KölnBusiness – the Economic Development Agency of Cologne

Become a part of Cologne's success story – we advise and support you.

As a municipal subsidiary we are the first point of contact for companies, startups and investors conducting business in Cologne. We support you in all matters related to your business affairs in Cologne. We inform, network and mediate in all questions relevant to business and administration. Our tailormade services are always free of charge and include assistance with administrative, legal, and practical matters as well as integration into business networks.

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Cologne – where networking is a lifestyle

Discover our unique metropolis

Resting on the banks of the river Rhine, Cologne is a dynamic and culturally diverse metropolis in the heart of Europe. World-leading companies work hand in hand with tech-driven startups. They profit from an impressive network of cutting-edge universities and research institutions, but also from the city's unrivalled digital infrastructure – Germany's best. Nowhere else is it easier to connect. Because in Cologne, we are proud of our welcoming way of life: open to people, cultures and business ideas.

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Setting up a business

Short guide on different legal forms of companies in Germany and how to register a business.

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Information on visas & permits

Find out how to apply for a short- or long-term Visa as an entrepreneur or freelancer.

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Finding the right location

We provide information about real estate offers, office rental options, and coworking spaces.

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Our international team

Our team is here to help you to make an informed decision about your next move. We can provide you with local market insights, information about available funding programmes to support your entry and practical know-how so that you can hit the ground running.

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