The GDI.Ruhr (Game Development Initiative Ruhr) has recently established three specialized startup labs in the Games Factory Ruhr (based in Muelheim – Germany) to provide an environment where startups can focus on their core business and prepare their market entry. Each of the three startup labs has about 20 m² office space with two fully equipped work spaces – with high end Acer working station– and offer a state-of-the-art IT-infrastructure. Professional soft- and middleware is provided at no cost for prototyping until a commercial publisher deal has been reached. This startup support is enabled by special partnership agreements with Trinigy, Xaitment, 3DPowerstore, Autodesk, Adobe and takomat. Further co-operations are currently in preparation.
The Start-Up Package consists of:
– three 20 m² startup labs with two fully equipped worplaces in each lab
– rent-free for a project-dependent time period (most likely about 6-9 months)
– counseling and training offers (legal, financial and management topics)
– close contact to established and experienced firms to increase the learning curve
– professional soft- and middleware (at no cost until a commercial deal is reached)
Reflecting his motive to support the GDI.Ruhr and the startup labs, Felix Röken, General Manager of game engine specialist Trinigy, states that “supporting new entrepreneurs with specialized startup labs in combination with the overall services of the GDI.Ruhr is an exemplary, pioneering and future-oriented approach in the games industry.”
The three startup labs will be awarded in an open competition for the best ideas/concepts and business plans. To take part in the competition, applicants need to submit a cv, the business plan/idea and references/credits (if applicable).
Application documents will be reviewed and evaluated by a neutral expert committee. The
entrepreneurs with the best business plan or concept will be invited to present their idea in front of the committee. Following the presentation, the committee will award the startup labs to the best applicants. Applications can be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org