garage DU - We match start-ups and companies

What garage DU offers you

Access to the competence network

We offer access to a broad network of experts from various companies and institutions in Duisburg to expand or refine your solutions.

Prize money

In the three different categories, you can receive up to 15,000 € for your business idea at the Garage DU (for 1st prize). The prize money can be used individually.


All shortlist participants will have contact and exchange with the experts and specialists from Duisburg and the municipal companies in Duisburg.


We offer you the opportunity to present your solutions, ideas and prototypes to potential customers and multipliers at our Demo Day, to which media representatives will als be o invited.

What we expect from you


Before your application:

  • You are a start-up, scale-up or grow-up and already have a recognisable presence on the market with your product/service.
  • You have the opportunity to take part in our Pitch Event on 24 May and the Demo Night on 26 October in Duisburg.
  • You exude start-up spirit, are keen on innovation and want to implement projects together with Duisburg companies.

Before the pitch event:

  • Don't be shy on stage: At the pitch event, you will present your start-up on stage in front of our experts and the audience.
  • Participation on site: You have the chance to introduce yourself to a large audience and make business contacts. For this, we need you on stage.

Before the Demo Night:

  • At your own stand at the Demo Night, you can talk to representatives of Duisburg's business community, politics and city society.
  • Afterwards, you will pitch your project results from the previous months on the big stage in front of a jury and a large audience.

The garage DU 2022 in pictures

More than 350 guests experienced the conclusion of the garage DU 2022. Numerous pitches, dozens of talks between start-ups and decision-makers and, in addition, celebrities and comedy on stage. But pictures say more than words. Take a look for yourselves.

The garage DU 2022 in pictures

Schedule of the garage DU 2023