About: What is the Digital Hub?
The Digital Hub Bonn is a centre for start-ups in the digital economy. It is intended to help young entrepreneurs to create networks with local businesses.
The idea is to create a platform where scientists, students, entrepreneurs, technology people, start-ups, investors and regional players can network and find an inspiring climate for digital talents, ideas and innovation, as well as entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education.
Or let’s just say, a modern office environment with enough space for 10 to 15 young companies. These companies will be coached, guided and funded by regional investors, business development agencies, universities and companies. These sponsors will be giving advice and provide infrastructure and money to start-ups and in exchange they will be participating in their successes.
Dr. Jörg Haas, Chairman of HWPARTNERS AG and Manager of Digital Hub emphasizes the importance of the project by pointing out that “Today‘s start-ups are the medium-sized companies of tomorrow”.
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Why is there a Digital Hub in the Bonn Region?
The core idea is to support future entrepreneurs in the founding of their start-up and to provide them with a full-fledged infrastructure that is already up and running.
“Startup as a Service” enables young entrepreneurs to choose a service bundle, where a common infrastructure consisting e. g. of co-working space, financial and payroll accounting, secretarial service, meeting space, Social Media Marketing, access to IT resources, mentoring and networking with potential customers is made available to many start-ups at a shared cost.
The Digital Hub Region Bonn is also offering guidance to start-ups in a very early stage, even before they are actually set up and up to 2-3 years after their founding.
In exchange for this early and quite risky support, including the provision of seed capital, the Digital Hub may be entitled to receive a share of the start-up.
Dr. Jörg Haas, Chairman of HW PARTNERS AG and initiator of Digital Hub Bonn
Who is behind the Digital Hub Bonn?
Behind the Digital Hub Bonn you will find, among others, shareholders and sponsors from the private enterprise sector as well as institutional „supporters“, such as universities, colleges, the Bonn chamber of Commerce and the business development agencies of Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg district.
In addition the Digital Hub Bonn receives sponsoring through a federal financial fundig programme of the Land of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), designed to stimulate digitisation in NRW’s business enterprises.
In this connection, Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has pointed out: “NRW holds all necessary prerequisites to become the number one digital Land of Germany. To this end, we need a close co-operation between traditional industries and innovative start-ups. The Bonn Digital-Hub is key to this objective: It provides a platform where partners can find each other and create digital business models together.”
Markus Zink, CEO of Digital Hub Region Bonn AG