North Rhine-Westphalia is still often associated with coal and steel. However, a fundamental structural change has long since taken place and many innovative startups have emerged on the Rhine and Ruhr. Here are the TOP 3. As the largest startups in North Rhine-Westphalia, we define the best-funded startups from the state according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.
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1. LeanIX GmbH: SaaS Cloud Governance Solutions
LeanIX was founded in 2012 and is based in the former German capital Bonn. The young company, which now has around 250 employees, offers software-as-a-service (SaaS) for the analysis of IT systems in companies. Especially in large corporations, the IT landscape often resembles a jungle of countless software and server packages. LeanIX has developed cloud software that makes it easy to gain an overview of this jungle – the basis for better data-based IT decisions. Obsolete IT can be identified more efficiently and redundant systems can be cleaned up faster. LeanIX customers include Adidas, DHL, Merck and Vodafone.
2. Flaschenpost SE: beverage delivery service
Beverage delivery is a very traditional business model that can also be digitized. This is proven by the Münster-based online beverage delivery service Flaschenpost SE. Founded in 2012, Flaschenpost was taken over in 2020 by the Radeberger Group, which in turn belongs to the Oetker Group. The company and brand continue to exist. Flaschenpost enables online ordering of beverages and everyday products and promises delivery within two hours. Up to 100,000 crates are delivered daily throughout Germany. The business focus is in North Rhine-Westphalia. Sales reached around 200 million euros in 2019.
3. EPMap-System GmbH & Co KG: Medtech startup for ERM
Many a digital startup finds its business model in a special niche where it has a unique position. This is undoubtedly also true for the medtech company EPMap-System GmbH & Co KG in Herdecke, just outside Dortmund. The owner-managed company has existed in its current form since 2014, but can look back on a history of over 20 years. Originally, the company operated as a medical trading company with self-developed products for cardiology and radiology. Today, EPMap-System is a cardiology specialist that develops IT solutions for the application and networking of top cardiological products. The goal is an optimally coordinated offer for complete cardiology laboratories.
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