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The decentralized identity and digital twin pioneer Spherity receives Seed Financing from HTGF

9. October 2019
Berlin start-up Spherity develops decentralized identity management solutions for industrial IoT applications Companies, machines, smart devices and algorithms are given a digital identity (“digital twins”) that is verifiable and globally addressable as a “URL for everything” These digital twins enable tamper-proof data sharing within highly complex and cross-enterprise business processes Proven use cases in the mobility, supply chain, or pharmaceutical More …

EUR 15 million growth financing for e-bike drive system company FAZUA

8. October 2019
Fazuas shareholders and The European Investment Bank (EIB) are providing EUR 15 million to the rapidly growing e-bike company Fazua GmbH. EUR 12 million of these funds are being made available through the EU bank’s Venture Debt Product, a type of risk capital for innovative companies. The loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments More …

How do Industrial Tech founders recognize Product-Market Fit?

30. September 2019
By Gregor Haidl (Investment Manager) Supported by Yann Fiebig (Senior Investment Manager), Fabian Hogrebe (Analyst), Ingo Fehr (Investment Manager), Dr. Andreas Olmes (Partner) Part 1: The emotional perspective „Have I found Product-Market Fit?“ This question is particularly difficult to answer for first-time founders in early-stage start-ups. The answer has far-reaching consequences: If I don’t have Product-Market Fit (yet), everything in More …

Tacalyx Raises €7 Million in Seed Funding to Generate First in Class Anti-TACA Antibodies for Cancer Treatment

25. September 2019
Tacalyx, a biotech company focused on the discovery and development of novel anti-TACA (Tumor Associated Carbohydrate Antigens) cancer therapies, today announced that it has successfully secured €7 million in seed funding. The funding round involves a syndicate of leading European life science and technology investors co-led by Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund and Kurma Partners and joined by Idinvest Partners, High-Tech More …

SmartChem Security Token Offering (STO): A potential blueprint for financing capital-intensive chemistry startups?

6. September 2019
By Dr. Marie Asano, High-Tech Gründerfonds On the 27th of June 2019, Intelligent Fluids GmbH began its official fund-raising for its SmartChem (SCM) Security Token Offering (STO) seed phase. It would be to our knowledge, the first-of-its-kind STO for a chemistry startup. This is expected to have a large implication on the chemical financial landscape on how capital is raised More …

Project business as a critical growth factor for start-ups?!

28. August 2019
Strategie_Projektgeschäft vs. Product Development When can project revenue jeopardize the success of a start-up? Investors want to see quantitative evidence of the demand for a product, the so-called “traction”. These can be product sales, for example, but also registered and active users, etc.. Start-ups usually prove that the idea and the product can find customers and be sold on the market. Turnover is not More …

Immunic AG Awarded Research Grant by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Support of the InnoMuNiCH Project

Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing potentially best-in-class, oral therapies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, today announced that the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has awarded its subsidiary, Immunic AG, a grant in the amount of up to EUR 653,535 (approximately USD 730,000) in support of the InnoMuNiCH (Innovations More …

Bitwala Raises the Biggest Ever Equity Funding for a German Blockchain Startup

Bitwala, the only crypto-first banking service in the European Economic Area, raises 13 million Euro in Series A funding round to accelerate growth and offer B2B accounts Global Brain and Sony Financial Ventures’ jointly invest in Bitwala as partners for Bitwala’s global expansion NKB Group, the UK-based investment and advisory firm focused on blockchain technology, is expanding its European portfolio More …

Zahnarzt-Helden receives seed investment for new processes in the dental market

Buying dental equipment as easy as shopping for shoes! With its independent online platform, the Bielefeld-based startup Zahnarzt-Helden does not only bring dental sales processes to the internet, but also fundamentally changes the way large dental equipment is purchased, used and technically serviced. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is financing this innovation in partnership with the ‘Technologiefonds OWL’, managed by Enjoy Venture, More …

Further Omnichannel extension and international expansion: Mister Spex closes financing round of 65 million euros

27. August 2019
Europe’s leading online optician has completed a 65 million euro financing round. The Büll Family Office led the equity round with participation from existing investors (e.g. Grazia Equity, Stephan Schambach und Ehssan Dariani), while Global Growth Capital provided a senior debt facility. The company enjoyed strong growth and profitability in 2018, and the investment will enable the company to accelerate More …