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STARTPLATZ is an accelerator for young entrepreneurs and a founder hotspot in Cologne, which was opened in 2012 by the Fam. Graef Holding GmbH.

The accelerator  is located at Media Park, the heart of Cologne, and thus represents a modern meeting place for startups. Its central location and close proximity to Cologne’s trendiest neighborhoods comes along with a good infrastructure and offers easy access to universities, companies and potential customers.


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Thanks to its central location in the Cologne inner-city district, STARTPLATZ offers excellent transport connections. The connections by public transport are very convenient. STARTPLATZ can also very easily be reached by car, due to its proximity to the A 1, A 3, A 4 and A 57 motorways, . Visitors arriving by car should exit the “Autobahn” just close to the MediaPark and can use one of the 2,500 underground parking spaces.


… by public transportation

You can reach STARTPLATZ easily by using the public transportation network of the Transportation Network Rhein-Sieg (VRS) and the Cologne Transportation Services (KVB).

Urban commuter train system (S-Bahn):

From Cologne Central Train Station, take the S6 towards Köln-Nippes, S11 towards Düsseldorf or S12 and S13 towards Hansaring. Exit at the stop Hansaring.

Direct S-Bahn connection between the Cologne-Bonn Airport and Hansaring (S13)

Underground (U-Bahn):

From Cologne Central Station: Line 5, 16, 18 to the stop “Ebertplatz”; change to line 12 or 15 in the direction of Ringe. Exit at the stop Christophstraße/MediaPark.

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…by car

STARTPLATZ can be easily reached from motorways (Autobahn) A 1, A 3, A 4 und A 57. Just follow the signs to “Köln- Zentrum“ and then towards MediaPark.



There are 2.500 parking slots available in the central underground parking garage MediaPark (PZ).The access is possible from the street „Am Kümpchenshof“ (next to the Cinedom) or from „Erftstraße“. Just follow the signs PZ (Parkhaus Zentral). Furthermore, each building has its own underground garage which is also accessible from both entrances of the underground ring road (Ringstraße).

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