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About us

The garage DU Startup Challenge is sponsored by Duisburg Business & Innovation (DBI) and the City of Duisburg together with municipal companies of the city. These municipal companies are Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft (DVV), Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg (WBD), GEBAG Duisburger Baugesellschaft, Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr and Sparkasse Duisburg. Duisburg Business & Innovation (DBI) is responsible for, organises and hosts the Challenge.

We want to rethink business and make Duisburg a strong business location. Hand in hand with the city, we focus on the (inter)national marketing of Duisburg as a business location. In doing so, we lead the way in economic development and convince others of Duisburg's value as a business location with a promising future. The focus of our work, ideas, matching platforms and projects is the creation of new qualified jobs in Duisburg. [

www.duisburg-business.de

The city of Duisburg is a service provider for approximately 500,000 citizens. Duisburg is the main centre of the Lower Rhine region, but is also part of the Ruhr area and the Rhine rail. Duisburg is on its way to becoming a SmartCity. Structural change has made Duisburg the largest logistics location in Europe. Digitalisation is changing the face of the city positively and sustainably. An exciting process for which we are looking for innovative people who actively shape the change.

https://www.duisburg.de/

Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DVV) is a multi-service group in the areas of supply, mobility, IT services and services. The group includes around 30 companies such as Stadtwerke Duisburg, Netze Duisburg, Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft, octeo Multiservices and DCC Duisburg CítyCom. With more than 4,350 employees, the DVV Group is one of the major employers in Duisburg and makes a decisive contribution to the provision of an efficient infrastructure in the large city with around 500,000 inhabitants

https://www.dvv.de/

Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg is one of the most important municipal companies in the city of Duisburg. One major field of activity is waste disposal and city cleaning. But we are also responsible for urban drainage, the planning and maintenance of the municipal playgrounds, the upkeep of green spaces, parks and botanical gardens as well as the operation of the cemeteries and the crematorium. But we are also responsible for maintaining the urban infrastructure, flood protection and watercourse maintenance and development.

We see 5G as a key technology for real-time communication in the municipal Internet of Things. Today, we are already moving into the Internet of Things (IoT) and are testing autonomous sweepers and various sensors, e.g. in waste bins or to detect queues at the recycling centre. For example, we see potential in 5G real-time data transmission for digital twins of critical infrastructures or for collecting environmental data. Climate extremes such as heat waves and floods are also increasing in Duisburg. As a contribution to urban climate resilience, we therefore emphasise water-sensitive urban development, e.g. through the use of tree rigs with sensor technology or the exploration of innovative ways to sustainably manage water as a resource - for example by founding the Duisburg Rain Agency to promote land unsealing. We are also already using sweepers, waste collection vehicles and cars with electric and hydrogen drives on the City of Duisburg's path to greater environmental neutrality. We have set ourselves the goal of making our fleet locally emission-free by 2030.

https://www.wbd-innovativ.de/

GEBAG was founded in 1872 as Duisburger Gemeinnützige Baugesellschaft AG and is today one of the oldest housing associations in Germany. Almost 200 employees look after a portfolio of over 12,500 flats, a good 170 commercial properties and over 3,400 garages and parking spaces and do their best every day to move Duisburg forward. GEBAG offers a home to over 35,000 Duisburgers.

https://www.gebag.de/

With around 1,000 employees and 20 staffed locations, we are by far the largest provider of financial services in our Duisburg and Kamp-Lintfort business region. As a committed and innovative credit institution, we are good for everyone: for our customers, our employees and our region.

https://www.sparkasse-duisburg.de/de/home.html

Together we achieve more!

With this motto and the cooperative idea behind it, we, our 302 employees, 18 trainees and our approximately 74 thousand customers stand today as Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr with a balance sheet total of approximately 2.17 billion euros as a large cooperative bank in the Ruhr region. True to the basic cooperative idea, Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr supports people from the region and promotes projects in the region with around 500 thousand euros annually through donations and sponsorships. In our 16 branches - distributed in Duisburg, Oberhausen, Mülheim and Ratingen-Lintorf - we want to be a social and democratic bank for our members, customers and employees according to the guiding principles of this idea with self-help, self-responsibility and self-administration.

https://www.volksbank-rhein-ruhr.de/startseite.html 

Jury

A five-member jury, consisting of members of the shareholders and sponsoring partners of Duisburg Business & Innovation GmbH, determines a shortlist based on the findings and recommendations of the experts and ultimately decides on the winners. The jury consists of Martin Murrack (City of Duisburg), Marcus Wittig (Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft), Thomas Patermann (Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg), Bernd Wortmeyer (Gebag), Helge Kipping (Sparkasse Duisburg), Thomas Diederichs (Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr) and Rasmus C. Beck (Duisburg Business & Innovation).

Marcus Wittig

Chairman of the Board

Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

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Why I am participating
"We want to make everyday life easier for the people of Duisburg. Start-ups provide valuable ideas and solutions for this. That's why we see young companies and founders as important partners to get innovations off the ground together."
Marcus Wittig

Rasmus C. Beck

CEO

Duisburg Business & Innovation GmbH

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Why I am participating
"We want the Silicon Valley spirit for the Ruhr region. Duisburg was the cradle of the first industrial revolution, now we are working to reinvent ourselves the second time around through the green transformation."
Rasmus C. Beck

Thomas Diederichs

Speaker of the Board

Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr eG

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Why I am participating
The city is changing, change is everywhere. The future needs new answers and new questions. As a strong partner of the region, we will support new ideas and their owners with our experience in order to help shape the future of Duisburg.
Thomas Diederichs

Helge Kipping

Member of the Board

Sparkasse Duisburg AöR

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Why I am participating
Start-ups enrich the business location with their innovative projects and create jobs. We can all benefit from this. That is why we pursue the goal together with the founders that they establish themselves sustainably as companies.
Helge Kipping

Bernd Wortmeyer

Managing Director

GEBAG Duisburger Baugesellschaft mbH

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Why I am participating
"The question of how we want to live in the future can be answered with certainty: in safety. This also includes the best possible protection against climate catastrophes. Newly conceived contributions, especially on the topic of 'climate-resilient cities', are therefore welcome and valuable for the real estate industry."
Bernd Wortmeyer

Thomas Patermann

Speaker of the Board

Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg AöR

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Why I am participating
"The theme clusters hit the DNA of Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg. The start-ups can implement their ideas directly with us."
Thomas Patermann

Martin Murrack

City Manager and Treasurer as well as Chairman of the "garage DU" Advisory Board (Advisory Board)

City of Duisburg

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Why I am participating
Together we have the chance to make Duisburg fit for the future. For this we need your ideas, your creativity, your cooperation. I am excited to see which projects we will realise at the end of the process in order to advance our city digitally.
Martin Murrack

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is the advisory board of the Start-up Challenge garage DU. The experience and competence of the members are in demand at a joint workshop, where networking with the founders turns ideas into custom-fit solutions adapted for the location, as well as at the final presentation with award ceremony (Demo Day).

Frank Wittig

Managing Partner

Wittig GmbH

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Alexander Kranki

CEO

Krankikom GmbH

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Why I am participating
"We founded our company in Duisburg 27 years ago and have never regretted it. The city is a great start-up location with good framework conditions, a creative spirit of optimism and a high quality of life. I want to contribute to making that visible."
Alexander Kranki

Dr. Marie Jaroni

Head of Decarbonization

thyssenkrupp Steel

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Martin Murrack

City Manager and Treasurer as well as Chairman of the "garage DU" Advisory Board

Stadt Duisburg

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Why I am participating
Together we have the chance to make Duisburg fit for the future. For this we need your ideas, your creativity, your cooperation. I am excited to see which projects we will realise at the end of the process in order to advance our city digitally.
Martin Murrack

Felix Neugart

CEO

NRW Global Business GmbH

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Why I am participating
The creative ideas of young companies are enormously important for the innovative strength of our location - which is why I am looking forward to bringing the international expertise and the global network of NRW.Global Business to the Startup Challenge garage DU.
Felix Neugart

Prof. Dr. Uli Paetzel

Chairman of the Board

EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT / LIPPEVERBAND

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Why I am participating
The Ruhr region with its dense knowledge landscape offers founders good start-up opportunities for their ideas. Especially in the field of water and environmental technology, we need these impulses in order to protect the climate and ecology.
Prof. Dr. Uli Paetzel

Ulrich Grillo

Chairman of the Board

Grillo-Werke AG

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Why I am participating
As a 180-year-old company, Grillo has outgrown the start-up phase, but despite this, or precisely because of it, I am very happy to support young innovative entrepreneurs with creative ideas and high ambitions. This is the only way to sustainably ensure the strength and success of Germany as a business location in general and Duisburg in particular.
Ulrich Grillo

Thomas Maaßen

CEO

Rhenus Transport GmbH & Co. KG

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Why I am participating
As a citizen of Duisburg, I am happy to make our city more modern and liveable and at the same time support young people and founders.
Thomas Maaßen

Dr. Stefan Dietzfelbinger

CEO

Niederrheinische Industrie- und Handelskammer Duisburg-Wesel-Kleve zu Duisburg

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Why I am participating
I am happy to participate in the advisory board. With the expertise and the strong business network of our IHK, we can help the start-ups. Duisburg is a super location with potential. The future is being made here on the Rhine and Ruhr.
Dr. Stefan Dietzfelbinger

Prof. Pedro Jose Marron

GUIDE - Centre for Start-ups and Innopreneurship at the University of Duisburg-Essen

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Experts

The experts for garage DU contribute significantly to the analysis and selection of the most promising innovations for Duisburg. Their task is to screen the applications and accompany the start-ups at the workshop.

Experts

Bernhard Schröder

Head of Research Transfer & Head of GUIDE - Centre for Start-ups and Innopreneurship at the University of Duisburg-Essen

University Duisburg-Essen | GUIDE

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Ulf C. Reichardt

Chairman of the Management Board

NRW.Energy4Climate

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Christian Lüdtke

Co-Founder & CEO

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Sandra Altmann

Corporate Development and Central Services, Authorised Signatory

GEBAG Duisburger Baugesellschaft mbH

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Markus Belitzki

Executive Board Officer for Digitalisation and Innovation

Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr eG

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Nathalie Schilly

Head of Digital Innovation and Transformation

WBD.digital – WBD-V

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Jürgen Schnitzmeier

CEO

ZENIT GmbH

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Sebastian Beck

Head of Urban Drainage Division

Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg AöR

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Stöhr

University Duisburg-Essen | ZHO/ Optoelectronics

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Wolfgang Regitz

Higher Education Officer / Representative

City of Duisburg

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Felicitas Dudziak

Head of Quality Assurance and Water Protection Drinking water production

Netze Duisburg GmbH

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Sebastian Limburg

Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

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Oliver Kuschel

CEO

ANTHROPIA gGMBH

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Beatrice Kamper

Authorised signatory | Head of Project Development

Duisburger Baugesellschaft mbH

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kaiser

University Duisburg-Essen

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Dr. David Hoffmann

Head of Digital Innovation and Transformation

WBD.digital – WBD-V

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Andreas Gonschior

Head of Digitalisation

Stadt Duisburg

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Johannes Franke

startport GmbH

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