Scaleup Program Cologne Returns in 2024!

Attention, Trailblazing Startups! 


Are you ready to catapult your business to global success?

Look no further than the Cologne Scaleup Program, as after last year’s success we return for the 2024 edition - brought to you by the powerhouse duo of KölnBusiness and nlmtd! 


Join Cologne's Finest 

Picture your startup alongside the likes of DeepL, Honeypot, Zenjob, Casavi, and Trusted Shops - all thriving on the international stage. With our program, you'll gain the tools, knowledge, and network to make your global expansion dreams a reality.


Have you seen last year’s participants Niostem, Lumoview, Speekly, Pagopace and the Oater? If not – check out their testimonials below!


Tailored for Your Success

We understand that every startup is unique, and that's why our program is designed to cater to your specific needs. Our expert mentors will guide you through the complexities of international expansion, equipping you with a robust understanding of what it takes to succeed on a global scale. 


Your Roadmap to International Domination

From analyzing new markets to developing a killer go-to-market strategy, the Cologne Scaleup Program has you covered. Our 8-week journey will provide you with a comprehensive expansion roadmap to internationalization, ensuring you're primed and ready to conquer new territories.


Unlock a World of Opportunities

As part of our program, you'll gain access to an exclusive network of global experts, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and key partners. Collaborate, sharpen your pitch, and structure your funding rounds for optimal success - the possibilities are endless! 


Are You Ready to Scale New Heights? 

If you're a passionate founder with a recurring revenue of €500K+, a team of 5-20 FTEs, and a desire to expand internationally, this is your chance to shine! We're seeking 5 exceptional startups to join our intimate learning environment, with a time commitment of just 4-5 hours per week. 


Don't Miss Out on This Game-Changing Opportunity! 

Sign up before September 1st 2024, and embark on a transformative journey of growth, innovation, and global success. Your startup's future is waiting - let's scale together! 

Apply now


No, the program does not charge anything and you don't need to give up any equity. KölnBusiness offers this program for free to the most promising scale ups of the city. The only condition is that you give the program your full attention.

The program runs from September 24th until November 14th (final planning will be confirmed).

The total time spent should not be more then 8 hours per week on average, including the group sessions, individual sessions and preparation. 

The opening and closing sessions are in person, all the other sessions are online. 

Stay tuned! For questions – reach out to:

Gil Baxpehler
Startup Lead, KölnBusiness

Timo Richardson
Manager Scaleup Program 2023

Shamira Miller
Consultant & Coach

Thijs Sprangers
Director Venture Building, nlmtd

Philipp Penkatzki

Tax Adviso


Malte von Euen

Investment Manager


Gil Baxpehler


Startup Unit

The Scaleup Program Cologne is an initiative of KölnBusiness and nlmtd, a management consultancy from Amsterdam, which supports founders in the innovative development of their business model.