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In North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), information and communications technologies (ICT) are driving the digital transformation of the entire economy. This is where entrepreneurs, researchers and investors, for example, find the ICT know-how to help shape the development of Industry 4.0. With its innovations, the North Rhine-Westphalian ICT sector provides new opportunities for value creation and employment and is itself an economic heavyweight. No other German state pos-sesses anything like as high a density of companies from this sector as NRW, ranging from medium-sized IT companies through software startups to telecom-munications giants.