Provide expert knowledge and leadership know-how

In case of interest and availability of relevant content, a colleague of your company can become active as a Dorfschule “teacher”. Where knowledge and leadership principles for practice is imparted.

Get intros to member startups

Our network is well known for a high quality of matchmaking from corporate to startup.

You are
in best company!

We are always interested in establishing and expanding partnerships with ecosystem participants so that founders and startups have a better environment to successfully bring innovation to the world. We count DAX companies, upper medium-sized businesses up to smaller consultancies and service providers among our corporate members. The range also reflects our performance area. We can offer each group exciting opportunities for cooperation. And sometimes our members just want to support our work across the board.
We offer clear benefits not only for startups, but also for corporate members - our partners
We offer clear benefits not only for startups, but also for corporate members - our partners

As non-for profit association within the startup ecosystem in the Metropolregion Düsseldorf, we interact with all players to make one of the most exciting economic regions in Germany to a first tier startup hub of Europe. To achieve this goal, it needs not only us, we need additionally strong partners!

Startup Culture & Cooperation
No. 1 Community in District Düsseldorf
Pure Digital Tech Business Models
Talent Source
Innovation Source
Deal Source

Can we help you with a membership question? We are at your disposal for a personal conversation. In the meantime, perhaps a look at our FAQ will help.

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Numbers: Members, speakers, guests - our events and your sponsorship opportunities!

Numbers: Members, speakers, guests - our events and your sponsorship opportunities!

StartupDorf organizes events in four strategic work areas of the association, which are also oriented to the different phases of the development of a startup (stages). From the ideating phase, the concepting phase, the founding and validation phase, the growth phase (scaling), to the established company and the possible exit scenarios. Within these phases and our focus areas, StartupDorf has built a portfolio of event formats and programs over the years, as well as completed several events with collaborative partners.

For you as a supporting member there are many ways in which you can get involved on top of your membership. You can choose from a full plate of tailored sponsorship packages across our four strategic workstreams that accelerate collaboration with startups.

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Startup Members in total. Some had an Exit, some moved away, some have ceased their operations.
70+ are active
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Startup Pitches in total. Approx 30+ StartupDorf Unicorn Pitches over the last years.
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Supporting Members in total. A few have quit. Unfortunately, few are now only oriented in Berlin.
40+ are active
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Keynote Speakers, Founders, Experts presenting in German and English language.
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Mentors in total, including serial entrepreneurs, startup veterans & c-level and senior executives.
10+ are active
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Guests, Startup People primarily from the NRW-wide ecosystem, as well as from Benelux.

Over the years, in addition to our approximately 130 corporate members, more than 5,000 attendees and over 170 speakers have participated in our events.

Member Voices about StartupDorf

Our association by and for founders to build the startup ecosystem has many supporters and active members.
Here are a few voices that reflect the corp members perspective.
Dr. Klemens Gaida - 1stmover - digihub

Initial spark for the startup scene!

Together with the first coworking spaces, StartupDorf provided the initial spark for the startup scene in Düsseldorf from 2014/15 and still plays an important role as an impulse generator and matchmaker today.

Dr. Klemens Gaida
Geschäftsführer 1stMOVER, Startup-Inkubator
Pascal Christiaens - Forbes 30u30

Innovative Networking!

StartupDorf creates innovative networking events which bring to-be founders, established entrepreneurs and corporates to the table.

Pascal Christiaens
Co-Founder volunteer World /
Forbes 30u30
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Important Voice!

StartupDorf e.V. is an integral part of the regional startup ecosystem and an important voice for startups. The monthly Stammtisch is a must for founders and people interested in startups to exchange ideas, meet exciting personalities and discuss important issues. That is why we are a member of StartupDorf e.V..

Peter Hornik
Geschäftsführer Digital Innovation Hub Düsseldorf/Rheinland GmbH

Become a member!

Support the startup ecosystem, benefit from our community offers and become an active member of StartupDorf.

Annual club fees start at €250 for smaller and end at €1000 for larger companies with 1000 or more employees.

Not a company with employees? But interested in a supporting membership for individuals?

Become a member!

Support the startup ecosystem, benefit from our community offers and become an active member of StartupDorf.

Annual club fees start at €250 for smaller and end at €1000 for larger companies with 1000 or more employees.

Not a company with employees? But interested in a supporting membership for individuals?

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