Spin-off support

How does Fraunhofer Venture support you?

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. Among others, it is defined who will have which share in the company, how future tasks are assigned, and how the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will participate as a technology partner. Finally, all decisions taken have to be confirmed by corresponding contracts.

An essential part of this service is the coordinated communication with all relevant departments within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.


Main services:

  • General consulting of potential founders and the institutes about spin-offs at Fraunhofer
  • Investment managers and legal experts support concrete spin-off projects in terms of content and processes:
    • Basic assessment and critical questioning of the business idea and the technology’s degree of innovation
    • Analysis of customer benefit, market potential, management team, market entry strategy, etc.
    • Continuous optimization of strategy and business plan
    • Coordinating the start-up process on the part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
    • Support with respect to legal aspects and organizational design
    • Preparation of a possible investment of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Consulting and assessment of spin-off ventures with respect to observing the specific conditions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Contact your responsible investment manager and legal expert at Fraunhofer Venture. The list of allocated institutes is available on the intranet.