Empowering Fraunhofer researchers

From researcher to entrepreneur

Fraunhofer Venture for Fraunhofer scientists | from researcher to entrepreneur

Founding a new venture is by no means easy even if researchers have developed an innovative idea or promising technology. Many things need to be taken into consideration before the final spin-off formation.

Within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer Venture embodies a central department and contact for entrepreneurial researchers that support them in the development of a joint high-tech spin-off. We facilitate scientists‘ spin-off intentions by a structured process in which we reduce uncertainties and obstacles which are typically inherent in the new venture creation process. In addition, we support their endeavors by continuous coaching as well as programs and workshops.


Entrepreneurial high-tech transfer made in Germany.


We bring together courageous entrepreneurs and Fraunhofer’s exceptional pool of technologies:

AHEAD bundles Fraunhofer Venture’s incubator activities for high-tech ventures into a single streamlined program. For the first time, this program will also make it possible for entrepreneurs and experts from outside the Fraunhofer R&D network to get involved. Fraunhofer Venture’s AHEAD program provides founders and researchers with a new approach to a one-stop solution for technology, business model and team development. As part of the AHEAD company-building process, which is designed to meet the needs of high-tech start-ups, founding teams and new ventures will have access to the latest technology as well as to Fraunhofer’s research network.

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Services for Fraunhofer researchers


Spin-off Support

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.


Investment preparation

Within the scope of the start-up process it is examined whether the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will invest in the spin-off.



Explore our workshops like "Understanding Customers","Application Discovery" and many more.


Innovation with the Middle Sector

Venture Connect: Middle-Sized Companies and Fraunhofer-Institues are supported in identyfying and using the right technology.


Cooperation with Startups

TechBridge: Tech-Startups and Fraunhofer-Institutes are matched and supported in joint projects trough workshops and project budgets. 


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