The STARTPLATZ Accelerator Program

Introduction to our VC network and STARTPLATZ Community

The Course of the Program

September 29 – October 31

Application Phase 


The application period starts on 29th September 2022. Startups can apply via the application form until October 31th. After that a short list of startups will be invited for interviews. Then the STARTPLATZ Accelerator jury will decide who's in the next Batch!

November 28 - November 29



The kick-off is the start of the program. The startups meet at STARTPLATZ Cologne and get to know each other. Moreover the startups can pitch for the first time in front of the community. 

November 28 – February 02

Phase 1


In phase 1, the startups focus on the MVP and validation. Exciting workshops like the Founder Session, Mentor Matching, Expert Sessions and Pitch Training will function as support tools. 

February 08

Midterm Pitch


The midterm pitch determines which startups will move on to phase 2. The startups will pitch to the STARTPLATZ community and share their progress.

February 27 – April 23

Phase 2


Phase 2 focuses on growth and funding. For this purpose, 1on1 coaching sessions, partner networking sessions and expert sessions are planned. In VC Office Hours, the startups come into direct contact with VCs and get answers to all of their questions.

April 20

Demo Day


The Demo Day marks the end of the Batch. The startups pitch one last time to the community, report on their successes and have the opportunity to network. 

The Application Process



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!







Fill in Your Application

Selection Interview

Join the STARTPLATZ community

The Accelerator program is exclusive to startups in our community. If you are not part of the community yet, sign up for a membership and you are ready to go.

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. If you are selected for an interview you can also present an updated version of your pitch deck.

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

Program Fees


The Accelerator program is exclusive to startups in the STARTPLATZ community. Therefore a team community membership is mandatory. You will not only be part of the program but benefit from all other STARTPLATZ perks. Find details here.

Unlike many accelerator programs, we do not take any equity from the startups in the program. There are also no additional costs or fees for taking part in the program. The only cost is that of the STARTPATZ membership.

Our Selection Criterias


Early Stage

You should be a digital startup with a software-based product or service. At best you are a startup that deals with the topics Web 3.0, NFT or Metaverse.

You should be an early-stage startup, young and dynamic, heading towards fast growth and first investment.

We are looking for ambitious founders who aim to take their early-stage startup with digital focus to the next level.

Full-Time Commitment

Testable MVP 

The founders in our program should be committed to their startup full-time. 

You should have an MVP or advanced prototype that is testable and can be used by the first pilot customers.


Relevant Topic

Your startup's product, business model, and strategy should be scalable and suitable for high gowth

Your startup should be solving a relevant problem in a new and innovative way. 

Any Questions?

We have answered the most frequent ones for you!

You still have questions?

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