The Gründergeist@Münsterland initiative was financially supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the EU as a development project until February 2019. With this start-up funding, it continues to mobilise and support people throughout Münsterland who are willing to start a business, from the initial brainstorming to a fully developed business plan. In the last three years, the initiative has facilitated the path to self-employment for many founders. After all, in the early stages of setting up a business, team, network and infrastructure are essential factors for success.
The core of the project is formed by five start-up incubators in the four districts of Münsterland and the city of Münster. Those willing to start a business are professionally accompanied and supported in working on their project idea. The participants deal with questions such as how a vague idea can become a concrete business idea or what it means to be self-employed. What steps does a person interested in starting a business have to take, when and how?
Among other things, the founders' workshops are about specifying the problems, accelerating the brainstorming and the flow of ideas by individuals or groups, broadening the direction of the search and dissolving mental blocks. With the application of creativity techniques, the "Business Model Canvas" and other methods, the business ideas are concretised and developed into a promising business model.
On 18 January 2019, the project culminated in the first regional GRÜNDERGEIST COMPETITION, which awarded the best business plan in Münsterland. Participants of the Gründerschmieden as well as all other potential founders from Münsterland were able to take part. It is planned to continue the competition every two years.
The recipe for success in implementing your business idea is good preparation! It is similar to sailing: the goal must be clear, the crew and the helmsman must know their tasks, the influencing factors such as the weather must be checked before setting off.
The starter workshop is aimed at people who have a start-up idea and are considering whether it is "worthwhile" pursuing it. The number of participants is limited to ten.
Speaker: Eva-Maria Siuda, Management Consultant, Gelsenkirchen
Start-up seminar in cooperation with the financial administration, the employment agency and pension advice.
The one-day seminar provides an overview of all relevant topics for good start-up preparation. Topics: Opportunities and risks, business plan, funding opportunities, start-up subsidy, basics of tax law, personal pension provision.
Advisors from the HWK and NRW.Bank discuss the funding options for their investment process with start-ups and companies in one-on-one meetings.
Setting up your own business should be well prepared in advance. This online event will provide answers to the most important questions: What belongs in a business plan? Which funding programmes can I take advantage of? What does company and private insurance look like? And what registration formalities do I have to go through?
This one-hour online seminar is designed to give founders an introduction to the topic and an overview of the next steps. The speakers are the experienced business consultants of the Münster Chamber of Skilled Crafts.
Speaker: Christian Zito
In the talk round, exciting personalities will tell you more about self-employment and taking over an existing company. Under the title "Between tradition and modernity", this time we are explicitly dedicated to succession within the family. We have invited five guests who have all taken their very own path to the top of the family business. They talk about their careers, the challenges of taking over a business and the special features as well as advantages and disadvantages of a family business. Make yourself comfortable at home, tune in digitally and experience an exciting talk show!