The OWL re­gion

Ostwestfalen-Lippe (or OWL for short) stands out for its world-class research activities and strong economic growth, making it one of Germany’s leading regions for science, innovation and industry. Research in the field of high-tech, the promotion of start-ups and successful collaboration with regional, national and international industry in particular contribute to OWL’s status as one of the strongest economic regions in Germany.


OWL GmbH is the regional development company of the City of Bielefeld and Gütersloh, Herford, Höxter, Lippe, Minden-Lübbecke and Paderborn areas and of higher education and industry in the OWL region. 

OWL – Facts and igures

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