Technology transfer through spin-offs

To advance the transfer of its scientific research findings and meet the growing start-up spirit in the Fraunhofer institutes, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft initiated its Fraunhofer Venture division in 1999.

The aim of Fraunhofer Venture is to make innovations usable through spin-offs and lead them to economic value creation.

As of today, we supported the successful start-up of more than 200 companies from life science/medical science, energy and environment, information and communication, manufacturing and processing, microelectronics, transport and logistics, materials, and photonics.

Our development programs


Pre-qualification program

Business Ideation

Fraunhofer employees develop business ideas and test them for their effective customer benefit.


Business model development


Fraunhofer Days: Acceleration mode with transfer option for selected employees with an entrepreneurial spirit.


Business plan development


Fraunhofer Fosters Entrepreneurs: Internal development program for supporting the preparations for founding a Fraunhofer spin-off.


Management boost


Fraunhofer Fosters Management: Financial support for Fraunhofer investments for completing important management competences.

Our activities


Spin-off support

In the context of supporting spin-offs and investments, Fraunhofer Venture manages the alignment of the overall spin-off concept to the specific conditions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


Investment preparation

Within the scope of the start-up process it is examined whether the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will invest in the spin-off. Fraunhofer Venture prepares the decision process and implements positive investment decisions.


Investment management

Fraunhofer Venture is responsible for the investment management of all Fraunhofer investments and therefore the central contact for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft investment portfolio.

Contact us!


Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.
Fraunhofer Venture

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munich

Phone       +49 89 1205-4501 
Fax           +49 89 1205-7552


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