For Fraunhofer institutes

Technology transfer through spin-offs

Technology transfer through spin-offs


Spin-offs contribute substantially to the implementation of outstanding research results in new products and services. The aim of Fraunhofer Venture is to activate and maximize the transfer potential of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft by actively bringing together technology transfer concepts, business models, start-up teams, IP resources, and investors.

In this context, Fraunhofer Venture acts as a central point of contact for all questions regarding spin-off and investment, accompanies the spin-off process with experienced coaches, supports by supplying subsidies, and therefore helps to tap additional transfer potentials. Spin-offs do not only open up the possibility for additional R&D cooperation; license, dividend, and exit proceeds offer opportunities for further research.

Below you will find an overview of interesting Fraunhofer Venture services for our institutes:

Development programs for Fraunhofer researchers


Pre-qualification program

Business Ideation

Fraunhofer employees develop business ideas and test them for their effective customer benefit.


Business model development


Fraunhofer Days: Acceleration mode with transfer option for selected employees with an entrepreneurial spirit.


Business plan development


Fraunhofer Fosters Entrepreneurs: Internal development program for supporting the preparations for founding a Fraunhofer spin-off.


Management boost


Fraunhofer Fosters Management: Financial support for Fraunhofer investments for completing important management competences.

Increasing innovativeness


Venture Lab

The aim of the Venture Lab programs is to tap new business potentials for existing technologies by applying start-up methods and entrepreneurial thinking and behavior.


Enabling Innovation

The management tool »Enabling Innovation« enables Fraunhofer institutes to analyze in detail and therefore also specifically advance their current ability to create innovations and shape technology transfer.


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