Global Entrepreneurship Centre (GEC)

Global Entrepreneurship Centre (GEC) is a transformation hub for scaling sustainable technology innovation and entrepreneurship. It addresses the scaling challenges of promising SusTechs from all over the world. The selection process includes a proprietary sustainability assessment, diligently carried out internally by the GEC. Launched in 2021, the GEC will initially support up to 20 startups per year in the sectors building & living, textiles, mobility & transport and agriculture & nutrition with access to venture capital, business development, advisory services, production and lab capacity. The GEC is funded by the Rhineland region’s STARK initiative for structural transition and the Rhine County of Neuss.


Global Entrepreneurship Centre at a glance:


Industry focus
Building & Living; Nutrition & Agriculture; Mobility & Transportation; Textiles
What services Global Entrepreneurship Centre offers?
  • The “GEC Scaling Factory” – a dedicated 18-months scale-up investor programme for sustainable deep-tech startups, worth 200,000 euros (TRL 6 an above)
  • The “GEC Catalyst” – a 10-week lean launchpad programme with focus on TRL 4-5 startups
  • Sustainability programme and impact investment
  • GEC Fund & access to impact investors
  • Scientific laboratories and testing facilities on-campus
  • Access to production and storage space, co-working facilities, offices
  • Senior expert support system
Number of tenants
Capacity of 20 Scaling Factory teams
Current number of employees in the companies
Memberships in networks/associations
Brightlands Chemelot, ECP European Chemistry Partnering, Bundesverband eMobilität e.V., Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik, SEED Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
Date of foundation



Britta Lange, Director, Global Ecosystem Management
Adresse Areal Böhler, Böhlerstraße 1, 40667 Meerbusch, Germany
Telefon +49 2132 9808430
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