Johannes Velling

Head of Department
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy

Dr. Velling studied economics at the universities of Mannheim, Germany, and
Eugene/Oregon, USA. During his dissertation between 1991 and 1995 he worked as
a research fellow at the ZEW (Center of European Economic Research). In 1996 he
changed to the German federal government. He hold different positions at the
Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of Education and
Research (BMBF). In the federal ministry he was been responsible for the different
federal programmes for venture capital financing of young technological companies
and fostering start-ups. In this function, he developed together with three industrial
companies and the KfW Banking Group the „High-Tech Gründerfonds“, where he
served in the Supervisory Board for 13 years finally as its head. He was also
responsible for „EXIST“ (forstering entrepreneuership at universities), the business
angel program INVEST as well as the German Accelerator.
Since March 2018 he is Head of Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs,
Innovation, Digitalization and Energy North Rhine-Westphalia. In this position he
shows responsibility for NRW‘s acitivities in the field of start-up promotion, digitization
of industry and financing.


Jun 27, 2019