Bootstrapping - STARTPLATZ

STARTPLATZ Bootstrapping Program

You are a startup with an outstanding and innovative business idea? You want to push your idea to the limit? You don’t have an investment from Business Angels or a VC? You are fully committed and the only thing you are missing is the adequate space and an  effective network for you and your team? Then STARTPLATZ is what you are missing!

We want to boost your start. With the STARTPLATZ Bootstrapping Program, we offer you special conditions and give you the possibility to become a STARTPLATZ member with all benefits. This way you have the chance to use your resources for the things they are needed most: making your startup successful!


The STARTPLATZ Bootstrapping Program is structured into three phases:

  • Bootstrapping: Work on your business idea to reach market fit.
  • Scale-Up: Once you are sure your product fits the market, you need to get traction.
  • Growth: Now you’re really getting started! With cash flow or investors behind you, you can gain market share and develop your start-up into a successful company.
Phase Duration Price*
Bootstrapping up to 6 months 99 EUR each per month
Scale-Up up to 12 months 199 EUR each per month
Growth up to 24 months 299 EUR each per month

* all prices plus 19 % VAT

You can also directly go to the Scale-Up phase if you have already reached market fit. In this phase, after three months, you have to show us your progress by pitching in a startup competition or by pitching in front of a STARTPLATZ jury.

What we offer

Within the Bootstrap Program we offer you a variety of services in order to support you and your team for getting your funding project up to speed.


  • Fully equipped coworking areas in representative offices in Cologne and Düsseldorf
  • Use of W-LAN, Printer, Scanner and the whole office infrastructure
  • Tea, coffee and water flatrate for free
  • Access to STARTPLATZ-Network and community: sharing expertise with other founders, experts and corporates
  • Reduced prices on conference rooms
  • Reduced prices on workshops, lectures and conferences
  • Access to free expert consulting in our open office hours
  • Invitations to various network events
  • Access to the Microsoft-Bizspark-Program
  • Privileged access to the Amazon AWS Cloud, HubSpot for startups and Google Cloud Services

What we expect from you

We expect you to be fully committed to your founding project. You should have a clear plan how to proceed with your startup.

We expect you to…

  • participate on quarterly status meetings in order to report your progress
  • particpate in pitch events in order to present your progress
  • apply for Rheinland-Pitch within the first three month of being part of the Bootstrapping Program

Who are we looking for

STARTPLATZ focuses on digital and scalable business models, therefore we are looking for teams within that realm.
Apply now!

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Bootstrapping FAQ

What does the Bootstrapping Program cost per month?

99 € plus VAT per month p.p. for up to 6 months, 150 € plus VAT in the Scale-up phase.

How long is the period of notice?

The period of notice is one month.

How long can we stay in the Bootstrapping Program?

You can stay for six month within the Bootstrapping Program. This time period cannot be extended. After that, you can participate the Scale-Up.

Is there a limit in available number of team members?

Yes, at the time of application the current capacity utilization of the coworking areas must be taken into account.

Do we need to start at the 1st of a month?

No, you can start anytime, just apply.

Do wie have 24/7 access to STARTPLATZ?

Yes, you will get 24/7 access.

Can we have coffee and water for free?

Yes, you can have coffee and water for free.

Can we get access to workshops at the special membership prices?

Yes, you can participate at the workshops with the special membership prices.

Do we get fixed or flexible desks?

You will get fixed desks in one of our coworking areas.