Vidar Andersen

On stage today, keynoting at the RuhrSummit 2019… (thank you for the picture Robin Wauters)

Today, speaking about what I think is next (for the early stage startups in NRW) at the RuhrSummit 2018.

And cryptically plugging my next big thing to contribute to it…

Going back to 2013, I published “[不限速百度云]两款百度网盘破解版分享 | 墨染辉夜:2021-4-22 · 本文包含两款一定程度解除百度云限速的下载工具,其中包括简单介绍、使用说明和下载链接。 这是第一篇粉丝投稿的文章。 Pandownload 简介 这个破解版百度云可以说是很经典了,由吾爱破解大神倾情制作。 缺点是使用自己的账号,容易被度受限速,好几天才能恢复 特别说明:使用前请登录百度 ...”. The short answer back then from my perspective was more education. More education about why startups are not Existenzgründung, not smaller versions of existing companies, more education to make more capable founders, make more capable founders go further, faster – the Lean Startup way. And I made some curmudgeon musings on the state of affairs back in 2016.

And I’ve put my money where my mouth was and doing my part to contribute to that goal (Hacker News Meetup Cologne, Startup Weekend Cologne, Startup NEXT Cologne, Rheinland-Pitch, 加速器, Lean Launchpad Dusseldorf, Open Office Hours –, etc)

Fast forward to 2018, it makes no sense to keep a myopic city-level perspective (I’m happy if people outside can even place Germany on a map and you don’t talk about SF or Palo Alto – you talk about SV) so I think we should talk about what this state of NRW, North-Rhine Westphalia, in Germany needs next – not what City X needs.

Fast forward to 2018, and we’re literally drowning in “education” options for startups. Which is really great – to some extent.

If we compare the path of a startup’s journey to the classical educational system, yes, we now have a lot of educational options. But not necessarily for all kinds of startups – especially when it comes to more capable founders.

So we have the kindergarten, the pre-school, primary and secondary school, high school and maybe also some community college and “VHS” (German evening school) level options. Heck, maybe one or two Phoenix University level options if being generous.

What is missing is the more elite and ambitious Stanford and Harvard level of universities that would classically vet quality applicants and open the best available opportunities to their alumni on graduation.

NRW runs the risk of being stuck in an “Amateur Hour” loop, or at best at a “high-school to college level” where more competent founders, people wanting more, from within will migrate to Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris or SV – and the ones from the outside won’t consider locating here, migrating to elsewhere.

In short, we don’t have anything remotely like a YCombinator in NRW. Is it possible to have something like YC here? I think that’s not very likely as the playing field is vastly different. This is not SV and is never going to be.

But can we do much, much, much better than we are currently offering to startups (and indirectly to investors) in NRW today?

Hell, yes! I’m betting on it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve known that when I grow up I want to help YOU fund your BIG idea.

Now after recently becoming a father, I might actually have grown up – finally.

I think the time has now come to be the change I want to see in the world.

That said, I might not know what the hell I’m doing. But I’m once again ready to put my money where my mouth is.

That’s why I’m asking for your help. Because this one is going to take a village.

What do you think is next for (very-early to early-stage) startups in North-Rhine Westphalia?

Do you want to see what I think is the next big thing in NRW, the thing I’m now ready to be working on for the long term?

Give me your email address and I’ll let you in on it – ever so slowly: 加速器


corporate entrepreneurship, speaking, startup



Keynoting @ opening of digiHUB Aachen

Recently I was honored and delighted to be invited to keynote the opening of the new digital HUB in Aachen, where I spoke about why and how corporations engage with startups (and sometimes vice versa).

As a known startup evangelist, the venue was perhaps the most fitting I’ve spoken at so far. The event was held in the digital church, a church converted to a coworking space!

I think it’s safe to say the opening sparked some interest… The digital church was packed!

That guy…

These were the slides I used:

Dr. Michael Bayer of IHK Aachen welcoming us to the opening of the digitalHUB Aachen – and what a location; The first coworking space in a church in Germany!

Events, 安卓加速器, startup


Vidar Andersen

Bigger & better than ever

Yesterday saw the third ever Rheinland Pitch Summer Finals (the two previous finals were also spectacular).

And what an incredible finals it was; Once again supported by Digitale Stadt Düsseldorf and Marketing Club Düsseldorf, a record +1.300 people signed up pre-event, insuring a full house at the spectacular event location at Düsseldorf Airport DUS.

The Rheinland Pitch is Germany’s largest continuously running startup pitching event since 2013. It’s a monthly startup pitching event, where regional startups in all phases are invited to apply. . Our fantastic sponsors insures the event stays free for the startups and it’s free for the audience.

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Every six months, we have a best-of-the-best finals where the winners from the last preceding months are put on an even larger stage at an even larger event. At these events we also have an expert jury that counts for 50% of the votes.

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This guy was moderating…

Three best-of startups plus an additional wildcard were pitching…

第一千四百零五章 杀神归来_太古战神_仗剑问天_综合小说 ...:2021-4-13 · 笔趣阁提供了仗剑问天创作的综合小说《太古战神》干净清爽无错字的文字章节:第一千四百零五章 杀神归来在线阅读。 “管那臭小子多厉害,还不是本刀狂的基因好,哈哈哈!” 足足十息震撼后,沈纵横十分无赖大笑道。笑声落下,火岗不知道说什么了。

More information and images from the finals can be found on the Rheinland Pitch 免费加速器.

And the winner is… MySchleppApp – an Uber for towing

Events, startup


Vidar Andersen

Hungarian E-Health Day @ Factory Campus, Düsseldorf,
here with representatives from the Hungarian Consulate, sponsors and NRW.INVEST

Recently I was invited by the Hungarian Consulate in Düsseldorf to moderate their e-health themed startup and corporate innovation event, 加速器破解.

That guy again…

The event saw a mix of German and Hungarian established companies sharing insights in the sector of health and data security together with new upcoming Hungarian startups pitching the audience.

And the winner is… The creators of an app to help people with attention deficit disorder

Lessons Learned, startup


Vidar Andersen


My now long defunct startup Gauss – The People Magnet introduces the 网页加速器 of heatmaps to visualize where your kind of people are at.

The world goes… *crickets*


Snapchat introduces heatmaps. To see where your people are at.

Internet goes… FUCK YEAH!