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START Exhibition in Essen

START, Germany’s leading exhibition for business start-ups, franchising and young companies, is taking place in Essen from 22nd to 24th September 2006 and is once again offering all visitors a great range of information on setting up a business. START is also the main meeting place in Germany for the franchise branch as a wide range of franchise companies (more than 100 systems) will be presenting their products and services there and a special franchise programme has also been organized.

One highlight of the trade fair is the programme of events which is always held parallel to the actual exhibition itself and which involves more than 200 lectures, seminars, round table discussions and workshops covering all aspects of self-employment. The subjects range, for example, from developing a business idea to setting up a company to ensuring business growth as well as looking at franchising in detail.

The main partners of the START Exhibition in Essen are Go! Das Gründungsnetzwerk NRW (business start-up network), The German Ministry of the Economy and Technology (BMWi), the KfW Bank, the NRW.BANK, the Sparkasse banking association as well as the German Franchise Association (DFV).

Besides having specific business knowledge, it is useful for people looking to set up their own company to learn about successful business examples on which they can model themselves. For this reason, a number of firms are to be awarded the START-AWARD during the official opening of the trade fair (Friday, 22nd September 2006, 10 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.). These prizes are given in recognition of the winners’ courage, wealth of ideas and business innovations which have resulted in their companies being particularly successful in the market. This year, the START-AWARD is to be given for two categories: “Re-START” and “Uni-START”.

The START Exhibition is taking place at the Essen Exhibition Centre in the halls 10,11,12 as well as in the Congress Center Ost. On Friday and Saturday, the exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be booked in advance via the Internet at Those systems interested in presenting their companies at the START exhibitions being held next year (in Essen as well as in Bremen / 5th – 6th May 2007 and Nuremberg / 6th – 7th July 2007) can already submit their applications to the same website.

FranchisePORTAL, a partner and co-founder of FranchiseKey, will also be present at the START Exhibition in Essen. Those interested in learning more about the website and its work are very welcome to visit its stand (Hall 11, Stand K 22).

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