Why Bochum?

A loveable

If you’re interested in founding a company, relocating your headquarters or making a clever investment, then Bochum provides all the advantages of a large modern city - and lots of that feel-good factor into the bargain. We really love our city and would be delighted if you get that loving feeling too. Welcome to Bochum!

Developing the economy

Bochum. Where it all starts.

So, you want to locate your company in Bochum or enlarge your existing company, relocate or modernise, save resources, optimize processes, found a start-up, apply for funding, find networks and get comprehensive advice as well? Then you’ll be looking for a skilful partner to help you with all this. That’s where we come in.

We create opportunities and have lots of space, we open doors for you and arrange contacts, we produce ideas, develop concepts and help start-ups. We put our heart and soul into helping you and we’ll never let you down. We at the Bochum Office of Economic Development will support you with our know-how and our passion. Your success is very close to our hearts.

Bochum Economic Development is a service provider for all Bochum companies. We help start-ups to get up and running, we are in constant contact with the companies locally and implement innovative concepts to attract even more new companies, all to make sure Bochum continues to be an attractive location for businesses in future!
Ralf Meyer
Bochum Economic Development

Why Bochum? Because!

Nine good reasons for locating your company in Bochum.

Location. Location. Location.

Bochum is right in the middle of it all - in the middle of Germany, in the middle of NRW and in the middle of the Ruhr Region. Bochum’s companies benefit from this in many ways: the markets are huge, the connections are fast and the networks are effective.


More than 15,000 other firms are already based here, so you are certainly in great company in Bochum. Large corporations as well as small and medium-sized companies - they all appreciate Bochum’s excellent conditions for production, services, retail and small businesses and skilled trades.


Bochum is a City of Science. The Ruhr University and six other universities make up the “UniverCity”, strengthening research and development for the companies here. Scientific know-how at the cutting edge: in Bochum of course!


More than 56,000 students make use of the lecture-theatres, seminar rooms, libraries and canteens at Bochum’s universities. Your benefit: the graduates of today are the successful managers of tomorrow.

The real estate

Commercial sites and premises don’t have to cost the world. Entrepreneurs are delighted to find a large selection of attractive sites and properties in very good locations. For sale or to let. We’ve certainly got plenty of room for innovation and growth.

Lots of green

Have you heard about how green the Ruhr Region is? 40% of the City of Bochum is made up of green spaces! And that means lots of room and opportunities for recreation and leisure activities. On foot, by bike or even by boat.


From Bochum’s Schauspielhaus theatre and several independent theatres to a musical on roller skates, from Bochum’s Jahrhunderthalle to the RuhrCongress Centre: culture is everywhere in Bochum.

Venues for your events

Bochum’s central location makes it easy to get to from all points of the compass so it’s ideal for meetings, conferences and congresses. Venues like the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum or the RuhrCongress Centre have already made a name for themselves as popular places for communicating and meeting people and they attract visitors from well beyond the region’s borders.


This is somewhere you and your family can call home. Bochum has affordable housing near the city centre, but with plenty of peace and quiet. There are lots of day-care centres, schools and sports clubs for the kids. Bochum’s Music School is one of the most respected in NRW. Family-friendly structures, great public transport and fantastic shopping centres – for example at the RuhrPark – all make Bochum a lovable and liveable place to live.

We care about your objectives

Bochum Economic Development is the one-stop shop for business matters

Real estate in Bochum

We will give you the right space for your investments.
Real estate in Bochum.

Are you looking for a plot or premises? And somewhere that is easy to access? Or something close to Bochum’s universities? Would you like sector-related neighbours so you can benefit from cooperations and synergies? Is your company bursting at the seams and needing more space? Or would you prefer to lease your new premises? However special your requirements might be, we are sure to find a suitable solution. Our settlement concepts are bound to convince you!

Competence for companies.
Bochum for companies.

Would you like to modernise, enlarge or relocate your company? Do you have an innovative idea you would like to turn into reality? Would you like to know how to get the right financing? Do you need more space, a new plot or new premises? Are you desperate to find the right staff? Then we can help you with all these aspects of developing your company; we are a helpful guide and skilful consultant, a reliable organizer and loyal partner. We will supply the ingredients for your success!

Bochum for companies
Bochum for start-ups

A plan for success.
Bochum for start-ups.

Do you have a great idea you want to turn into a business? Do you need some solid financial advice? Do you need a guide? Are you looking for an affordable location for your start-up? Would you benefit from discussing things with other founders? If you answer yes to any of the above, then it’s time to talk to us.

Space for your start-up

Attractive locations for your new company

Prefer letting to buying?

We develop solutions

If you would prefer – either for the short or long term – to let rather than buy your company’s new premises, then speak to us. Because Bochum has a large stock of letting properties for a wide range of uses. Let us know what you are looking for and we will find the right solution for you!

Whether you just need a small office for a start-up, a large workshop or a production hall, we will arrange premises to meet your needs. In the Energy Efficiency Centre in Gerthe-Süd for example, we have premises ranging between 19 and 280 square metres. Or if you are looking for the complete individual solution? Then tell us exactly what you need and we will develop a suitable property on the basis of your requirements. The advantage for you is that your capital commitment can be particularly low. This is also the way the Centre for IT Security was set up, guaranteeing the highest levels of flexibility and security.

For young companies in particular, it really makes sense to share high cost facilities with other companies in the same field. In such cases we create the background conditions and the infrastructure, just like we have done in the BioMedizinZentrum at the Ruhr-University campus, where several companies share the clean room facilities.

A city which has everything

Voices from Bochum

Starting Business in Bochum?
We are looking forward to helping you.

Get in touch with us.

Phone: +49 234 61063-200
Fax: +49 234 61063-210
E-Mail: contact@bochum-business.com