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Fast-Track for Rhineland's early-stage startups

We teach tech-startups how to get 
better investments faster

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Application Deadline: November 29

Our Mission

The STARTPLATZ Accelerator is the first point of contact for innovative tech start-ups in NRW who want to grow quickly and sustainably. Since 2013 we have been giving founders in Cologne and Düsseldorf access to relevant networks, coaching and perks with our 4-month accelerator programme in order to give the region successful start-ups. The focus is on building a strong startup ecosystem.

Our Program

The first 2 months focus on the topics MVP & Validation. With free co-working places you have direct access to NRW's largest start-up community and get feedback from experienced founders and entrepreneurs. In a variety of workshops we impart all the knowledge your early-stage startup needs. In group sessions you get to know Do's & Don'ts in business and have access to a mentor pool of over 50 experts at all times.

Our Goal

In the last 2 months of the program we prepare you for investments and focus additionally on growth. In individual 1on1 sessions you will receive tailor-made support and contacts from our network. In interactive expert sessions you also have the opportunity to clarify all open questions from specific areas. The program concludes with the Demo Day, where you pitched in front of a qualified audience of investors, entrepreneurs and corporates.

Facts and Figures

>80%

Accelerator startups still are actively in business

€150M

Investment in STARTPLATZ  Startups

2

Locations in NRW 
Köln & Düsseldorf

6 Years

Experience
est. 2013

200+

Startups accelerated 
at STARTPLATZ

20

Accelerator-Batches 

Services

Our mentor pool consists of more than 50 experts from various fields. Mentors coach you in 1on1 sessions and are available for specific ad hoc queries. Weekly group sessions provide for exchange between founders and give room to solve problems together. On site, our core team gives you new impulses and coaches you with knowledge from 6 years of Accelerator work and 19 program runs.

Mentoring & Expertise

Community & Network

Community is the be-all and end-all at the beginning of every foundation. In the STARTPLATZ Accelerator you have free access to the largest startup community in NRW. Our core team connects you specifically in our STARTPLATZ network. Experienced founders, investors, corporates and many others can be found every day in our Co-Working Space. Over a coffee or a soccer tournament in the common rooms, you will get to know valuable new contacts and sparring partners every day.

Partner & Services

The Accelerator Program includes €65,000 credits at our service partners Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Hubspot for Startups, Stripe and many more. In addition, you have access to exclusive discounts and deals with relevant local and international companies. With the STARTPLATZ Corporate Partners you also have immediate contact in the corporate world for potential pilot customers and cooperation partners.

Workshops & Events

With over 350 workshops and Meetups per year the STARTPLATZ is the best place for further education in the Startup area. Whether exclusive accelerator expert sessions in a small group or workshops with all community members, there is something for everyone. With member breakfasts, community BBQs or a Friday after-work beer, you'll have plenty of networking opportunities every week.

Service Partners

Program

Selection Criteria

Mentors

Application Process

Application Form

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

Upload  Pitch Deck as PDF

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

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

If you have convinced us, you are part of the next STARTPLATZ Accelerator batch!

Alumni

Testimonials

From the previous rounds of the STARTPLATZ Accelerator some success stories have already emerged. 
Here you can see a small selection:

Cognigy

Cognigy makes it possible to have conversations with machines and applications with the help of voice control and artificial intelligence.

Cognigy makes it possible to have conversations with machines and applications with the help of voice control and artificial intelligence.

Curassist

Curassist is an online platform that facilitates self-employment for qualified nursing staff and everyday companions and brings them together with relatives of people in need of care. In this way, it enables high-quality and needs-based care under better conditions.

Curassist is an online platform that facilitates self-employment for qualified nursing staff and everyday companions and brings them together with relatives of people in need of care. In this way, it enables high-quality and needs-based care to be provided under better conditions.

Towing and breakdown service by click - around the clock at fair prices. MySchleppApp is Germany's first mobile and fully digital breakdown service network and has thus invented towing 2.0.

MySchleppApp

Bekannt aus der Höhle der Löwen: Abschleppen und Pannenhilfe per Klick - rund um die Uhr zu fairen Preisen. MySchleppApp ist
Deutschlands erstes mobiles und voll digitales Pannenhilfe-Netzwerk und hat damit das Abschleppen 2.0 erfunden.

Gokixx

GOKIXX is the app for the best young soccer players in Germany. Gokixx accompanies the next generation of players on their way to becoming a professional soccer player. The app offers both insider information and career tips.

GOKIXX is the app for the best young soccer players in Germany. Gokixx accompanies the next generation of players on their way to becoming a professional soccer player. The app offers both insider information and career tips.

Mealmates

Mealmates is a tech food startup and provides its users with high quality ready-to-eat meals as one of the fastest deliverers of online food orders in Europe.

Rausgegangen

Rausgegangen gives you four ultimate tips for going out in Cologne every day. No matter if markets, concerts, parties, sports events or other events - Rausgegangen shows you what's going on in Cologne and constantly gives you new insider tips.

MySchleppApp

MySchleppApp is Germany's first mobile and fully digital roadside assistance network and has invented towing 2.0.

Abschleppen und Pannenhilfe per Klick - rund um die Uhr zu fairen PreisenMySchleppApp ist 
Deutschlands erstes mobiles und voll digitales Pannenhilfe-Netzwerk und hat damit das Abschleppen 2.0 erfunden.

trackle

trackle is a temperature sensor that helps women determine their fertile days. trackle records the temperature automatically and throughout the night - so you can be sure of finding the relevant value, which is the lowest.

trackle is a temperature sensor that helps women to determine their fertile days. trackle records the temperature during the night - so you can be sure to determine the relevant, namely the lowest value.

Hang & Over wants to free mankind with its effervescent powder from the alcohol hangover and all that with natural ingredients.

Hang & Over

Hang & Over wants to free humanity with its effervescent powder from the alcohol hangover and all that with natural ingredients.

...and many more

"The location and location are simply bombastic. We were received as if we belonged to the family. Meanwhile we also feel like that. The mentoring program is great. We get qualified feedback from experts and work with them "hands-on" on our idea, without any costs or shares - this is anything but a matter of course. In tougher times it helps that the STARTPLATZ pulsates. Everyone is full of zest for action and inspiration and wants to create something. You raise your hand, call into the room and get help for a problem you just have to solve. You help each other - that's the culture here, great!"

"Thanks to the STARTPLATZ Accelerator, we were able to work at STARTPLATZ for six months free of charge, participate in workshops and received intensive advice. All this has brought us very much forward! Before the STARTPLATZ Accelerator, 'Call a Nerd' was just an idea, but the Accelerator made the project an undreamt-of success. Meanwhile I am a speaker myself and can pass on my own expert and start-up knowledge. That closes the circle."

"For me, the STARTPLATZ Accelerator is the reason why our business exists and grows. We wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the customer contacts we've gained here. Thanks to the STARTPLATZ we know experts from almost all relevant areas today. Personally, I've made a lot of friends here too".

Mladen Panov
CEO MAK3it GmbH

Felix Patzelt
Call a Nerd

Pascal Evecek
Pillboxgo

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Dr. Lorenz Gräf 
CEO/Program Director

Founder and managing director of STARTPLATZ. Previously founder and CEO of Globalpark. Drafted a comprehensive incubator concept in the Rhineland and promptly set up his own. Since then very successful in the startup scene.

Jana Kalbfleisch
Head of Accelerator

Jana provides the all-round package for startups and founders, so that nothing stands in their way for a successful start. Thanks to her, the accelerator teams have a few worries less. 

Konstantin Lotter
Accelerator Operations

At the STARTPLATZ Accelerator, Konstantin is responsible for the program management and all matters from the Accelerator teams. Before starting at STARTPLATZ, he worked for a PropTech startup for several years and has founded a startup himself.

Marius Franke 
Accelerator Operations

Marius is the connection point between the Accelerator teams & STARTPLATZ and ensures that our startups always get exactly the support they need. He is also always on the lookout for young, entrepreneurial talents and promising business ideas.

Marie Berle 
Marketing

Marie initially supported the corporate innovation team and is now dedicated to the marketing matters of the accelerator. She uses the time of her internship at STARTPLATZ to gain practical experience for her upcoming studies.

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Vorwärts

Mladen Panov

Prof. Dr. Richard Geibel

HS Fresenius

Pablo Beyen

bevuta IT

Christiane von Schönberg

Erfolgsfaktor

Dr. Kirsten Thiergart

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Radbonus

Nora Grazzini

IOX

Robert Jänisch

 DigiHub

Dr. Klemens Gaida

Peter Siedlatzek

WSS Redpoint

Hamid Hosseini

Ecodynamics

Sophia Lehmann

SmartUp die Gründerlogistik

Janine Völkert-Mey

May HR Doc

Philipp Schatz

Depotcity

Andreas Echterhoff

ui/deation

Florian Petri

KERNWERK

Daniel Asfaha

Sedeo

Jasper Berkel

Sedeo

Ben Sufiani

Pirate Skills

Tim Weiler

Finanzierung & Investition

Andreas Nauerz

Robert Bosch GmbH

Martha Giannakoudi

Synnous

Carolin Spönemann

Andersen Tax & Legal

Anett Steller

Imagination

elaboratum

Joachim Stalph

Florian Merkel

KPMG

Lars Olbrich

Excubate

Ruth Cremer

Pitch-Guru & Entrepreneur

excubate

Tammo Ganders

Christoph Berger

fondos GmbH

Bonny Kern

WSS Redpoint

Björn Brücher

WSS Redpoint

Dustin Schwerdtfeger

McDermott

Cologne Business School

Alessandro Monti

DevelopX

Sebastian Gilles

SCS Lüttgen

Ralf Lüttgen

TS Ventures

Tim Schumacher

swinx

Boris Dering

Serial Entrepreneur

Moritz Dellbrück

TS Ventures

Stephan Jacquemot

Honestly

Mateo Freudenthal

manuelwenner.de

Manuel Wenner

Arash Wahedi

NEGOTIATION GURU

Dr. Hans Bernhard Meyer

 Cofimore

Daniel Kirch

Taxy.io

Startup Kitchen

Alex Grau

Zentrum für Mittelstandsberatung

Achim Schroeder

Philipp Petruschke

savedroid

Demet Karaca

Your Digital Marketing Partner

Digitale Leute

Carolin Gattermann

OneFID

Jules Banning

+ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES

Vidar Andersen

HealthCare Futurists GmbH

Tobias Gantner

Thomas Müller

curassist

Till Ohrmann

PIRATE.global

DigiHub Düsseldorf

Peter Hornik

Oliver Thylmann

Giantswarm

Dr. Maurice Kügler

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH

Raketenstart

Madeleine Heuts

Marius Post

Caladan

The good Vanguard

Miriam Mertens

Kogelschatz

Nils Michaelis

Pablo Endres

IT Security Experte

Okan Bülbül

Wirtschaftsprüfer/Steuerberater

Kamil Barbarski

MAK3it

Klaus Berle

Digital2Success

Kai Schotten

Asendia Germany GmbH

Kai Bastuck

suez

Telekom/ UQBATE

Johannes Nünning

Curious Capital

Johannes Heinen

Hendrik Lennarz

Lennarz Consulting

Frank Piper

 Piper & Daus

Maximilian Saal

We Up

Bayer Giants Leverkusen

Tom Janicot

Rechtsanwältin

Dr. Anja Marzuillo

Caladan GmbH

Werner Schäfke-Zell

Corporate Partner

System Partner

Die R+V Versicherung ist einer der größten Versicherer Deutschlands für Privat- und Firmenkunden und gehört zur Genossenschaftlichen FinanzGruppe Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken.

System Partner

Lukas Gräf 
Geschäftsführung

As COO, Lukas controls the operational business at both locations and is increasingly concerned with the areas of memberships and community, such as the selection of new aspiring startups and the care of existing companies.

RSM Risk Consulting Germany

Jonathan Schlaeger

Timo Bey

Startupfinanzen.de

Barbara Schäfer

Barbara Schäfer Consulting

Florian Mrosek

MTK Engineering

Jochen Schweden

justFOCUS

Roman Pusep

WERNER RI

Tobias Neveling

Venista Ventures

Jana Kalbfleisch
Head of Accelerator

Jana sorgt für das Rundum-Paket für Startups und Gründer, damit einem erfolgreichen Start nichts im Weg steht. Besonders die Accelerator-Teams haben Dank ihr einige Sorgen weniger.

Dr. Lorenz Gräf 
CEO/Program Director

Gründer und Geschäftsführer des STARTPLATZ. Vorher Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender bei Globalpark. Vermisste ein umfassendes Inkubatorenkonzept im Rheinland und baute prompt ein eigenes auf. Seitdem höchst erfolgreich in der Startup-Szene unterwegs.

Lukas Gräf 
Managing Director

Als COO regelt Lukas das operative Geschäft an beiden Standorten und befasst sich vermehrt mit den Bereichen Memberships und Community, so etwa mit der Auswahl neuer aufstrebender Startups sowie der Betreuung bestehender Unternehmen.

Marius Franke 
Accelerator Operations

Marius ist der Connection Point zwischen den Accelerator Teams & dem STARTPLATZ und sorgt dafür, dass unsere Startups immer genau die Unterstützung bekommen, die sie gerade benötigen. Zudem ist er immer auf der Suche nach jungen, unternehmerischen Talenten und vielversprechenden Geschäftsideen.

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Florian von Waldthausen
Accelerator Operations

Florian supports the team in many ways. In addition to administrative tasks, he is actively involved in the organization of the Accelerator Program and is the contact person for the start-ups in the current Batch #21.

We are looking for ambitious founders who want to take their early-stage startup to the next level and are ready for financing.

If your startup has a scalable business model in the tech sector and you already have an MVP/Prototype, apply now for our Accelerator Program.

The best 15 teams will be selected per batch from over 100 applications from more than 15 countries.

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Early-Stage
Startup

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Scalable
Business
Model

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Testable 
MVP

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APPGUTACHTER

Babett Ammari

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Andrei Costenco

Techknowledgence