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.

Developing Ideas with Fraunhofer Venture

Fraunhofer Venture supports researchers when developing ideas and bringing them to the market. Especially for this, Fraunhofer Venture developed an integrated development process, which is based on spin-off procedures. Researchers can profit from several Fraunhofer Venture programmes such as Business IdeationFDays®, FFE and FFM in order to foster their first business model and get coached along the way.



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