Press releases of Fraunhofer Venture and our spin-offs

Press releases Fraunhofer Venture


Press release / 30.5.2017

Fraumhofer invests in High-Tech Gründerfonds III

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) today announced the first closing of HTGF III with a volume of 245 million Euros to more than 1,000 participants from the business community, politics, and startup scene on the occasion of the Family Day 2017 in Bonn. In addition to public partners like the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the KfW, investors include 26 companies from the industry and business world. From fall 2017, High-Tech Gründerfonds III will invest up to three million Euros in each company and in exceptional cases even more venture capital. 


Press release - 02/22/2017

Fraunhofer start-up award for Multiphoton Optics GmbH

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Multiphoton Optics GmbH received the EUR 5,000 Fraunhofer start-up award, a joint initiative of Fraunhofer Venture and High-Tech Gründerfonds. The award honors the company’s development in the area of high-precision 3D printing. Multiphoton Optics GmbH was founded in 2013 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Silicate Research ISC and develops and markets a high-precision 3D printing platform enabling the creation of complex three-dimensional structures on a sub-micrometer scale. This technology bears a high potential especially for the future of data transfer.


Press release - 02/14/2017

High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in Fraunhofer Spin-Off wetransform

The High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in wetransform, a start-up that builds a cloud solution for particularly easy data transformation and migration.

(Darmstadt) Tasks such as environmental protection and disaster recovery require crossborder collaboration. Often, necessary collaboration suffers due to missing, interoperable data. wetransform helps organisations that need to work together to make data interoperable, with just a fraction of the effort and cost required previously. Thorsten Reitz, founder of wetransform, explains „With our cloud platform, you can create and use interoperable data from existing databases or previously implemented interfaces in minutes“. The solutions developed by wetransform enable the fast transformation of large, complex data collections, with low effort for configuration and dedicated risk management.

Press releases of our spin-offs


Press release / 19.7.2017

High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in Blue Inductive

Together with Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures, VC Fonds Baden-Wuerttemberg, MBG Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft and a business angel, HTGF is supporting the Blue Inductive GmbH. Blue Inductive GmbH develops wireless charging systems and is revolutionising power supply systems for mobile robots deployed in industrial settings.


Press release / 18.4.2017

Volterion GmbH selected as a Finalist for the 2017 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award

The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds from across Europe. The nominees are evaluated on 20 main quantitative and qualitative criteria, which include disruptive impact, market footprint, proof of concept, financial performance, technology innovation, social value, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries. This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of a company, which allows Red Herring to see past the "buzz" and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.


Press release / 15.3.2017

TCR® technology for the UK market

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, a container with TCR® technology left the research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT. The container contains a TCR®80 system (with an output of 80 kg per hour), which goes to England. The development and construction of the plant was carried out jointly by Fraunhofer UMSICHT and its own spin-off Susteen Technologies GmbH. The small industrial pilot plant is now used in England to develop applications for the English market through local partners and the Susteen Technologies UK branch.

Press release - 09/16/2016

The Carlyle Group invests in CAD/CAM software provider exocad

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in exocad GmbH, a provider of CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) software for the dental industry, in particular for dental laboratories and dentists.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, acting through Fraunhofer Venture, will completely exit its stake in exocad while the founders continue to hold a significant shareholding in the company. Fraunhofer Venture has supported the growth of exocad since its establishment


Press release - 02/23/2016

Scopis GmbH awarded the Fraunhofer Start-up Prize

On Tuesday, 23 February 2016, Scopis GmbH was awarded the Fraunhofer Startup
Prize. The prize was established by the Fraunhofer Venture together with
the High-Tech Gründerfonds and is worth 5,000 euros. It recognizes the current
success and phenomenal development of the Fraunhofer spin-off on the international
market for medical technology. Scopis GmbH is now active in more than
50 countries with its surgical navigation systems for minimally invasive surgery in
the specialist areas of ENT, CMF, neuro and spine surgery.


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