KölnBusiness Startup Unit

The KölnBusiness Startup Unit is the first port of call for all startups in Cologne and those interested in settling in Cologne. Our focus is on startups and to strengthen our local ecosystem.​ We not only show young entrepreneurs how to get a “foot in the door” in the local startup scene, but also give them valuable feedback and pathways for the company's development. In doing so, we always remain neutral and our services are offered free of charge.

Our role

On a mission to boost Cologne's startup environment!


for talents, service providers, partners and investors.


Neutral Broker

for all stakeholders of the ecosystem.


through the ecosystem and its different initiatives.

Ecosystem Builder

that supports and enables events, projects, services and initiatives.



that shares relevant news, facts and best


The team

Gil Baxpehler


Startup Unit

Oscar Escalante

Investors & Tech

Startup Unit

Dr. Antje Lienert

Impact & Scaleups

Startup Unit

Marie-Astrid Reinartz

Corporates & Tech

Startup Unit