The Digital Economy in NRW
Digital applications and technologies are becoming the growth engines of the global economy. In Germany, industry and government are making great strides towards digitization. North Rhine-Westphalia plays a key role as the state offers ideal conditions for the digital transformation of the entire value-added chain. NRW offers great market potential for companies from Germany and abroad with strong industrial structures and a broadly based ICT sector. These prospects also accelerate the development of the ecosystem for startups. Startups find important prerequisites for growth In NRW: In addition to customer proximity at the location, these also include support from the political community, numerous networks and above all a considerable pool of qualified specialists. The classic economy and young digital companies are jointly driving digital change. New business models, services and products are being created. In NRW, promising investments present themselves to foreign VC companies. NRW has put everything in place to become the leading location for the digital economy in Germany and Europe in the future.
|… that the startup Cumulocity actually relocated from Silicon Valley to NRW because it can find its industrial customer base here?||... that around 20 percent of all German startups are now based in NRW?||... that the "Pirate Summit" is the biggest and most unusual startup festival in Europe, where 250 investors from all over the world network with around 650 digital founders?|
- NRW is regarded as the industrial heartland of Germany: Side by side with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), internationally operating large conglomerates ensure dynamic economic strength. With 751,000 SMEs and 18 of the 50 highest-grossing companies in Germany, NRW offers huge market potential for digital technologies.
- About one third of all German ICT sales are generated in NRW. The strong ICT industry is an important driver for digital transformation.
- Approx. 80,000 students in the fields of computer science and electrical engineering offer a large pool of skilled workers, and the trend is growing.
- In NRW alone, four leading-edge research clusters connect hundreds of companies with leading research facilities that develop practical know-how for digital transformation.
- NRW offers the best broadband coverage in Germany; by 2018, 100 percent of households will be supplied with 50 Mbit lines.
- The state of NRW will invest about 640 million euros in digital future projects by 2020. Six regional centers (Digital Hubs) for the digital economy serve as a hub for cooperation between startups, SMEs and industry.
Interfaces between SMEs, industry and innovative startups
With its high density of industrial and commercial enterprises, the location offers countless customers and cooperation partners for digital technologies along the entire value chain. The startup Mapudo, for example, utilizes this proximity to industry successfully for its online marketplace for materials. It automates the distribution as well as the procurement of metal and plastic products for both large and small companies. The fact that NRW is the most important German steel region was of great benefit to the founders.
Bitstars, a spin-off at RWTH Aachen University, also profits in NRW from the strong industrial landscape as buyers for its products. The success story of Bitstars began with augmented reality applications for mobile devices. Later, 3D developments followed which are used in the construction or operation of industrial plants. With international success – Bitstars now has a branch office in Silicon Valley. Another location advantage in NRW: The company is able to draw on a broad talent pool in the RWTH Aachen University research environment. The founders recruited their team completely from the ranks of their former fellow students.
Companies in the digital economy in NRW
The digital location NRW is distinguished by a mixture of established companies and a multitude of innovative startups.
Global players based here include:
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The lively North Rhine-Westphalian startup scene includes:
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