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Unique location with plenty of support

Dortmund is the right location for new Business settlements, entrepreneurial, and individual development across all sectors. You may ask why? Take a look at the main features of the city and the numerous services of the Economic Development Agency Dortmund .


The most important aspects, projects, and offers at a glance:

Location & property and real estate market

In Dortmund with its more than 600,000 residents, the course is set for growth. Here, you may find e.g., highly trained specialists and about 54,000 students. We rely on a close network between research and companies in order to drive innovation. As a logistician and service provider, you will also find ideal conditions for establishing your company. Whether for work or to live - Dortmund convinces as a city with an excellent quality of life.

Property and real estate market

Are you still at the very beginning of your success story and want to settle your business in Dortmund? We are your contact when looking for a suitable location, office space, commercial property or even a building site. You will also find co-working spaces with different concepts and focuses throughout the city - whether centrally located or at the university, shared desks or entire offices.

Major projects

From an innovative location with an industrial character to a maritime flair, Dortmund has everything to offer:

At PHOENIX West, modern office- and laboratory buildings from sectors such as micro- and nanotechnology, IT, and production technology meet the grace of the listed former blast furnace plant. In an excellent location, an attractive relaxation area has been created at PHOENIX West, which extends as far as PHOENIX Lake.

At Dortmund harbor, an industrial and logistics location of international importance, a part of the area is being redesigned and expanded to include modern, urban uses. The result is a lively, urban district that offers new work and leisure qualities for the whole city.

Networks & Initiatives

Every year, we welcome numerous companies to the innovative city of Dortmund. Do you also want to enrich the local corporate landscape with your business? Our Investor Support team will provide you with comprehensive support when you move to one of the most dynamic locations in Germany. Our free services at a glance:

  • We provide relevant information about Dortmund
  • We offer assistance in choosing a location
  • Overview and proposal of further offers of the Economic Development Agency Dortmund
  • Further assistance from the Welcome Agency with its Expat Service Center for national and international executives from science and business
Welcome Agency

With the Expat Service Center, our Welcome Agency offers you a service for national and international executives from science and business who want to settle in Dortmund. They and their families receive individual support with everyday issues as well as in networking with multipliers.


DOaccelerate is a compact digital program with a condensed runtime of only one week especially for companies from Dortmund and the region. In order to boost innovation, our mission is to connect established companies in and around Dortmund with first class startups from all over the world to solve real company challenges.


start2grow accompanies you on your way to a successful company! The annual start-up competition is perfect for you, if

  • you have a technological or digital idea for a new type of product or offer an innovative service
  • you are already writing a business plan, but still need support
  • you want to put some finishing touches to your business plan
  • you have other concerns about starting a business

start2grow offers you individual coaching, interesting events, the best contacts to business, science, and capital assets as well as the chance of cash and material prizes. Participation is free of charge.


We rely on the cooperation of startups and established medium-sized companies to drive innovation and bring both worlds together. In doing so, we use our network for suitable matching - from getting to know each other to the implementation of a cooperation.

While startups benefit from the company's reputation and existing infrastructure, they bring in new technological solutions into the companies’ workflow.

Our offers include personal advice with 1-to-1 matching, formats such as round table events, and challenge pitches for which startups can apply.
You may also check: DOaccelerate

High potentials

In Dortmund, we are already training the high potentials of tomorrow.

Our city offers a wide range of universities and courses of studies. Around 54,000 students are currently benefiting from the practice-related and future-oriented education at the seven universities and 19 scientific institutions in Dortmund.

Dortmund is an important research location in the Ruhr Metropolis and is home to institutes such as the Fraunhofer- and Max Planck Societies and the Leibniz Association.


Sabrina Heix

Sabrina Heix

Welcome Agency
T: 0231 50 2 28 51
Christian Klose

Christian Klose

National Settlement
T: 0231 50 2 92 14
Julia Jäger

Julia Jäger

International Settlement
T: 0231 50 2 48 21