Entrepreneurship for the digital industry

it’s OWL provides the best conditions for developing new business concepts. Start-ups are supported.

Digital transformation is changing markets and business models. As a result, outstanding opportunities are on the horizon for start-ups to conquer new markets and to establish themselves. OstWestfalenLippe and the technology network provide the perfect environment for this. Here, founders can receive extensive support from cluster partners and get access to potential customers which cannot be said for other German start-up regions.

New approaches for intelligent production methods and smart services are emerging as a result of collaboration in the cluster and on projects. 30 new business ideas are set to be identified and developed into successful business concepts together with companies and universities by 2022. For instance, disrupt workshops are being developed by scientists, students and cluster businesses. New participation models are being developed for start-ups.

Founders can receive extensive support from cluster partners when developing their business concept. For instance, the Innovation Lab OWL for state universities provides training and advice services. Incubators such as garage33 in Paderborn, Innovationszentrum on the Bielefeld campus, knOWLedgeCube on the Lemgo campus, Founders Foundation and Denkwerk Herford offer focused programmes and coworking spaces. The Technologiefonds OWL and Business Angels OWL enable access to growth capital. Startup Region_OWL is the regional network for start-ups and networks them with one another, as well as with other stakeholders in OstWestfalenLippe.