Business in Cologne. Best climate for innovation

  • The computer game "Harold Halibut" by Slow.Bros. © Slow Bros
    The computer game "Harold Halibut" by Slow.Bros. © Slow Bros

Start-up hotspot, long-standing commercial and industrial city, international hub, innovative media centre and leading logistics location, Cologne and its surrounding area have grown to become one of Europe’s most important economic areas and a hidden champion of the start-up scene. The newly founded KölnBusiness (the agency that promotes economic growth) provides support for the local businesses as well as investors and start-ups. Dr. Manfred Janssen, Managing Director of KölnBusiness, tells us in an interview about what Cologne is ...

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Start-up hotspot, long-standing commercial and industrial city, international hub, innovative media centre and leading logistics location, Cologne and its surrounding area have grown to become one of Europe’s most important economic areas and a hidden champion of the start-up scene. The newly founded KölnBusiness (the agency that promotes economic growth) provides support for the local businesses as well as investors and start-ups. Dr. Manfred Janssen, Managing Director of KölnBusiness, tells us in an interview about what Cologne is doing to help start-ups survive and flourish ...

Super start-up city.

Six hundred and fifty start-ups with an annual turnover of 1 billion euros in the City of Cologne alone! 25 business incubators, exclusive coworking spaces, major players, attractive investors, tons of networking events and a wide range of support programmes ... Cologne not only offers the perfect ecosystem for founders, but also boasts an open and creative atmosphere!  

A ship for start-ups.

THE SHIP, a digital office building, has arrived in Ehrenfeld. In addition to FOND OF and its some 300 staff, among its first  innovative tenants is the startup accelerator xdeck. Meeting today's demand for flexible collaborative digital working environments, THE SHIP also contains coworking areas, think  tanks, a gym, a restaurant and a day-care centre. The building was completed in early 2020.   

The University of Cologne's GATEWAY Start-up Centre

Congratulations! The University of Cologne is receiving 22.8 million euros to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and promote digital skills and start-ups  amongst its students. As a result, it is hoped exciting ideas and excellent research will get to market faster. A dedicated innovation and start-up centre bundles and coordinates the activities of the University of Cologne's GATEWAY Start-up Center.

Start-up Unit to Start-up SAFARI.

The City of Cologne’s Start-up Unit provides support for founders as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas at networking events.The digital hub Cologne  brings business, the sciences and  industry together. A three-day event that takes place all over the city, the Start-up SAFARI Cologne provides participants  with the opportunities to listen to founders, talk to accelerators, investors and explore potential partnerships with SMEs as well as to gain insights into new businesses. The safari is organised by the creators of the internationally renowned PIRATE Summit start-up conference. Other startup  gatherings include the c/o pop convention and startupCon. Events such as the DMEXCO and gamescom complete the range of activities.   

Coworking in Cologne.

Coworking is booming in Cologne. The availability of space thrives on the inspiring mix of established businesses, start-ups and creative freelancers – an ideal ecosystem for productive dialogue! 

Welcome Zurich Group!

Known as “Atlantic”, “Pacific” and “Indian”, the three buildings on the site of the new MesseCity comprise 16 and 7 storeys respectively. Used for the most part from 2020 by the Zurich Group Germany, the buildings will bear the company's logo. Cologne, which is a major insurance centre, looks forward to hosting new Zurich-Rhineland headquarters.

Artificial intelligence in Cologne.

Simultaneous translation, detecting fake media content, sales forecasts for restaurants or robots for TV production – these are just a few examples of how Cologne start-ups are using artificial intelligence to position themselves as game changers. Start-ups are at the forefront of research into new applications for artificial intelligence (AI). A ground-breaking technology, artificial intelligence is changing the world of tomorrow. With this in mind, the state of NRW will have invested 25 million euros in research and development by 2023. To ensure findings reach the business community, the platform KI.NRW will be linking science and business. Today, services such as intelligent automation and work process optimisation, AI for corporate management, quality control, languages or games are being developed and marketed in Cologne. 

Car city cologne.

Automotive companies from all over the world, including DAF, Mazda, Renault, Volvo and Toyota, have parked their German headquarters in Cologne. With a workforce of some 16,000, the Ford Group not only has its European headquarters in Cologne but is also the city's largest employer and a key factor in the local economy. 

Innovative. Environmental economy in Cologne.

Cologne’s environmental economy is heavily focused on research and innovation. Ideas and local projects on the “climate and renewal energies” as well as efficient transport and energy connections can be found at SmartCity Cologne.

Welcome to the home of eSports.

Just like the market for computer games, the market for eSports is growing rapidly. Taking place in Cologne’s LANXESS arena, the ESL One Cologne (Electronic Sports League) sees tens of thousands of on-site spectators and millions of livestream viewers follow world's best eSports teams as they battle it. In addition to ESL One, Cologne is also home to the world's largest games fair, the gamescom. Offering the potential to become a driver to innovation in NRW, the games industry enjoys the support of local government, which provides financial backing for game developers, publishers and universities and strives to reduce bureaucracy. The aim? To make NRW the German games industry leader!

Cologne team awarded as creative pilots!

Located in “Cologne’s Game Haus”, winners of 2019 Cultural and Creative Pilots Germany, Slow.Bros creates real dollhouse sets and intricate costumes that later appear as virtual 3D props in a computer game called Harold Halibut. This represents an absolute games industry first.
 

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Meeting Point Cologne

Cologne and its surrounding areas boast a long trading and industrial tradition. All in all, it’s home to a future-proof mix of industries. Find out more in our section ‚Meeting Point Cologne’.

The "Meeting Point Cologne" is comfortably readable as an e-paper. We would also be pleased to send you the magazine as a print brochure.

Also don't miss to read through our interviews with inspiring characters from the science and business sectors in Cologne.