Entrepreneurial spirit has a long tradition in the Ruhr area. The Gründerallianz Ruhr revitalizes it. With the support of etventure, the Initiativkreis Ruhr and the initiators RAG, RAG foundation and Evonik Industries AG founded the Gründerallianz Ruhr located on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage “Zeche Zollverein” (coal mine). The project wants to establish the Ruhr area as an attractive founders location, contribute to the development of a hotspot for data-oriented startups and provide new economic impulses through digitalization after the coal phase-out. For this purpose, among other things, the Data Hub was founded to bring together deep-tech startups and established companies on a regular basis to encourage data-driven innovation. etventure founder & CEO Christian Lüdtke acts as founder coordinator.
Foundation of the Data Hub and creation of a “pull effect” on startups in the Ruhr area
Networking of the ecosystem with over 40 partners through consistent ecosystem activities
500+ startup applications from 40 countries; 18 use cases from industries and communities (Status December 2020)
CEO of Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH
The large companies of the Ruhr area recognize that their huge treasures of data are valuable resources for the future. It is an enormous opportunity to build something in the Ruhr area that can compete even with the Silicon Valley.
The Gründerallianz Ruhr is a project of the Initiativkreis Ruhr. More than 70 companies and institutions form one of the strongest regional economic alliances in Germany. The Initiativkreis Ruhr is a motor of change. Its members are united by the goal of driving forward the development of the Ruhr region and strengthening its future viability and competitiveness in the long term.
Create real benefits and added value from industrial data and thereby strengthen the competitiveness of participating companies. In order to achieve this, established companies are brought together with deep-tech startups to solve real challenges. The focus is on innovative, data-driven solutions.
Thanks to automated route planning from adiutaByte, the disposal waste company Entsorgung Herne can reduce the kilometres driven by up to 30% and cut waiting times for citizens by two-thirds when collecting bulky waste.
The Haniel subsidiary XXLhoreca, together with Mergerspot, was able to set up a fully automated market analysis in real time and thus increase competitive intelligence by 200%, which would never have been possible manually due to the fast pace and mass of data.
At Evonik, innoSEP was able to improve the accuracy of order planning for silanes from 60 to 85 percent in the model test by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to better serve customer needs and avoid production surpluses.
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Founder Coordinator Ruhr
Founder & Member of the Management Board etventure