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A Strong Engine

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is the engine for successful technology startups.

With know-how, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, we accompany the best companies from the software, media, internet, hardware, energy and automation as well as life sciences and chemistry sectors on their way to the exit. Rely on us as a strong partner for your success!

Facts & Figures

Over 480 High-Tech companies have been launched successfully since 2005. Next to the 886 Mio. € originating from our own funds (HTGF I, HTGF II and HTGFIII), so far, more than 1.6 billion Euro of additional capital have been raised into our portfolio in about 1,200 follow-on rounds of financing. Moreover, we successfully exited 89 of our portfolio companies in that same timeframe.

Financing / Infos


supportgrafik_3.2_de InvestmentManager Our Investment Managers are at your side during the entire investment process Exit Financing Our Scouts and Partners support you in your region to find the right investor for your seed-financing round Scouts &Partner HTGF Family We offer a large network of co-founders, managers, experts and service providers Networking FurtherInvestors Within our network you can find the right investor for your follow-on financing round $ $ $ $ Tailored to your specific needs we can introduce you to suitable candidates to complement your management RelationshipManagement R e cruiting

Network & Events

  • Below you will find a scout in your area and our partnering institutions. We cooperate closely with all of them as they successfully supported several start-ups on their way to HTGF.
    See the general conditions for working with a scout or partner here.

    Scout search

    Our Scouts support you personally and within your region through your founding stages of your High-Tech start-up. They can also help you to find the right investor.

    • Baden-Württemberg
    • Bayern
    • Berlin
    • Brandenburg
    • Bremen
    • Hamburg
    • Hessen
    • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    • Niedersachsen
    • Nordrhein-Westfalen
    • Rheinland-Pfalz
    • Saarland
    • Sachsen
    • Sachsen-Anhalt
    • Schleswig-Holstein
    • Thüringen
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    Our Partners within universities and research institutions accompany you with respect to your spin-off and the realization of your own technology company.

    • RWTH Aachen

      RWTH Aachen University is a place where the future of our industrialised world is thought out. The University is proving to be a hotspot with increasing international recognition where innovative answers to global challenges are developed. Many areas make up the character of a modern university. Get to know the numerous markers that make RWTH Aachen one of the leading technical universities in Europe

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    • FU Berlin

      Profund Innovation supports students, scholars, scientists, researchers, and alumni who left Freie Universität Berlin not longer than five years ago, in different areas; protecting intellectual property and commercial exploitation thereof; Entrepreneurship Education; starting businesses, especially those with a connection to research; financial planning and applying for public funding (VIP+, EXIST, ZIM etc) and looking for other investors

      → Website
    • TU Berlin

      Strengthening the start-up eco-system within Berlin's University of technology is the main focus of the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE). With direct access to the substantial resources of the seven faculties we develop start-up ideas and start-up teams whilst nurturing the start-up mentality within a technological and knowledge based environment.
      The University of Technology combines expertise in research, education and start-up support. Thus a start-up one-stop shop has been established with our Centre for Entrepreneurship. Here all stakeholders involved in entrepreneurship meet as part of a highly developed network, including members of the university with an interest in this topic, alumni founders, teachers, investors, business angels and many more.

      → Website
    • dresden exists

      Dresden | exists supports students and scientists in discovering the fascinating world of entrepreneurship; in testing their own ideas, in filling a gap in their competencies and in implementing the idea. Prospective founders profit from a comprehensive offer of information- and skill-improving-events. The whole entrepreneurial process is accompanyied - from the first idea to a substantial businessplan all the way to founding a real company.
      Every year, dresden exists accompanies between 50 and 70 founding ideas. Roughly 20 companies originate every time.

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    • Fraunhofer Venture

      Fraunhofer Venture is the central department for the Fraunhofer-society as well as a partner for founders, start-ups, Fraunhofer-institutes, corporates and investors. The company offers young companies access to Fraunhofer-technologies, -infrastructure and know-how with more than 5200 patent families. This way, start-ups can establish themselves a lot quicker in any market.
      Activities of Fraunhofer Venture include the entire support and consulting from idea genertion to company builing as well as finding the right investor until the potential exit of the company.

      → Website
    • Max-Planck-Innovation

      Max Planck Innovation is responsible for technology transfer from the research institutes of the Max Planck Society, Germany's leading basic research organization.
      MPI is partner of both science and industry. The offered services contribute to an important task: the transfer of basic research results into products, which contribute to the economic and social progress.

      → Website
    • Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE)

      The Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) was established in 2002 by Falk F. Strascheg, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. It acts as a focal point for Munich University of Applied Sciences’ (MUAS) enterprise and knowledge exchange activities. In 2011, the SCE and MUAS became one of the six EXIST Start-Up Universities in Germany.
      SCE´s goal is to nurture entrepreneurial thinking and action through education and business start-up support measures.

      → Website
    • UnternehmerTUM

      UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at the Technische Universität München, accompanies and supports start-ups and established companies when founding successful businesses – from initial idea to growth stage. You benefit from many years of experience in building up new businesses, a unique infrastructure, innovative methods, and a strong network in industry, connecting with experts and investors.

      → Website
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    • Chemistry
    • Hardware & Automation
      • Access
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Energy
      • Energy Generation / Storage
      • Energy Management
      • Illumination / Projection / Audio
      • Logistics
      • Metrology
      • Mobility
      • Optical Metrology
      • Production / Robotics / Automation
      • Recycling
      • Semiconductor
      • Sensornetworks
      • TelCo
      • Water
    • Information- and Communication Technology
      • AdTec
      • Application Software
      • Cloud
      • Communication
      • e-Commerce
      • FinTech
      • Banking as a Service
      • Industrial Software
      • Internet & Web 2.0 Software
      • IT Security
      • Jobs
      • Payment
      • Publishing
      • Retail Intelligence
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      • Tools
      • Travel
      • Web & Mobile Marketing
    • Life Sciences
      • Aesthetics & Rehab
      • Biosensors & Analytics
      • Critical Care
      • Drug Development
      • Green Biotech
      • Imaging & Navigation
      • In-Vitro Dx & Biomarker
      • In-Vivo Dx
      • New Materials
      • Personal Healthcare & e-Health
      • Pharmacy / Drug Development
      • R & D Tools
      • Smart Surgery & Implants
      • White Biotech

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    Portfoliosuche: Karte der deutschen Bundesländer
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    • Niedersachsen
    • Nordrhein-Westfalen
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    • Sachsen-Anhalt
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    • International
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Recent Additions

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HTGF expands its presence in Berlin

19. March 2018

Germany’s most active seed stage investor opens branch in German capital Dr. Tanja Emmerling heads the Spree office Germany’s most active seed stage investor High-Tech More …

E-Bike drive system manufacturer FAZUA receives €6.5 million in new financing round

15. March 2018

Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners invests in FAZUA alongside existing investors HTGF, Bayern Kapital and business angels Notable bicycle manufacturers such as CUBE, Pinarello and Focus More …

Intelligent robotics – Fraunhofer start-up award 2017 for Mojin Robotics GmbH

28. February 2018

On February 27, 2018, Mojin Robotics GmbH received the EUR 5,000 Fraunhofer start-up award, a joint initiative of Fraunhofer Venture and High-Tech Gründerfonds. This year’s More …

bookingkit Receives Fresh Capital, Müller Medien on Board as New Investor

26. February 2018

bookingkit, Germany’s leading SaaS solution for digitalized tours and activities, into which the HTGF became the first investor in 2015, announces today that it has More …
HTGF expands its presence in Berlin
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