The Next Big Thing – The Beer Coaster Campaign

The Next Big Thing: does your idea have the potential for a start-up? For the start of this year’s winter semester, GATEWAY had prepared a very special campaign!

The best ideas are sometimes born on beer coasters!!

This was the motto of the task for students at the University of Cologne: They were asked to sketch their founding idea briefly and concisely on a beer mat and then put it in the mailbox specially set up for this purpose in the main building of the University of Cologne. That was it! No matter whether Tinder for pets or portable rocket backpacks, there were no limits to creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.



Great chances of big prizes

The three best ideas expected great prizes: Not only a startup consultation by our experienced coaches, but also a workplace in our Co-Working Spaces at GATEWAY could the participants hope for. In addition, the best idea will receive a prize of 250 euros!


Preparation is everything

But before they could really get going, the entire GATEWAY team had to get involved: 5000 beer coasters had to be put on the corresponding postcards so that they could then find their way into the Ersti bags of the AStA of the University of Cologne.


The winners

We have received many great submissions with exciting, creative founding ideas that couldn’t be more different. But who are the three winners? With so many different ideas, no easy decision!

Our coaches will look at all the coasters in peace and quiet, and together this week will select the winners with the three best ideas and notify them immediately.

You can be curious!