Overview & Goals

The StarS-Kader is a university-based 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 self-employment. 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. 

In doing so, we pursue three goals: 

1) Create transfer culture

The StarS-Kader is intended to facilitate exchange and networking with the Cologne start-up scene for those interested in founding a company.

2) Empowerment

Participation in the StarS-Kader is intended to further qualify participants* along all relevant contents of a business plan and further enable them to put their start-up idea into practice and successfully enter the start-up world.

3) Implementation support

Of course, the start-up teams should not walk the path from idea to foundation alone: Qualified coaches and mentors are on hand to support the teams at all times.
 

The StarS-Kader starts once a year and is divided into two phases that can be participated in independently. 

Phase 1

Phase 1

Deepen your startup-specific knowledge in the Business Model Deep Dive and present your idea at the Pitch Event at the end of Phase 1 in front of a jury of industry experts & scientists.

Phase 2

Phase 2

You enjoyed phase 1 and want to develop your idea further to start-up maturity? Your idea is already relatively well developed and you would like to apply for funding? Then phase 2 is just right for you!

 

Phase 2.1

Phase 2.1

In the first part of Phase 2, you will be matched with the appropriate academic and industry mentor. Afterwards, we will sharpen your ideas in a peer-review and you will be individually accompanied in the preparation and submission of applications for funding opportunities. At the end of this phase, you will again have the chance to present your idea to experts and win cool prizes (speaking slots at conferences, wild cards for innovation competitions).

 

Phase 2.2

Phase 2.2

Your application for funding has been approved? Then we will accompany you in phase 2.2 during the entire funding period. Sharpen your idea further with the new StarS-Kader teams and find suitable follow-up financing in the Fit for Invest Booster.