About us

ZENIT GmbH, founded in 1984, is a public-private partnership with around 60 employees and the agency for innovation and European affairs of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

We pave the way and help you gain a foothold in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), one of Europe’s leading regions. As a competent partner in a number of European support networks, helping local organisations enter markets abroad and assisting their foreign counterparts in NRW is our business. We are your best port of call for all transnational activities. ZENIT is owned by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, a consortium of banks and an association comprising some 210 enterprises. On behalf of EU, national and regional bodies, we provide services for the benefit of companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as universities and research institutions. Our clients come from NRW, throughout Germany and abroad.

  • Netzwerk ZENIT e. V., an association of over 210 enterprises, many of them hidden champions
  • the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in particular the Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • a consortium of public and private banks in North Rhine-Westphalia

Successful R&I in Europe: 11th European Networking Event

Organized by ZENIT and NRW.Europa as Enterprise Europe Network partner and in cooperation with National Contact Points for Horizon Europe and many more.

Get an impression of international networking for research & innovation at its best.

Important facts about NRW

NRW is the economic powerhouse at the heart of Europe and has always had an open approach to transnational co-operation. With some 17.9 million inhabitants, NRW is Germany’s most densely populated region and thus one of Europe’s largest markets. It is an important partner for many countries – whether for goods, services or research.

Key features

  • a business community characterized by both multinational companies and SMEs
  • strong industrial and service sectors ranging from automobile to chemicals, electronics, biotech, nano, media and telecommunications
  • a skilled and reliable workforce
  • a highly concentrated scientific, research and innovation landscape
  • sophisticated transport and logistics infrastructure

NRW and Europe

As a reputable partner in the Enterprise Europe Network and a number of other European groups, helping local organizations enter markets abroad and assisting their foreign counterparts in NRW has long been our business. We are your best port of call for all transnational activities.

Main services

  • individual guidance, assistance and support
  • mediation of all kinds of partnerships
  • access to R&D players and results
  • sector-based market research
  • technology transfer

In order to stimulate innovation, you need excellent ideas, ground-breaking technologies and approaches, reliable new business contacts, regional concepts and often an international focus. In order to make technology and innovation measures an integral part of a company’s management operations, ZENIT offers innovation players competent support.

Key Features

  • innovation management coaching
  • assistance in the implementation of innovative ideas and measures
  • regional development consulting
  • policy recommendations

As specialists in the field of public funding, ZENIT has a comprehensive overview of all technology, research and innovation programmes at regional, national and EU level. Our expertise allows our clients to access the most appropriate source of funding for their projects. In addition to general information and advice, we also offer customized services for individual clients.

Key Features

  • evaluation of project ideas
  • advice on EU funding programmes for R&D&I, e. g. Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe
  • review and optimization of funding applications
  • identification of suitable partners in and outside NRW and help in setting up research consortia
  • assistance in the commercialization of R&D results


Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in NRW
Bismarckstrasse 28
45470 Muelheim an der Ruhr

Phone:+49 208 30004-0
Fax: +49 208 30004-60
Send e-mail

Reception Desk:
Monday – Thursday: 08:00 – 16:00
Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

How to find us:

Arriving by car

From Dortmund/Essen:
Leave the A40 at the Mülheim-Zentrum/Heißen-Kirche exit and continue on the B1 in the direction of Düsseldorf (about 4 km). Approximately 150 m after the ARAL petrol station on the left, leave the B1 (which veers left here) and continue straight on into Bismarckstraße. ZENIT is located on the left after about three hundred metres. Parking spaces are available in the streets on the opposite side of the road and around the sports field.

From Cologne/Düsseldorf:
Follow the A3/A52 to the Breitscheid junction. If coming from Cologne, change onto the A52 towards Essen. Take the exit in the direction of „Rat.-Breitscheid/Mülheim an der Ruhr“ which leads immediately off this junction. Turn left at the traffic lights in the direction of Mülheim. Follow the B1 for about 7 km in the direction of Mülheim/Essen until you cross the River Ruhr. Turn left after about 1 km into Bismarckstraße. ZENIT is located on the left after about three hundred metres. Parking spaces are available in the streets on the opposite side of the road and around the sports field.

Arriving by public transportation

From Mülheim main station take the low-floor bus 130 (direction Mülheim Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum) to the stop „Max-Planck-Institute“. Only a few meters away you will find the company headquarters of ZENIT GmbH.

Alternatively, you can take the low-floor bus 151 (direction Essen Kettwiger Markt) from Mülheim main station to the stop „Floraweg“. Here the path runs (sportily) uphill and then turns right into Bismarckstraße. After a few meters you will reach the company headquarters on the right side.

Walking from Central Railway Station (about 25 minutes)

Leave Mülheim Central Railway Station and walk through the adjacent shopping centre („Forum“) in the direction of Kaiserstraße. Continue along Kaiserstraße until you reach a small park on the right. Walk through the park and you will reach a street called Kluse. Follow this street, turn left into Lembkestraße, where the Max Planck Institute is situated. Follow the street until you reach Bismarckstraße. Turn right into Bismarckstraße where ZENIT is located a few metres away.

Arriving by plane

From Düsseldorf Airport take the train to Mülheim Central Railway Station or the S1 „S Bahn“ train in the direction of Dortmund to Mülheim Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof Hbf). Continue from Mülheim Central Railway Station as described above.

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