Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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Service for investors

NRW.INVEST provides you with support for your settlement project in North Rhine-Westphalia, enabling you to fully exploit the location's advantages. As a state-owned economic development agency, we are on hand every step of the way, as a central, expert and confidential point of contact for any questions concerning your settlement project. Even during the analysis and planning stages, our specialist knowledge and a proven and established network of economic, scientific, administrative and political contacts are available. If you are already active in North Rhine-Westphalia, we can provide advice and support, in particular with expansions, start-ups and spin-offs.

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Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

How can we support you?

Analysis and planning

  • Basic data

We will gladly support and analyze your plans. Primarily we will draw upon your key business indicators and future plans, amongst other factors. Should there be any questions on your agenda pertaining to the financing of the project, we will advise you with regard to the preliminary provision of necessary documents potential financial organizations, such as the business plan, for example. In addition, we will discuss and provide information on funding opportunities or taxes and fees.


  • Location requirements

We will help you to refine your requirements for your new location, including transport and logistics connections, proximity to sales and procurement markets, specialist workers and personnel, business partners, customers and suppliers, permits and land or real estate requirements.


  • Market and industry environment

Do you need market data and want to know more about sales potential? We will help you to understand your specific market and industry environment in your location. To do this, we will provide market and contact data and sources of information. In addition, we can put you in touch with experts and decision-makers from relevant business sectors, according to your requirements.


  • Networks and partners  

Are you looking for a wide variety of partners for your investment project? We will identify potential candidates for you, from project developers, suppliers or development partners to cluster organizations.

Location selection

  • Finding the location 

We will organize your search for the right location, based on your requirements. We will do this with the support of a wide network of experts in the area of local and regional economic development in NRW, as well as established project developers and real estate specialists.


  • Site viewings

We will suggest sites suitable for your requirements from our wide-ranging portfolio. If necessary, we will also check any funding or financial matters. We are happy to accompany you on your site viewings and will put you in touch with relevant local authority contacts. 


  • Supporting your settlement

After you have chosen your location, we will naturally remain on hand to support you with all the key issues relating to your settlement and to accompany you up to the official opening of your establishment, and thereafter.


  • Approval procedures

Is an approval or licensing procedure necessary for your build or your factory at your new location? Do you need certification or authorization for your product/service or business processes? We will put you in touch with experts, moderate processes and endeavor to speed them up. Your success is our goal!


  • Recruitment

Are you looking for personnel for your new establishment in NRW? We will put you in touch with partners who can support you. In addition, we will provide you with information about recruitment tools and methods. Together with our partners we will check for potential and keep you informed about funding opportunities for recruitment and qualification.


  • Coordination of project partners

There are many different factors involved in a settlement process. We hold all the treads together for you. Whether politics, administration or business, it is important to bring your interests and schedules in line with all participants.


  • Public relations

If you wish, we can help you to work with the press during the run-up to your official opening in NRW. We are happy to advise you on how best to involve the public and inform the press, according to your requirements.



At your location in NRW

  • Exchange of information

After you have settled, your business is flourishing and you are feeling at home in NRW, we still remain at your side. We are happy to communicate with you regularly regarding your business situation and development in NRW.


  • Business expansion

If you are planning to expand your business at your location, we are glad to offer support and advice with your expansion and investment plans. It is important to us that your business is successful in NRW and that you, like the 18,000 other foreign investors in the state, feel comfortable here.


  • Industry exchange and expert groups

Information is key to success in business. We organize and attend events so that expert focus groups from your industry can exchange information. Feel free to use them. You are most welcome.





FAQ for investors

You are an investor and have specific questions about the investment location NRW? Take a look at our FAQ section for investors!

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures

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North Rhine-Westphalia at a glance

Discover the advantages of Germany's number one investment location on the interactive map!

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FAQ for investors

You are an investor and have specific questions about the investment location NRW? Take a look at our FAQ section for investors!

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures