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Innovation Network Cologne connects established companies with innovation and startups


Innovation Network Cologne

Corporates & Industry


Innovation Network Cologne is specialised in bringing together established companies from the Cologne region with innovative companies and startups as well as other partners from the technological centers of the world - in particular in cooperation with the partner cities of Cologne such as Tel Aviv, after Silicon Valley the world's leading eco-system for startups and innovation.

Innovation Network Cologne aims to bring together companies from both sides at eye level and ensures a fast, effective and result-oriented exchange. As a central point of contact, the association will organize effective matchmaking which is tailored to the needs of its members.

The goal is to create active networking between established companies and digital ecosystems and to promote them through suitable measures. We believe that strategically connecting corporations, selected startups and innovators allows for accelerated innovation and growth on all sides.

In addition, the visibility of Cologne as a leading innovation location will be increased and the startup eco-system in Cologne will be further developed in a sustainable manner.


Innovation Network Cologne partners are successful entities that continuously express passion for digitalization, innovation and startups

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Your Advantages as a partner


Through the association‘s strong network of partners in Tel Aviv, such as startup and innovation platform SOSA, Cologne region‘s member companies gain access to innovative solutions, cutting-edge technology and startups in all relevant sectors.

Startup companies will be connected with global players in order to either test their ideas, partner with them, and/or secure them as ”flagship customers“ – Cologne can serve as a base of startup companies‘ internationalization.

Innovation Network Cologne makes international contacts available to all member companies, thereby creating synergies and reducing marginal costs.

Networking opportunities within the association: Members are well-established and successful enterprises from the Cologne region; direct and regular contact with relevant departments of the City of Cologne. Service provider approach: Association addresses specific requirements of member companies without bureaucratic overhead.

How we do this

  • Analysis of individual member companies‘ needs
  • “Matchmaking”: Connecting business and industry with startups and innovators
  • Capitalizing on association’s collaboration with international partners
  • Companies decide after face-to-face meetings whether and how to proceed
  • Events and pitching days in Cologne and Tel Aviv
  • Representing members at home and abroad; making them visible
  • Portfolio management of local and foreign innovative companies for the members’ benefit
  • Securing broad support from political arena and City of Cologne administration, culture, society, media
  • Professional management has operative responsibility

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Innovation Network Cologne e.V.

c/o DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

  • Habsburgerring 2
  • 50674 Köln
  • Germany