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As Business Metropole Ruhr, we are excited to actively shape this year's ruhrSUMMIT in Bochum.


ruhrSUMMIT 2024 will be the ninth edition of the leading event for the startup ecosystem in the Ruhr region. It's where entrepreneurs, investors, and technology enthusiasts come together to exchange ideas, form partnerships, and discover the latest trends. With keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and pitch sessions, ruhrSUMMIT offers a variety of opportunities for networking and discovering innovative products and services. It's a must-attend event for anyone who wants to experience the startup and tech scene up close.

The "International Town" will showcase numerous initiatives that support German startups in their international expansion, as well as international startups and scale-ups establishing their presence in the Ruhr region. Get ready for exciting discussions and interesting insights from international speakers who will guide you through the world of global startups. Discover new opportunities for collaboration and be inspired by best practice.

As the Business Metropole Ruhr, we will be present with two stands and contribute to the programme on two stages.

On a glance

  • May 28, 2024, 09.30 - 18.20 h
  • Jahrhunderthalle
  • An der Jahrhunderthalle 1, 44793 Bochum

BMR Program Highlights

International Opening @ ruhrSUMMIT
BOn the evening before (May 27), we invite you to the International Opening with a brief introduction to the ecosystem, a Dutch success story, and a sneak peek of the ruhrSUMMIT, as well as ample networking opportunities. 

Business Metropole Ruhr Booth (International Town)
Discover how our team connects the Ruhr region with global innovation hotspots through the Innovation Bridges. We present the region as a dynamic economic area and focus on long-term collaborations to jointly unlock the potential of the region.

Matchmaker.Ruhr Booth (in the midst of the ruhrMETROPOLIS)
Our platform Matchmaker.Ruhr connects innovative startups from home and abroad with the dense innovation ecosystem in the Ruhr metropolis. On the platform, you'll find established companies and key networks: easily accessible and open to your inquiries.

International Town Stage

13.15 - 14.00 h
Paneldiscussion: „Currywurst meets Frikandel“
Frank Speer, Head of Internationalisation & Location Marketing

14.30 - 15.15 h
Panel Discussion: „Starting a business in Germany with a migration background“
Frank Speer, Head of Internationalisation &  Location Marketing

Ecosystem Town Stage

12.45 - 13.15 h 
Panel Discussion: „Accelerate your business - connect & grow“
Birthe Bruckhoff, Head of Innovations & Knowledge Transfer

Do you have any questions?

Contact us via email, by phone or meet us at ruhrSUMMIT.

Rebecca GroßmannProject Manager
Internationalisation & Location Marketing