Essen is increasingly becoming a hotspot for the start-up scene. Many innovative and technology-oriented start-ups appreciate the very good environment with a large number of potential partners and customers and start up here with fresh ideas. The city is thus becoming the perfect scale-up location in the Metropole Ruhr.
In the last five years, the number of start-ups has risen from 50 to around 140, almost tripling since 2018. The number of employees in start-ups also increased from around 500 to around 1,700 between 2018 and 2023.