Become active in the ecosystem
Find your opportunities to contribute to the further development of the startup location OWL.
Get to know the ecosystem
Get an overview of our vibrant network in the heart of Germany’s Mittelstand.
Technology-based start-ups still take place predominantly in metropolises such as Berlin or Munich and attract technologically trained and start-up-savvy talent from the surface regions there.
We want to change this by offering local entrepreneurial talent an attractive infrastructure for founding and creating, and by taking advantage of the benefits of the economic engine that is Ostwestfalen-Lippe.
In addition to startup education itself, building a vibrant and sustainable startup ecosystem is our core task. We are building a pilot model in Ostwestfalen-Lippe that will serve as a blueprint to inspire and enable other national and international regions to carry innovation into the region and shape it from there.
To this end, we unite and connect talents, regional and international startup founders, entrepreneurs, VCs and business angels, scientists, mentors and experts as well as politicians in a living network and ecosystem.
We are convinced that technological and innovative startups and a trusting network of “new and old business” are elementary building blocks for making the economically strong region of Ostwestfalen-Lippe fit for the future.
Bielefeld - Make the Difference
Startups are clustered in metropolitan areas such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. There, founders find an attractive infrastructure and proximity to other startups. However, regions in large areas are often left behind, even though they are home to many established companies and well-known brands and thus potential customers, especially for B2B startups.
Here in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, the Founders Foundation has set itself the task of bundling, developing and promoting local talent in order to leverage the strengths of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region in a unique startup ecosystem: Because here in Bielefeld is the home and beats the heart of the German SME sector.
With 120,000 companies, we live in one of the most exciting B2B regions in Germany and have countless hidden champions waiting to be discovered.
We support local founders and connect them with experienced players from the Mittelstand. In this way, visionary projects can be launched that increase the sustainable competitiveness of regions.
Your opportunity to be active
You want to be an active part of the startup ecosystem in Ostwestfalen-Lippe?
As a prospective or existing founder:in?
Do you want to shape innovation and the future from within an established company or scientific institution?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
Whether networking in the lunch club, exciting events such as the Hinterland of Things Conference or an offsite for your company – here you will find the right offer to immerse yourself in our network and get actively involved.
Exciting events and talks from us and our partners
The lunch club
Network while enjoying tasty food from SCHIMMAKS
The Living Ecosystem
These people, organizations and companies make the Founders Foundation network and the startup ecosystem in Ostwestfalen-Lippe come alive. Together, we put our region on the map of German startup ecosystems and drive the digital transformation forward.
Learn more about the network of founding talents, startups, established business and institutions that fill this startup ecosystem with life.
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