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Gateway Förderverein e.V.

Support entrepreneurial thinking and practice at the University of Cologne, the TH Köln, the German Sport University Cologne and the Rheinischen Fachhochschule Köln - as a member or sponsor of the new Gateway Förderverein e.V. (the registered Gateway Supporters Association).

Support the transfer of ideas from science into practice

The new Gateway Förderverein e.V. (Gateway Supporters Association) supports the Gateway Start-Up Centers at the University of Cologne and the TH Köln - Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Together with our members and sponsors, we aim to sustainably establish these centers as platforms for innovative science and technology based start-up ideas.

The scientific community generates important research und unique solution-ideas. However, the paths from idea to practice can vary widely.

Gateway Start-up Centers help to leverage these potentials with entrepreneurial means and support founders in all phases of realization.

Get the benefit of exclusive networking offers

Talent Connections

Exclusive access to founders in the university ecosystem.


Access to actors from within businesses, research, and the start-up ecosystem.


Information and discussions on start-up and research topics.


Updates relating to topics on start-ups, technology and transfer from the Gateway Start-up Centers.


Representation in Gateway Förderverein publications.

Annual membership fees for early-stage startups*


< 2 years 100 €


< 4 years 500 €


< 5 years 1.000 €

*(Revenue < 200,000 €/p.a.)

Annual membership fees for enterprizes


Micro < 10 Employees 250 €


Small < 50 Employees 5.000 €


Medium < 500 Employees 10.000 €


Large < 500 Employees 15.000 €

¹ up to 10 employees and up to 2 Mill Euro turnover

² up to 50 employees and up to 10 Mill Euro turnover

³ up to 249 employees and up to 50 Mill Euro turnover

⁴ up to 249 employees or over 50 Mill Euro turnover

Annual membership fees for individuals


Private persons 1.000 €

One step ahead - with sponsorship

We offer various service packages for sponsors, each with an annual term. Depending on the package, we will of course adapt it to your individual wishes.

Innovative ideas for a future-oriented society. Be part of it.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions regarding membership and sponsorship.

Gudrun Kuhlmeier, M.Sc.

Fundraising Manager | Team Lead Network & Fundraising | Team Lead Office Management