NRW Venture Forum 2018 – Your gateway to EVC Final !


NRW Venture Forum 2018 returns to Cologne on 19 - 20 November to showcase the 30-40 top emerging companies based in North Rhine -Westphalia region. Entrepreneurs get exposure to potential strategic partners and investors, networking opportunities with corporate investors and venture capitalists through event participation. Best performed 24 companies from NRW Venture Forum will be invited to present at Tech Tour flagship event - European Venture Contest Final (EVC Final) taking place on 10-11 December 2018 in Düsseldorf.


The outstanding entrepreneurship scene in North Rhine-Westphalia region is one of the hottest start-up spots in Germany which makes it the natural place to organize the NRW Venture Forum 2018. Building on a strong successful history, NRW Venture Forum 2018 edition will take place on 19-20 November at Bio Campus Cologne.


NRW Venture Forum 2018 is one of the 10 semi-finals for the Tech Tour flagship event - European Venture Contest Final 2018 (EVC Final).NRW Venture forum will gather 40+ innovative companies recruited in Healthtech, ICT and Cleantech based in NRW region looking for seed and series A investments. An expert jury formed by investors and corporate key players will select the 24 best-performing entrepreneurs which will be invited to present at EVC Final in Düsseldorf on 10-11 December.


 NRW Venture Forum as the Semi-Final of the European Venture Contest

  • 30-40 innovative companies from NRW region
  • 20+ local and foreign expert investors
  • Top 24 NRW companies go to the EVC Final 


 EVC Quick Facts:

  • 350 delegates
  • 100+ companies presenting in 20 different sector-focused presentations sessions
  • 120 expert investors providing feedback during the company presentations sessions
  • Evening programme with inspiring keynotes
  • Investors and CEOs focused programmes

The NRW Venture Forum 2018 is an initiative of the Tech Tour and co-hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bio Campus Cologne, City of Düsseldorf and IHK Cologne. NRW Venture Forum is proudly supported by NRW Bank , High-Tech Gründerfonds and Act Phast 4.0.


Why NRW region?

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) region is located in the center of Europe, and borders on the Netherlands and Belgium. NRW is the beating heart of the German economy, being the German state that counts the most foreign investments. NRW is also poised to become the leading location for the digital economy in Germany. 

Every fifth German start-up comes from the NRW region, due to the outstanding entrepreneurship scene. 


These are some of the reasons why North Rhine-Westphalia is the natural place to organize the European Venture Contest Final in Dusseldorf, its capital city. 

You can find HERE more information why NRW is the N. 1 investment location in Germany








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