The Fast Track for Early-Stage Tech-Startups

We Help Startups Grow Faster

We will notify you, as soon as we open up our applications again.
Batch #25 will start early 2022.

The Program

We are a 4 months remote program providing you with know-how and an invaluable network!

Learn from specialized experts and benefit from firsthand insights from successful founders.

Our unique two-phase model focuses on execution speed, rapid testing & user growth!

The goal is to make you investment ready.

And – it's completely free! No fees, no equity.

Your Benefits in the Program

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Become part of the largest startup community in NRW and meet entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, corporates and many other stakeholders with an affinity for innovation.

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Over 70 mentors coach you in 1on1-sessions and are available for field-specific as well as general founding questions. Our core team gives you important development impulses.

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Exclusive Accelerator expert sessions in small groups on the most important startup topics and business areas. Additionally, we offer a wide range of workshops with all community members.

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Thanks to our numerous corporate partnerships and the very diverse community, you will easily find access to pilot customers, both in the B2B and B2C area.

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Marketing and PR support is available through our own far-reaching channels. From Instagram reposts to blog features.

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As an Accelerator Team you have free access to our Corona compliant coworking spaces in Cologne & Düsseldorf for 6 months. Coffee flat included.

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Over 100k € credits with our exclusive service partners. Additional discounts and deals for many more startup tools.

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We actively support you in your search for investment through our Europe-wide network of investors.

Facts & Figures

276

Supported Startups

2

Locations in NRW

Cologne & Düsseldorf

70+

% Survival Rate

23

Batches

60M€+

Funding raised

70+

Committed Mentors

9

Years of Experience

Established in 2012

Our Selection Criteria

We are looking for ambitious founders who want to take their early-stage tech startup to the next level.

The best 10–15 teams are selected from over 100 applications from more than 15 countries per batch.

Early-Stage

Tech-Focus

Full-Time-Commitment

Testable MVP

Scalability

Relevant Topic

The Application Process

Pre-Selection

Decision

We evaluate all applications received and invite the most convincing teams for further interviews.

If you have convinced us,
you are part of the next STARTPLATZ Accelerator batch!

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Fill in Your Application

Selection Interview

Fill in the application form and tell us about you and your startup. Upload your pitch deck as a PDF – please refer to our

Pitch Deck Guide. You can still work on your pitch deck after submitting it. If you are selected for an interview you can present an updated version.

You present your startup to the STARTPLATZ Accelerator jury and we have the opportunity to ask questions and get to know you better.

The Course of the Program

Our Teams from the Current Batch #24

Startups from Previous Batches

What Our Alumni Say About Us

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DR. MED. ALICE MARTIN, COO

"STARTPLATZ has strongly supported us as a medical company in the installation and planning as well as the network. We have received extensive knowledge in the area of PR as well as organizational structure. The community at STARTPLATZ is supportive, familial and network-oriented. A perfect start for every start-up."

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BENJAMIN DAMMERTZ, CEO

"The STARTPLATZ Accelerator was extremely helpful for us in the initial phase. The program was well-structured, and competent speakers always provided relevant input. Especially the strong network and the corresponding contacts to corporates, investors, but also to fellow founders were of great value."

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MANUEL BORN, Co-Founder

"payactive was accepted into STARTPLATZ in 2020. This was an important and helpful step for the founding team, as linking up with companies and the local start-up scene helped payactive to acquire its first customers. The trainings and coachings were also very good and helped to lay the foundation for the establishment of the company."

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Meet our Mentors

Meet the Team

Lorenz Gräf
Lukas focuses on the Accelerator as well as the Rhineland Pitch. He dscouts & selects new up-and-coming startups and coaches them in the program. He loves to help with fundraising and connects them with top investors throughout Europe.
Marius Franke
Marius is the connection point between teams & mentors, and makes sure that our accelerator startups always get the support they need. He also coaches talents with promising business ideas as part of the NRW start-up scholarship program.
Victoria Giesler
Victoria is exploring new ideas and projects for our teams and us, while also running the marketing of the accelerator and the Rheinland-Pitch events via social media.
Christiane Fischer
Niklas is here for the startups and helps make the program go as smoothly as possible.

Marius Franke

Program Manager

Niklas Schwab
Scouting

Lukas Gräf

Managing Director

Victoria Giesler

Business Development

Any Questions?

We have answered the most frequent ones for you!

You still have questions?
Shoot: accelerator@startplatz.de