The highlights of our tour at a glance

For those of you who want to know the details, download the full schedule below

The roadshow is designed to introduce you to a wide variety of both local and global player in North-Rhine Westphalia.  We came up with an attractive program that we hope will appeal to you. But see for yourself:


Sunday, October 7


Meet your fellow travel companions of the roadshow: Young founders from all over the world will meet their German partners for a first informal Get-Together at co-working space “Super 7000”.

Monday, October 8

10 am - 12 am

IHK Düsseldorf, the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomes you at its premises. Experts will introduce you to and discuss with you strategies for internationalization and scaling up a Business.

12 am - 1 pm

Meet representatives of coworking spaces and local startup initiatives at an informal Get Together


First opportunity to pitch to big players from your sector: leading corporates from InsurTech, Smart City and Logistics & Mobility sector will watch and listen to your performance on stage.


Transfer to nearby Cologne

7 pm

Welcome to Cologne and get together



Tuesday, October 9

9 am - 12 pm

Introduction to cologne's startup Network and training by Vidar Andersen, tech veteran and founder of startups: How to talk to (Cologne) corporates.

1 pm - 3 pm

Visit BioCampus Cologne and learn about its concept "From startup to corporate", followed by a nice rooftop lunch.


Meet big corporates from your sector at Insurlab, BAYER and Cologne Bonn Airport respectively.


Join the Startup SAFARI pre-event and meet with participating companies in an exclusive Setting.


Ruhr Area (Dortmund, Essen & Duisburg)

Wednesday, October 10


Transfer to neighboring city of Bochum

10 am - 1 pm

Transfer to the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the city of Dortmund, where major companies from the area invite you to listen to their “Reverse Pitches”.

2 pm - 6 pm

Transfer to neighboring city of Essen, attend workshops on gaining access to financing, data and markets and meet up with local investors and corporates at the World Heritage Site of “Zeche Zollverein”.

7 pm

Transfer to neighboring city of Duisburg, home to Europe’s biggest inland port and crucial hub for China’s “One Belt, One Road Initiative”. Meet with investors and representatives of local politics, public institutions and corporates at WestVisions, the Tech Meet-up for the startup scene of the Ruhr Area.

Ruhr Area (Bochum)

Thursday, October 11

10 am - 12 pm

Transfer to RuhrSummit event location and meet international accelerators that will give you insight into their program requirements. Listen to startups who are already participating.

12 pm

Time for work and relaxation. Prepare for your semi-final pitch.


Let’s get serious: You will present your business model at RuhrSummit Pitch/Half Final. Get feedback from industry experts and corporates Evening.


Optional: Join the RuhrSummit Party and meet with other Startups.

Friday, October 12

9 am - 6 pm

Participate at the "InternationalSummit" of RuhrSummit 2018: Listen to pitch finals, Panel discussion and keynote speeches and take part in workshops. See the whole agenda for the day here!