START Rhein-Neckar

The event for founders, start-ups and self-employed people in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.
Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar GmbH and in annual rotation a selected business development agency of the metropolitan region (2022: City of Mannheim).
THE event for founders, start-ups and self-employed people in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region with a large information fair and an exciting, continuously developed program with a focus on training, consulting and networking at alternating locations in the region.
2002 - 2022
2020 & 2021: Online events
(to 2020: Rhine Neckar Start-up Day)
START Lounge, MEET2INNOVATE, Matching Floor and other innovative formats: START Rhine-Neckar is the most important and comprehensive event on the topic of start-ups and self-employment in the region. More than 2,000 founders, innovative start-ups and young entrepreneurs benefit annually from the event at changing locations in the Rhine-Neckar region, which took place as an online conference in 2020 and 2021 and will be held again this year, on July 9, 2022, as an event at the MAFINEX Technology Center in Mannheim.
Mission & aspiration
As a central, agile and innovative start-up event, START Rhein-Neckar invites entrepreneurs, start-ups, young entrepreneurs, freelancers and company successors to inform themselves comprehensively and free of charge about the diverse range of consulting services and the decisive aspects of start-up projects, to actively further their education, to use creativity techniques such as design thinking or business model canvas. Design Thinking or Business Model Canvas and to establish personal contacts to all participants, companies and enterprises of the region as well as to successful founders of the metropolitan region. Up-to-date information, practical expert tips and valuable further training will be provided in a top-class program with specialist lectures, knowledge workshops, talks and podiums. Another core element of the event for founders, start-ups and the self-employed is the large information fair, where between 40-50 institutions, chambers and companies present themselves and make direct personal contact with the founders. 
Idea and Implementation
For 20 years now, we have been responsible for the event as a full-service provider: Hand in hand with the Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar GmbH as well as the central associations and business organizations of the region, we drive the conceptual development and the entire content of START Rhein-Neckar.
On the Matching Floor, for example, the start-up scene meets for networking, at Impact level up! it looks together beyond its own nose and to the success stories of the European start-up hotspots, a lot of inspiration and concrete joint projects with corporations and companies are the focus at MEET2INNOVATE.

Internationality, innovation, interdisciplinarity and plenty of space for further education, cooperation, networking and exchange - with around 25 partners and sponsors, the event has a significance that radiates far beyond the region.

We conceive and design the public relations, media cooperations, all event media and the entire promotion of the event. The event implementation and continuous development, such as the implementation of interactive elements or the appearance in social media as well as the design of cross-media concepts for events: Made by Agentur Ressmann.

Today, START Rhein-Neckar is one of the premium events in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region with 1,500-2,000 participants (attendance events Existenzgründungstag Rhein-Neckar until 2019) and the most successful start-up events in a national comparison. 
Founders, self-employed and freelancers.

To the partners count beside the meeting partner of this year, the promotion of economy and structure of the city Mannheim, topically: The Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Mannheim Rhine-Neckar-Odenwald Chamber of Crafts, NEXT Mannheim and VR Bank Rhein-Neckar eG, KAHL Büroeinrichtungen, BKK Pfalz, the Federal Employment Agency, Bürgschaftsbank und Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg GmbH, chem2biz, Digitalkanzlei Golz - Steuerberater/Wirtschaftsprüfer, the City of Heidelberg, Morgenstern Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH as well as TZL Regionales Innovationszentrum Ludwigshafen, W. E.G. Wirtschaftsentwicklungsgesellschaft Ludwigshafen am Rhein mbH. In addition, START Rhein-Neckar is sponsored by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg, startup bw. Media partners are Wall GmbH and

Around 30 speakers, entrepreneurs at lectures and knowledge workshops, on the podiums and in interviews, as well as around 100 representatives of a total of 40-50 business associations, chambers, institutions and the private sector at the exhibition stands.
Resonance - a selection

START Rhein-Neckar
The online event for founders, start-ups and self-employed people

"Many thanks for this super diverse and extremely helpful event and also for the great organizational implementation": enthusiastic feedback about the event was shared by many participants in the chat on the conference platform Hopin.

20th Start-up Day Rhine-Neckar
Speyer Technology Museum

"Today has once again shown that the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is a real hotspot of the German startup scene. It is always impressive to see how diverse and creative the ideas are that emerge here in our region.

Dr. Tilman Krauch
CTO Freudenberg SE and Chairman of the Board of ZMRN e.V.
at the 2019 event in Speyer.

17th  Start-up Day Rhine-Neckar
Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen

1. it was fun for the team lukom to work with you. 2. you have "delivered" a very good work 3. passion, humor, spontaneity have distinguished you. Conclusion: Unfortunately I am too old to exist! - young enough to praise! THANK YOU! Great performance! Since just "on the road": Quick (short) answer sent from my iPhone

Michael Cordier
Managing Director LUKOM
Ludwigshafen Congress and Marketing Company Ltd.

16th  Start-up Day Rhine-Neckar
Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region 2015

We would like to thank you very much for the very successful Business Start-Up Day Rhine-Neckar and the entire implementation. The feedback has been consistently positive. We are sure that the Ressmann Agency and the Mannheim Economic Development Agency were also able to present their individual business cards at the event and look forward to further cooperation.

Stefan Orschiedt Head of Location Marketing/Economic Development Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar GmbH