Find out more about the partners that make Start.up! Germany 2018 possible!


Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative Make-IT in Africa

The ‘Tech-Entrepreneurship Initiative Make-IT in Africa’ promotes digital innovation for sustainable and inclusive development in sub-Saharan Africa. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as part of BMZ’s Digital Africa Initiative. In close collaboration with more than 20 corporate and financing partners, social enterprises, hubs and networks, ‘Make-IT in Africa’ supports an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs in the digital sector – to enable better access to finance, markets and skills.


Germany Trade & Invest

Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad, and its network of partners throughout the world, GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany. They continuously research the latest developments in potential markets, their legal frameworks and publish interesting invitations to tender on a daily basis. They also provide current industry analyses, individually tailored tax and legal information as well as financing and funding opportunities in Germany.


Digital Hub Initiative

With the Digital Hub Initiative led by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, Germany is strengthening its position as the world's leading digital ecosystem and attractive digital location. Startups, established business and academics come together in twelve digital hubs spread all over Germany. By combining the know-how of established companies with innovative startup ideas and scientific excellence, the Digital Hub Initiative promotes the emergence of a strong culture of innovation and new digital business models ranging from artificial intelligence to new mobility to smart infrastructure.



NRW.INVEST conducts international marketing for Germany's No. 1 investment location, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). In doing so, it campaigns worldwide for foreign direct investments for NRW. Besides subsidiaries in Japan and the USA, NRW.INVEST operates branch offices in China, India, Israel, Korea, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. With its international representations and the head office in Düsseldorf NRW.INVEST supports companies with investment projects or business locations in NRW. NRW.INVEST provides all interested investors with comprehensive information on NRW as a business location. In addition, the experts at NRW.INVEST are at hand with advice on tax and legal aspects as well as details regarding economic structure and industry clusters. They analyze investment plans and offer suitable commercial and industrial sites in NRW. They moderate and accompany investment projects confidentially from the first step to the successful conclusion. This applies in particular to expansions, startups and spin-offs. 


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