xDeck

xplore your true potential.

the accelerator. from founders. for founders.

from founders
for founders

We are founders.

We are seed-funded by the founders of FOND OF. FOND OF is a large startup itself. Founded in 2010. A platform for personal growth and innovation. Winner of the German Entrepreneur Award 2017. It’s also a consumer goods and lifestyle company. Rapidly moving towards 100m Euro annual revenues. Fully owned by its founders. Growing profitably since year two and disrupting markets across brands and in more than 35 countries. Producing socially and ecologically responsibly. Developing close relationships with its customers. And deeply caring for its soon 300 team members. On xdeck, we want to...
  • Give back and support passionate founders
  • Open our network and provide opportunities for pilot projects
  • Learn from innovative startups about the latest tech and digital trends in the consumer and commerce industries
  • Offer FOND OF's team players and those of our other partners the room to work side by side with inspiring entrepreneurs

we support founders as passionate as ourselves.

We seek to become Europe’s #1 growth platform for revolutionary ideas. On xdeck, you and your startup receive a holistic package “from founders, for founders” to accelerate your entrepreneurial journey. This package includes:
  • A fully tailormade 4+ months offering
  • A dedicated xdeck buddy who will support you on your xdeck journey
  • Access to our corporate and investor network for pilot projects and funding (if applicable to your business model)
  • Mentoring from real entrepreneurs who have founded startups themselves
  • Expert knowledge and operative support to help you exceed your objectives
  • Optional office space at THE SHIP in Cologne
  • Tech credits worth more than 100k Euro
  • Attractive prize money for the most successful startups
  • Expense coverage for those founders travelling from far away
  • …all at no costs for you
from founders

We are founders.

We are seed-funded by the founders of FOND OF. FOND OF is a large startup itself. Founded in 2010. A platform for personal growth and innovation. Winner of the German Entrepreneur Award 2017. It’s also a consumer goods and lifestyle company. Rapidly moving towards 100m Euro annual revenues. Fully owned by its founders. Growing profitably since year two and disrupting markets across brands and in more than 35 countries. Producing socially and ecologically responsibly. Developing close relationships with its customers. And deeply caring for its soon 300 team members. On xdeck, we want to...
  • Give back and support passionate founders
  • Open our network and provide opportunities for pilot projects
  • Learn from innovative startups about the latest tech and digital trends in the consumer and commerce industries
  • Offer FOND OF's team players and those of our other partners the room to work side by side with inspiring entrepreneurs
for founders

What other founders say about us:

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    Florian has an extraordinary grasp of business models and product-market fit
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Partners

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  • McKinsey & Company,

    Globally leading top-management consulting firm. Can help startups in all relevant strategic questions, ranging from value proposition definition to business model monetization or investor presentation, and through its vast client network.

  • High-Tech Gründerfonds,

    Europe's most active early-stage venture capital fund. Can help startups for example in all relevant financial questions and beyond, ranging from funding rounds to team composition or sales approach.

  • Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek,

    In the top five of German commercial law firms. Can help startups for example in all relevant legal questions, ranging from term-sheet negotiations to employee incentivization schemes or data protection regulation.

  • FOND OF,

    Cologne-based startup fully owned by its founders and soon at 100m Euro annual revenues. Can help startups in all relevant startup growth questions, ranging from product-market fit to marketing and sales or customer service.

  • Kienbaum,

    The only human resources management consultancy of European origin. Can help startups in all matters to build an organization at scale.

  • Volksbank Köln Bonn,

    Regional cooperative bank for Cologne and Bonn. Can help startups for example in all questions around financing their business.

  • KölnBusiness,

    The newly founded City of Cologne’s business development agency. Can help startups for example in all relevant city administration-related concerns or with the search for work space.

  • Deutsche Bank ,

    Leading German and globally active bank. Can help startups for example in all questions around financing their business.

  • Capnamic Ventures,

    One of the leading German venture capital funds, based in Cologne and Berlin. Can help startups for example in all areas related to equity financing.

  • nexum,

    One of the leading owner-managed digital agencies and consultancies. Can help startups to optimize their digital customer journey: from building the tech stack, to creating relevance for their brand, to online sales/campaigns and effective CRM.

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Partners

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  • McKinsey & Company,

    Globally leading top-management consulting firm. Can help startups in all relevant strategic questions, ranging from value proposition definition to business model monetization or investor presentation, and through its vast client network.

  • High-Tech Gründerfonds,

    Europe's most active early-stage venture capital fund. Can help startups for example in all relevant financial questions and beyond, ranging from funding rounds to team composition or sales approach.

  • Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek,

    In the top five of German commercial law firms. Can help startups for example in all relevant legal questions, ranging from term-sheet negotiations to employee incentivization schemes or data protection regulation.

  • FOND OF,

    Cologne-based startup fully owned by its founders and soon at 100m Euro annual revenues. Can help startups in all relevant startup growth questions, ranging from product-market fit to marketing and sales or customer service.

  • Kienbaum,

    The only human resources management consultancy of European origin. Can help startups in all matters to build an organization at scale.

  • Volksbank Köln Bonn,

    Regional cooperative bank for Cologne and Bonn. Can help startups for example in all questions around financing their business.

  • KölnBusiness,

    The newly founded City of Cologne’s business development agency. Can help startups for example in all relevant city administration-related concerns or with the search for work space.

  • Deutsche Bank ,

    Leading German and globally active bank. Can help startups for example in all questions around financing their business.

  • Capnamic Ventures,

    One of the leading German venture capital funds, based in Cologne and Berlin. Can help startups for example in all areas related to equity financing.

  • nexum,

    One of the leading owner-managed digital agencies and consultancies. Can help startups to optimize their digital customer journey: from building the tech stack, to creating relevance for their brand, to online sales/campaigns and effective CRM.

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Our personal supporters:

Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel (Vice Rector RWTH Aachen), Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht (Chairman of the Supervisory Board BASF), Dr. Klaus Behrenbeck (Senior Partner McKinsey & Company), Dr. Peter Breuer (Senior Partner McKinsey & Company), Dr. Alex von Frankenberg (MD High-Tech Gründerfonds), Jörg Binnenbrücker (Partner Capnamic Ventures), Dr. Oliver Böttcher (Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek)