95 Cologne Startups to Watch in 2020

Cologne's tech sector is booming. This year’s list of the best 95 Cologne tech startups is an eclectic mix of hyper-growth scaleups, small creative startups and everything in between.

The last update was made on November 16, 2020.

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ESL

ESL is a gaming news and information network focused on professional gaming, also known as e-sports.

Cologne   251-500   $30,000,000  

CHRONEXT

Chronext is is a full-service platform for luxury watch trading where clients can buy, sell luxury watches.

Cologne   101-250   $51,629,212  

Silexica

Silexica provides software development solutions that take intelligent products such as autonomous cars from concept to deployment.

Cologne   51-100   $29,257,027  

Rise Technology

Rise is a software platform that allows a much simpler and more efficient collaboration with the technical field service.

Cologne   11-50    

Giant Swarm

Giant Swarm is to give everyone the power and freedom to build modern software that runs their world.

Cologne   11-50   $3,325,000  

GreenPocket

GreenPocket is a leading specialist for consumption visualization and energy management.

Cologne   11-50   $11,621,450  

Nextmarkets

Nextmarkets is dedicated to helps private investors to operate in a sustainable and better educated manner on the stock exchange.

Cologne   11-50   $13,639,909  

4stop

4Stop provides global KYC, compliance and anti–fraud solutions.

Cologne   11-50   $2,801,820  

gridscale

gridscale is an innovative technology, creates the basis for sophisticated cloud solutions.

Cologne   11-50   $8,114,355  

Studitemps

Studitemps specialized in placing qualified students as temp workers, when necessary even on very short notice.

Cologne   251-500   $17,265,821  

itravel

itravel provides customized online mobile leisure booking.

Cologne   11-50   $16,516,397  

Sugartrends

Sugartrends is an online marketplace for stores of all types around the world.

Cologne   11-50   $2,421,553  

ShareACamper

ShareACamper is a peer-to-peer rental platform for motorhomes and caravans.

Cologne   11-50   $2,244,291  

InfanDx

InfanDx developing a new generation of diagnostic tests for the care of neonates.

Cologne     $5,911,352  

METALSALE

METALSALE is a B2B-marketplace for professional traders of metal scrap.

Cologne   1-10   $944,706  

DeepL

DeepL is a leading deep learning company for language translation

Cologne   11-50    

Banking One

Predictive Analytics for banks - we predict which customer is interested in what financial product.

Cologne   1-10   $110,401  

LANXESS

LANXESS is a specialty chemicals company.

Cologne   10001    

Tripsuit

Find personalized and perfectly matched travel recommendations based on your interests and big data.

Cologne   1-10   $67,991  

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is a free extension that allows you to block annoying ads and disable tracking in all major browsers.

Cologne   11-50    

Fasciotens

Fasciotens helps with the open abdomen - increase the odds, reduce the risks.

Cologne     $3,062,931  

QSC AG

The company QSC AG offers medium-sized businesses extensive ICT services from one source

Cologne   501-1000    

adbonitas

Adbonitas is an internet security company that aims to make digital a safer space for brands.

Cologne   1-10   $597,250  

cleverbridge

Cleverbridge is an ecommerce and subscription billing solution for monetizing software, SaaS, and digital goods.

Cologne   251-500    

FoodLoop

FoodLoop enables the food retail industry to sell food products with a short remaining shelf-life by providing discount offers on them.

Cologne   1-10   $54,634  

eyeo

eyeo is develop open source software that millions of people use every day to have a better online experience.

Cologne   51-100    

Studydrive

StudyDrive is an integrated sharing and discussion platform for students.

Cologne   1-10    

Ströer Media

The Ströer Group offers advertisers individualized Out-of-home and online communication solutions.

Cologne      

Saloodo

Saloodo! is a platform that helps shippers to find road freight carriers and helps carriers to find loads optimizing their truck capacities.

Cologne   51-100    

InfluencerDB

InfluencerDB offers data-driven software for influencer marketing and relations.

Cologne   11-50    

quintly

quintly is a Germany-based company that offers its users with online social media analytics tools, helping them optimize performances.

Cologne   11-50    

Rewe Group

Rewe Group is a trading, travel and tourism company.

Cologne   10001    

Ligatus

Ligatus is a Native Advertising Solutions provider for brands, publishers, and programmatic buyers.

Cologne   101-250    

Wotch

A Smart Device to be put on the wristband of an existing watch.

Cologne      

Social Sweethearts

Social Sweethearts is the largest publisher of customized, family-friendly content and games worldwide.

Cologne   51-100    

BetterDoc

BetterDoc helps patients to get the RIGHT medical treatment for their individual health problem by the BEST doctor.

Cologne   11-50    

Famobi

Famobi delivers HTML5 gaming content for mobile and web browsers and offers revenue for developers and publishers.

Cologne      

CheMondis

CheMondis is an online marketplace for Chemicals

Cologne   11-50    

Userlike

Userlike offers a professional and lightweight live chat software for websites.

Cologne   11-50    

Armedangels

Armedangels is a clothing retail site which sells classy and timeless fashions for men and women.

Cologne   1-10    

HRS The Hotel Portal

HRS offers a large selection of hotels for business and private travelers worldwide.

Cologne   1001-5000    

sevenload

Sevenload is a global social media platform that provides photos, videos, interactive show formats, and user generated content.

Cologne   51-100   $38,784,704  

Hitmeister

Hitmeister is a German online marketplace offering new and used products across multiple categories.

Cologne   51-100    

SQS Software Quality Systems

The SQS Group (SQS) is the world's leading specialist in software quality. SQS provide solutions, training, consultancy and resources.

Cologne   1001-5000    

shareDnC

shareDnC is an online platform for subletting unused office space and desk space.

Cologne   11-50    

MeinAuto

MeinAuto are auto consultants of automobile sales and services.

Cologne   51-100    

e·pilot

e.pilot makes it easier for energy suppliers to enter the digital world and helps them take on a leading role as an energy service provider.

Cologne   51-100    

KissMyAds

KissMyAds provides publishers, advertisers and app developers with the network and technology to monetize their mobile traffic.

Cologne   11-50    

fitogram

fitogram is an online marketplace for fitness- and health-related activities.

Cologne   1-10    

Unitymedia

Unity Media provides basic cable television and radio services in Germany.

Cologne   5001-10000    

PlusServer

PlusServer provides managed hosting solutions to data centers.

Cologne   251-500    

Flowtify

Flowtify develops and operates a hygiene and quality management platform and application for food service industry.

Cologne   1-10    

fedger

An AI-powered service extracting information from restaurant menu cards for Food Delivery Services, PoS Systems and OS Services.

Cologne   1-10    

GUS Group

GUS Group has been providing integrated ERP enterprise solutions for the process industry and logistics services.

Cologne   51-100    

Lumoview Building Analytics

Lumoview prodives automated building analysis through a measurement that takes only 2 seconds per room.

Cologne   1-10    

KERNWERK

A Perfect Workout Everyday: Athletes get perfectly scaled, adjustable workouts every day with and without equipment

Cologne   1-10    

entrafin

entrafin offers purchasing and sales financing services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and banks in Germany.

Cologne      

Legalbird

Legalbird helps consumers to solve their legal issues within minutes.

Cologne   1-10    

Denkwerk

Denkwerk combines design, communication and technology to create substantial added value.

Cologne   101-250   $8,424,277  

tradingtwins

Simple B2B purchasing of professional equipment for offices & businesses, restaurants & hotels.

Cologne   1-10    

Qimia AI

We are building the world’s most powerful platform for industrialised massively scalable, distributed AI solutions.

Cologne   1-10    

Freightly

Freightly is a real-time logistics & transport management system.

Cologne      

balolo

Balolo is a close-knit company located in Germany dedicated to design and craft exceptional accessories.

Cologne   1-10   $120,000  

NEO New Oncology

NEO New Oncology designs and develops a diagnostic platform NEO.

Cologne      

TRINKKOST

innovative organic products for a healthy & sustainable lifestyle - we created the world's first organic certified dietary shake

Cologne   1-10    

Athion

Athion provides energy management solutions using SaaS approach for real-time analysis and optimization of complex energy systems.

Cologne   11-50    

PlagScan

PlagScan compares your document with billions of others and highlights relevant correlations between them.

Cologne   11-50    

Bendesk

Bendesk is a digital B2B solution for managing corporate & employee benefits.

Cologne   1-10    

ITyX Solutions

ITyX software solutions automate customer service and business processes. A central platform controls all font-based processes.

Cologne      

hijob

hijob is a mobile career portal for professionals, managers and graduates.

Cologne   11-50    

Hypd

Hypd is the ambassador platform that lets fans become nano influencers and receive exclusive rewards for boosting reach and sales.

Cologne   11-50    

Qvest Media

Qvest Media is a world-leading systems architect and ICT integrator in the fields of broadcasting and media technology.

Cologne   11-50    

Startup SAFARI

Startup SAFARIA connects local startup ecosystems in a global community.

Cologne   1-10    

sicherbezahlen.de

Sicherbezahlen.de provides an online payment solution for step-by-step transactions.

Cologne   11-50    

CryptoTec

CryptoTec provides high-security solutions for connecting decentralized computer systems.

Cologne      

Tunnelware

Tunnelware is a VaaS (Virtuality as a Service) for tunnel construction industry.

Cologne   1-10    

netSTART

netSTART offers lectures, keynotes, seminars and workshops on the topics digital economy and digital transformation.

Cologne   11-50    

nkt cables

nkt cables is a global front-line supplier to the energy sector. It develop, manufacture and market high quality cables, accessories.

Cologne   1001-5000    

DepotCity

DepotCity digitalizes the warehousing and fulfillment sector. Simply book your warehouse or fulfillment online - we do the rest!

Cologne   1-10    

Mealmatch

Mealmatch connects people at a joint Meal - in restaurants and private environments.

Cologne   1-10    

Koelnmesse

Koelnmesse stages international trade fairs and conferences.

Cologne   501-1000    

Unidesq

Unidesq enables global brands to manage leading technologies of the programmatic advertising ecosystem with one platform.

Cologne   1-10    

COUPIES

COUPIES is the fastest growing Mobile Cashback Couponing Company in Germany.

Cologne   11-50    

weg.de

weg.de is one of the most famous online travel portals in Germany.

Cologne      

Quiply

Quiply is a young SaaS company offering a mobile-first communication app platform for mobile, remote and shift workers - Quiply Employee App

Cologne   1-10    

Flossbach von Storch

Flossbach von Storch is a bank-independent asset management company that manages equity, bond and multi-asset funds.

Cologne      

VulcanoSec

VulcanoSec provides a powerful Compliance Scanner and Security Automation Framework.

Cologne   1-10    

Passt24

Passt Digital Services owns and operates an online insurance marketplace platform.

Cologne   1-10    

OnVista Group

OnVista Group is one of the most popular financial portals in Germany.

Cologne   11-50    

MEDIA BROADCAST

MEDIA BROADCAST is the leading full-service provider in the broadcasting and media industry.

Cologne   501-1000    

DocCheck Guano

Guano provides the ideal fertilizer for startups: capital, know-how, market access and network

Cologne   51-100    

PLEV Technologies

PLEV Technologies develops STEEREON, an E-Scooter that connects lifestyle, driving enjoyment, and functionality like no other.

Cologne      

Widgetlabs

Focused on awesome Insurance/InsurTech apps & helping app start-ups to deliver

Cologne   11-50   $131,519  

XOVI

XOVI develops all-in-one online marketing suites to increase traffic.

Cologne   11-50    

DLR

DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre.

Cologne   10001+    

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