Gateway Accelerator

We make ideas work – in six months 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.

Our Gateway Accelerator Batch #1


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Resilient, Quick, Successful

The Gateway Accelerator is a tailor-made program for knowledge-led and technology-based start-ups teams from the university scene. 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 succed in making your ideas work.
Social and Green Start-ups are very welcome too.

Important Dates

22 August: Selection Pitches

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

19-20 September: KICK-OFF DAYS

04-07 October: Start-up trip to the Netherlands (Only for selected teams!)

20 October: Mentoring Day

01 December: Midterm Pitch

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

Focus on social-, knowledge- or technology-based startups

6 month
September – February

For free

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

1. Teams need development to realize their true potential.

2. Problems concerning market entry.

3. Business model needs optimization or market testing.

4. Marketing & sales strategy need more consideration.

5. 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

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

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

We look to a modern leadership culture with you.

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