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Worldfactory International

Worldfactory International

Worldfactory International bundles the RUB’s entire international start-up activities. In collaboration with our regional and international project and network partners, we offer a variety of services for international junior researchers who wish to set up their own businesses and for international start-ups.


  • coaching of start-ups and international junior researchers who wish to set up their own company with the aim of implementing their ideas.
  • consultancy and support regarding the establishment resp. internationalisation of start-ups by our start-up consultants.
  • customised support services by our incubators in the specialist areas IT security (Cube 5), chemistry (Start4Chem), materials science (Materials), Product Service Systems and Smart Products (Smart Systems), and health science (Health&Care).
  • international events for networking with regional companies, start-ups, investors and the regional ecosystem
  • a visitor programme for international researchers interested in starting up a business to explore and deepen the transfer potential resulting from research
  • a worldwide network of partners with strong research and transfer capabilities


The annual RuhrSummit is the largest B2B start-up event in Germany. Joining forces with ruhr:HUB, we have integrated additional services for international start-ups and other parties interested in setting up their own business into the RuhrSummit, in order to provide various formats designed to help them establish contacts with companies, investors and the region’s ecosystem.

  • Corporate Pitch Challenge
    In the Corporate Challenge Pitch, regional SMEs invite tenders for specific challenges in their field of business, which start-ups can enter with their individual solutions. The international participants thus gain access to potential customers and can test their respective schemes. The winner implements their solution in a pilot project with an SME.
  • Deep Dives
    In these exclusive seminars on high-tech concepts (e.g. cyber security, cryptography, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, block chain and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR)), start-ups present use cases, thus recruiting interested SMEs. The Deep Dives are complemented by keynote lectures and up-to-the-minute research results.
  • Start-up Expo
    A prominent and popular element of the RuhrSummit is the Start-up Expo, where numerous (pre-selected) start-ups introduce themselves and network with customers and investors.
  • Match Making
    Match Making between international start-ups and investors resp. potential B2B customers via a technology platform.
Bootcamp „Entrepreneurship Explorer Ruhr“

During the two-week training programme, international young scientists, students and/or teams interested in setting up a business prepare the implementation of innovative business ideas with the support of experienced experts and start-up coaches at RUB. The Bootcamp has a modular structure and outlines all aspects for successful business model, team and product development.

Participants also gain insights into the regional start-up ecosystem through site visits in the region and meetings with successfully established start-ups.

Towards the end of the Bootcamp, the participants pitch their business ideas. The winners will receive support for the development of their business model and an implementation plan for technology transfer with a minimal time to market.

Global Entrepreneurship

In order to explore and refine the transfer potential of their own research, RUB researchers are given the opportunity to invite international scientists with a strong interest in start-ups resp. application-oriented scientists to RUB, in order to strengthen and expand collaborations and initiate joint transfer projects in tailor-made visitor programmes.


Our start-up consultants are happy to help if you have any questions regarding the internationalisation of business models and the establishment of international start-ups.


Vanessa Vaughn
Project management: WORLDFACTORYinternational
Phone: +49 (0) 234 - 32-29626

Meike Schaich
Project WORLDFACTORYinternational

Phone: +49 (0) 234 32-28040

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