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Together with you and our partners, we aim to promote innovative ideas and establish a strong start-up ecosystem in the north. That is why we, as Technology Center Lübeck (TZL), have launched the startup accelerator GATEWAY49 in cooperation with the Lübeck Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Glocal Consult. The focus of the GATEWAY49 accelerator is on the targeted support of so-called early stage startups that pursue business models in the fields of life science, food, smart city, logistics or new digital technologies. Our goal is to support outstanding entrepreneurs - like you - in putting their ideas into practice and building successful companies together!
From 64 submitted proposals, our expert jury selected 15 winning teams on February 17. Of these, 10 teams will participate in the Early Stage program and 5 teams in the Later Stage program.
BalticMaterials is developing an insulation material made from native seaweed as a sustainable and circular alternative to conventional insulation materials.more
Boomerang aims to turn online retail around and save packaging waste with recyclable reusable shipping bags combined with a deposit system.more
Coher Sense is developing a new optical sensor for the fields of building structure monitoring, renewable energies (especially wind energy) and laser technology.more
EchoScout develops ultrasound imaging software for musculoskeletal (MSK) diagnoses and interventions.more
Grannycall makes video telephony possible with the TV and just the push of a button − ideal for seniors.more
nomi develops and distributes sustainable, vegan food products. The first product is an oat milk powder as an alternative to plant milk in beverage cartons.more
PflegeNebenan creates an app/platform that enables direct networking of caregivers and patients by matching location, time, qualifications and needs.more
Sustomer facilitates sustainable shopping by providing customers with detailed and descriptive food information through an app and website.more
Symvopath ensures that every patient at every location receives a correct diagnosis from proven experts − without time delay for the best possible therapy.more
EnergieDock brings electricity consumers and grid operators together with an innovative platform to use more renewable electricity and solve bottlenecks in the power grid.more
eSiprint enables hearing care businesses to step into the digital age with the help of a digital platform and a 3D printing process for elastic silicone.more
KONVOI offers a mobile security solution for parked trucks that completely prevents cargo theft and damage to the vehicle.more
PolySole is the intelligent shoe insole with associated app for diabetic technologies, for the prevention of wounds and amputations.more
screenable connects people and brands by using public screens as interactive playgrounds.more
Together with our partners, we offer you not only an extensive infrastructure for the development of innovative products, but also a differentiated workshop and training program.
We work with innovative institutes, well-known companies and all North German clusters to give your idea quick access to potential customers.
Our startups receive up to 30,000 euro per team per year. You do not have to give up any equity, it remains remain 100% with you, the entrepreneur. We also support our teams in securing follow-up financing.
We support entrepreneurs especially in the early stage of their startup. The ideal time to participate in the GATEWAY49 program is therefore, when you have an initial concept or a prototype in mind. Together with our network partners, mentors and coaches, we will bring you and your team in nine months as close to market maturity as possible and prepare you for the next round of financing. We do this with a lot of passion and experience.
Unlike many other accelerators, startups participating in the GATEWAY49 program do not have to give up any equity. This will keep you completely independent! We are at your side with financial support so that you can focus 100% on your startup. In addition, we offer an extensive and practical workshop and training program, which gives you the necessary tools and methodological knowledge to start and grow your business.
In order to provide you with the best possible know-how and experience and to give you really quick access to potential customers, we focus on the key economic sectors - food, life science, smart city and logistics - where we see the greatest potential for your idea. In addition to these focus areas, we are open to many other ideas, e.g. from the areas of 3D printing, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, internet of things, big data or robotics.
Each team receives up to 30,000 euro in financial support during the 9-month program period. And the best thing: At GATEWAY49 you keep 100% of the equity. We do not take any equity so as to give you the greatest possible freedom. Participation in the program is of course free of charge for all participants.
The selected teams go through a 9-month structured workshop and training program. The majority of our mentors and coaches that support you intensively during that time are experienced founders themselves or managers of large corporations.
Your team will have access to an attractive office space with modern office infrastructure on the Campus Lübeck. You will have 24/7 access to your desk, super-fast internet and - of course - a coffee flat for long nights.
We offer access to our large pool of companies and clusters to gain first pilot customers. We work closely with industry leaders in various areas, including Dräger AG, VisiConsult, Spedition Bode, Mach AG and Stadtwerke Holding Lübeck.
Our program includes much more than simple financial and legal advice. We support you in all questions related to the topic of entrepreneurship and help you find new team members in our flirt camps.
The GATEWAY49 program gives teams access to great prototyping opportunities. For example, you can benefit from e. g. support in the areas of 3d printing, laser cutting, milling or circuit board production by dedicated makers and a supportive FabLab community.
With the Flirtcamp for Batch I in March 2020, the GATEWAY49 Accelerator starts with its first big event. In our FlirtCamps you can meet StartUp teams, find team members and get to know mentors and coaches.
The digital launch of the Accelerator presented the team with major challenges. Nevertheless, a guided tour through the premises of the Accelerator could be experienced!
In October 2020, a guided tour of Brüggen's production took place, giving young startups a deeper insight into the company's operations and processes.
On January 13, 2021, the first six startups successfully completed the program. Reason enough for Schleswig-Holstein's Minister President Daniel Günther to give the startups a ceremonial send-off.
The startups from the second round of the GATEWAY49 accelerator received their awards at an online event on April 30, 2021. Dr. Bernd Buchholz, Minister of Economic Affairs, and Thomas Glöckner, Head of Innovation Management at Dräger, were present.
The GATEWAY49 teams start their Learning Journey in Berlin. In the representation of the state of Schleswig-Holstein they pitch in front of investors, in the Factorys Berlin they meet other startups.
For the first time, 15 teams started the Accelerator program at the same time: 10 early-stage teams and 5 advanced teams. As a welcome, the teams received an onboarding bag with the WORKBOOK 2022 and welcome gifts from our supporters when they visited GATEWAY49.
Mentors from different disciplines support your startup with their expertise
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(regional economy program to promote growth and employment in all regions of Schleswig-Holstein through targeted investments)