The project focuses on the nationwide recruitment of (potential) founders from the culture and creative industries, the matching of these with SMEs and the initiation of new cross-sector cooperations to promote innovation and the digitisation competence of the regional economy in the Ruhr Metropolis. The project will be implemented in close cooperation with municipal business development agencies and SMEs from the lead markets of the Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH and players in the start-up ecosystem of the Ruhr Metropolis. In operational terms, this is achieved through a defined process, which is made up as follows:
Nationwide competition for entrepreneurs, freelancers and young companies with the aim to find creative and innovative solutions for concrete questions and problems of the companies of the Metropole Ruhr.
Presentation of the competition entries and exchange between the nominated participants and the mentors.
Event on current topics with various programme items, pitch of the nominated competition participants for access to the match up!
Extensive and individual support programme for the winners of the Innovation Day for the foundation and intensive cooperation with companies from the Ruhr Metropolis.
The project is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.