INSTITUTIONAL PARTNER

The European Commission

The European Commission

The EU's overall political goals are developed collectively by its institutions. Find out how the EU's strategy is developed and translated into policies and initiatives by the European Commission. The overall aim of the Digital Agenda is to deliver sustainable economic and social benefits from a digital single market based on fast and ultra fast Internet and interoperable applications. The crisis has wiped out years of economic and social progress and exposed structural weaknesses in Europe's economy. Europe's primary goal today must be to get Europe back on track. To achieve a sustainable future, it must already look beyond the short term. Faced with demographic ageing and global competition, Europe has three options: work harder, work longer or work smarter. It will probably have to do all three, but the third option is the only way to guarantee increasing standards of life for Europeans. To achieve this, the Digital Agenda makes proposals for actions that need to be taken urgently to get Europe on track for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

CO-HOSTS

EWG

EWG

EWG was launched as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in 1991. The shareholders are – each with a 50% stake – the City of Essen and IEW - Interessengemeinschaft Essener Wirtschaft e.V with their approximately 50 renowned member companies and institutions. This focussed expertise makes EWG the ideal partner in Essen for businesses, investors and start-ups. In a nut shell, for you.

Invest Horizon

Invest Horizon

InvestHorizon is a programme financed by the European Commission, in association with Eureka, to facilitate series A funding for selected deep tech companies boosting their investment readiness and investor relations. The programme is run by a consortium coordinated by Tech Tour.

SUPPORTING PARTNER

BIO.NRW

BIO.NRW

The policy of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia of focusing on biotechnology fosters cooperation between companies, research institutions and the public sector along chains of added value within 16 branches and fields of technology. BIO.NRW, one of the 17 state clusters of industry, centrally catalyzes the ongoing development of the strengths of North Rhine-Westphalian biotechnology. BIO.NRW fosters cooperation between researchers, developers, investors and politicians on the state, national and international level. Within the framework of the North Rhine-Westphalian cluster policy, the cluster BIO.NRW is being funded by the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research.

EUREKA Network

EUREKA Network

EUREKA is an intergovernmental network launched in 1985, to support market-oriented R&D and innovation projects by industry, research centres and universities across all technological sectors. It is composed of 40 member states, including the European Community.

GOLD SPONSORS

NRW Bank

NRW Bank

NRW.BANK is the state development bank of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its mission is to support its owner – the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – in the completion of its structural and economic policy tasks. For this purpose NRW.BANK uses a wide range of promotion tools – from lowinterest promotion loans to equity financing to advisory services. It cooperates with all banks and savings banks based in NRW on a competition neutral basis. The clients of NRW.BANK benefit from favorable conditions as well as from long maturities and fixed interest periods. Regional seed funds and the “NRW.BANK.Venture Fund” support early-stage financing in NRW. Young high-tech companies are promoted with up to five million euros. In addition to that the NRW.BANK provides contacts to private investors within the “win Business Angels initiative”. Furthermore there is the “NRW.BANK.Venture Center”, a unit specialized in advising technology-oriented founders in universities and research institutions.

SILVER SPONSORS

Euronext

Euronext

Euronext is the leading pan-European exchange (and 6th largest globally) with 1’300 listed issuers worth close to €3.9 trillion in market capitalization as of end June 2018, an unmatched blue chip franchise consisting of 24 issuers in the Morningstar® Eurozone 50 Index™ benchmark and a strong diverse domestic and international client base. Its total product offering includes Equities, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. Euronext operates the regulated markets, Euronext Growth and Euronext Access, which facilitates SMEs’ and Tech companies’ access to capital markets. There are 950+ listed SMEs on Euronext markets, of which 348 can be considered as listed Tech companies operating in TMT, Cleantech and Life Sciences. Overall over 5’400 institutional investors provide a deep investor pool; 1000+ institutional investors specialize on SMEs and the tech segment, coming from 40 countries.

European Innovation Council - SME Instrument

European Innovation Council - SME Instrument

SME Instrument, part of the European Innovation Council Pilot, supports market-creating innovation in small and medium-sized businesses that have significant growth potential and global ambitions. Each applicant SME goes through a rigorous review and selection process: Over 50,000 have applied but less than 6% have been selected. Besides funding, which starts at 50,000 Euros and can grow to 2.5 million Euros, each SME participant receives world-class business coaching, training and support services, from idea development to product launch in the market.

BRONZE SPONSORS

Bio Campus Cologne

Bio Campus Cologne

BioCampus Cologne with its property area of 254.000 square meters will be one of the largest biotechnology parks in Germany. BioCampus Cologne offers Life-Science companies a pre-financed infrastructure, S1 and S2 laboratory facilities ready for occupancy with associated office space and sufficient expansion possibilities. Utilization of the shared facilities, such as the representative conference center on the eleventh floor in one of the buildings on campus, the campus restaurant with catering services and the 24/7 security service, relieve the organizational and financial burden on the companies. Until now, successful companies from the life science sector like Axiogenesis AG, AyoxxA Biosystems GmbH, Bayer HealthCare, DIREVO Industrial Biotechnology GmbH, Lonza Cologne AG, Metabolix GmbH, Nexigen GmbH, Sividon Diagnostic GmbH or A. Nattermann & Cie. GmbH / sanofi aventis profit from BioCampus Cologne’s advantages.

Hub:ruhr

Hub:ruhr

As one of the six DWNRW hubs, the ruhr: HUB was launched at the end of 2016 as part of the Digital Economy Initiative in North Rhine-Westphalia to act as a central office for digitization in the Ruhr region and as a match maker between the actors and in particular to promote the founding culture and community.

IHK Cologne

IHK Cologne

The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an institution financed by traders, merchants and private companies; statutory membership and fees enable it to represent the general interests of industry, trade and the service sectors. The CCI contacts government and public authorities, parliaments and courts. A dialogue that is beneficial for both sides. For Startups the CCI offers a huge range of services: support in creating your business model or business plan, advice on how to cope with loan and other support programs, information on alternative ways like venture capital and crowdfunding to finance your business, consulting you in questions of growth. Your startup matters are our business!

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

E.ON

E.ON

E.ON is an international investor-owned energy company, which focuses on energy networks and customer solutions. As one of Europe's largest energy companies, E.ON plays a leading role in shaping a clean, digital, decentralized world of energy. To this end, the company develops and sells products and solutions for private, commercial and industrial customers. Around 50 million customers purchase electricity, gas, digital products or solutions for electric mobility and energy efficiency from E.ON. E.ON is headquartered in Essen, Germany. For more information, please visit www.eon.com.

Evonik

Evonik

Evonik stands for attractive business and innovative prowess. Our corporate culture is geared toward results, profitable growth, and increasing the value of the company. Operating in over 100 countries, we benefit from close customer relationships and leading market positions. Over 32,000 employees are united by the understanding that no product is so perfect that you can't make it better.

RAG-Stiftung

RAG-Stiftung

The RAG-Stiftung is a private foundation that was established in 2007. At the beginning of 2019, the RAG-Stiftung took over the responsibility for financing the perpetual obligations of the German hard coal mining industry in the Ruhr and Saar regions and in Ibbenbüren. In addition, the RAG-Stiftung supports numerous projects in the areas of education, science and culture in order to promote progress in the former mining regions. Further information on the RAG-Stiftung is available at: www.rag-stiftung.de

Tengelmann Ventures

Tengelmann Ventures

Tengelmann Ventures is firm with a focus on early growth stages, i.e. after a company has shown first traction in its respective market, looking to partner with entrepreneurs that change the life of millions across the globe in the areas of Consumer Internet, Digital Services and Emerging Technologies. Their focus lies on investments with initial capital ranging between EUR 3-8m, occasionally we also do seed. They are a stable companion for those they partner with and are able to invest up to EUR 40m over the lifecycle of an investment. TEV started in 2009 with an initial focus on investments in E-commerce, but we have grown to much more and today cover everything digital. They partner with entrepreneurs with the ambition to build companies that become household names and affect peoples’ lives for the better, enable digital business to run more smoothly or are the infrastructure foundation of the next technological wave.

DATA PARTNERS

PitchBook

PitchBook

PitchBook is the premier provider of data on the public and private equity markets. We arm our clients with unprecedented insight into the flow of capital across the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape to help them capitalize on opportunities in the private markets.