High-Tech Gründerfonds gathers EUR 10 billion in investment capital and hundreds of tech entrepreneurs from Europe on Family Day in Bonn
May 23, 2019
On 28 and 29 May, the startup scene will focus its attention on the former federal capital along the Rhine. During the course of the annual Family Day, High-Tech Gründerfonds will gather its entire network for the exchange of current developments and challenges in the innovation landscape. More than 300 tech companies are expected to attend from all over Europe.
In addition to representatives of the companies in the HTGF portfolio, renowned investors from Germany and abroad (with a total volume of around EUR 10 billion in investment capital) will be present in Bonn. As every year, Family Day connects the pioneers of the start-up industry with their innovative ideas with investors.
The Federal Minister for Economics Peter Altmaier, will open the two-day event with a greeting message followed by Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Managing Director of the HTGF, who will look to the future in his opening keynote speech:
“The conditions have never been better than today to be economically successful with good ideas. The future lies in digitalization and building sustainable business cycles, where we want to support and advance the best ideas. We are happy to give the HTGF portfolio companies the limelight and center-stage at our Family Day. “
Brandkamp describes: “As HTGF, we are typically involved in start-ups at an early-stage in their life cycle and after our participation, more investors join. To date, we have invested close to EUR 400 million in more than 540 different companies. In the following rounds, the founders in our portfolio were able to collect more than EUR 2 billion from other investors by utilizing our network for growth. In these hyper-connected times where having a relevant network is absolutely vital, we must not lose sight of the bigger picture. Europe must not lapse into regional thinking and must collaborate together to find great solutions to the pressing challenges of our time.”
Other keynote speakers at the event will include DHDL investor Frank Thelen, ex-football referee Urs Maier and extreme sportsman Joey Kelly. The topics of the talks range from decision-making under pressure, to an outlook on the technologies that will shape our future.
CEOs of successful companies from the HTGF portfolio will share their experiences during the two-day event, including Dr. Manfred Groeppel, who recently went public with Immunic on the US NASDAQ stock exchange. The program of the Family Day is rounded off by intensive pitching sessions, panels and sufficient opportunities for informal exchange.
About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor that finances high-potential, tech-driven startups. With EUR 892.5 million in total investment volume across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has already helped forge more than 540 startups since 2005. Driven by their expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, its team of experienced investment managers and startup experts help guide the development of young companies. HTGF’s focus is on high-tech startups in a range of sectors, including software, media, internet, hardware, automation, health care, chemistry and life sciences.
To date, external investors have injected over EUR 2 billion into the HTGF portfolio via about 1,400 follow-on financing rounds. HTGF has also successfully sold interests in more than 100 companies. Investors in this public-private partnership include the Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs and Energy, the KfW Banking Group, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., as well as the companies ALTANA, BASF, BAYER, B.Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim, Robert Bosch, BÜFA, CEWE, Deutsche Post DHL, Dräger, Drillisch AG, EVONIK, EWE AG, Haniel, Hettich, Knauf, Körber, LANXESS, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, PHOENIX CONTACT, Postbank, QIAGEN, RWE Generation SE, SAP, Schufa, Schwarz Gruppe, STIHL, Thüga, Vector Informatik, WACKER and Wilh. Werhahn KG.