The Fraunhofer Venture team

Fraunhofer Venture sees itself as a contact for all who look for, support, and market innovative technologies. The team is made up of experts in business administration, innovation management, and contract development. This perfectly supplements the technological competence of the researchers.



Director of Fraunhofer Venture

Thomas Doppelberger

Thomas Doppelberger is the director of Fraunhofer Venture. He studied economics (political and business economics) at Augsburg University and joined the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 1998. Since the year 2000, he has been with Fraunhofer Venture and developed and established the spin-off and investment program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. His particular focus is on the continuous extension of the development process for spin-off projects/ideas and the intensive support for spin-offs and the investment portfolio.

Investment managers


Deputy Director of Fraunhofer Venture, Group Manager of investment managers & Project Manager of TechBridge

Andreas Aepfelbacher

Andreas Aepfelbacher is deputy director of Fraunhofer Venture and responsible for business administration staff. He joined Fraunhofer Venture in February 2002; before, he gained professional experience in controlling of Messe München GmbH and as a project developer and investment controller for a division of RWE Umwelt AG. Andreas Aepfelbacher completed his degrees in forestry/environmental engineering and business administration at LMU and TU in Munich as well as at FernUniversität Hagen. In 2007 he became a CFA Institute charterholder.



Investment Manager

Manuel Hösle

Manuel Hösle joined the Fraunhofer Venture Team as an Investment Manager, and supports researchers with conceptualizing and implementing their business models. Moreover he advises the Institute concerning questions about internal supporting activities and represents internally founded spin-offs. Before joining Fraunhofer Venture Mr. Hösle worked as a Project Manager in product and organizational development for several years and gained his own founding experience in ecommerce. Manuel Hösle studied Industrial Engineering at the "Helmut-Schmidt-Universität" (HSU) in Hamburg and completed his studies with an MBA focusing on "International Management" at the "Internationale Hochschule" in Bad Honnef.


Investment Manager

Dominik Malter

Dominik Malter joined the Fraunhofer Venture team in 2010. As an investment manager, he guides and supports Fraunhofer researchers throughout all phases of the start-up process. Furthermore, he is the contact for selected institutes for all questions relating to technology transfer through spin-offs and in the context of investment management exercises the rights of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as a partner at several Fraunhofer spin-offs. Dominik Malter studied business administration at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology and Udayana University Denpasar (Indonesia). From 2013 to 2015 he completed an executive MBA at RWTH Aachen and at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).



Investment Manager

Manfred Stöger

Manfred Stöger joined Fraunhofer Venture in February 2003. Before, he worked in the logistics department of Infineon AG where he was engaged among others in designing and introducing a new supply chain management. His business administration studies at the University of Applied Science in Rosenheim were preceded by an apprenticeship as a banker. In 2014/2015 he completed the certificate program “Certified Private Equity Analyst CPEA” at TU München.


Investment Manager

Markus Weitzel

Markus Weitzel joined Fraunhofer Venture in September 2013 as an investment manager. After assignments for Siemens Management Consulting and Detecon (Switzerland) AG, the graduate business manager founded baimos technologies gmbh in 2006, the company behind the much acclaimed technology of BlueID – a security software for smartphones and smart watches. As the commercial managing director, he was responsible, among others, for the finance, controlling, marketing and sales sectors at baimos technologies. He was responsible for several financing rounds between 2006 and 2013 before he successfully sold his shares in the business in 2015. Mr. Weitzel studied technology and management (TUM-BWL) with a minor in computer science at Technische Universität München and is engaged in various start-up networks as well as as a juror of the Munich Business Plan Contest.


Investment Manager

Yannick Wilden

Yannick Wilden has been supporting Fraunhofer Venture as an investment manager since 2011. Following a successful international career at Valeo Group, a market leader in the automotive industry, he supports the team with his wealth of experience in business development, purchasing, and production of complex technical products. Mr. Wilden studied production engineering at RWTH Aachen and completed an MBA majoring in »entrepreneurship« at HULT International Business School in Boston in 2010.


Legal Experts


Group Manager of legal experts

Kai-Olaf Preiss

Kai-Olaf Preiss is a lawyer and has been supporting the Fraunhofer Venture team since March 2001. As a group manager, he is responsible for the department’s legal staff. He gained his long-term experience at a tax accountants’ office and worked, among others, in the area of industrial property rights for the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft's legal department as well as for a globally operating start-up company. He completed his law studies in Regensburg and Munich.



Legal expert

Karola Bachelin

Karola Bachelin is a graduate legal expert and has been with Fraunhofer Venture since 1999. Before, she worked in the general legal department of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft following her posts at a law firm specializing in international business law as well as in different projects, among others at Bayerischer Rundfunk and Siemens AG, where she was able to gain profound professional experience. Karola Bachelin completed her law studies in Munich and Bordeaux.



Legal expert

Maximilian Frank

Maximilian Frank has supported the Fraunhofer Venture team since October 2012. Before, he was junior partner in a law firm where he focused, among others, on company and tax law. Maximilian Frank completed his law studies in Munich. As a sideline lecturer he gives lectures at Munich University of Applied Sciences in “private business law”.


Legal expert

Sebastian Hohenester

Sebastian Hohenester joined Fraunhofer Venture in July 2017. Before, he worked as a lawyer in a medium-sized law firm in Düsseldorf. He studied at Universität Passau with a focus on commercial and company law.


Legal expert

Friederike Krämer-Plath

Friederike Krämer-Plath is a lawyer and joined the Fraunhofer Venture team in May 2009. Before, Ms. Krämer-Plath had worked as a lawyer for a large international law office focusing on the protection of industrial property. Ms. Krämer-Plath studied law in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Boston majoring in business law and the protection of industrial property.


Legal expert

Michael Kuschel

Michael Kuschel is a lawyer and has supported the Fraunhofer Venture team since October 2009. He completed his law studies in Munich, London, and Athens.



Legal expert

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Mayer has supported the Fraunhofer Venture team since May 2016 as a lawyer. Before, he worked as a lawyer in a major law firm with a focus on antitrust and business law for several years. Furthermore, he is the co-founder of a media start-up in New York. He completed his university studies in Trier and Sheffield, followed by his legal clerkship in the Cologne area and a master program at King’s College in London (LL.M.). Thomas Meyer is the contact for questions all around starting and investing in a company.



Strategic Marketing and Innovation Management

Lui Herz

Lui Herz joined Fraunhofer Venture in June 2017. Lui manages the Strategic Marketing and Innovation Management Team. Before joining Fraunhofer Venture he worked for a big, international agricultural Company as a Product segment manager for strategy, marketing, sales and product management. After training as an industrial clerk at Siemens AG he studied business administration at the Technical University of Munich. He established a focus on Marketing and Strategy, as well as management of sustainable economic development. Further steps in his career included Garmin Ltd. as well as the Hilti AG.


Marketing Assistant

Susanne Weber

Susanne Weber joined Fraunhofer Venture in April 2010 as a team and marketing assistant. Furthermore, she supports the BMBF-funded FFI project team with the preparation and realization of workshops as well as with marketing activities. She completed her apprenticeship as a business clerk at the headquarters of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and after successful completion gained first professional experience in the fields of occupational safety. In parallel to her professional career, Susanne Weber studied business administration at HWK in Munich, which she completed successfully in 2010.



Team Assistance


Team Assistance

Viktoria Bredin

Viktoria Bredin has been with Fraunhofer Venture since November 2000. As an assistant for our team, the trained management assistant in office communication is responsible for the documentation and administration of our deal flow and handles all office management tasks. Viktoria Bredin completed her apprenticeship at Jakob Altvater GmbH & Co.

Venture Lab


Project Manager of Fraunhofer Venture Lab

Matthias Keckl

Matthias Keckl joined the Fraunhofer Venture team in 2004 and acted as investment manager until July 2013.  During this time he supported numerous spin-offs with setting up the business and implementing financing rounds; this also included his involvement as a juror for business plan competitions or start-up networks.  In summer 2013, he took on responsibilities for the development of innovation concepts and the intra/entrepreneurship project team.  Following his banker apprenticeship, he studied economics and gained first entrepreneurial experience with the development of a start-up during his time as a student. In 2010/12, he successfully completed his MBA studies at the University of St. Gallen and RWTH Aachen.


Programm manager of Business Ideation

Julia Bauer

Julia Bauer took on responsibility for the business ideation phase (FFI) at Fraunhofer Venture Lab in April 2014. She supports Fraunhofer researchers to identify relevant markets and develop business ideas for their technologies. She studied international business administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business and HEC Montreal. Following her diploma, she earned a doctorate from the institute for entrepreneurship and innovation at Vienna University of Economics and Business. As a research associate, she taught in applied teaching formats with different partners from the industry and research organizations (e.g. CERN, ESA, AMS, Deutsche Telekom) on issues such as business model innovation, technology transfer, or start-ups. Other career stages include IBM Austria and CEE.


Programm manager of FDays®

Thorsten Lambertus

Thorsten Lambertus is a team member of Fraunhofer Venture Lab and director of the Fraunhofer-internal “FDays Accelerator”. In this context he is also responsible for the “Fraunhofer Josephs” network and contact for corporate cooperation in the scope of the FDays. Before, Thorsten spent three years at Vienna University of Economics and Business, earned a doctorate and lectured in business model design, managed industry projects related to entrepreneurship and innovation – from start-ups to large enterprises – and was also involved in establishing a start-up garage. He founded two own start-ups in the fields of SaaS and e-commerce. Thorsten graduated in business engineering from RWTH Aachen and majored in technology and innovation management.


Programm manager of Business Ideation

Anna-Lena Schindl

Anna-Lena Schindl joined the Venture Lab team in February 2017 to support the development of the business ideation phase and the setup of an intrapreneurship ecosystem. She studied physics at Jacobs University Bremen and management science & engineering with a major in technology entrepreneurship and design thinking at Stanford University in the USA. Stages in her career include start-ups as well as other digitization and innovation projects.

Venture Connect


Project Manager Venture Connect

Johann C. Siemes

Johann C. Siemes has been responsible for the development of innovation concepts and a technology transfer management system for medium-sized businesses in Germany as a project manager at Fraunhofer Venture since October 2016. Before, he had supported the Fraunhofer Venture team as a lawyer in the area of spin-offs and investments. Before he joined Fraunhofer Venture, he had worked in a law office focusing, among others, on business law. Johann C. Siemes concluded his law studies in Erlangen, Frankfurt am Main, Munich and San Diego. In parallel to his professional career he successfully completed his MBA studies at the University of St. Gallen and as a sideline lecturer gives lectures at Munich University of Applied Science.


Program Manager Venture Connect

Lucas Siebeneicher

Lucas Siebeneicher joined Fraunhofer Venture in January 2017 and develops a technology transfer management system for medium-sized business in Germany. Before joining Fraunhofer Venture, Mr. Siebeneicher had gained experience in business development of an e-commerce company, with establishing a Software as a Service start-up, as well as in numerous innovation projects for partners in the industry. He finished his studies of technology and management-oriented business administration at TU München, completed the entrepreneurial Manage&More scholarship program of UnternehmerTUM, and earned a Master in Innovation und Entrepreneurship at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona.


Program Manager Venture Connect

Tea Böhm

Tea Böhm has been with Fraunhofer Venture since April 2017. Focusing on the establishment of Venture Connect she develops innovation concepts for the know-how and technology transfer between German small and medium-sized businesses and Fraunhofer institutes. Before she joined Fraunhofer, she was responsible for digital development projects in a sharing economy start-up. In addition she developed an information management system for the internationalization of a long-standing German company. She studied business administration at the University of Mannheim and the ESSEC Business School in Paris. She then earned her master’s degree in innovation and technology management from Bocconi University in Milan.



Venture Connect



Venture Connect helps companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses, as well as Fraunhofer Institutes with the joint identification and commercialization of technology. 



Program Manager TechBridge

Niels Dietzsch

Niels Dietzsch has been supporting Fraunhofer Venture as an investment manager since October 2014 and since October 2016 has been the responsible TechBridge program manager. TechBridge concentrates on the initiation and implementation of cooperative innovation and transfer projects between Fraunhofer institutes and technology start-ups. Mr. Dietzsch has his own start-up experience and long-term professional experience in the investment team of the international venture capital company smac partners as well as in corporate finance consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Dietzsch is a graduate business manager and studied technology and management-oriented business administration (TUM-BWL) with a minor in mechanical engineering at TU München and HEC Paris. In addition, he completed a bachelor in finance at ESGCI Paris.


Program manager TechBridge

Radostina Ruseva

Radostina Ruseva joined the Fraunhofer Venture team in December 2016. As a TechBridge program manager, she enables the cooperation between Fraunhofer institutes and technology start-ups. In her role she benefits from her own career as a start-up entrepreneur and her experience as a start-up coach and mentor. She studied informatics, digital media and communication science at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and in Helsinki and finished an MBA at Technical University of Munich. After that she earned a doctorate and lectured in the area of technology entrepreneurship and innovation management at Sofia University. She is also a part-time lecturer at the EU Business School in Munich.


Program manager TechBridge

Claire Siegert

Claire Siegert joined the team as a project manager for TechBridge in July 2017. As a technology accelerator, TechBridge enables cooperation between technology start-ups and Fraunhofer institutes. Prior to her time at Fraunhofer Venture, she held a portfolio manager position at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation where she was responsible for marketing activities. Ms. Siegert earned a bachelor’s degree in international management and a master’s degree in international marketing both from the German-French program at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the École Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur in Paris. During this time she gained first professional experience as an intern and student trainee at start-ups.






TechBridge is a BMBF-funded project with the aim to support the initiation and implementation of cooperative transfer projects between Fraunhofer institutes and technology start-ups.

Research Assistants


Venture Lab and Marketing Support

John Amann

John Amann is a LMU-BWL postgraduate student with his focus on Strategy, Innovation and Leadership. He started working for Fraunhofer Venture in October 2017. His tasks include the conception and organization of Business Ideation formats as well as marketing them. During his studies, John spent several months in Sweden and Belgium. Furthermore, he was able to gain experience at several listed companies as well as an international Fraunhofer Spin-Off where he supported the Strategic Business Development Team. He is currently working on his Master Thesis, in which he addresses Design Thinking and Corporate Entrepreneurship.


General Team Support

Johanna Englaender

Johanna currently studies religious and sociology studies at LMU Munich in her third year. She has started working at Fraunhofer Venture in April 2018 and is not new to Fraunhofer! She could already accumulate some working experience in another Fraunhofer department for 1.5 years.


Venture Connect Support

Cornelia Ernst

Conny joined Venture Connect in March 2018 and is responsible for a smart tech-transfer to mid-sized companies (mittelstand). She studied economic and tax law at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Finance Ludwigsburg as well as International Business Administration and Textile Industries at the University of Reutlingen. Conny now focuses her graduate studies in Business Administration. First significant working experiences include the technology scouting and new product development at a garment company as well as a variety of innovation projects at different firms.


Venture Lab Support

Chinyere Ezenwaekwo

Chinyere Ezenwaekwo became part of the Venture Lab Team in February 2018. Some of her main tasks include the organization, conception, and constant improvement of our internal accelerator programme FDays®. After her fruitful studies in Global Business Management at the University of Augsburg, she started a master’s programme in Business Entrepreneurship and Digital Technology Management at the University of Applied Science in Munich. Apart from her studies, she could already gain first working experiences within risk and project management departments and recently worked at Detecon in San Francisco in the field of innovation consulting.


Venture Lab Support

Anja Krzystek

Anja is currently studying in her last year of her bachelor's degree in business phsychology. She has already been able to gain experience in marketing/project managament in a digital media agency. As of April 2018 she will support the conception and implementation of High-Tech-Pioneers. Her bachelor thesis focusses on the analysis of start-up founders, hence she is especially excited about her work in the Venture Lab team.


Marketing Support

Laura Kuther

Laura Kuther became part of Fraunhofer Venture in March 2018 and supports the Marketing Team. She is currently studying communication- and business sciences at LMU. Prior to Fraunhofer Venture, Laura was able to gain experience in an international Fraunhofer Spin-Off.


Venture Connect Support

Thong Le Hoang

Thong Le Hoang is a TUM-BWL postgraduate student and joined Fraunhofer Venture in November 2016. He supports the concept development and implementation of a transfer management system for medium-sized businesses in Germany. In parallel to his studies he worked in the automotive industry and in management consulting where he gained experience with respect to supply chains, process optimization, and organizational structures. In the scope of his bachelor thesis he examined the effect of innovative business models in the area of electro mobility on value creation and connected trends in society.


Venture Connect Support

Janina Lang

After her undergraduate studies in business economics with specification on sustainability, she recently started a master's degree in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich. Apart from her studies, Janina already accumulated significant working experiences at a technology company with tasks related to strategy and project management. At Fraunhofer Venture, she is mainly concerned with the conception and implementation of a technology transfer management system for medium-sized business in Germany.


Venture Lab Support

Nadine Riese

Nadine Riese became part of the Fraunhofer Venture Lab Team in February 2018. She supports the organisation of the internal acceleration programme FDays®. After her undergraduate degree in Business Administration at LMU, she is currently finishing her postgraduate degree with a focus on Strategy, Organization and Leadership at Copenhagn Business School.  Next to her studies Nadine was able to gain insight and experience in the automotive- and consumer goods industries, as well as in consulting. She is currently writing her Master Thesis, focusing on the successful implementation of digitization projects.


TechBridge Support

Anna Schätzl

Anna joined the TechBridge team in January 2018. Here she matches startups and Fraunhofer institutes. She accomplished an apprenticeship as an industrial business management assistant with specification on foreign languages and her bachelor’s programme in International Business. Anna is currently studying Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich. Apart from her studies and prior working experiences, she already supported medium-sized and global companies in diverse roles.



Venture Connect Support

Maximilian Stemper

Maximilian Stemper started working for Fraunhofer Venture in March 2018 and is part of the Venture Connect Team. He supports the conception and implementation of transfer control systems in German medium-sized enterprises. He is currently studying Business Administration at LMU. 


TechBridge Support

Paul Wilnauer

Paul started working for Fraunhofer Venture in January 2018. Together with his colleagues from TechBridge, he is mainly responsible for the organization of cooperations between startups and Fraunhofer institutes. He is a graduate student with main studies in Management and  Technology and a minor in machine engineering at the Technical University of Munich. Apart from his study, he could already accumulate significant working experience within the automotive and pharmaceutical sector in marketing and sales. As student consultant, Paul also worked together with a startup from UnternehmerTUM.



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