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Lüdenscheid sits in the North Rhine-Westphalia area of the Sauerland region of Germany on the high point of the watershed between the Volme and Lenne Rivers that both flow into the Ruhr River. Surrounded by the Ebbegebirge Mountain range, it's cloaked in artificial lakes that regulate the water flow into the Ruhr River. Nicknamed "Bergstadt" (mountain town), the town spirals out from the city's church, the Church of the Redeemer. With a long history dating back to the 9th Century, the first mention of Lüdenscheid was in 1067 and as a city in 1268. The aluminium framework of the first Zeppelin airship was built by Carl Berg in a factory in the city in 1898, so it's definitely a town with an entrepreneurial bent. Predominantly an industrial town involved in the metal and plastics industries, it was once a hub for metal ore mining. The city is home to 1 of the 5 branches of the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences and also the Fachhochschule Sudwestfalen that offers engineering programs. Its population of 75,699 residents can be found tucking into a dish of egg noodles "spatzle", sipping an espresso in a cafe or running to a coworking venue to get creative.

Germany's startup scene is thriving with opportunities given to creative souls 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 wish 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 mingling with a vibrant community.

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