DORFHACK - raise your Startup Community. A half day workshop conference for Community Builders.
We explore the needs of startup communities in cities and regions and develop universal solutions to challenges community builders are facing on a daily basis.

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Startups are most successful in vibrant communities because they promote exchange, creativity and the development of ideas. A startup community is often described by practitioners as essential to the good functioning of a startup ecosystem, and is often equated with it. Worldwide, there are many different efforts and variants to build, animate and further develop such an ecosystem. But how can these communities reach a new level and become more interesting, diverse and lively? Our goal is to learn from the participants of the DorfHack what and how they think about community building in general and what they do about it in concrete terms. DorfHack speaker will show us in short sessions examples, impulses and best practises. In panel discussions community builders will give us insights into their motivations and strategies. DorfHack is also intended to strive concepts and approaches for future cooperation in national and international communities.

DORFHACK, the half day workshop conference by StartupDorf, is the opportunity for startup community builders who want to take the next step.

StartupDorf e.V.
c/o Super7000
Rather Str. 25
D-40476 Düsseldorf
P: (+49) 211-17607293

About StartupDorf: StartupDorf serves as a platform and access point to the startup-ecosystem in the digital economy in and around Düsseldorf, NRW. It is an independent network to strengthen the startup-culture and entrepreneurship in the digital economy as well as to serve as voice and matchmaker for tech entrepreneurs. We offer a widespread of activities including, but not limited to: events, an entrepreneurial environment with open discussions and networking with other members of the Rhein/Ruhr startup community.


Carmen Radeck

Carmen Radeck Founder/Editor in Chief RuhrGründer.de

Dr. Lorenz Gräf

Dr. Lorenz Gräf Founder & CEO Startplatz

Katrin Redmann

Katrin Redmann Innovation Lead & NextGen Innovation Hub SAP University Alliances @ SAP SE

Tom Frenzel

Tom Frenzel Digital Community Manager Probierwerk - Wirtschaftsförderung Leverkusen

Ingo Stefes

Ingo Stefes Startup Unit - Startup Eco-System Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf

Lukas Kuhlendahl

Lukas Kuhlendahl #silkvalley e.V. (iG) / Co-Founder Weltenweber

Maria Hertleif

Maria Hertleif Strategy & Operations Manager, Prokuristin Digihub Düsseldorf/Rheinland

Hanns Tappen

Hanns Tappen Initiator & Chairman StartupDorf / Founder betawerke

Silke Rogermann

Silke Roggermann Managing Director SuperCEO @ Super7000

Charles-Louis Machuron

Charles-Louis Machuron Founder Silicon Luxembourg


Grzegorz Wolff Deputy Director, Economic Development Department, City of Warsaw

Jan Krzyżanowski

Jan Krzyżanowski Specialist, Economic Development Department, City of Warsaw

Dr. Christian Tribowski

Dr. Christian Tribowski Senior Business Development Manager, Handelsblatt Research Institute

Dr. Fabian Braun



Bart Groothuijze Business Development - IT / ICT, OOST NL

Paul de Bruijn

Paul de Bruijn Founder, Coehoorn Centraal

Prof. Dr. Kai Bühler

Prof. Dr. Kai Bühler Digital Entrepreneurship, Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln





Doors Open: Register and Get-together with Drinks & Fingerfood

Welcome to the StartupDorf

Hanns Tappen Chairman, StartupDorf

Impulse: Vision of regional cooperation

Dr. Lorenz Gräf Startplatz

Keynote: The role of startup communities within the Startup-Unit strategy.

Info Stefes Office of Economic Development of the state capital Düsseldorf

Keynote: 2.5 years of Matchmaking and Incubating – 5 Lessons Learned

Maria Hertleif Digihub Düsseldorf/Rheinland

Keynote: Probierwerk - The way, the goal, the challenges in Leverkusen

Tom Frenzel Office of Economic Development of Leverkusen

Keynote: Build a startup community from 53 cities - lessons learned Ruhrgebiet


Panel discussion: Communities along the Rhine and Ruhr - When and how do you get together?
Host: Hanns Tappen

Silke Roggermann Super7000

Paul de Bruijn Coehoorn Centraal

Dr. Lorenz Gräf Startplatz

Lukas Kuhlendahl #silkvalley

Maria Hertleif Digihub Düsseldorf/Rheinland

Carmen Radeck Ruhrgruender.de

Break: coffee, snacks

Impulse: Discover how communities are created by SAPNextGen

Katrin Redmann SAP SE

Keynote: The Warsaw Startup Ecosystem

Grezegorz Wolff Economic Development Department, City of Warsaw

Keynote: One city, one state: Startup Ecosystem Luxembourg

Charles-Louis Machuron Silicon Luxembourg

Panel discussion: How are startup communities in NRW perceived by our foreign neighbours in BENELUX?
Host: Dr. Fabian Braun

Bart Groothuijze oost nl

Charles-Louis Machuron Silicon Luxembourg

Paul de Bruijn Coehoorn Centraal

Panel discussion: International networking and development of a European ecosystem - Is the European idea in danger because of all the Valley's?
Host: Dr. Christian Tribowski

Katrin Redmann SAP SE

Grezegorz Wolff Economic Development Department, City of Warsaw

Bart Groothuijze oost nl

Charles-Louis Machuron Silicon Luxembourg

Prof. Dr. Kai Bühler Rheinische Fachhochschule Cologne

Hanns Tappen StartupDorf

Summary of the day - Final words

Hanns Tappen Chairman StartupDorf

Networking and Drinks - Dorfhack Closing


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Dorfhack Regular Corporates, public Institutions

  • Keynotes
  • Panel Discussions
  • Networking
  • Snacks & Beverages

Dorfhack VIP Community Builder, Students

  • Keynotes
  • Panel Discussions
  • Networking
  • Snacks & Beverages
  • Ask for VIP Webcode


The founding members of the first two coworking spaces in Düsseldorf ("Garage Bilk" and "Gewächshaus") have been developing the Super7000 together since 2017. The heart of the Super7000 sits in the front building on now more than 1,000 sqm with more than 60 seats in the open space and in the team offices, including telephone booths, meeting rooms, "Bällebad" (ball pit) and the legendary event area "on real artificial turf" for workshops, Meetups & Co.


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