Gateway Accelerator

We make ideas work - in six month with you!

Gateway Accelerator is the team and leadership accelerator.


By focusing on the professional and personal development of all start-up team members, our tailored program creates value beyond providing standard start-up knowledge.

With our strong ties to the University of Cologne, we offer a broad, international network and link you to mentors from our science and alumni community.

We foster teams to be resilient, to be quicker and of course to be successful! In doing so, we focus on teamwork and mindset. Together with you, we want you to succeed in making your ideas work.

Resilient, Quick, Successful

The Gateway Accelerator is a tailor-made program for knowledge-led and technology-based start-ups teams from the university scene.

The program is focused on social-, knowledge- or technology-based startups. This way, we can tailor and provide you with the smartest brains in these fields.

It starts every year from September to February and takes 6 month.

Did you know? Social and Green Start-ups are very welcome, too.

Our Gateway accelerator is pretty unique, actually.

You don't need to share any equity with us! It's for free. Awesome, right?


Take a look at Gateway Accelerator Batch #1

5 challenges we know university start-ups in early founding stages need help with

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team development to realize their true potential.

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problems concerning market entry.

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business model needs optimization or market testing.

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marketing & sales strategy need more consideration.

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analysis of international market potential.

Challenge accepted!

The Gateway Accelerator is a university-based program specified on the challenges of university start-ups by heart. We help you to address these stumbling blocks and rise above and beyond. We provide you with a customized program that addresses your needs and questions.

What we will focus on together with you

Team building

We help you to build a team that brings all the important skills to the table.

Internationalization

Gateway Accelerator follows an international approach to get your start-up ready for international markets.

Leadership Culture

We look to a modern leadership culture with you and your team.

Market entry & strategy

We help you to get ready for market entry. If you already took that step, we can help you to refine your market strategy.

Demo Day 2022 Impressions

Reasons to join our Accelerator

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Focus on social, knowledge- and technology-based start-ups 🚀

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Vast national & international network of companies, investors, institutions and mentors 🤝

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Free program - you don't need to share any equity with us! 💸

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Six month program: September till March 📅

Important Accelerator Dates

22 August: Selection Pitches

01 September: Start-up Safari in Cologne and Onboarding at the SHIP

19-20 September: KICK-OFF WEEKEND

20 October: Mentoring Day

01 December: Midterm Pitch

16 March 23: Demo Day

At least one key-person of each start-up team is asked to participate in each of the events.

Got more questions? Get in touch!

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Marc Gresch

Eventmanagement & Start-up Coach
m.gresch@uni-koeln.de +49-170-45-76-142 LinkedIn

Simon Graw

Start-up Coach
s.graw@uni-koeln.de +49-160-3202-988 LinkedIn

Our Partners

xdeck

KölnBusiness

neoteq ventures

German Accelerator

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

EXIST

Exzellenz Startup Center NRW

Fit for Invest

Corporate Law Clinic e.V.