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3-year average investment (2017-2019)

% Growth of the 3-year average investment

Biggest professional developer community in Europe

Startup Success Stories



DeepL GmbH is a leading deep learning company using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for several language translation products, such as the bilingual dictionary Linguee or the world’s best machine translation service DeepL. The company was founded in 2009 by Gereon Frahling and Leonard Finkand and is based in Cologne, Germany.


As the world’s largest esports company, ESL produces video game competitions worldwide and counts more than 8 millions playing members. The company, based in Cologne, was founded by William Perry in 2000 and raised 27,3Mn € in 2019.


Homelike is an online real estate and marketplace platform where business travellers and corporates can book furnished apartments. The company, based in Cologne, was founded in 2014 by Christoph Kasper and Dustin Figge.

ECOSYSTEM Data for Cologne

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