We match startups and companies

About the garage DU

Start-ups need orders. Companies need innovations. garage DU brings innovative start-ups, scale-ups and grow-ups together with Duisburg companies and accompanies them in the implementation of concrete projects. Start-ups were able to apply with their services, products and business models for climate protection and the circular economy until 30.04.23.


    Application phase closed - Register now for DEMO NIGHT


    Four advantages of the garage DU

    Access to the decision makers

    The matched start-ups are put in direct contact with the relevant decision-makers in our companies. Together with all relevant experts, they start implementing a joint project.

    Awards, prize money and material prizes

    At the finale of garage DU - the Demo Night - the best project implementations will be awarded prizes in kind and money.


    Start-ups and corporates speak different languages. That's why experienced coaches accompany the projects of start-ups and corporates to support you in the implementation.


    At our events you are guaranteed the attention of TV, radio, social media and hundreds of companies, investors and decision-makers.

    This is the procedure


    Start of the application period

    You had until 16 April to submit your application. Let's keep it simple: fill out our short online form and off you go. It pays to be quick: After a quick check, we forwarded your application to the experts who could contact you for initial interviews if you were interested.

    16. April 2023

    Application deadline

    From all the applications, the start-ups were now selected to stand on stage at the pitch event on 24 May.

    24. Mai 2023

    Let’s Pitch: The Pitch-Event

    The pitch event was all about you! Here, start-ups could get to know the companies and experts personally. There was plenty of time for talks and the opportunity to introduce yourself as a start-up personality. Afterwards, your pitch and the matching with the companies took place.


    Mai bis Oktober 2023

    Making a fit out of a match

    It's a Match! You have a match with one of our companies? Congratulations! Now it's time to turn your match into a fit.  

    Within a very short time, you'll be talking to the relevant decision-makers and experts from our companies. Together, we will define goals, budget and milestones in order to implement your solution in the company. Coaches and project managers will support you all the way.

    26. Oktober 2023

    garage DU Demo Night

    The Demo Night is the highlight of garage DU. Here you can present yourself to a large audience of entrepreneurs, decision-makers and media representatives. At the awards, you can then present the results of your cooperation with the companies to a top-class jury before the prizes are awarded.

    Application phase closed - Thank you for your applications

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