A city for those who like to indulge, Aachen is a "spa" city that was founded around 800AD. It's almost on top of Germany's borders with the Netherlands and Belgium. Aachen was the loved medieval imperial residence of Charlemagne and from 936 to 1531 there were 31 Holy Roman Emperors crowned kings. Sitting only 61km from Cologne, Aachen is home to the RWTH Aachen University that is one of Germany's leading educational institutions in technology. There is also a plethora of other learning institutions, the biggest single-building hospital in the whole of Europe and a host of software and computer industries within its boundaries. The town's economy is based on science plus engineering and information technology. Ranked 8th amongst the cities in Germany for innovation, it's little wonder that coworking venues have opened their doors to cater to its creative locals.
Germany's startup scene is thriving with plenty of opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs to pitch their ventures to investors at "Startup Germany" that went on tour at the instigation of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. The startup scene is a bit of a mixed bag with almost 30% of startup staff not being German. There are a few hurdles to overcome such as red tape hassles, language barriers and the fact that most founders want to hire skilled foreign workers. Eight out of ten German startups wish to go international, but legal systems and regulations may be inhibitors in this regard.
Despite these niggles, coworking spaces are overflowing with creatives in collaborative mode whilst they mingle within a vibrant community happily munching on some traditional sweet bread "Aachener Printen".
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