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Gateway goes International

Make ideas work. Everywhere.

We support you in building global networks, exploring international markets, and laying the groundwork for your international journey.

Our services

  • We connect you with global partners, universities, and founding centers.
  • We assist you in internationalizing your business idea from the beginning.
  • International (exchange) programs, activities, and events
  • International startups can gain access to the Cologne startup ecosystem.

Our international networkStart-up trips & eventsFor international teams in Cologne

Do you want to form an international network?

Euniwell Partner Universities

  • University of Birmingham (England)
  • Nantes Université (France)
  • University of Florence (Italy)
  • Linnaeus University (Sweden)
  • University of Murcia (Spain)

Gateway Partner Universities


  • University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio, Finland)
  • University of Luxemburg (Luxemburg)
  • Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Austria)
  • Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)


  • Université Mohammed V de Rabat (Morocco)
  • University of Rwanda (Kigali, Rwanda)

Offices of the University of Cologne

  • Kairo, Egypt
  • New Delhi, India
  • Accra, Ghana
  • New York, USA

Internationalization at Gateway Accelerator

We focus on internationalization strategies in our Gateway Accelerator to help your startup be ready for international markets.

Go to Gateway Accelerator

Start-up trips & events

Tartu, Estonia

Ben Decker and Pablo Klueppelberg from Vctorioso Nutrition visited the three-day festival “sTARTUp Day” in Tartu, Estonia. The sTARTUp Day are a three-day festival with several pitching competitions, seminars, matchmaking and numerous side events.

Tahko Ski Lift Pitch, Finland

Together with DynAmaze, Yona and equaly, we visited the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch in Finland. The two-day networking event brings together business professionals, investors and academic institutions.

Vienna Up, Austria

Our startups grievy and The Oater had the chance to learn about the Viennese entrepreneurial ecosystem and meet new potential business partners and investors at ViennaUP.


Our first Gateway Startup Netherlands tour offered a deep dive into the world of international business and the Dutch start-up ecosystem.

Unique Summit, Czechia

Together with KölnBusiness, DueDash and INDIE Hub, we got to be part of the Unique Summit in Ostrava. It is organized by the Global StartupCities initiative with the aim to create a platform where start-ups, investors and policymakers come together to shape the future.

Slush, Finland

At the globally noticed startup conference Slush in Helsinki, our start-ups Fussballetics, GloryHealthCare and paged had the chance to step into the spotlight at the German pitching stage.

Do you wish to launch your international team in Cologne?

Cologne is not only Germany's fourth largest city and third largest industrial region; it is also a start-up hotspot. We assist foreign startups who would like to move to Cologne with our Welcome Package.

To fully experience the Cologne ecosystem and connect with relevant partners, we invite selected teams to our InnoDom in the heart of Cologne. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our internationalization partner institutions in Germany

Do you want to take the next step and go global? We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Get in touch

Julia Katzgrau

Projektmanagerin Internationalisierung

Janina Schmidt

Projektmanagerin Internationalisierung