NRW is one of Europe’s leading media regions. In order to consolidate this position and also prepare the local players specifically for the digital shift, the federal state supports the industry through numerous funding programs and institutions. NRW is not only the federal state with one of the financially strongest regional funding programs – its commitment to companies and projects of the digital economy, start-ups and young entrepreneurs ensures that there are excellent opportunities for development.

Facts and figures

  • Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: one of the financially strongest regional film funds with an average funding volume of 40 million euros
  • Creative Europe Desk NRW: EU funding programmes
  • Mediengründerzentrum NRW awards grants
  • NRW.Bank as a partner for the media and creative industries: micro and start-up loans
  • NRW.Global Business: support for investors
  • five DigiHubs as port of call for start-ups

More information:

Funding & financing in NRW
Funding programmes by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
More about CreateMedia.NRW

Felix Neugart
Managing Director NRW.Global Business
North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the strongest regions in Europe for media and the creative industries. NRW.Global Business supports companies on investment projects in North Rhine-Westphalia and the development of growth markets abroad. We use our global network to position the media hub internationally and strengthen the industry's competitiveness.
Arnim Butzen
Senior Vice President TV & Entertainment Deutsche Telekom
NRW is the home of Deutsche Telekom and an important media hub. At Magenta TV, we benefit every day from the diverse creative landscape and fantastic media infrastructure.
Rainer Weiland
Managing Director Mediengründerzentrum NRW
The Mediengründerzentrum is a development lab for the media region of NRW. We support start-ups in realising their visions - with bursaries, advice and a very strong network. 90 % of the funded start-ups are successful. That's good for the young companies - and for the development of a sustainable media industry.