• 592160 inhabitants of the city of Essen
  • 10 th largest city in Germany
  • 22985 companies
  • 9 of the 100 largest companies in Germany


We are the H2 think tank and the engine behind the energy transition. With the headquarters of companies such as RWE, E.ON, Evonik and thyssenkrupp, as well as the overall high density in the energy industry, the business location of Essen plays a central role in the fields of hydrogen.
The EWG – Essen Economic Development Agency offers a growth/accelerator programme for selected national and international hydrogen scale-ups. The focus is on technological and legal advice regarding the adaptation of technology and business models to the German market.


 Profit from HyTechCheck – the 3 months market entry program for global hydrogen scale-ups:

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  • 3 months onboarding and market testing program for global hydrogen scale-ups
  • Adaptation of technology and business models to the German market
  • Test of business models on the German & European market from Essen
  • Offer of space for market entry for the duration of the project
  • Service offers of the program: legal, premises and technical advice
  • Potential Matching Partners from research, start-up and companies: GWI, H2UB, TÜV Nord/DMT, etc.
  • Support in HR & marketing
  • B2B contacts and matchmaking into the local start-up ecosystems

The partners

DÜS Eckert Sprachinstitut GmbH

Speak German with confi­dence: Break down the language barrier with engaging and professional German courses. A better way to learn German: Learn German in a friendly, effective, and professional environment. Usable language: Learn how to speak German in real-world situations. Apply your knowledge from day one. Only German: Obsessed with offering the best German courses, so only teaching German and nothing else. Qualified teachers: Become fluent fast by learning from the team of highly qualified teachers.

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Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V.

Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V., more usually known by its initials of GWI, is based in Essen. It is a well-recognized research institute with a reputation reaching far beyond its home region of North Rhine Westphalia. Associated with the German gas industry, it was founded in 1937 under the auspices of the United Institutes of Thermal Technology (Vereinigten Institute für Wärmetechnik) In its capacity as an Institute for the gas sector, research work with a strong practical orientation is carried out to enable gas to successfully compete with other forms of energy.

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HydroHub, an initiative of TÜV NORD GROUP companies, assists energy companies, industries and municipal governments with concentrated 360° hydrogen expertise for Engineering, Consulting and Training along the complete hydrogen value chain. It analyses demand, identifies economic and technical potential, and converts requirements into precise hydrogen projects. With a practical, hands-on customer focus, the expert teams plan and carry out projects for smart sector coupling, storage systems and site developments, as well as hydrogen import strategies and many more. HydroHub provides unique services, matching them with specialised units within TÜV NORD GROUP. Ready when you are, Hydrogen!

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Orfgen Marketing

We are Orfgen. The owner-managed marke=ng design agency. A team of 50 employees. Grown up between records and Spo=fy. Between Schwarzwaldklinik and NeMlix. Between poetry album and Instagram. Founded by the founder. Further developed with the next genera=on. We are editors, project managers, media designers, consultants, photographers, final artworkers and brand designers.

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Rosin Büdenbender Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Rosin Buedenbender GmbH, Essen, is a specialized and experienced law firm in the energy and infrastructure sector in Germany. The lawyers have decades of experience gained in high-level positions in energy companies, global law firms and courts. The lawyers’ focus lies on all legal issues along the value chain of energy supply with an emphasis on power plant and grid regulation, renewables/hydrogen, (district) heat/water supply, energy trading and distribution, Mergers&Acquisitions, which are addressed with a strong technical and economic mind.

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SOH is a legal services firm with a total of 80 highly-committed individuals including 30 attorneys, some of whom are also notaries, tax advisors or certified specialists in various fields of law. SOH is recognized as a top address in the market. They offer exceptional expertise, in-depth knowledge, creative collaboration, imaginative planning and zealous advocacy in litigation. The high quality of the clients is likewise another contributing factor to their reputation as a top address in the legal market. However, they also set high standards for themselves.

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workspace A81

The workspace-Essen at location A81 offers work and networking in a feel-good atmosphere on approx. 5200m². In addition to permanent rental space, we offer co-working rooms with complete furnishings and high-quality equipment, as a single place in the common room and as a day workstation or closed office space, with flexible terms and as a day office. Conference rooms for up to 30 people, meeting rooms from 4 people and an event room with 160m² complete the offer. Whether it’s a classic business center or co-working, we have a good mix of both.

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Mario Gillmann