demo day 2024

Where Science turns into business

With founders. About founding. For the world of tomorrow.

At university, you learn for life. And not just theoretically, as the numerous exciting startups already proved at our first big Demo Day in 2023 – we want to build on this success this year. With the WORLDFACTORY Startup Center at Ruhr University Bochum, we support founders from the world of science in entering the business world. At our second WSC Demo Day, we are now shining the spotlight on our current top ten teams.

From exhilarating pitches to immersive tours through the Makerspace and the CEIT, accompanied by delightful refreshments and insights from experts in both science and business, this event promises to be a true highlight for participants and spectators alike. It’s an opportunity for the curious to peek into the dynamic world of startups, for aspiring young founders to be inspired in real-time, and for visionary entrepreneurs to catch a glimpse of tomorrow’s leading companies. It’s the epitome of the startup scene.

We eagerly anticipate your presence at the second edition of this extraordinary event!

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WORLDFACTORY supports more than 100 start-up projects every year. At the Demo Day, we will present the ten best teams from the WORLDFACTORY Start-up Centre. Expect a wealth of innovative, internationally oriented and sustainable start-up projects.

Our panel of judges will select five winning teams that have taken a big step forward after this memorable day and will receive special support from the WORLDFACTORY in 2024.
Prize money

NRW.Bank is supporting the DEMO DAY with prize money of €3.000,  which will be distributed among the first three places.

The Jury (tba)

Entrepreneurship pros eager for tomorrow's ventures.

Prof. Günther Meschke

Ruhr Uni Bochum

Dr. Celia Millon

HoLa Photonics

Prof. Dr. Christian Zenger

Physec GmbH

Sebastian Hanny-Busch


Sherin Maruhn

PwC GmbH

Dr. Michael Brandkamp

European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

Christian Els

sentin GmbH

Jakob Lilienweiss

High-Tech Gründerfonds
Management GmbH


O-Werk Atrium
Suttner-Nobel-Allee 4
44803 Bochum

From toil to science: The O-WERK|CAMPUS embodies this transformation like no other institution in Bochum. The former Opel factory is now a hub for stakeholders from science and business – making it the perfect venue for our Demo Day.Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft – und damit der perfekte Ort für unseren Demo Day. 

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throwback to our demo day 2023