"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."
"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."
„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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STARTPLATZ Accelerator – Facts & Figures
Locations in NRW
Cologne and Düsseldorf
Years of Experience
established in 2012
% Survival Rate
Your Benefits in the Program
Potential Pilot Customers
Mentoring & Expertise
Become part of the largest startup community in NRW and meet entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, corporates and many other stakeholders with an affinity for innovation.
Over 60 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.
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.
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.
Marketing and PR support is available through our own far-reaching channels. From Instagram reposts to blog features.
Over 65k € credits with our exclusive service partners. Additional discounts and deals for many more startup tools.
We actively support you in your search for investment through our Europe-wide network of investors.
As Accelerator Team you have access to our Corona compliant coworking spaces in Cologne & Düsseldorf. Coffee flat included.
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The Course of the Program
We are looking for ambitious founders who want to take their early-stage tech startup to the next level.
If your startup has a scalable business model in the tech sector and you already have a testable MVP, then apply for our Accelerator program now. The best 10–15 teams are selected from over 100 applications from more than 15 countries per batch.
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.
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With the Rheinland-Pitch STARTPLATZ organizes the largest pitch competition in Germany.