As a student the RuhrSummit is your ticket to the professional network in the Ruhr area. Exchange ideas personally with established companies and founders of all ages and success levels and get to know the various challenges involved in setting up a company.

Young talents wanted!

Use the RuhrSummit as a recruiting platform: At our Job Market you will meet representatives of well-known companies and up-and-coming start-ups from the region in search of talent. This is, where you can make initial contacts for your professional future.

Matching with no limits.

In contrast to classic conferences with a rather sterile atmosphere, the RuhrSummit, like the region to which it owes its name, is anything but sterile. We heat you up with show acts, side events and lots of networking stations! Whether at the Meet@Beat Party, the Food Market or at the workshops, ALL participants can get to know each other on a more personal level.




Pitch Competition & Expo: Your startup in the spotlight 
Your B2B startup is the Next Big Thing? With the two core elements, the Pitch Competition and Expo, we offer selected and promising startups the opportunity to present their ideas on a big stage. Apply now! 
Match Making: Meet the partners who will help your startup to grow

Use our brand new b2match platform & app (available for download soon!) to make appointments with VC’s, corporates or other business partners in advance. A versatile filter option will help you to choose your conversation partners.

In our Match Making Area you can then exchange ideas intensively in just 15 minutes. Our partner ZENIT is at your side. 

Learn from the best: Insights & know-how.

Get insights, know-how and inspiration from top-class industry experts and international speakers from the startup scene in exciting keynotes, workshops and insight talks.

B2B vs. B2C

You have a B2C startup and you are unsure whether the RuhrSummit is the right event for you? But yes! For the first time this year the RuhrSummit puts a strong focus on B2B, but also B2C startups get the chance to get a place at the Expo and the Pitch Competition. Irrespective of these two sub-events, you will meet the concentrated startup scene including investors, established companies and up-and-coming talents at the event and should take the opportunity to meet potential business partners via match making meetings or in person.


All those with a startup interest and players in the Ruhr area united.

More and more initiatives are supporting the startup spirit in the Ruhr area – from accelerator programmes to competitions for founders. The RuhrSummit unites all initiatives and offers them a platform to present their offers for startups.




Match Making: Meet startups that suit you.

Our b2match platform and app (available for download soon!) makes it possible: Filter by product groups, business focus, investment phase, etc. and find exactly the startups that fit your portfolio – without having to torment yourself with a long list of pitch decks. You can conveniently make and manage appointments in advance of the event and at the RuhrSummit you can concentrate on the essentials, namely networking.

Expo: Experience innovative ideas live.

Experience innovative technologies and products of selected startups with B2B focus at the Expo and discuss their ideas with the founders.

Pitch Competition: The most exciting startups on a stage.

Get inspired by the ideas of promising national and international startups at the Pitch Competition. As a member of the jury, you decide which startup wins the competition.

Meet@Beat: Everybody on one floor

Meet startups from different nations on one floor and expand your international network. With a relaxed atmosphere and cool drinks, we invite you to our big Meet@Beat Party in front of a spectacular backdrop. With live performances and special guests.


Your company would like to initiate digitalization processes and combine its own innovation management with startup technologies? Then RuhrSummit is the right event for you! We gather digital enthusiasts, selected startups, established investors and representatives of the most important companies in and around the Ruhr area at Germany’s largest B2B startup event

For two days, both national and international press put the Ruhr area in the spotlight of the startup scene and document which participants will present themselves at the RuhrSummit. Companies can clearly position themselves as digital pioneers and startup enthusiasts. As committed supporters of young talents, they can not only enhance their own brand image, but also point out interesting cooperation opportunities.

We connect your company with the right B2B startup.

Does your company already have concrete challenges that could be mastered by new technologies? At the Expo you can inform yourself about the applications of different B2B startup technologies and find a potentially suitable approach for the solution. In addition, you can use our b2match platform & app to specifically search for startups that are open for cooperation and arrange appointments with them.

Looking for a new generation?

For the first time the RuhrSummit offers a recruiting platform this year: At our JOB MARKET you can present your company as an employer and meet highly motivated university graduates and other talents to make first contacts.


Become a media partner of the largest start-up conference in NRW and benefit from the advantages of a strong partnership!

Only together can we expand our networks to benefit multilaterally.


You need more information about the RuhrSummit?

phone: +49 201.879 193 90 | mail: info(at)