As an economically robust metropolitan region with diverse creative and digital industries, NRW offers outstanding development opportunities for Internet companies. Apart from having a strong IT and programming scene, the region is also home to mobile and telecommunications companies who are locally the big enablers and exploiters of online technologies. The web video scene in NRW has a leading position in Germany and brings out famous webvideo stars like Simon Unge, Dagi Bee, Julien Bam, Die Aussenseiter, Dner among others. Networking on an international level is provided by such top events as dmexco or Interactive Festival. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW backs the development of innovative digital web content. The Media Cluster NRW is the contact point for the digital media scene in NRW.

 Facts and figures

  • ideal environment for young founders and start-ups
  • diverse web video scene in NRW
  • Next Creators Master Class
  • WDR experiments with virtual reality
  • RTL Group commits to online-only productions
  • TV production companies experiment on the web
  • Deutsche Telekom invests in sport and series for Magenta TV
  • Film- und Medienstiftung: funding for online and web video

More information:

Online & webvideo business in NRW
Funding of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW: Digital Games and interactive content

Peter Smits
CEO PietSmiet
Extensively developed broadband connections, many other great YouTubers with whom one can launch some great projects, and a multitude of MCNs and media production companies ensure that NRW is the ideal federal state for YouTubers and streamers.
Markus Hündgen
Markus Hündgen, CEO & Managing Partner European Web Video Academy
NRW is the No. 1 federal state for web video. Nowhere are there more successful web video makers, nowhere is the young video scene more active. Although the life of the YouTube generation takes place in the net: the personal contact is still the most important. And NRW provides the best conditions for this – as well as for the German Webvideo Award.
Michael Loeb
CEO WDR Mediagroup
A law from the “Cologne constitution” shows just why the Internet sector is ideally located in NRW: “Et bliev nix wie et wor” (nothing stays the same) – expressing openness to new developments – underlines the innovative spirit and desire for progress in the region. These are the best conditions for online companies.