The “Meet, Greet +Beat” Roadshow for founders in North Rhine-Westphalia

In 2021 and 2022, the roadshow of Gründen NRW went on tour: 7 locations, 5 pitches at each, 2 prizes at each event and a lot of networking opportunities!

  • Group picture of the winners of the final of the roadshow "Meet, Greet + Beat" with Minister Neubaur

    Start-ups Leroma and Voltfang win Meet, Greet + Beat final in Düsseldorf

    At the final event in the state capital, the jury awarded two first places: Leroma GmbH from Düsseldorf and Voltfang from Aachen both received the 5,000 euros prize of the grand roadshow finale.

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Meet, Greet + Beat – the start-up event in North Rhine-Westphalia

The roadshow events in retrospect

Connections, contacts or pure coincidence, the right network and direct access to funding and advice opportunities are the essential elements of a successful start-up. We brought you together with start-up experts in seven evening events in North Rhine-Westphalia. No matter whether you have successfully launched your start-up, are toying with the idea or have received funding in the form of a start-up grant.

Say goodbye to boring events watching everything happen at the front: Get set for fruitful conversations and exciting opportunities in a cosy lounge atmosphere under the motto “Anything goes, no obligations”. On-stage, the most experienced grant recipients in North Rhine-Westphalia pitched to each other, making for an interesting spectacle.


06 September 2021

17:00 Freiraum Wuppertal


10 November 2021

18:00 Mensa am Ring, Münster


16 March 2022

17:00 Centrum für Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET), Dortmund


26 April 2022

17:00 Digital Church, Aachen


11 May 2022

17:00 Universität Paderborn, Hörsaal G


23 June 2022

17:00 Pattenhalle, Köln


13 September 2022

17:15 Düsseldorf, Finale der Roadshow

Meet & Greet – network in North Rhine-Westphalia

From business angels, start-up advisers and potential customers to inspiring entrepreneurs – you were able to meet contacts like these and many more at the seven roadshow pitch events. It was possible to network with colleagues from the North Rhine-Westphalia start-up scene and meet experts who can provide funding and start-up advice. Or learn about topics such as female founders, green start-ups and making your business international in bitesize chunks.

You were able to take advantage of the extensive networking opportunities and convince potential investors and future customers of your idea! Is your start-up still an idea? Representatives from Startercenter NRW can share their know-how on all phases of the start-up process.

Beat – convince the panel with your pitch

One stage, five start-ups and five minutes each, in their pitch, experienced grant recipients from North Rhine-Westphalia have shown what makes their start-ups unique and why they have what it takes to be a successful company. The start-ups which came first automatically went through to the roadshow final in Düsseldorf in September 2022. The grand final decided which grant recipients finished on the podium. All prize money was sponsored by NRW.BANK.

But it was not just the pitch participants that had the chance to shine: Visitors also had the chance to introduce themselves and their start-ups to network partners. An entertaining networking event.

Zur aktuellen Roadshow

  • Meet Greet + Beat Vol. 3

    Die Roadshow Meet, Greet + Beat, Vol. 3 (This content is only available in German.)

    Ihr könnt es kaum erwarten, eure Gründung auf das nächste Level zu heben? Dann macht euch bereit, denn die Roadshow von gründen.NRW startet in eine neue Runde: sieben Städte, je fünf Pitches sowie jede Menge Networking-Angebote warten auf euch. Dabei dreht sich bei der dritten Ausgabe von Meet, Greet + Beat alles um Social Entrepreneurship und Klimaschutz!

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