Dr. Marc Jan Eumann

State Secretary for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of the State of North RhineWestphalia, Düsseldorf

„As a succesful founding country NRW needs hotspots like STARTPLATZ where innovative business and product ideas encounter with a functioning network.“


Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann

Representative for Digital Economy Affairs of the State NorthRhine-Westphalia, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, Medium Sized Businesses and Handicrafts of the State of North RhineWestphalia

„If you are looking for a place in Cologne where the entrepreneurial spirit of the Digital Economy has its home, you will find it at STARTPLATZ.“


Dr. Thilo Schumacher

Member of the Board of Management of Axa Konzern AG, Cologne

„In my eyes STARTPLATZ in Cologne is a truly successful institution, because it has created a centre for ideas, founders and startups.“


Prof. Dr. Richard C. Geibel

Head of Studies Master’s Degree in Media Management & Entrepreneurship at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Cologne

„As a successful and practice-oriented business incubator with its more than 70 startups, STARTPLATZ provides an ideal complement for the Bachelor and Master programs of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. By means of intensive cooperation with STARTPLATZ the claim for an application-oriented education at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is ideally enriched and synergetically extended.“

Prof. Dr. Guido Baltes

Director of the Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management (IST)

„STARTPLATZ offers a multifaceted and clearly efficiently functioning startup environment. Fascinating to see how by means of a range of activities valuable support is developed for and with entrepreneurs. Awesome that also in my old country Rhineland there is a platform at this level – congratulations !


Thomas Grota

Investment Director, T-Venture Holding

„For the further growth of the startup-ecosystem it needs a place where startups and companies as well as investors encounter, so that both sides can take advantage of the emerging synergies. In NRW STARTPLATZ is one of the leading providers of these startup hubs.“