CEO (Executive)

EWG (Essen Economic Development Agency)

Since 1 March 2018, Andre is the CEO of EWG – Essen Economic Development Agency. Essen ranks second in Germany when it comes to the number of large corporates located there – after Munich.

Before that, Andre headed the entrepreneurship department of the City of Düsseldorf. Additionally, he is a board member of the Life Science Network Bioriver e.V., the Startup Network NUK (Neues Unternehmertum Rheinland) and the digihub Düsseldorf/ Rheinland part of North Rhine Westphalia’s Digital Strategy DWNRW.

Düsseldorf launched its Startup Strategy in 2016. The Startup Unit offers direct support for startups by connecting them with public institutions, the startup ecosystem and corporates in the region like Metro, E.on, Uniper, Vodafone, Henkel, ERGO, Teekanne, ARAG, BBDO, Grey, Huawei, Wacom, Trivago or Mobileye.

Since 2002 Andre is connected to North Rhine Westphalia’s Startup Ecosystem. He worked also five years in the Mayor’s Office and was Project Manager of the Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Düsseldorf in 2011.