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.