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Make ideas work.

Welcome to Gateway Excellence Start-up Center. We are your partner for consulting and coaching in all aspects of founding and start-ups.

We have already supported over 150 start-up teams at the University of Cologne: B2B, B2C, Impact, Consumer Goods and Tech Start-ups.

Our focus is on the knowledge- and technology-based concepts.

We provide our start-ups not only with advice and support from our start-up coaches and mentors. They are also offered a place in our coworking workspace.




We hosted this year's EXIST workshop! We were delighted to welcome the representatives of around 200 EXIST-funded universities and start-up networks from all over Germany, the BMWK, Project Management Jülich and numerous industry experts to the University of Cologne!

Upcoming events

Gateway Accelerator

We make ideas work – in six months with you!

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Gateway ESC is the place for like-minded people and other start-ups to meet and exchange ideas. You will learn a great amount and receive lots of support.

Nils Lohmann, socialbnb

I particularly appreciate the extensive advice and support provided by the start-up coaches.

Jasper Klimas, DynAmaze

Three reasons for Gateway ESC


No mandatory equity levy - fully free accelerator program


Large international start-up ecosystem of mentors, alumni and coaches


Frequent networking events with alumni, businesses, and start-ups