Exciting events take place regularly as part of the GSU Innovation Space. In addition to the GSU internal events, you will also find events from the Gateway network on the topics of transfer and start-up. You can also get the latest information via our LinkedIn channel Gateway Gründungsservice Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln.



GSU Events

Transfer Think Tank

Transfer Think Tank

Within the Transfer Think Tank, scientists can further develop their research-based transfer ideas or already initiated transfer projects in interdisciplinary teams and with the support of the Transfer Office and Start-Up Consulting department as well as external experts.


In addition to professional support (including the identification of funding opportunities) for all transfer ideas of the Transfer Think Tank, the most promising projects will receive additional internal funding as well as workshops tailored to their needs for the initiation or further development of their transfer projects.


Scientists at all career levels (from doctoral students to professors) with their own transfer ideas and/or an interest in participating in interdisciplinary teams in transfer projects are eligible to participate.


Further information about the Transfer Think Tank can be found here.

Summer School in Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Summer School in Knowledge and Technology Transfer

With the Summer School for Qualification in Knowledge and Technology Transfer, the German Sport University Cologne offers its scientists the opportunity to acquire basic transfer skills. The blended learning format is tailored to the context of sport and thus seamlessly expands the awareness of knowledge and technology transfer at the German Sport University Cologne. The Summer School is aimed at doctoral students, scientists* and master students.


Further information about the Summer School for qualification in knowledge and technology transfer can be found here .

StarS Kader

StarS Kader

The StarS squad is a university-owned accelerator of the German Sport University Cologne, in which potential founders of the Cologne universities with sport-related ideas are accompanied on their way to independence. Within this framework, the teams are both further qualified and individually coached and accompanied on their way to applying for funding or follow-up financing.

The next application phase for the StarS squad will not begin again until early 2023.

You can find more information here.

External Events

General Events in Cologne

General Events in Cologne

  • Entrepreneurs Club Cologne: On the website of the Entrepreneurs Club Cologne e.V. you will find events that will help you with your startup and with building a network. These include events such as the "Founders' Evening", "Workshopper", "ECC OnTour" and the annual "Campus Startup Day". 
  • NUK: The Neues Unternehmertum Köln offers all information about starting a business.
  • IHK Köln: The Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce offers advice, information and events on all aspects of setting up a business.
  • WebDeCologne: Web de Cologne is an initiative of Cologne-based companies from the digital economy, which, among other things, is committed to promoting start-ups and improving the locational conditions of the "Online-Valley" along the Rhine corridor.
  • hgnc: The Hochschulgründernetz Cologne e.V. regularly organizes webinars, workshops and other events with a focus on start-ups.
    • This is a selection of their upcoming events: 
      • hgnc-Workshop: "Communication" for founders and executives; October 12, 2022 16.00 19.00; more information and registrationhere
      • protoTYPES Cologne; 13. Oktober 2022 17.00 21.00; more information and registrationhere
      • Online lecture: Financing alternatives at a glance; 18. Oktober 2022 16.00 18.00; more information and registration here
      • Online lecture: Business growth; 03. November 2022 17.00 18.30; more information and registration here
      • Online workshop: Freelancers - Self-employed of their own kind; 08. November 2022 16.00 18.00; more information and registration here
      • Online workshop: Product & Business Model Development; 08. Dezember 2022 17.00 20.00; more info and registrationhere
Events from within the Network of universities

Events from within the Network of universities

  • Project Cologne: Project Cologne is an open innovation platform for Cologne students, through which mentoring, coaching, workshops and pitch nights are offered.  
  • Gateway Excellence Start-up Center, University of Cologne
    • Gateway Accelerator: We make ideas work – in six months with you!
    • Selection of upcomingevents:
      •  „Startup your idea“- Gründungsideenwettbewerb 2022/23 – Register now for the Gründungsideenwettbewerb 2022/23 (you can participate if at least one person in the team studies at the UzK or TH). 
        More information and free registration can be foundhere 
      • protoTYPES Cologne: On Oktober 13, 2022, the second edition of protoTYPES Cologne will take place starting at 6:30 pm. Here you will be introduced to various startup worlds from different perspectives. You can find more info here
  • Gateway Start-up Center University of Applied Sciences Cologne
Starting-up within Sports

Starting-up within Sports

  • Sporthilfe Start-up Academy:enables athletes with start-up ambitions to take the first steps towards their own company. In the workshops, participants learn how to develop their business ideas to the point where they are ready for launch and how to present them to potential investors.
    • At the end of the two-part seminar series, the athletes compete in theSporthilfe Start-up of the year competition, which consists of a public online vote and a pitch session in front of a jury of experts. Both partial results are equally divided in the overall result. The award is endowed with the DKB Start-up Premium of 12,000 euros. Each year, up to 20 athletes are supported on their way to their first start-up.
Starting-up within Science

Starting-up within Science

  • Young Entrepreneurs in Science: Free webinars and workshops for PhD students and postdocs. You can register for weekly webinars and online workshops on the Young Entrepreneurs in Science page.
    • In 2022, YES will again host numerous webinars to help you get started with entrepreneurship and research transfer. General information as well as the next dates can be foundhere
Starting-up Social

Starting-up Social

  • Impact Factory: The Impact Factory supports social entrepreneurs in developing innovative solutions to complex social and environmental challenges. For this purpose, regular online "bootcamps" take place. The program is aimed at
    • founders from all over Germany who would like to offer added human, social and/or ecological value with their business idea
    • both founders with an initial idea and founders who have already completed a first product version and are working on their market entry strategy
    • Duration: 5 months
    • Financial support by covering the costs of specific consulting services
    • No costs and no (company) shares
    • All further information can be foundhere
  • yooweedoo: the Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. It supports you in founding sustainable, public welfare oriented and social entrepreneurial projects, associations and startups. For this purpose, they offer free online courses, workshops and project consultations. To register for the events you need to be logged in on the yooweedoo platform. Register here
  •  Social Entrepreneurship Academy:The SEA offers a variety of programs and activities for young entrepreneurs. The focus is on current social challenges - and the corresponding solutions. SEA wants to inspire young people to shape the future differently and empower them to implement ideas sustainably.

  • Enactus: With over 70,000 members, Enactus is the largest student entrepreneurship initiative in the world. By founding independent nonprofit organizations, the nonprofit solves social and environmental problems with an entrepreneurial approach, thus contributing to the implementation of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Starting-up Green

Starting-up Green

  • KUER.NRW supports founders and start-ups in the future-oriented sectors of climate, environment, energy efficiency and resource conservation (KUER). Specially accredited KUER mentors, specialists, industry experts and angel investors accompany them through all phases of their start-up - from brainstorming to the preparation of the business plan to the founding of the company market launch and financing, individually oriented to their needs. Participation is free of charge.
  • Green Start-up Programm: promotes company foundations and start-ups that develop solutions for the environment, ecology and sustainability in an innovative and economically viable manner.
Female Founders

Female Founders

  • Woman Entrepreneurs Parcours (WEP) is the online platform for more visibility of women founders and their innovative start-ups and presents their business ideas. WEP is open to all start-ups in which women are relevantly represented as founders. This means: Either the CEO is a woman or half of the founding team consists of women. If you would like to present your "female start-up" on the WEP platform, please send an email with a short description of your business idea (400 characters), logo and contact details to  - with the keyword "WEP″ in the subject line. 
  • The podcast FE.MALE FOUNDERS presents inspiring development and success stories of female founders.
  • Women Entrepreneurs in Science wants to create a network for NRW universities to connect female founders and women interested in founding a company and to create a positive, inspiring environment and a common drive.
    • Workshop: No Limits (Part 1) on 03.11.22, 16 -18 (digital); further information as well as the free registration you findhere
    • Workshop: No Limits (Part 2) on 23.11.22, 16 -18 (digital); further information as well as the free registration you findhere

More events from WES


Intellectual Properties

Intellectual Properties

Further Information

Further Information

  • Gründer Plattform gives you the opportunity to develop your idea to implementation. Here you can quickly find advice, funding and financing in your region.
  • Gründungswerkstatt NRW is the secure platform for the implementation of your business idea. With Gründungswerkstatt you can work and communicate on your start-up idea nationwide and together in a team with other founders. You will be supported competently and personally by an expert of the IHK.
  • Gründerzeiten is the infoletter of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and offers practical tips on founding and running a business.
  • Young entrepreneurs and start-up experts have their say in the podcast.
  • In order to familiarize founders in Cologne with investors, << Fit for Invest >>, KölnBusiness and the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry have compiled a selection of startup investors from the region. Hier geht's zum "Cologne Investors Guide"