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We are creating space for startups and transfer

Gateway Excellence Start-up Center at the University of Cologne promotes entrepreneurial thinking and action. We want to highlight the potential of a diverse range of cutting-edge research. To accomplish this, our transferscouts identify and accompany promising ideas.

Coaches and mentors support our start-ups by offering guidance on issues like financing and business models. In addition, we have co-working spaces and both an accelerator and an incubator program.

The Accelerator program focuses on leadership, team development, and internationalization. We established nine new foundation professorships and a funding partnership with business partners. With these and other initiatives, we are elevating entrepreneurship at the University of Cologne to a new level.


We are committed to inspiring and empowering people to implement their own ideas - shaping a future-oriented society through entrepreneurial means.


We are one of six Excellence Start-up Centers at universities in NRW. They are part of the Excellence Initiative of the Ministry of Economics, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Learn more about Germany's largest start-up funding program.