The digitalHUB Aachen in the digitalCHURCH was created as a digitalisation centre as part of the DWNRW initiative of the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs. Along with five other funded digitalisation centres in NRW, the digitalHUB Aachen is part of the “Digital Economy NRW (DWNRW)” initiative. With its DWNRW initiative, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy (MWIDE) of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is pursuing the goal of increasing the attraction of digital start-ups and spin-offs and building a start-up scene that is outstanding throughout Germany and internationally. At the same time, established companies in North Rhine-Westphalia are to be networked with the digital start-up scene and thus further develop their existing business models, open up new business areas and pick up on technological progress at an early stage.
The digitalHUB was able to further expand its close collaboration with RWTH Aachen University, which has existed since its foundation, within the framework of the Excellence Start-up Centre (ESC). The digitalHUB Aachen’s offer for digital business models is aimed not only at digital start-ups but also at technology start-ups from Aachen’s universities. In addition, the digitalHUB Aachen takes on the supervision of digital non-deeptech spin-offs as part of the RWTH Incubator. In this context, the digitalHUB Aachen in the digitalCHURCH is the urban extension of a possible Excellence Start-up Centre on the non-urban RWTH Campus and will at the same time be firmly anchored in a possible ESC on the RWTH Campus in terms of personnel and space.
More information on the Excellence Start-up Centre can be found here:
“Care & Mobility Innovation – in the future well cared for and intelligently mobile” is a cooperation project of 12 partners from the Aachen region. The aim is to develop and implement a regionally driven innovation strategy for the lead markets “Digital Health Economy” and “Smart Mobility”. With its R&D competences, the region is an innovation centre in Germany and can shape the future in the two lead markets as a “game changer”. The project will promote the development of the Aachen region into a leading location for telemedical applications and for the smart mobility of the future.
More information on the project and the partners involved can be found here:
The digitalHUB Aachen is a member and active supporter of the DÜREN.DIGITAL NETWORK. As part of the support project, for example, the Digital Readiness workshop series is held locally in Düren and other events are jointly organised. With the cooperation agreement concluded in March 2019, it was also agreed that members of the digitalHUB Aachen and the DÜREN.DIGITAL NETWORK will have access to the other coworking space. The close collaboration between the digitalHUB Aachen and WIN.DN creates a large regional network. Start-ups and tech companies from Aachen and the city region benefit from networking with industry in Düren and vice versa.
More information on the DÜREN.DIGITAL NETWORK can be found here:
UpdateDeutschland is a future lab initiated by the non-profit organisation ProjectTogether. It was launched as a follow-up to the #WirVsVirus hackathon and its implementation programme, which also involved several start-ups from the digitalHUB Aachen community. UpdateDeutschland is being realised together with N3xtcoder under the patronage of the Federal Chancellery, supported by numerous partners from all federal levels as well as the Bertelsmann Stiftung [Foundation], Stiftung Mercator and Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH. A broad alliance of partners accompanies UpdateDeutschland, including the Deutsche Startup Verband [German Start-up Association]. So far, the digitalHUB Aachen and the Responsible Research and Innovation Hub of RWTH Aachen University are partners in the project from Aachen.
More information: www.updatedeutschland.org
Under FLOW.NRW, Tourismus NRW e.V. connects the digital economy and creative industries with tourism, posing questions about new forms of work and travel. In doing so, the #urbanana project shows the state of NRW in exciting transformation as a travel destination and living space, as a place for projects and for long-term perspectives. The name urbanana refers to the banana-shaped urban jungle that stretches from the Ruhr to Düsseldorf and Cologne and is at the same time stubborn and multifaceted. In numerous measures in cooperation with creative people in the state, urbanana presents unexpected facets and creative places in North Rhine-Westphalia to the world and develops ideas in competitions such as the urbanana Award for guests and people who have decided to stay longer in NRW. Of course, the digitalHUB with its digitalisation centre in the digitalCHURCH should not be missing here.
The “Take a Seat in the Euregion” offer is aimed at start-ups from the following incubators in the border triangle:
Corda Campus (B), Brightlands Smart Service Campus (NL) and digitalHUB Aachen (D). The project is supported by the funding agencies LRM (B), LIOF (NL) and NRW.Bank (D).
Participating start-ups gain experience abroad and get valuable new input because the incubators pursue different funding approaches. To benefit from “Take a Seat in the Euregion”, start-ups simply signal their interest to their contact persons, and the project partners will take care of making the exchange possible.
The advantages for the start-ups:
• Acquisition of intercultural competences
• Exchange with start-ups, investors and consultants in other European countries
• Get to know the market and the market opportunities for your own product beyond the borders
• Possibility to establish first contacts with international business partners
• Uncomplicated participation and low costs
Digital start-ups that would like to apply for this programme should contact Mukunthan Nadarajah