From left to right: Erich Staake (Vorstandsvorsitzender der Duisburger Hafen AG), Moderatorin Anja Müller (Korrespondentin Familienunternehmen, Ressort Unternehmen und Märkte, Handelsblatt), NRW-Wirtschafts- and Digitalminister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart and Peter Trapp (Geschäftsführer startport GmbH). © duisport/krischerfotografie
North Rhine-Westphalia Minister of Economic Affairs and Digitization Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart: “An awareness of tradition, a vision for the future and a founder's spirit are coming together in the Duisburg interior port. It is on this basis that the first startport conference is bringing together investors, industry and start-ups from the logistics sector. This innovative environment for new ideas and future concepts is an important idea that benefits the entire economic location of North Rhine-Westphalia.”
Industry, investors and start-ups in one place: The investor conference of the port subsidiary startport was held for the first time on 4 July 2019 in the Duisburg interior port. With this event, the “1st startport Conference” set new trends for the logistics sector and for the attractiveness of the start-up scene in the Rhine-Ruhr region. “Our start-ups are magnets for international investors and industrial corporations. We are very proud to provide the right stage for them here in the port,” says duisport CEO Erich Staake. “The conference highlighted the great potential for logistics and digitization in the region. The right investments from industry and venture capital are an important driver,” says startport General Manager Peter Trapp.
Positive feedback from initiators and participants
Initiated by the startport team, the startport Conference aims to become the outstanding event for the founders scene on the Rhine and Ruhr. It brings together the three main stakeholders start-ups, industry and investors to drive investment and partnerships. duisport CEO Erich Staake is pleased with the attention received by the startport initiative: “I am very impressed by the performance of our founder team. startport has only been in the market for 18 months but is already perceived as a leader in logistics start-ups. That should encourage us to continue to expand the initiative.”
Event attendees included the “Who is Who” of the venture capital scene
Participants included providers of capital and investors from Earlybird Venture Capital, Coparion, TEV I Tengelmann Ventures, DN Capital, Almaz Capital and Silicon Valley Bank. Borussia Dortmund, Klöckner & Co, Initiativkreis Ruhr, Deutsche Bank and Thyssengas participated in the industry panel discussion.
startport: The place to be in the logistics industry
After only one year, the successful startport accelerator has become the place to be for founders from the logistics industry across Europe. Working in the Werhahnmühle, they are the focus of attention and receive professional all-round support.
Partners of startport as guarantors of success
Erich Staake thanked the partners of startport for their engagement: Klöckner & Co, RAG-Stiftung, Borussia Dortmund, Evonik and representatives of the Initiativkreis Ruhr promote the ideas of the start-ups with cooperations and mentoring. This special environment opens up opportunities for securing workplaces in the Rhine and Ruhr region, while also creating new and viable workplaces.
startport's pull and learning effect
Start-up ecosystems such as startport in the Duisburg interior port exert a strong pull factor for investors around the world. The possibility of partnering up with established industrial companies plays a major role in this regard. This combination has become a magnet for interested venture capital firms around the globe. The 1st startport Conference will expand this special “ecosystem” in the logistics metropolis of Duisburg. As a powerful accelerator, surrounded by the highest density of scientific and research institutions for logistics in Europe - not to mention the hundreds of logistics and industrial companies - startport makes digital start-ups successful and drives the development of digital business models.
As a subsidiary of the Port of Duisburg, startport GmbH is committed to initiating a creative innovation culture and actively promoting innovation in the logistics and supply chain sector. With this claim, it promotes and challenges young start-ups to develop viable ideas for the leading logistics hub in the heart of Europe together with duisport and the companies based in the port. https://startport.net/