DISCOVER Cologne Startups

Funding data and any possible statistic on Cologne Startups and the local ecosystem. See how the local ecosystem scores against the European competition of startup hubs in the statistics below. If you have your own startup company find funding calls and accelerator programs to apply to, see statistics on previous participants of these programs. You can see the statistics on total investment raised, female founders or foreign-born and migrant founders in this tech hub.

All of the data is curated by the DEEP research team and comes from 1st party sources like the Annual Startup Heatmap Survey or our monitor for job creation, news mentions and female founders. Other data comes from 3rd party sources like Dealroom, Crunchbase or Stackoverflow.

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3-year average investment (2019-2021)

% Growth of the 3-year average investment

Biggest professional developer community in Europe

Startup Success Stories



DeepL GmbH is a leading deep learning company using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for several language translation products, such as the bilingual dictionary Linguee or the world’s best machine translation service DeepL. The company was founded in 2009 by Gereon Frahling and Leonard Finkand and is based in Cologne, Germany.


As the world’s largest esports company, ESL produces video game competitions worldwide and counts more than 8 millions playing members. The company, based in Cologne, was founded by William Perry in 2000 and raised 27,3Mn € in 2019.


Homelike is an online real estate and marketplace platform where business travellers and corporates can book furnished apartments. The company, based in Cologne, was founded in 2014 by Christoph Kasper and Dustin Figge.

ECOSYSTEM Data and statistics on Cologne Startups

What do I see here?Ecosystem Data is based on 1st and 3rd party research. Each source is individually checked and validated.


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