Cologne boasts 84 startups in our sample database which represents about 3% of Germany’s sampled startups. Cologne is the 4th best startup ecosystem in Germany.
While Cologne decreased by 8 spots in its global rank in the Global Startup Ecosystem Index of 2022, its ranking in Germany increased by 2 spots.
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Cologne is ranked within the top 150 startup ecosystems globally.
Cologne’s startups excel particularly in Education where it ranks 82 and in Energy & Environment, and Social & Leisure. Find out more
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On our map, you can explore a total of 36 startups for Education.
In Western Europe, Cologne's Energy & Environment is in top 87. Cologne has a concentration of about 0% of the country's total Energy & Environment startups that are represented on our map.
Social & Leisure is ranked 106th in the world. Our database contains 9 startups for this industry.
Within Cologne there is an increased attraction for entrepreneurs to set up their startups in industries such as Education, Energy & Environment, Social & Leisure. These three industries represent about 69% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of Cologne.
Cologne is Germany's 4th best startup ecosystem and is ranked 31st in Western Europe. With a population of 1M - 2M people, Cologne is ranked th in the world. The city boasts some notable startup success stories including 1NCE.
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