We help you, founders in the early pre-start-up phase, develop your idea into a well-founded business model with the Gateway Incubator. Our program conveys practical knowledge on all start-up-relevant topics. We also introduce you to the start-up ecosystem in Cologne.
The program offers workshops, trainings, social events, coaching, expert advice, workplaces, and a lot of start-up community for you.
The standard 4-month incubator takes place twice a year. We start with a batch in April and another in October. Every week there are 1-2 appointments, mostly on Tuesdays. As much as possible, you should be able to keep Tuesday morning free. The next Incubator will start October 2024.
For whom the Gateway Incubator is ideal
You can apply as an individual founder or as a group. The requirement is that you are committed to working on the further development of your business idea for several months. You should have a knowledge-based, innovative business idea with scalability and be able to clearly identify your problem-solution fit.
The Gateway Incubator is designed for students, employees, and graduates of universities with a Gateway start-up service (up to five years after graduation). In addition to the University of Cologne, these are the TH Köln, the RFH Köln, the Deutsche Sporthochschule, and the CBS International Business School.