Our success stories

The stories behind successful founders...

...always start with commitment to a big idea. Extensive support on their spin-off journey sparks unique solutions and innovation. The protagonists of these stories are bright minds and creative inventors who turned their dreams into reality.

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New investors fuel Enerthing


NRW.BANK and the SmartEnergy innovation fund of Swiss energy provider Energie 360° along with a number of earlier investors including Fraunhofer Society decide to invest in Enerthing GmbH.


AR for Industry 4.0



Start-up company Visometry wins the 2018 Fraunhofer Founder Award. Visometry GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, won the €5,000 prize in 2018.


Mojin Robotics at a glance


You've heard of the ongoing shortage of qualified personnel, but have you heard of the Care-O-bot® 4? The shortage of skilled workers is not the only problem. Companies are also faced with the fact that the efficiency and performance of their staff decreases as the workday progresses, getting particularly low toward the end. That's where Mojin Robotics GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart, comes in.


Outstanding performance of Interpanel GmbH


Interpanel GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, won the PERPETUUM energy efficiency prize awarded by DENEFF on 13 March. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the award.


doks.Innovation at a glance


Automated drone inventAiry® developed by Fraunhofer spin-off doks.innovation GmbH brings together inventory and drones. Nothing is impossible!



Smart glasses start-up Oculavis


Companies that export globally used to need worldwide service centers or mobile service teams to provide repairs and maintenance. Fraunhofer spin-off Oculavis provides expertise where it's needed using smart, connected data sharing from their headquarters.


Volucap at a glance



Ever dreamed of playing a role in your favorite movie? Chasing criminals like James Bond or visiting magical worlds like in Avatar? Then brace yourself, because your dreams may soon come true. Enter Volucap GmbH.


Scopis at a glance



Acquisition of Scopis GmbH by Stryker Corp.

US medical engineering company Stryker Corp. acquired a 100% interest in Scopis GmbH in late 2017.


Vibrosonic at a glance



Vibrosonic, a spin-off from the Fraunhofer Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB was founded in 2016. The company's objective is to develop a contact lens for the ear that is placed directly and invisibly on the wearer’s eardrum, providing an attractive alternative to current hearing aids.


Cellbox at a glance



A transport box that saves lives: Years of ongoing research and development have led to Cellbox, a unique technology that makes it possible for the first time to ship living cell cultures, tissue, cell-based samples and related biomaterial under laboratory conditions.