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Entrepreneurship on our campuses


Entrepreneurship on our campuses

Entrepreneurship is a growing topic in Germany and more and more students are interested in entrepreneurial activities. Those who want to find their own company or enter a start-up need comprehensive and special business management knowledge. At CBS we offer "Entrepreneurship" as the main focus of one of our graduate programmes. Moreover, we provide prospective entrepreneurs with all the necessary conditions for finding their Startups through individual coaching, soft skills, and financing possibilities such as the EXIST start-up scholarship.


Start-up assistance for self-employment

Free events for CBS students and alumni

Everything starts with an idea. But once it comes to realizing this idea, a lot of questions are mostly raised: So how do we make a business model out of it? Which qualities do you need for founding a company? And how do you get business partners, financiers and potential customers excited about your idea?

This is where the CBS, as the office of the hochschulgründernetz cologne e.V. (hgnc) offers support and advice for students from the region who are interested in finding their own business. With currently 20 partners from Cologne universities and institutions, the network has become the first contact point and expert network in Cologne. In addition to initial consultations, support in the development of business models, and a comprehensive network of experienced start-up coaches, the hgnc regularly organises lectures and workshops concerning topics such as freelancing, social innovations, technology start-ups, project management, and the self-organization of founders.

Our EXIST Teams

The consultants of the hgnc offer a free consultation or coaching for those interested in founding a business in the member institutions for the preparation of the business plan and for the application of support programmes, such as the EXIST-Gründerstipendium. Two CBS start-up teams have already been selected for the EXIST scholarship: "Green for Me" and "Compounder".

United in the founding spirit

The CBS Founders Factory is a student initiative for all those who are interested in self-employment and perhaps already have a first business idea. In weekly meetings, students have the opportunity to work on their business ideas with the support of our lecturers and professors by putting the theory they have learned into practice. One of our goals is to participate in the business plan competition of the NUK (New Entrepreneurship Rhineland) and the hgnc (university start-up network cologne e. V.).