About Us

Who we are

Schacht One is the dedicated pioneer for digital innovation within the Ruhr area, based on the UNESCO-World Heritage Zollverein. Our Company stands for innovation, perseverance, and authenticity! We recognized that Innovation projects need room to evolve and that’s exactly what Schacht One provides for its customers. Our open offices foster communication, while integrated work spaces allow focused group sessions. Workshops and events find their natural home in our offices.

Over a period of four years, we were able to digitize, transform and further develop Haniel’s business areas. Now is the time to emancipate Schacht One from the Haniel Group, open up for new projects and foster our cluster within the Ruhr area. Our new era as Schacht One Innovation GmbH starts in 2020.


How we do it

We understand ourselves as the guides within our customers’ digital journeys. We don’t define beginning and end but provide the best route into the unknown. Employing methods such as design-thinking, lean startup, and crowdsourcing, we help our customers to stay on track in the digital age. We do, we try, we learn, we improve – together with our customers. Due to that we define three different cornerstones in our strategy:

Digital Projects & Ventures

Digital Projects are our core business from the beginning. We support our customers with digital expertise, new work methods and a wide-ranging toolset, to gain the best possible outcome in our projects. Successful products and services make it to our wall of fame. To make sure they get up there, we developed a unique five stage process: Search – Exploration – Validation – Incubation – Acceleration.

Cluster & Location

To meet all the requirements of digital transformation, we are constantly exploring best practices for our partners and customers. Through our background and our unique location at the Zollverein World Heritage Site, where digital ideas are now being promoted, we are part of a cross-sector ecosystem of experienced experts. We exploit synergies from this ecosystem by creating a cluster and identifying new opportunities.


Network & Knowledge

Our aim is not only to support our customers with their project incubation, but also to transfer our knowledge and share our network of potential partner with them. We want to broaden our network to leverage digital capabilities within our customers companies and speed up digital transformation. We see ourselves as trend and tech scouts for our customers and use various ways to share this information.

Where we do our magic

We are located at the Zollverein UNESCO-World Heritage Site in the heart of the future Startup scene at the Metropolis Ruhr. Some 165 years ago, Franz Haniel laid the foundation for the industrialization of the Ruhr by mass-mining coveted fat coal at Pit 1 of the Zollverein mine. At Schacht One, we now mine the fuel for growth in the future: “digital ideas”.
Here at Zollverein, we combine modern startup culture with the industrial charm of the region. A protected space for crazy ideas, agile processes, action, and fun. The digital lighthouse within the Ruhr area.

Workspace Schacht One
Workspace Schacht One
Workspace Schacht One