No, there are no costs for you by participating and you do not have to give up any shares.
The STARTPLATZ ecosystem and the structure of the Accelerator promote the attention of startups with regard to potential investors and actively support matchmaking through our large network, events such as the Cologne Funding Days, consulting hours with Business Angels and high-profile events such as the Demo Days.
In addition, eligible founders or founding teams can apply directly at STARTPLATZ for the Gründerstipendium (founders' grant) of 1000 € per month. Here is some more information on that.
Your startup should be in the early stage, i.e. you have a testable MVP at the beginning of the program.
If you have the following things at hand, it will take you no longer than 5 minutes to fill out the form:
Your contact information, a short description of your concept (max. 100 words), your pitch deck.
After you click on APPLY, you will be forwarded to an application form.
Fill this out, upload your Pitch Deck at the end of the form and click on "Submit Application".
Afterwards you will receive a mail with a confirmation of receipt.
At the end of the application period, we look at all applications and select the most convincing ones. We invite these teams to us at the STARTPLATZ Cologne or Düsseldorf, where they pitch their business idea again personally in front of a jury.
After the pitches, we consult and inform the teams of our decision in the following days.
No, our program is 100% remote.
The size of the team is not important for the application, but due to capacity reasons we are only able to provide work places for a maximum of 3 team members in our coworking areas.
Additional workstations must be booked by the team (150 €/person per month).
Yes, you can also apply as a solo entrepreneur.
The focus of the STARTPLATZ Accelerator is on startups in the early stage, the idea phase should already be finished.
However, with a convincing idea and a strong team you can also apply with a mere idea.
Yes, teams can reapply for the following batch after a cancellation. A new application is required for this.
STARTPLATZ offers a comprehensive service offer for founders & Startups as well as Corporates, which would like to dive into the agile startup world and create synergies.
At STARTPLATZ you have the opportunity to work together with other entrepreneurs in our coworking areas and to profit from the effects of the crowd.
In addition to the standard memberships, we offer startups the opportunity to apply for the discounted bootstrapping program.
You already have an office and have no need for coworking space?
Then have a look at our Community Membership. Become a part of the community, get discounts on workshops & events as well as room bookings.
By the way, an overview of all workshops & events can be found here.
You are looking for a stage for your startup?
With the Rheinland-Pitch STARTPLATZ organizes the largest pitch competition in Germany.
No, we expect our teams to dedicate 100% of their time to the growth of their startup and the STARTPLATZ Accelerator.
We choose our Teams based on their fit to the Accelerator. For the selected Teams it is thus valuable to participate in all sessions, as they are designed precisely to the phase they are currently in. It is not possible to attend only some sessions."