Getting started – how to set up your business in Cologne

Our International Desk acts as a one-stop agency for international companies and startups wishing to set up business in Cologne. We support you in all matters relating to your business in our city, from finding the right office space to connecting you with all the relevant industry players in Cologne. As a public company, all our services are free of charge.

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Our services to help you getting started

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Industry information

We provide you with pertinent information about your industry in Cologne.


Real estate and office space

We support you in finding the right ​space for your investment plans.


Relocation providers

We connect you with relevant local experts, from HR recruiters to legal advisors.



We assist in finding the right funding programmes and/or venture capitalists.


Admin support

We support your expansion plans concerning formalities (e.g. building permits) and visas.



We host events and connect you with relevant business contacts in Cologne.


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Visas and permits

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

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Legal matters

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

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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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We help to identify your individual funding needs and provide an overview of funding opportunities.

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Our international team

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

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