Setting up a business in Düsseldorf

Information for foreign entrepreneurs

Host: Office of Economic Development,City of Düsseldorf
One in ten entrepreneurs in Germany is a foreigner.In top international business locations like Düsseldorf in particular, more and more foreign residents are setting up their own companies to realize a business idea. The Office of Economic Development of the state capital Düsseldorf is offering an information seminar in English to provide information targeted specifically at foreign entrepreneurs and founders of small businesses. In doing so, it helps to deal with the many questions and obstacles which international entrepreneurs face on the way to a successful business start-up.



2.00 pm – 2.30 pmParticipants introduce themselves
Presentation of services for foreign entrepreneurs
Speaker: Office of Economic Development,City of Düsseldorf
2.30 pm – 3.15 pmStartup City Düsseldorf
Essential elements of a business plan/Startup Network Düsseldorf / organisations and advisory programmes/consultation support and government grant
Speaker: Office of Economic Development, City of Düsseldorf, & Guests
3.15 pm – 4.00 pmLegal aspects of setting up a business
Right of residence, employment permit, EU market, Schengen Agreement, company forms 
Speaker: Jan Matthes, Lawyer, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Jan Matthes
4.00 pm – 4.15 pmBreak
4.15 pm – 5.15 pmFiscal aspects of setting up a business 
Different types of taxes
Speaker: Daniel Schmaltz, Tax Advisor and CPA, Schmaltz und Partner
5.15 pm – 5.35 pmCase study
Success story of a foreign start-up entrepreneur in Düsseldorf
5.35 pm – 5.45 pmDiscussion, question and answer session

Seminar Location

Haus der Universität
Schadowstraße 14

More Information

No. of participants: 30
Presentations will be delivered in English

Certificates of participation will be issued after the seminar.


Bettina Löhr
phone: +49 211 8995511
0211-89 95506

Christiane Knoll
phone: +49 211 8993892
0211-89 95506