At the networking event, representatives and decision-makers from the region will present the potential of the Ruhr region for Dutch start-ups looking to scale their business model internationally.

Get to know the region during the impulses of our speakers and network directly with business players from the region!


The Metropole Ruhr: One metropolitan area. Many opportunities
With over 5 million consumers, the Ruhr region is the largest B2C location in Germany. At the same time, there are 160,000 companies in the B2B sector. This also makes the Metropole Ruhr the largest B2B location in Germany; large DAX corporations and numerous SMEs are at home here. 60 million consumers can be reached by truck within 2 hours.


Potential for skilled workers right on the doorstep:
Just a few hours from the Dutch border is Europe's largest university landscape. The Ruhr region now has more than 300,00 students. With 17 colleges and 5 universities, the Metropole Ruhr has the densest higher education landscape of all metropolitan regions in Germany - as well as the most students.

We cordially invite Dutch start-ups to our event "Scale up in Germany"! As the event takes place during a German delegation trip of business representatives from the Ruhr region to the Netherlands, participants can directly get in touch with contacts from the Metropolregion Ruhr.


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

Startup Village
Science Park 608
1098 XH Amsterdam

The exact location will be announced after registration


17.00 hours - Admission

17.30 hours - Start of the program

20.00 hours - End of the program


Our speakers:

Get to know the potentials of the region
In the Start-up Village Amsterdam, CEO Prof. Dr. Julia Frohne (Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH) will welcome you and present what opportunities the Ruhr region has in store for Dutch start-ups. Business Metropole Ruhr connects players internationally and nationally with the Ruhr economy.

What you need to scale up to Germany
Hugo Niezen (International Growth Lead) from DutchBasecamp will give Dutch start-ups tips and tricks for entering the German market. The consultant has already organized several projects for Dutch scale-ups together with Business Metropole Ruhr and reports on experiences from which future scale-ups can benefit. Start-ups will learn what is important when entering the market in Germany and the Ruhr region in Hugo Niezen's keynote speech.

How the Start up Ecosystem Ruhr supports internantional start ups
Marc Diefenbach
from ruhrHUB will provide insights into the start-up ecosystem in the Ruhr region and explain to the scene how start-ups organize themselves, which networks help and how to gain a foothold in the region. Marc Diefenbach is a founder himself and helps national and international start-ups in the ruhrHUB to realize their business ideas and to get in touch with the right partners.

Alexander Fromm (Member Executive Board) joins for BRYCK. BRYCK is the Innovation Hub and Future Factory in the heart of the Ruhr area. BRYCK creates space and networks for aspiring founders, growing start-ups, progressive scientists, investors & corporate innovators. BRYCK connects people to strengthen what is already successful and to create together what is still needed.

Jana Honeftidis (Innovation- & Startupmanagement) joins for startport.
startport is the innovation platform for founders and startups with a focus on the logistics sector in Duisburg's Inner Harbor. With an experienced team and our partners from logistics, industry and affiliated sectors, as well as the highly experienced and supportive mentors, startport offers founders access to a valuable pool of experts, investors and customers. We are the optimal nucleus for growth and sustainable development.

Following the impulses of our speakers, there will be the opportunity to directly engage in conversation with the speakers and all attendees over a snack in a relaxed atmosphere.


The event language is English.

Free registration:


Frank Speer
Head of
Internationalisation & Location Marketing
Tel.: +49 201 632488-29
Fax: +49 201 632488-99

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