In addition to public partners such as the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and KfW, 29 enterprises participate in HTGF III. Learn more about our strong partners:
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is the initiator of and majority investor in the High-Tech Gründerfonds III fund.
Our goal is to fully leverage the potential unlocked by digitalisation and, together with businesses, trade unions, the scientific community and civil society, lay the foundation for a successful digital transformation and a future-proof economy.
As a component of the BMWi’s “high-tech strategy” and the BMWi initiative “Gründerland Deutschland” (Germany – the land of start-ups), High-Tech Gründerfonds is important to us in two respects. On the one hand, the BMWi’s role includes supporting start-ups and buoying the venture capital market in Germany. On the other hand, HTGF’s start-ups help medium-sized companies to digitalise their businesses – another one of the BMWi’s key tasks. With a view to safeguarding German companies’ ability to compete in the 21st century, we are committed to supporting innovative tech-based start-ups, as they often face high market, management and technical risks.
KfW, Germany’s development bank, is one of the largest sources of financing for medium-sized companies in the country. Through its “Bankdurchleitung” (On-lending) platform, it supports companies by providing long-term investment loans to finance start-ups, innovation and renewable energies, as well as energy-efficiency and environmental-protection measures. Through its market-oriented approach to providing venture capital, KfW also finances tech-focused start-ups, innovative projects and fledgling, high-growth companies in Germany.
After the German Federal Government, KfW is the biggest investor in High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Germany’s largest and most active seed-stage investor. To support subsequent phases of development, KfW and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) launched the Coparion venture-capital fund, which invests directly in innovative start-ups together with private investors.
Through the ERP Venture Capital Fund, KfW invests in selected venture capital funds, which in turn invest in fledgling, growth-focused tech companies.
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / Fraunhofer Venture
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 69 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. 24,500 employees work with an annual research budget totaling 2.1 billion euros.
Fraunhofer Venture is a central department of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and partner for founders, start-ups, Fraunhofer institutes, industry, and investors. By providing access to Fraunhofer technologies, Fraunhofer infrastructure, and Fraunhofer know how with more than 5200 patent families, it offers start-ups the possibility to faster and better establish their products on the market. The range of services of Fraunhofer Venture includes comprehensive support and consulting from the idea to the start-up, assistance for finding financing solutions to a possible sale of the company and is backed by different development programs and additional services.
ALTANA is a global leader in true specialty chemicals. The Group offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions for coating manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, the printing and packaging industries, the cosmetics sector and the electrical and electronics industry. ALTANA’s operations are divided into four divisions: BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, ELANTAS Electrical Insulation, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants.
The ALTANA Group has 48 production facilities and more than 50 service and research laboratories worldwide. Throughout the Group about 6,000 people work to ensure the worldwide success of ALTANA. In 2016, ALTANA achieved sales of more than EUR 2 billion. About 6 percent of sales are invested in research and development every year. Its high earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most innovative, fastest growing, and profitable chemical companies in the world.
ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG
The STIHL Group develops, manufactures and distributes power tools for professional forestry and agriculture as well as for garden and landscape maintenance, the construction sector and the demanding private user. STIHL distributes its products through its network of 45,000 Approved Dealers in over 160 countries. The Group has 36 sales and marketing subsidiaries of its own as well as more than 120 importers. STIHL has consistently been the world’s top-selling chain saw brand since 1971.
BASF Venture Capital GmbH invests in young, innovative companies from all over the world to develop new technologies and business ideas for the BASF Group. Our international team are based in Ludwigshafen (Germany), Fremont and Boston (United States), Hong Kong (China) and Tokyo (Japan). Further information can be found at www.basf-vc.de (English-language version available).
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about EUR 58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.
B.Braun Melsungen AG
B. Braun is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products and services. With 58,000 employees in 64 countries, B. Braun develops high quality product systems and services for users around the world. Every service provided by B. Braun incorporates its entire expertise and the company’s deep understanding of users’ needs. In developing its products, product systems and services, B. Braun acts like a sparring partner – a companion who promotes developments through constructive dialog and the motivation to improve things.
With its constantly growing portfolio of effective medical care solutions, B. Braun makes a substantial contribution towards protecting and improving people’s health.
B. Braun is active in 18 therapy fields and applications, with a focus on hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, nursing, emergency services and at-home care. B. Braun generated revenues of EUR 6.47 billion in 2016.
BÜFA GmbH & Co. KG
Based in Oldenburg, Germany, since 1883, BÜFA Group is a medium-sized, independent chemicals company that has operations around the world in the fields of chemicals, cleaning and composites The company is a standout performer thanks to its range of innovative, resource-friendly products and system solutions used in the transport, wind power, food and cleaning industries Sustainability is a principle that is firmly embedded in the company’s operations BÜFA banks on new chemistry and combines profitability with social responsibility.
CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA
At CEWE, innovation, transformation and development of new business areas are part of our DNA. For CEWE, the commitment to HTGF III is an element of our innovation strategy, in order to stay competitive in the dynamic world of digitalization. With the investment in HTGF III and in HTGF’s portfolio companies we expect to get access to the start-up community, insights into new technologies and business strategies as well as possible new cooperation partners or even investment objectives. We are mainly interested in technology companies dealing with “Pictures” and “Printing” as well as consumer focused e-commerce companies.
CEWE is an innovative photo and online printing service with twelve highly engineered manufacturing locations and about 3500 employees in 24 European countries. In 2016, the market and technology leader delivered about 2.2 billion pictures, 6.2 million CEWE photo books and gifts to about 25,000 commercial customers and realized a profit of EUR 593.1 million. Due to CEWE’s constant innovations, the company has a massive impact on the photo industry.
CEWE was founded by Heinz Neumüller in 1961; in 1993, Hubert Rothärmel floated CEWE to the market. The CEWE foundation is listed on SDAX.
Deutsche Postbank AG
One of Germany’s largest banks for private customers
With total assets amounting to €147 billion and 18,000 employees the Postbank Group is one of Germany’s largest financial service providers. It focuses on business with private customers and with small and medium-sized companies.
Postbank offers its private customers simple, low-cost products for their day-to-day needs. The products offered range from payment transactions and deposit and lending business to bonds, investment funds, insurance policies and home savings contracts.
Postbank is easily accessible for its customers at its branches, online or by telephone. It has the most dense branch network of any bank in Germany. At its own over 1,000 branches, it offers extensive financial services as well as postal services. In addition, there are over 4,300 Deutsche Post partner branches where selected Postbank financial services are available, as well as 700 Postbank Financial advisory centers. 3,000 mobile advisors support Postbank’s customers, particularly with mortgages and retirement provisions.
In online and telephone banking, Postbank boasts a leading position in Germany. A total of 9,1 million customer accounts are activated for online banking. And 9 million customer accounts can be accessed via telephone banking. This direct trend is still on the rise.
Business and corporate clients
About 300,000 companies in Germany are Postbank customers. In the area of business clients, it supports self-employed professionals, freelancers, business proprietors, associations and condominium owners’ associations. It offers them simple and attractive solutions covering the major requirements with regard to payment transactions, financing, investment and provisions.
In business with its corporate clients, Postbank draws on its core competencies, offering solutions for payment transactions, commercial real estate financing, traditional corporate financing for SMEs, factoring and leasing, and investment management. PB Firmenkunden AG, a Postbank Group company, supports Postbank’s corporate clients in person and by telephone.
Deutsche Post DHL Group
Deutsche Post DHL Group is the world’s leading mail and logistics company. The Group is focused on being the first choice for customers, employees and investors in its core business activities worldwide. It makes a positive contribution to the world by connecting people and enabling global trade while being committed to responsible business practices, purposeful environmental activities and corporate citizenship.
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation is a strategic unit of DPDHL Group that comprises top customer account management alongside the DHL Innovation Centers in Germany & Singapore and the DHL Trend Research Team. Both teams work hand in hand to drive Customer Centric Innovation for the Group; including identifying new trends, driving proof-of concepts, hosting industry leading trend & Innovation days plus facilitating Innovation Workshops & Guided Innovation Center Visits for customers.
Drillisch AG is based in Maintal, Hesse (Germany), and had 3.62 million mobile customers as of the end of March. As the only MBA MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in Germany, Drillisch is able to provide mobile solutions and products tailored to its clients’ requirements, on the basis of standardised and unbundled advance services from the network operators Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG and Vodafone GmbH.
In the Teléfonica network, access to the latest LTE network technology and all future technologies, such as 5G, is guaranteed. Drillisch AG pursues a multi-brand strategy. In the premium segment, Drillisch focuses on the brands smartmobil.de and yourfone, which operates over 200 shops across Germany.
Evonik Venture Capital GmbH
Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization.
Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world with more than 35,000 employees. In fiscal 2016 the enterprise generated sales of around €12,7 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.165 billion.
EWE is an innovative service provider active in the business areas of energy, telecommunications and information technology. The Group is pooling its expertise in these areas in order to build the best energy supply system for the future by 2026 and to offer its customers optimum solutions. EWE focuses on profitable partnerships and seizes opportunities that arise in new markets and as a result of digitisation. With around 9,000 employees and sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2016, EWE is one of the largest utility companies in Germany. The company, based in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, is primarily owned by the local government. It provides electricity to over 1.3 million customers in northwest Germany, Brandenburg and Rügen, as well as parts of Poland and Turkey and supplies natural gas to almost 1.8 million customers. It also provides over 780,000 customers with telecommunications services. To achieve this, the various companies in the EWE Group operate around 205,000 kilometres of energy and telecommunications networks. The accelerated expansion of fibre optics as resolved in 2016 is a key success factor for the Group’s development into the leading utility company in northern Germany.
Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH
Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH is a German family equity company which has been headquartered in Duisburg-Ruhrort since it was founded in 1756. It is from there that the Holding Company, which is wholly owned by the family, manages a diversified portfolio in line with a long-term investment strategy as a value developer. Haniel’s portfolio currently includes four business divisions which are independently responsible for their own operating business and which hold a leading market position in their respective sectors.
In addition to the digital agendas of the divisions and the own digital unit Schacht One, venture capital funds are part of Haniel’s digital strategy. In addition to economical objectives, opportunities in particular are to be created in this way in order to network within the start-up scene and learn more about new business models and technology trends – both for the advancement of our divisions and for future acquisitions.
Gebrüder Knauf KG
Knauf is a family-owned company active in the building materials industry, with operations spanning every continent.
By investing in the HTGF III fund, Knauf is looking to seize the opportunity to keep its finger on the pulse of innovation.
Thanks to its streamlined processes, flat hierarchies and a decentralised structure, Knauf provides fledgling companies with uncomplicated and swift access to a global network of building materials firms, giving them the chance to not only try out products and services on every continent under different conditions, but implement them as well.
The short decision-making channels within the Knauf Group ensure that experts with years of experience in individual fields can be consulted at short notice, while potential problems can be identified early on in a company’s development.
Knauf sees its investment in HTGF as a win-win situation for all concerned: Knauf, HTGF and start-ups.
“Our investment in HTGF gives us access to one of the biggest deal flows in Germany. This will help us to keep our finger on the pulse and give promising companies a platform to try out and launch their products and services around with the world together with Knauf.” – Quote by Alexander Knauf, managing partner of the Knauf Group
Hettich Holding GmbH & Co. oHG
Hettich is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of furniture fittings. Based in Kirchlegern, Germany, the group is a wholly-owned family business. The Hettich brand stands for quality, innovation, reliability and customer focus. With subsidiaries, units and production facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Hettich is always close to its clients around the world. Hettich group generated revenues of EUR 913 million in 2016, with its overseas operations accounting for 69 percent of this figure. As of the end of 2016, the company had over 6,200 employees.
Installed in all types of furniture, Hettich’s products are usually hidden. However, they are also essential, as whenever a cupboard door or drawer is opened, or other parts of furniture are moved, Hettich products are often involved. Hettich offers the ideal combination of intelligent technology, functionality and design. The company designs and manufactures a range of functional fittings in line with this principle. Its portfolio spans drawer systems, runners and hinges, as well as systems for folding and sliding doors.
Körber AG is the holding company of an international technology Group with over 11,500 employees around the world. It comprises leading technology companies with around 130 production, service and sales sites. At locations around the globe Körber combines the benefits of a globally-present organization with the strengths of highly-specialized and flexible small to medium-sized companies that offer their customers solutions, products and services in the Business Areas of Automation, Logistics Systems, Machine Tools, Pharma Systems, Tissue and Tobacco. The Business Area Corporate Ventures offers the ideal framework for those companies that represent new territory for the Group.
Lanxess Deutschland GmbH
LANXESS – at the heart of the chemical industry
LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 75 production sites worldwide.
The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.
media + more venture is an associated company which brings together Badisches Pressehaus (“Badische Zeitung”, Freiburg), Druck & Medien Heilbronn (“Heilbronner Stimme”, among others) and VRM GmbH & Co. KG (“Allgemeine Zeitung”, Mainz, among others).
All three partners have long demonstrated a willingness to embrace innovation, including in areas outside of the print-media industry, and were quick to recognize the key role that cross medial presence would play in their future operations. The publishers’ collaboration efforts sees the partners investing in innovative technology companies through HTGF, as well as through other channels, as they look to tap into new fields of business beyond their traditional markets.
PHOENIX CONTACT Innovation Ventures GmbH
PHOENIX CONTACT Innovation Ventures GmbH acts as the corporate venture capital unit of the multinational PHOENIX CONTACT Group, a company that has successfully established itself in the field of electrical engineering and automation. The unit looks to invest in innovative business models based on products, services or processes in the field of industrial connection technology, automation, control technology and digitalisation.
In addition to providing financial investment in business models as a co-investor or lead investor, PHOENIX CONTACT also supports entrepreneurs through its industry and process network, with the goal of developing a successful company through collective efforts.
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RWE Generation SE
Based in Essen, RWE Generation SE is in charge of RWE Group’s conventional power generation business. The company benefits from the combined expertise of almost 16,000 employees in Germany, Hungary, the UK, the Netherlands and Turkey. Together, they operate power stations with a total installed capacity of more than 40 gigawatts. These coal, nuclear, gas and hydropower plants along with their firm and flexible capacities contribute to maintaining energy security in the pan-European grid, which is seeing a steady rise in input from renewable energy sources.
Robert Bosch GmbH
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of 31 December 2016). The company generated sales of EUR 73.1 billion in 2016 Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering. The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
SAP is the world’s largest business software company – founded in 1972 and headquartered in Walldorf, Germany. We serve some of the most amazing customers – and we always have exciting projects on the go. Our mission is to Run Simple, and we’re big on using our technological and business know-how to make the world a better place.
Schufa Holding AG
SCHUFA, this abbrevitation stands for “Schutzgemeinschaft für allgemeine Kreditsicherung” (General Credit Protection Agency). Since SCHUFA was founded in 1927, the name has been standing for integrity and reliability.
As Germany’s leading credit bureau, we are a reliable source of information for corporate and private customers, holding credit rating information about 67.2 million persons and 5.3 million companies.
Every day, we make an important contribution to creating trust between two business partners by providing around 380,000 reports and in this way we support safe, fast and efficient business transactions. For instance, for car financing; for hire-purchase of furniture or consumer electronics, for purchases on account in online shops and, for concluding mobile phone contracts allowing you to make calls before they are billed.
In addition to this, consumers are offered transparency about their own data stored at SCHUFA,, proof of their creditworthiness (e.g. when renting a flat), information about companies (e.g. about construction companies or craftsmen) and help if their identity is stolen (e.g. if identification documents or confidential data on the internet are lost).
More than 9,000 corporate customers, including banks, savings banks, trading firms, telecommunications companies and many more, have decided to use our services and rely on the information we provide. In addition, more than 2 million private customers are already using our special offers for private customers.
Schwarz Gruppe GmbH is a private family-owned German retail group that owns and operates the Lidl and Kaufland brands. It is the second-largest retailer in the world, behind WalMart, for revenue.
Headquartered in Neckarsulm the Schwarz Gruppe operated over 10,000 branches in 2015 (around 9900 Lidl branches, of which 3200 in Germany, and around 1190 Kaufland branches, of which 640 in Germany), operating across 26 countries.
Thüga Aktiengesellschaft (Thüga) is an investment and specialist consulting firm with strong municipal ties. The company holds minority stakes in around 100 municipal energy and water suppliers across Germany.
Driven by its firm belief that collaboration creates value, Thüga and its partners form the largest municipal network of local and regional energy and water suppliers in Germany – the Thüga Group. Their shared goal is to shape the future of municipal energy and water supplies. The roles within the network are clearly assigned: Thüga is tasked with overseeing business development: expanding and developing the investment portfolio, boosting the profitability of the investment portfolio by providing consulting services, and enhancing cooperation platforms through the competitive services it offers. In this context, Thüga is expanding its portfolio of solutions by investing in start-up companies active in energy-related industries.
Vector Venture Capital GmbH
The company’s goal is to provide targeted support to young start-ups with the potential to deliver digital solutions, predominantly in the field of technology. This support will not only take the form of financing, but the transfer of expertise and infrastructure measures as well.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Vector Informatik, VVC Vector Venture Capital GmbH will guide fledging companies as they take their first steps on their journey toward economic independence. As part of a selection process, VVC will assess the potential of business ideas and offer tailored support to aspiring entrepreneurs. This support comprises investment, along with workplace infrastructure, contacts and presentation opportunities at events and conferences.
As a specialist in automobile electronics development, Vector has strong ties to carmakers and suppliers around the world, and therefore boasts unique access to the industry. This opens up special collaboration and development opportunities for start-ups.
Vector Venture Capital GmbH was launched in early 2017. It is headed up by Uwe Gerliner, who has amassed many years of experience in the automotive industry and at Vector. He successfully oversaw the launch of Vector Scandinavia in 2002, Vector UK in 2009 and Vector Austria in 2013.
The company is based is in Stuttgart.
“The innovative strength of fledgling, highly committed start-ups is unparalleled. A lot of potential can still be leveraged in Germany and in the south-west of the country in particular. As a specialist with extensive expertise and excellent industry knowledge, Vector can provide a lot of support in this respect. This positioning clearly sets us apart from other venture capitalists,” explains Uwe Gerlinger.
Wacker Chemie AG
WACKER (www.wacker.com) is a globally operating company headquarterd in Munich, Germany. With a wide range of state-of-the-art specialty products, WACKER is a leader in numerous fields and industries. Its products support countless high-growth end-user sectors such as photovoltaics, electronics, pharmaceuticals and household/personal care products.
In 2016, the Group generated sales of some EUR 4.63 billion, with Germany accounting for around 17 percent, Europe (excluding Germany) around 23 percent, North and South America almost 18 percent, the Asia-Pacific region around 38 percent, and other countries 4 percent. As of 31 December 2016, WACKER had around 13,450 employees. The Group Executive Board comprises Dr. Rudolf Staudigl (Chairman and CEO), Dr. Christian Hartel, Dr. Tobias Ohler and Auguste Willems.
WACKER’s operative business is split across the segments WACKER SILICONES, WACKER POLYMERS, WACKER POLYSILICON and WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS. Founded in 1914, WACKER operates 25 production sites, supplying over 3,200 products to more than 3,500 customers worldwide. The Group maintains subsidiaries and sales offices in 31 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia – including a strong foothold in China.