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Top 15 Accelerators and Incubators in Nordrhein-Westfalen in 2024

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If you are looking to start your business in Nordrhein-Westfalen, it is never a bad idea to join an accelerator or incubator.

These organizations are designed to help startup businesses by providing them with office space, advice and access to potential partners, investors, and customers.

In this article, we have collected the 15 most popular accelerators and incubators from Nordrhein-Westfalen.


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1) STARTPLATZ

STARTPLATZ

STARTPLATZ is a startup incubator and accelerator with locations in Cologne and Düsseldorf. It serves as a hub for the Rheinland ecosystem and the local founders' scene.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Lorenz Graef
  • Industries: Technology, Web3, Metaverse
  • Number of investments: 11
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 16

You can find their website here.

2) 1stMOVER

1stMOVER

1stMOVER is a consulting firm for innovation. They help you build startups, and whole ecosystems.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Klemens Gaida, Peter Hornik, Ralf Lauterbach
  • Industries: IoT, Big Data, AI, Blockchain, Robotics, VR, AR
  • Number of investments: 11

You can find their website here.

3) DIGITALHUB.DE

DIGITALHUB.DE

DigitalHub.DE is a startup accelerator with modern coworking spaces, conference rooms, and a unique network of partners.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Industries: Technology, Software, Hardware
  • Number of investments: 03
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 24

You can find their website here.

4) digihub

digihub

digihub is a place where startups, small, and medium-sized businesses can come up with new ideas.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Industries: Technology
  • Number of investments: 01

You can find their website here.

5) Digital Incubation and Growth

Digital Incubation and Growth

The goal of Digital Incubation and Growth is to help startups and businesses like yours turn a great idea into a great digital business.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Technology
  • Number of investments: 01

You can find their website here.

6) Life Science Inkubator

Life Science Inkubator

LSI was developed in the scientific community and is geared to the needs of researchers who are ready to start a business.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Medical Technology
  • Number of investments: 01

You can find their website here.

7) VISION UNLTD. CREATIVE WORX GmbH

VISION UNLTD. CREATIVE WORX GmbH

VISION UNLTD. focuses on the strategic part and has core skills in strategic brand consulting, online and social media marketing, and managing your startup's corporate identity.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1993
  • Industries: Software Development

You can find their website here.

8) Grunderallianz Data Hub

Grunderallianz Data Hub

Grunderallianz Data Hub builds bridges for founders and offer an overview of the startup ecosystem Ruhr

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

9) seedVC GmbH

seedVC GmbH

Seed capital takes care of businesses at all stages, from the first idea to the later stages of growth.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Industries: Retail, Enterprise

You can find their website here.

10) Quake Capital Europe

Quake Capital Europe

Quake is a unique accelerator that invests in new and early-stage businesses in a wide range of industries by giving them seed money.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders: Glenn Argenbright, Kai Buehler, Priscilla Pesci
  • Industries: Technology, Consumer Goods
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 13

You can find their website here.

11) Climate Founders GmbH

Climate Founders GmbH

Climate Founders GmbH is a remote accelerator for climatetech startups in Europe that want to make a difference.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2020
  • Industries: Climate Tech

You can find their website here.

12) digitalHUB Aachen

digitalHUB Aachen

digitalHUB Aachen is a place where digital users from business and industry, startups, and IT SMEs can meet.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Industries: Information Technology

You can find their website here.

13) Entrepreneurship Zentrum Witten

Entrepreneurship Zentrum Witten

The Entrepreneurship Zentrum Witten is a program that helps German social startups in their early stages. It is run in partnership with Witten/Herdecke University.

Details of the startup:

  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

14) SpielFabrique

SpielFabrique

SpielFabrique is a program that helps start-ups and young business owners in the games market grow quickly.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Industries: Gaming

You can find their website here.

15) coworkit

coworkit

Coworkit gives you access to flexible workspaces where you can get off to a great start, as well as a useful network of freelancers, startup founders, and people with great ideas.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Industries: Industry Agnostic

You can find their website here.

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