Gründerszene has interesting piece about the state of startups in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) where I reside and have been championing as a great place to found your startup in since 2011.
I got asked about my opinion about the startup scene in Düsseldorf. Is it all roses?
Here’s the bit translated from German:
“But the startup scene is growing in other cities. The Cologne co-working space Startplatz is now represented here [DUS] since September last year. Monthly events like the Rheinland Pitch provide for networking opportunities and inspiration. The Factory Campus also opened in the recent Dusseldorf Startup Week. That is to say the startup spirit is flying high also in Düsseldorf?
Serial founder Vidar Andersen sees it differently. The Norwegian was previously instrumental in the Cologne startup scene, for example in bringing Startup Weekend to Cologne back in 2012. He sees potential for improvements in Düsseldorf, where he now lives.
‘Düsseldorf is today where Cologne was a couple of years ago’, he says. ‘The scene hasn’t self-identified as such yet, and it is being dominated by service providers like coworking spaces, corporates and investors at the moment. The founders are missing’.”
Yes, I think the Feeders (service providers) still think they are the Leaders (must be the founders) in Düsseldorf. Perhaps the Feeders would do wise in getting onboard the Boulder Thesis as it has to be the other way around to grow a successful ecosystem: