Spin-Off Support

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft supports spin-off aspirations to valorize and commercialize technologies that have mainly been developed at Fraunhofer. Fraunhofer Venture thereby steers the spin-off and respective investment process. The range of services include an integral mentoring and consulting before and after the new venture creation. Some key responsibilities include the support for business modelling activities, development of a business plan, preparation of legal contracts as well as the search for capital providers and cooperation partners. 



Main Services of the Participation preperation


In form of spin-offs, promising business concepts for Fraunhofer technologies are brought into the market. Fraunhofer Venture supports and consults Fraunhofer institutes and its employees for all questions related to new venture creation.

  • Overall consulting for potential founders and their institutes 
  • Mentoring related to the content and process of specific spin-off projects:
    • Critical assessment of the business idea and the level of the high-tech innovativeness
    • Analysis of consumer benefits, market potential, management team, market entry strategy, etc.
    • Continuous optimization of the strategy and business plan
    • Coordination of the spin-off process
    • Support in choosing the appropriate legal and organizational form
    • Preparation of a possible Fraunhofer investments
  • Consulting and audit of the spin-off endeavor with regards to Fraunhofer’s specific conditions


Main services of the investment preparation

As part of the start-up process, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is investifating whether it will invest in the spin-off. In addition to the technology, Fraunhofer is also involved in the spin-off as a shareholder. The spin-off benefits from the fact that Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, as a shareholder, has sustained interest in the positive business development.

  • Review and evaluation of business concepts and preparation of investment decisions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Support of Fraunhofer Venture in contract design and drafting (with the involvement of the relevant specialist departments)
  • Convening and coordination of the investment committee as well as the preparation and implementation of the proposals of the Executive Board with regard to spin-offs and investments

Main services in investment management

Fraunhofer Venture represents the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in relation to its associated companies and is - in close coordination with the institute and the relevant specialist departments - the contact for the operational management and the co-shareholders of the associated companies, e.g. with regard to the following aspects:

  • Aligning the corporate strategy
  • Review of regular reporting
  • Approval of transactions requiring approval
  • Participation in shareholder meetings
  • Structuring and implementation of financing rounds
  • Participation in financing rounds as co-investor
  • Accompaniment of company sales

Fraunhofer Venture also has an excellent network in the German start-up scene and is happy to provide contacts:


  • Founders, spin-offs and associates
  • Business angels, state banks venture capitalists
  • Industrial partners and strategic investors
  • Fraunhofer-Institutes



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