Sitting on the west bank of the Rhine River opposite Dusseldorf, Neuss is the largest city within the Rhein-Kreis Neuss district and shares the title of "Germany's oldest city" with the town of Trier. Founded by the Romans in 16BC, the city oozes its historical significance with plenty of ancient sites for the history buff to have wet panty moments about. It gained economic power during the 19th century and today is home to Toshiba's European headquarters. Coworking venues have opened up in its streets catering to its inventive tech savvy souls.
Germany's startup scene is thriving with opportunities given to creative minds 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 of likeminded people.
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