University Relations

Collaboration with universities and academia in NRW



The typical startup journey

This programme aims at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutes. It also aims at increasing the number and success of technology and knowledge based business startups.
Gründerstipendium NRW
The Gründerstipendium NRW grant (startup grant provided by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) offers you the opportunity to get your innovative business idea off the ground and become part of North Rhine-Westphalia’s regional startup community.
A Business incubator is an organization that helps startup companies and individual entrepreneurs to develop their businesses by providing a fullscale range of services starting with management training and office space and ending with venture capital financing.
Startup accelerators, also known as seed accelerators, are fixed-term, cohort-based programs, that include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day.
GEC Programmes
GEC Catalyst Programme

The GEC Catalyst programme by Think Beyond™ is an invitation only, hybrid programme designed specifically for startups who have already launched the business, dedicated time to grow it and have initial feedback on their product and market.

GEC Scaling Factory

The GEC Factory Scaling programme provides Sustech companies with tailor-made operational services, assets and scaling infrastructure to enable growth and lasting impact. 

Other opportunities


Soft Landing


Production Spaces & Labs


Sustainability Training

Growth by scaling abroad

Collaboration with NRW.Global Business


Collaboration with selected international ecosystems

Kenya, Japan, Cambridge/UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Silicon Valley/US, Argentine

Collaborations in NRW