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Startup Your Idea Contest - the final of the fifth round

Be part of it - on 18th January 2024

The Startup Your Idea Contest is a joint competition of Gateway Kölner Hochschulen for the best ideas from Cologne universities! Almost 30 ideas were submitted, the best 8 teams are invited and will pitch their idea live. Join us in deciding who will be the most convincing! There will also be many start-ups from Cologne universities, looking forward to meeting you.

The best ideas from Cologne students and researchers

PITCH: At the grand finale, eight teams from Cologne universities pitch their ideas - 10,000€ in prize money is at stake.  Students and researchers from the University of Cologne, the TH Köln - Applied University of Cologne, the German Sport University Cologne and the RFH – University of Applied Sciences have submitted their ideas - it will be exciting and diverse! Choose your favorite team for the audience award.

MEET: Get to know like-minded people. Start-ups from Cologne's universities, the colleagues from the Gateway Gründungszentren and lots of people from the start-up ecosystem will be there.

MATCH: Do you have a start-up idea and still looking for fellow enthusiasts or would you like to contribute your skills to an existing start-up? Connect with people interested in founding a company on site and drop by the Start-up Market - because our start-ups are also looking for support in various areas.

Thursday, 18th January 2024 | Starting at 5.00 p. m. | University of Cologne, Main Building, Aula 2 & Foyer.
Register now!

The Startup Your Idea Contest

  • promotes innovative, creative, and future-oriented startup ideas from all disciplines.
  • requires a meaningful outline of the startup idea.
  • is aimed at students from all faculties (including Bachelor, Master, and doctoral students)

There is no better time to start a business than now!

Startup Your Idea with competition initiator Christian Schwens.