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Afterwork in FrankfurtRheinMain – the late summer edition

Closing time at last! But you don’t feel like going home and watching TV on the couch? Then how about an After Work Party? From the office straight into the club – there is probably no better way to end a working day than with music, dancing, drinks and food. But where to go? To make the decision a little easier for you, we have put together a list of events in FrankfurtRheinMain where you can end the day. We got everything – from regular to unique events in extraordinary locations – now it is your choice.

 

Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt am Main

To the airport, please? Not for a take-off, but for the last airport after-work party of the season. On Terminal 2’s visitor terrace, you can end your working day in a very special atmosphere. With relaxed conversations, an iced cocktail and live music, you will enjoy an amazing party on the “most beautiful balcony of the FrankfurtRheinMain area”. Do not miss your chance, on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6 p.m. . Two livebands will rock the stage with a music mix that does not stop at any style!

Office Party, Gießen

Out of the office – into life after the desk! In FrankfurtRheinMain, where office mechanisms, desks and office cabinets in pouring have their large stage, once a month the area turns into a secret after work location. With live music, drinks and small, fine appetizers you can celebrate on Friday evening loosely into the weekend and recover from the stress of the past week. You want to be part of the secret network, then register here, the next secret party is coming soon 😉

Urban Club Band @ Gibson, Frankfurt am Main

On Thursdays, we love the Gibson! Every week the Urban Club Band sets the stage on fire. The fusion of live music and club atmosphere is something extraordinary. Highlights of the live concept are the changing guest appearances of internationally renowned artists, which always manage to carry the crowd along. In combination with cool drinks, you can enjoy the heat and vibe of the crowd and simply move along and enjoy. Showing up early is worth it, as the entrance is free until 9 p.m. . After the band, the DJs are always in a weekly changing composition, but always in a powerful double pack on the decks. Let’s vibe..

Cena Elements, Aschaffenburg

If you are in the eastern part of the FrankfurtRheinMain region then Aschaffenburg is definitely worth stopping by – they really do know how to celebrate the end of a workday. The place to be for the ultimate after work is Cena Elements: right in the middle of the town. All four weeks the location fills up with people, who spend the evening together after a working day – depending on weather conditions indoors or outdoors, Cena offers both. If you are early, you can still make use of the happy hour from 6 till 8 pm. So make a note of the first Tuesday of the month!

Friedberger Platz, Frankfurt am Main

Every Friday pure joy of life brings the people together at the “Friedberger Platz” in Frankfurt. Every week the market becomes a social meeting place in the evening. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., around 15 food and wine stands as well as greengrocers and flower vendors invite you to shop. At the end of the day, the place fills up with people working all over the city. Celebrating the end of the workweek brings them all together. Many of them are enjoying a snack, meet friends there after work or prepare for the evening with an aperitif – completely relaxed and easy.

After-Work-Shipping Wiesbaden – Mainz

Biebrich Castle, vineyards in the evening light, and picturesque wine-growing villages: this is the backdrop for the after-work shipping of the special kind. After work is done, up on the ship and off with the lines – in the company of colleagues and friends the shipping tour from Wiesbaden to Mainz is the place to go. Partying, laughing and dancing while listening to the DJ and enjoying the great landscape along the river – an oasis between two strenuous office days. Until the end of September, you can treat yourself to this pleasure, and enjoy FrankfurtRheinMain from the water.

 

FrankfurtRheinMain – perfect match for the automotive sector

Germany and the automotive industry have a long history. It is the country, where Carl Benz produced the first automobile back in the 19th century. Today, Germany is the fourth largest motor vehicle manufacturer in the world after China, the USA and Japan. The industry is a driving force for many other branches of industry; a large network of suppliers from mechanical engineering, metal processing, textile and chemical industries supplies the automotive industry and benefits from its high order volume.

Although automotive competence centers is spread all over Germany, there are areas where the automotive know-how is more concentrated: one of these locations is FrankfurtRheinMain. The region is a highly profitable place for value-adding companies within the whole vertical supply chain, e.g. tires, safety, lightweight design, dyes, parts and services.

Also progress and research is of great importance in the region. The greater Frankfurt area is home of the European design and R&D centres of many international players. Especially for Korean and Japanese automotive manufacturers the region is the preferred location for design and R&D. The short distances to their clients were the main argument to the numerous R&D competence centers of OEMs, round 70 engineering service providers and over 400 tier-1/2/3 suppliers to settle in FrankfurtRheinMain. There is no domination by any OEM, the Frankfurt area is rather seen as a neutral region which is characterised by a very cooperative climate (industry map) with strong ties to all relevant OEM production sites in Europe.

Enabled by stable political and legal conditions on the one hand, and by the proximity to a highly skilled workforce through the region’s universities and technical colleges on the other hand, a strong industrial cluster has been created and it is still growing. In favour of short delivery times and state of the art freight villages, FrankfurtRheinMain is the location of choice due to its central geographical location in continental Europe.

The Frankfurt region enjoys excellent transport connections by road, rail and air – one more reason why the Automechanika takes place here every two years alternating with the IAA Passenger Cars (International Motor Show). Automechanika Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair for the automobile aftermarket and the original equipment market. More than 130,000 trade visitors will visit Automechanika to see the latest developments on offer from the round 5,000 exhibitors from 170 countries worldwide. Automechanika is bringing industry, retail and workshops together in one place – in FrankfurtRheinMain.

We are very proud of our region’s automotive competence and so it is our pleasure to represent the automotive region FrankfurtRheinMain at the Automechanika 2018. Join us on September 11th – 15th at our booth and get to know the great business environment for automotive companies in the greater Frankfurt area, hall 4.1 booth FOY17.

 

The startup scene in FrankfurtRheinMain

Known as the financial centre of Continental Europe, the Frankfurt region is the perfect starting environment for startups. The region has a long history of innovation, like being home to the world’s first airline and it is not surprising that it is home to a fast-growing startup hub (not only in the FinTech area).

The greater Frankfurt areas strengths lie in the decentralization. Every area in FrankfurtRheinMain has its specialty in a different field and owns major expertise. From the European Space Operations Centre of ESA in Darmstadt through to the financial hub Frankfurt and the knowledge of the research-heavy universities in the cities of Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Mainz. Indeed a lot of startups have close partnerships with universities, provide internships for undergraduates, and are willing to incorporate talents straight from universities.

The great number of large companies located in FrankfurtRheinMain (like Merck KGaA, Sanofi, Schott, Opel or Fresenius) is also a big advantage for the startup environment. Next to the financial scene, companies are an important capital source and potential cooperation partners, as well as trainers and mentors for young entrepreneurs.

Many established international companies are choosing Frankfurt as their first location in Europe to set up branches and enter the European market. Recently Bareburger, Five Guys, Chipotle and WeWork acted that way, to name just a few.

The FrankfurtRheinMain is home to many successful managers, investors and serial entrepreneurs being able to invest in startups. Added to this Germany’s largest business angel associations, many private equity and venture capital funds are headquartered here. Accelerators and incubators can provide support and good opportunities for further development of the businesses from an early stage on. The greater Frankfurt area offers different options with different focusses, so each startup can choose the one that fits best their needs and industry.

All those factors led to a very active FrankfurtRheinMain startup community. With round 50% year-on-year growth, it is getting more and more importance within the region.

Within the community various events, meetups and congresses with different emphasis take place almost every week. To keep track of those startup-related events take a look at StartupDigestFrankfurt-Rhein-Main, HalloFrankfurt or Rhein-Main Startups. Regular events are:

  • PitchClub
  • Founders Table Frankfurt: Monthly meeting of local startups
  • Open Coffee Club: Local chapter of the open coffee club. Breakfast once a month where startups and investors meet each other
  • Gründerfrühstück Wiesbaden: Regular breakfast for founders in the Wiesbaden region
  • FinTech in and around Frankfurt
  • Ethereum Meetup Central Germany
  • Events, festivals, conferences

If you want to look behind the scenes of FrankfurtRheinMain’s startup and innovation ecosystem, you should definitely not miss “Startup Safari FrankfurtRheinMain 2018”: Once a year, interested people are getting the chance to visit the whole scene. Be there when startups, companies, incubators and accelerators open their offices, coworking spaces or rooftop terraces for visitors – in Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Mainz, Offenbach and Wiesbaden. Save the date for two days, five cities and many sessions from October 17th to October 18th, live in FrankfurtRheinMain.

Frankfurt ranked number 12 among the top 30 most liveable cities in the world

Each year the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks cities worldwide according to the concept of liveability: it assesses which of the 140 locations around the world provide the best living conditions. Therefore, each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

In the top 30 of the latest ranking of global livability, released mid-August 2018, Frankfurt ranked the highest in 12th place, with the EIU, is part of UK news magazine The Economist, giving it a livability score of 96.0 out of 100. The survey measures the challenges to lifestyle across 140 cities around the world and came to the conclusion that Frankfurt is the most liveable city in Germany.

We were not surprised at all about this ranking 💪. Life and enjoyment are written in capital letters in Frankfurt, and the whole region is carried away. Our region is colourful and diversive, and that’s why we love it! You need more reasons for loving FrankfurtRheinMain? Here you are:

Number One: We love how the Ardinast brothers are not only bringing the old and new Orient onto our plates in Frankfurt, but always surprising us with new and delicious projects

Number Two: We love the various styles of music and people coming together during concerts in the old slaughterhouse of the city of Wiesbaden

Number Three: In our region you can have the best of both worlds – going for a run before work in the Taunus mountains and after work enjoying a cocktail while watching the sunset and the skyline

Number Four: The summer is all about music and wine, turning the Rheingau into a big stage

Number Five: The vibe and energy of Robert Johnson in Offenbach is just legendary, as well as their unique sound system 😉

Number Six: because we love swimming and relaxing in our various lakes – most of them just a short bike ride away

Number Seven: Wines are part of our region – whether from the Main, Rhein or the Bergstraße: we love all of our wines

Number Eight: We love the designs of the Frankfurt based label Nil & Mon – and we’re not the only ones! Also style icons like Gwen Stefani like the cool and casual shirts, scarves and dresses with a good dose of color and lavish details.

Number Nine: We love the people of FrankfurtRheinMain – dynamic, open, creative and international – like the region itself

Number Ten: The bankers are not as boring as their reputation, you should join them on an afterwork party in Mainhattan 😉

Best places for long FRM summer nights

In the summer there’s almost nothing that keeps us from spending our time outside. Swimming, cycling or other activities all day long and simply letting the day fade away.

FrankfurtRheinMain offers various possibilities where you can enjoy yourself or invite some friends – with music or in natural silence. Discover our collection of top spots to spend your summer days or evenings at. Vacation feeling & great sunsets included!

 

Weststadtcafé, Darmstadt

Signal lamps, switches and passing trains are the backdrop of the Weststadtcafé. Admittedly the place might be quite a bit unusual, but this is exactly the charm of this extraordinary location right in the centre of the urban life. In the light and simple atmosphere of a former railway carriage depot, Darmstadt’s mild summer evenings can now be enjoyed in the seventh year from April to September. A simple, clear gastronomy concept consisting of two bars, one of them outdoors and the other in the almost completely openable interior, creates a metropolitan ambience. Here you can buy your drinks while you can bring your own steak, sausages or vegetables and use one of the barbecues to make you dinner. Enjoy the warm temperatures, the cool drinks, the reunion and the unique atmosphere of the Weststadtcafé. Also the train drivers are happy that they are no longer completely alone in the dark night between Darmstadt and Frankfurt and honk happily to the café visitors.

Opening Hours:

Daily after 5 pm, Sundays after 3 pm

Mainzer Straße 106

64293 Darmstadt

 

City Beach, Frankfurt

To the beach, please! But no need to drive out of the city for hours – there is also one in the middle of Frankfurt! Since May 2016 the beach area including two pools, volleyball court and beach chair can be found on a rooftop directly in the city center.

Enjoying the sun during the day, watching the sunset and the skyline: city beach has got everything covered. Either directly after work, for relaxing on weekends, a get-together with friends, or a casual Sunday visit with the family – That’s what we like!

Opening Hours: When the sun shines

Monday to Thursday 12:00 am – 23:00 pm

Friday 12:00 am – 00:00 pm

Saturday 11:00 am – 00:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am – 22:00 pm

Töngesgasse 8

60311 Frankfurt am Main

 

MainWerk³ im Hummelpark, Hochheim am Main

Although MainWerk³ only offers temporary events, this does not detract from the quality – on the contrary. The young winegrowers from the upper Rheingau ring in the weekend in summer and everyone is cordially invited.

Next time it will start on Thursday, September 6, 2018, when “Little Friday” will be celebrated! The location for this is the Hummel-Park in Hochheim. The “old” park in a new look creates an idyllic, pre-weekend atmosphere. With lounge beats, Mainwerk³ wines and individual cuisine, the winegrowers give everything to prepare their guests for the weekend.

After 5 pm

Am Daubhaus 2

65239 Hochheim am Main

 

Blaues Wasser, Frankfurt

Directly on the river in the east of the city there is a location with a great history and a long tradition. The beautiful place on the banks of the Main is equipped with individually designed, offers a cosy open-air restaurant with indoor bar. The grill restaurant is located in the roofed and rainproof outdoor area. In addition to the main bar, they serve cocktails, long drinks and selected wines at the famous red Wandelbar and at the River Bar. From time to time there are summer parties with house music – whether with music or without Blaues Wasser is the location to enjoy your summer evening with cool drinks at the Main.

Opening hours depend on the weather – you can easily find all information, timetables, and closed events on their website: http://www.blaueswasser.net/

Franziusstraße 35

60314 Frankfurt am Main

 

Beach Bar, Giessen

On a large sandy area, equipped with palm trees and deck chairs, visitors have the chance to get into holiday mood, sip cocktails under palm trees and relax from the daily routine. The direct view of the New Pond is guaranteed to create a holiday atmosphere.

Theme evenings are also held on a regular basis, enabling guests to travel around the world. In addition to Miami, Brazil and Cuba, European hotspots such as St. Tropez and Ibiza are a must. Matching musical accompaniment and specially created cocktails round off the trip around the world, as there is also a dream beach in the Gießen beach bar!

The cosy location is under the open sky, so that the beach bar is only open during good weather:

Monday-Thursday 11.30 am- 00.00 pm

Friday 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Saturday 10.00 am – 1.oo pm

Sunday 10.00 am – 00.00 pm

Ringallee 54a

35390 Gießen

 

WEINLOUNGE 1141, Eltville-Erbach am Rhein

What beer is like elsewhere in FrankfurtRheinMain are the wines – and where better to enjoy them than in a lounge in Eltville am Rhein? Exactly, nowhere 😉 The wine lounge 1141 in the estate park was built in 2016 on the grounds of the Draiser Hof and offers not only wines from the family-owned winery but also a permanent offer of small meals and homemade cakes – the perfect place for a summer weekend excursion ! While the grown-ups enjoy a glass of wine in the lounge ambience, the children can let off steam in the paradisiacal park or in the sandbox.

Opening Hours:

All the year: Friday to Sunday (from March to October also on public holidays)

Erbacher Straße 28

65346 Eltville-Erbach

From FRM into the world

FrankfurtRheinMain is home to a diverse mix of industrial sectors and companies from all over the world. The region located in the heart of Europe is well-balanced and already offers specific infrastructure for various industries. 47 million consumers can be reached within a 200 km radius of Frankfurt – more than from any other comparable location in Europe.

Frankfurt airport offers the largest cargo airport in Europe. From there are 240 cargo-only flights starting to 84 destinations in 45 countries per week. FrankfurtRheinMain is distinguished by highly efficient inter-connectivity between Autobahn, air-, water- and railways. However, Frankfurt also offers excellent digital infrastructure: the De-CIX (German Commercial Internet Exchange), world’s leading Internet exchange point with >6.0 terabits/sec peak traffic, is located in the greater Frankfurt area. All this makes FrankfurtRheinMain the backbone of the digital world and basis for innovative processes.

Automotive industry

With its workforce in excess of 50,000 employees, the automotive industry is one of the largest industry sectors in the region. More than 200 companies in the greater Frankfurt area operate in this field in a cooperative climate. Added to which, there are numerous subcontractors so automotive competence is guaranteed along the entire value creation chain. FrankfurtRheinMain is home to European design and R&D centres of many international and especially Asian players.

Life sciences

Germany is Europe’s largest and the world’s third largest producer of chemicals. In FrankfurtRheinMain 59,000 people are employed in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector. 7 of the 10 largest global chemical companies are located with manufacture, R&D and/or headquarters sites in the region. A broad range of global players set out from here to conquer the global market and maintain close contacts to the region – including BASF, Evonik, Bayer, Kuraray, Shin Etsu, Clariant, Procter & Gamble, Merck, Fresenius, Sanofi .

The biotechnology industry not only consists of core players who predominantly engage in research & development, but is also home to a large number of technical suppliers and service providers (e.g. contract research organisations). Close integration between the industry and the research institutions is inherent in FrankfurtRheinMain. Consequently, the companies in the region offer competences along the entire value chain: from fundamental research to method and process development, as well as production on a hectolitre scale.

Germany is also Europe’s leading business location for medical technology. FrankfurtRheinMain convinces with high-quality public as well as private research & development and three university clinics.

Advanced manufacturing

As a region, FrankfurtRheinMain is home to top performers of the German industrial automation industry. The region shows the presence of a well-functioning supplier structure. Businesses such as Bosch Rexroth, Fresenius Medical Care and Carl Schenck have situated their headquarters here. But it’s also distinguished by its many innovative medium-sized businesses, engineering offices, research institutions and software developers which bestow the greater Frankfurt area with independence and flexibility: they ensure that most decisions are made right here in the region.

ICT

Dynamic IT companies, above all, appreciate the numerous benefits offered by FrankfurtRheinMain that is home of two centers of excellence in IT-business solutions and IT-security. You can find Germany’s highest density of IT companies in the region, offering a network of software development, IT consultant, system integration and IT services specialists. In FrankfurtRheinMain you can find more IT companies than in Silicon Valley or Bangalore.

Highly specialized IT companies and suppliers of base technologies offer customized solutions for the widest range of industries and client needs. A number of telecommunication suppliers also appreciate the advantages of the region. Many international leaders in telephony maintain branch offices, as do national and international industry associations, such as BITKOM.

The Financial Center in the Heart of Europe

Frankfurt as a financial centre is the most important banking location in continental Europe. It is home to 200 domestic and foreign banks. FrankfurtRheinMain is the only place in the world, where two central banks (Germany and EU) are located. The EU supervisory authority for the insurance business EIOPA and the Frankfurt International Arbitration Center (FIAC) are also based in Frankfurt am Main. Frankfurt was home to the first RMB-clearing service in the Eurozone. Financial services profit from vast selection of international consulting and legal companies in the whole region as well as from a highly qualified workforce with special financial expertise.

Consulting

The consulting industry is particularly present in FrankfurtRheinMain with 19.000 companies working in this sector. These include some of the major German and European players in the field. 11% of the German consulting turnover is made in FrankfurtRheinMain; 300,000 people (consultants, lawyers and tax adviser) are employed in consulting related fields – so good advice might be easy to become.

Hessian Founders Award 2018

Since the year 2003, the state of Hessen offers young companies a platform to present themselves and recognizes their achievements. The award show takes place in the course of the Founders’ Days in the state capital Wiesbaden. Bringing together experts in the promotion of startups, people interested in startups, founders and young entrepreneurs.

To apply for the prize you need to fulfill certain criteria. Such as:

  • Self-employment has not been carried out for more than five years
  • The entrepreneur can make a living with his company
  • The headquarter of the company is located in Hessen

The prize is awarded in three categories, plus an additional category:

  • Innovative business idea
  • Courageous foundation
  • Social impact
  • Additional category: Foundation from university

Application process:

Applications can be submitted on one’s own initiative or by suggestion until August 13, 2018. Each founder can apply for one or more of the categories.

After all applications have been received, the jury decides in a first step on the assignements. The semi-finalists in each category will be determined in a pre-selection and the results will be published on August 20, 2018.

In the semi-final in Wiesbaden at the end of September, the semi-finalists present themselves and their company to the jury for a 5-minute presentation. The three most convincing entrepreneurs in each category will be invited to the final award ceremony on November 7, 2018 in the RheinMain CongressCenter.

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