We have more than six years experience and knowledge about the needs to be able to grow of startups in Germany. We are working on basis of methodologies coming from Silicon Valley and transfer it to the german market. Our startups are not developing as fast as the turbo startups in California, but the business models are sustainable and profitable.

Become part of the STARTPLATZ Accelerator...


Who has been here before?

Some of our past participants can be proud, as they were able to write success stories. Here is a small selection: 

Kamil Barbarski

Structure of the accelerator

For real, all of our early adopters and clients were generated through the STARTPLATZ ecosystem and the big variety of people in its network.


Cognigy makes data science teams more productive through a unified platform for data prep, machine learning, and model deployment. More information here


Curassist is an online-platform, which eases the freelancing activities of nursing staff and connects them with relatives of the person in need of care. This enables a highly qualitative and tailored nursing regarding better conditions. More information here


GOKIXX is the App for the best budding football players in Germany. Gokixx accompanies the next generation on their way to become a football professional. The app offers insider information as well as career tips. More information here


KLARHEIT is a tool for your self leadership. It helps to get more out of your life. It is a tool with which you determine and shape your development. A tool for more clearity and better results.  More information here


MAK3it supports companies and startups during the development of digital business models and corresponding products and services. It is their goal to create a noticeable added value through innovative products. More information here


Mealmates is a tech-food startup which delivers premium ready-to-eat dishes as one of the fastest deliverers of online food orders in Europe. More information here


Rausgegangen is generating the best tips to go out in Cologne, every day. From markets over concerts, parties, sport events or general events - Rausgegangen lists what is going on in Cologne and keeps you up to date with insider tips. More information here

rise technologies

Rise is like Slack and teamviewer for the old economy. By using Rise, remote maintenance is getting faster, easier and more cost-efficient. More information here


trackle is a temperature sensor which helps women to determine their fertile days. trackle measures the temperature automatically and throughout the whole night. Like this women can generate the least fertile days safely. More information here


MySchlepApp is a mobile towing service based on a large network of service providers. Users don't have to sign up for an expensive annual subscription and get their towing service after a few clicks and a transperant price provisioning.  here

Corporate partner

Das sagen unsere bisherigen Accelerator-Teilnehmer

 What past attendees say

Mentors in the STARTPLATZ Accelerator

E-Mail: accelerator@startplatz.de

Tel.: +49 211 936 725 20

The location is outstanding. The atmosphere is very special, we were welcomed with open arms and directly feet as a part of the family. The mentoring program is perfect. We are getting qualified feedback from experts which are working with us hands-on on our idea, without charging us fees or equity, which is very special. In hard times it is very helpful, that STARTPLATZ is pulsating. Everyone is highly motivated, inspiring and have a maker mind-set. Everyone is supporting and helping each other, this is a great culture.

Thanks to the STARTPLATZ Accelerator we were able to work in this great co-working space for free, participate in a lot of workshops and receive intensive mentorship. All of this was helping and supporting us a lot during our development. Before we started the STARTPLATZ Accelerator our company “Call a Nerd” was just an idea, but during the accelerator the project developed to be successful. In the meantime I became a speaker and can support other startups with my gained knowledge. 

Speaking personally, STARTPLATZ is the reason why our business is existing and growing. Without the new contacts which we gained thanks to STARTPLATZ, we would not have achieved that much. Because of STARTPLATZ’ ecosystem we know a lot of experts in all relevant industries. Furthermore, I was lucky on a personal level as well, as I found a lot of friends here.

STARTPLATZ is always helping more than you see at first sight. The events, workshops and especially the central coffee machine are the best places for networking, getting good contacts and therefore also the best feedback. Especially when we were in need of quick feedback regarding a design we were just going around STARTPLATZ and quickly we had about 50 survey answers, so the decision could be made.

During the time the idea develops into a product and the products develops into a company, you are in need of stamina, patience and readiness to assume risk. An incubator and being part of an accelerator gives you the strengths to survive all this. The stamina is being increased, because you are surrounded by like-minded people with whom you can share your obstacles; The mentors not only teach you to be patient, but support you in keep on going instead of just waiting. Lastly the risk is being decreased by the whole community and ecosystem, because of the exchange of knowledge and skills, feedback and tips, making faults is being prevented.

Mladen Panov

Felix Patzelt
Call a Nerd

Pascal Evecek

Thomas Müller

Ende Bewerbungsphase

Auswahl der Teams

Beginn des Accelerator-Programms

Erstes Kickoff Meeting

15. September

25.-30. September

9. Oktober

9. Oktober

...and start the journey!

International Network





Industry experts 

Office hours

Startup mentors

Accelerator alumni



Corporate Partner

Potential Investors



Silicon Valley Methodologies

Marketing & PR Support

Amazon Web Services, HubSpot & Google Cloud for Startups

24/7 office space at STARTPLATZ Cologne/Düsseldorf

Post-program offerings



STARTPLATZ is proud to be part of GAN, a highly curated community of accelerators, partners, and investors.

Felix Thönnessen

Felix Thoennessen GmbH

Entrepreneur & Lean-Startup expert

Mladen Panov

Wolfgang Lang

Serial Entrepreneur

Pablo Endres

IT Security Experte

Christiane von Schönberg

Sales expert

Daniel Troost

Tax consultant
TRENZ Steuerberatungsgesellschaft

UX/Design expert

Nora Grazzini

IoT expert

Robert Jänisch

Digital Product & Business Development

Klemens Gaida

Hamid Hosseini

Platform economy Ecodynamics

Sophia Lehmann

Logistics, Sales, Communication
SmartUp die Gründerlogistik

Santosh Satschdeva

Sales, Mobility, cooperations MySchleppApp

Andreas Mautz

IT, Web development  Entwicklungshilfe NRW

Philipp Schatz

Logistics, Trading, eCommerce Depotcity

Thomas Müller

eHealth, Social Startup

Service Partner

Andreas Echterhoff

UX, Design sprints, Prototyping


Jasper Berkel

Web- and App Development, UX

Ben Sufiani

Growth Hacking
Pirate Skills

Hang & Over

With their natural ingredients of the Hang & Over drinking powder headaches after a great party will be history from now on. here

System Partner

Andreas Nauerz

Cloud Computing, Blockchain, AI, IoT

Robert Bosch GmbH

...and many more

Accelerator Team

Jana Kalbfleisch
Head of Accelerator

Jules Banning
Head of 
Events & Education

Thomas Schier
Accelerator Operations

Join the team!

Julian & Melusine

Sharing, Sustainability, Content

Back to the top


... and many more

With expertise in ...

+ 50

Lean Startup





Growth Hacking





Dr. Lorenz Gräf 
CEO & Program Director

Any more questions? Have a look at the   FAQQ


You still have questions? Write us at: accelerator@startplatz.de

Become part of the STARTPLATZ ecosystem & get in touch with the most promising startups! Get more information about our Corporate Services and the new ACCESS RHINELAND REMOTE ACCELERATOR!

Get more information about our Corporate Services and the new

Carolin Spönemann

Anwältin: u.a. Gesellschafts- und Datenschutzrecht
WSS Redpoint

Daniel Asfaha

Backend and Database Architecture

Florian Petri

Lean Startup, UX, Marketing

Janine Völkert-Mey

Corporate management and HR
May HR Doc

Corporate Entrepreneurship Telekom/ UQBATE

Johannes Nünning

Dr. Kirsten Thiergart

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Martha Giannakoudi

Innovative HR management

Nicolas Gabrysch

Legal consulting
Osborne Clarke

Pablo Beyen

Tech Entrepreneur
bevuta IT

Peter Siedlatzek

 Startup- and Venture Capital - Lawyer
WSS Redpoint

Prof. Dr. Richard Geibel

Professor of Entrepreneurship
HS Fresenius

Sebastian Janus

Finanzen, eCommerce, Strategie

Tim Weiler

Finance & Investment

Pitch-Guru & Entrepreneur

Vidar Andersen

Björn Brücher

FinTech, RegTech, UnsirTech, PropTech
WSS Redpoint

Bonny Kern

Lawyer: Focus on IT/Data Protection
WSS Redpoint

Christoph Berger

Finanzplanung, Geschäftsentwicklung
fondos GmbH

Florian Merkel


Hendrik Lennarz

Growth Hacking
 Lennarz Consulting


Joachim Stalph

Kamil Barbarski

Entrepreneur & Lean-Startup Experte

Lars Olbrich

Business model & Innovations expert Excubate

Nicolas Brenk

Deutsche Bank

Oliver Thylmann

Serial Entrepreneur

New Digital Business & Finance Operations 1stMover

Peter Hornik

Richard Duncan

Digital Project & Product Delivery Expert

Ruth Cremer

Pitch-Guru & Entrepreneur


Tammo Ganders

HealthCare Futurists GmbH

Tobias Gantner

Anett Steller

(Event-)Marketing, CI-Development

Rhineland's Fast-Track for the Startup Scene

Jubilee Batch

Application Deadline: 02.02.2020
Kick-Off: 02.03. & 03.03.

Become part of the
STARTPLATZ Accelerator

Application Deadline:

Jubilee Batch #20 


02.03. & 03.03. 

The STARTPLATZ ecosystem offers startups the best conditions to be successful quickly

The STARTPLATZ Accelerator is the first point of contact for innovative tech startups in NRW who want to grow fast and sustainably. If your early-stage startup is pursuing a scalable business model and wants to finally get started with a running MVP, then you've come to the right place with us in the Accelerator.

Since 2013, the STARTPLATZ Accelerator has been supporting young startups at two locations in NRW. In 19 batches so far, founders have created great startups from good ideas.
Our 6-month program accelerates your growth and gives you the opportunity to move to the next level.

Expertise & Knowledge
through individual mentoring with our successful founders and status meetings with our Accelerator Team

Workshops & Events
to your further education and carried out by our most experienced coaches and experts

Community & Network
through access to the largest startup network in NRW and helpful members directly in the STARTPLATZ

Partnerships & Services
from our partner portfolio, i.a. Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Hubspot for Startups and Stripe

Facts and Figures


accelerator batches


investment in our STARTPLATZ startups


locations in NRW 
Cologne & Dusseldorf

 experience  in 
helping startups
since 2013

6 Years


startups supported


still active

STARTPLATZ Accelerator Benefits

We want you!

The STARTPLATZ Accelerator is looking for the up-and-coming tech unicorns of the Rhineland.
We are looking for ambitious founders who want to take their early-stage startup to the next level and are ready for funding.

If your startup is following a scalable business model in the tech sector and you want to get started with your MVP, then apply now for our Accelerator program:


Business   Models

Technological Leadership


How does the application work?

application form


Fill out the application form and tell us about you and your idea.

 Pitch Deck upload as PDF

We evaluate the submitted applications and invite the most convincing teams to the STARTPLATZ.

Before the STARTPLATZ Accelerator Jury you present your idea and we have the opportunity to ask questions and get to know you better.

If you've convinced us, you can join the next STARTPLATZ Accelerator round!

Dustin Schwerdtfeger

Corporate & VC Financing