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In order to strengthen the good framework requirements for innovative enterprises within the university campus Garching, the Garching center for technology and founders (shortly „gate“) was established in 2002.

The gate supports entrepreneurs and young enterprises of the industrial sector by providing appropriate office space and intensive coaching during the startup phase.

Sponsored by the Free State of Bavaria, it is the „gate to success“ – between scientific development of ideas and the development of a company with products ready for the market.

To date, more than 300 enterprises have already been resident at the gate. The total area of rentable office and hall space is about 5,000 square meters.

The gate Garching is a member of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (ebn) and conforms to the Quality Requirements as certified „EU|BIC“ (business and innovation centre). The EBN grants this award on a yearly basis only to institutions which offer the compulsory services with verifyable high quality.


Christian Heckemann

Managing Director

Our man for the head and front

Katja Abele

Business Development & Community

Our woman for networking

Bastian Spiegelberg

Property Manager

Our man for office space

Elena Nerreter

Marketing & Communications

Our woman for creative content

Monika Betz

Incubation & Event

Our woman for any event

Patricia Linner

Incubation & Marketing

Our woman for the look

Helmut Over


Our handyman


The gate Garching serves as an incubator within the regional network. At the gate the start-ups are supposed to grow in order to become “fully fledged” at last. Like in a biological ecosystem they want for “nutritive substance” from their environment. The picture shows how the gate founders can benefit from this start-up ecosystem.

The location in the middle of the research campus Garching offers access to one of the biggest centers for science, research and education in Germany. The active exchange of thechnical and natural-scientific know-how »nourishes« the innovative power of all parties. At the gate a founder coach, advanced trainings and the network provide favorable conditions necessary for further growth. In addition, the sprouting entrepreneur scions are “watered” with capital and financial aid.

Regional enterprises disperse additional »fertilizer«: in exchange for innovative ideas the start-ups are offered market access to relevant customers and thus, their growth is accelerated.

20 years gate

The year 2002 marks the start of construction of the gate. The aim: to enhance the good frame conditions for innovative enterprises at the campus in Garching near Munich.

And while technologies like smartphones, 3D-printers and Artificial  Intelligence were changing our daily life, the gate kept developping, too.

Today, the gate celebrates its 20th anniversary. 20 years in which we look back at 342 supported startups and a  success rate of 98% of the gate alumni. As well as at the gate-startups, whose success stories will design tomorrow‘s innovations.

Climate-neutral enterprise

We are climate-neutral: this means that we compensate for the CO2-emissions of our company.

1. Evaluation of the CO2-emissions

ClimatePartner has detected and recorded all relevant CO2-emission sources of our company. The analysis and annual update of our balance allows for implementation and control of measurements how to further avoid and reduce CO2.

2. Compensation of CO2-emissions by a climate protection project

Climate protection projects save CO2 – e.g. by reafforestation or substitution of climate-damaging technologies. By supporting the project “clean stove” in Nyungwe, Rwanda, we compensate for global warming gases.

All projects by ClimatePartner are certified according to highest international standards and reviewed by independent third parties if the measurements are implemented in situ.

3. Retrace CO2-compensation

The ClimatePartner process with resepective order ID-number makes climate neutrality transparent and retraceable: under you can find our climate- neutrality-certificate along with all information regarding how much CO2 has been compensated by our company and which project we are supporting.

Since January 2021 as one of the measures regarding climate protection the gate purchases green energy for 100 percent. Thereof, every startup in the building profits from that automatically.

Furthermore, with the CleanTech Initiative we support startups easily, quickly and cost-effectively to take action in terms of climate neutrality.


The Garchinger Technologie- und Gründerzentrum GmbH is held by seven shareholders:

The Garchinger Technologie- und Gründerzentrum is fostered by:


the gate can be reached conveniently …

… by car:

  • Highway A9 Munich-Nuremberg, Exit No. 70 „Garching Nord“
  • continue direction “Forschungsinstitute”
  • at the first traffic light turn left direction “Freising”, at the next traffic light turn right into “Lichtenbergstraße”, after 20 m turn left into the parking ground

… by public transport (walk about 8 min.):

  • Subway U6 up to terminal „Garching Forschungszentrum“
  • take exit „Lichtenbergstraße“ and walk on on the left side
  • Walking along Lichtenbergstraße, after a few minutes you see the orange sign of gate Garching. Arriving there turn right and cross the parking gound.
  • Schedule information of MVV

… by plane:

Starting at the airport you can reach the gate by car/taxi in just 15 minutes.

Coming from highway A92 direction Munich, take exit No. 5 „Freising Süd“

continue on state road B11 direction Munich

After the village of “Dietersheim” turn left into Lichtenbergstraße, and after 20m turn left into parking gound.