You have a business idea in mind and would like to get feedback on it? You are currently founding a startup, a social business or would like to become self-employed and need advice and support in one or the other place?

With us you don’t need a fully developed business plan for the next five years, let alone a decision on how you want to finance your business idea. We advise you in every initial stage: from the seed of the idea to the first fruits of the business.

You already know your way around? Then click here for your free start-up consultation

How does our consultation work?

The first step to consulting is the initial consultation. How do you get a counselling appointment? – Fill in the fields of the questionnaire for your initial consultation at the bottom of our page and send it to us by email.
And then? – Wait: One of our employees will contact you and arrange a consultation appointment with you.

What is the initial consultation?

During the initial consultation you will talk to one of our start-up coaches about your idea, get feedback on your business idea and have the opportunity to answer all of your questions.
And after the interview? – Of course we are still available for consultation and support you in finding your way around the start-up jungle! This includes advice in all areas, support in writing applications for scholarships, access to the large start-up network, co-working spaces and much more.

To whom is our offer directed to?

As a start-up service of the University of Cologne, we are primarily responsible for students, alumni (up to 5 years) and employees of Cologne universities who are part of the hgnc network. So please understand that you can only use our service if at least one of your team members meets this criterion.
We can only support teams that are still in the early stages of their business idea, i.e. have not yet officially founded a company or generated income.

So what are you waiting for?

Register now for our free start-up consultation! It’s very easy:

Please fill out the fields of the consultation form as detailed as possible and send it to us by email.

This way we can already prepare ourselves for you and your individual questions, and if necessary we can even gather some initial information for you. Very important: Your data is completely safe with us – all GATEWAY employees are obliged to secrecy! You are welcome to tell us your desired dates and your preferred consultant. We try to follow your wishes! If you have concrete questions, just call us at 0221 470 1126! Otherwise we will get back to you as soon as possible with a confirmation of your appointment!

You will find the questionnaire to fill in further down on the page. Please send it with your details to

Click here to open the Questionnaire for your initial consultation.

We are looking forward to you and your idea!