The Team

behind GATEWAY49

Frank, Stefan and Rüdiger

The Initiatores behind GATEWAY49


Dr. Frank Schröder-Oeynhausen

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Frank is managing director of the TECHNOLOGY CENTER Lübeck (TZL) and co-initiator of GATEWAY49. He is responsible for the accelerator as a whole as well as for the contracts with the State of SH, the supporters and the teams. Frank has many years of experience as a managing director and has successfully built two start-ups himself.


Stefan Stengel

Program manager & co-founder

Stefan is co-initiator of the GATEWAY49 accelerator. As program manager he takes care of the academy program. As coach he ensures the progress of the teams and the organization of the meetings between mentors and teams. Stefan has already built up several international accelerators and successfully accompanied over a hundred digital startups.


Rüdiger Schacht


Rüdiger is co-initiator of the GATEWAY49 accelerator. As deputy CEO of the Lübeck Chamber of Industry and Commerce, he has been responsible for the development of location requirements for companies and entrepreneurs of the Hanseatic Belt. He is also our gateway to the diverse range of services offered by the IHK.

Niclas, Kirsten, Nils, Barbara and Max

The entire Team behind GATEWAY49


Niclas Apitz

Project Manager

Niclas is responsible for our project management and serves as a coach and sparring partner for our startup teams. Niclas supports our teams in the development of innovative business models and is responsible for our events and information curricula. As a co-founder, Niclas has already been involved in numerous start-ups and spin-offs.


Kirsten Seger

Administration & controlling

Kirsten takes care of the accelerator's administrative side, such as the budget and payments to startups. Reporting to the State of Schleswig-Holstein is also part of her job. Furthermore, Kirsten supports our startups in their weekly reporting and funding requirements.


Nils Eckardt

Community Manager

At the TZL, Nils works as a project manager as well as community manager of the coworking space WeDSGN. He is also responsible for the community management within GATEWAY49 and supports our startups in their search for cooperations, events and networks in Germany and Denmark.