Are you a graduate, student or research assistant of the University of Cologne or another university of the hgnc? Do you have a founding idea?

No matter if you are working on a business model or a prototype, if you want to apply for a sponsorship program or if you simply have questions about founding a business: We are here for you.

The GATEWAY was created as a contact point for all those interested in founding a company from Cologne’s universities, who are concerned with the topic of self-employment and who are thinking of starting their own business.
Our startup consultants, the experts for technology and knowledge-based startups from the University of Applied Sciences in the Cologne area, support the development of business ideas and network founders with experts, entrepreneurs and investors.

Consultation Hour

You have a business idea in mind and would like to receive constructive feedback from experts? You are currently setting up a startup and need advice and support in one or the other area?

We offer a free consultation hour for founders of Cologne universities and colleges. What do you have to do? Simply fill out the consultation form and send it to us. Our coaches will then get back to you!
Click here for the consultation form and more information!


EXIST, Go-Bio, Vip+… You can quickly lose track of potential funding opportunities! We have listed a few different options for you here, and will be happy to help you find the right financing option for your start-up in the name of a startup consultation!


Startups from Cologne’s universities are welcome to contact us if they are looking for common working spaces. As a founder, you can use our co-working spaces in our incubator. Startup teams who have been granted the EXIST Startup Scholarship or a similar support programme are provided with permanent offices for this period. Sounds good? Find out more here!

Our target group

As the founding service of the University of Cologne, we are first and foremost there for students, alumni and employees of the various Cologne universities that are part of the hgnc. So if you want to use our service, at least one person from your team should fulfil this factor.