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Start-up Scene 2020 – Trends and Developments

International Sharing Expertise at Family Day 2012 in Bonn on 20 June

High-Tech Gründerfonds’ Family Day has established itself as one of the largest events in the venture capital scene in Germany. This venue is where HTGF’s portfolio meets institutional and non-institutional investors from Germany and abroad to share experiences and initiate possible investments. Over 750 attendees, 300 of whom are founders and managers from 200 German high-tech start-ups, approx. 300 investors, among them 50 private investors and business angels and 50 industry representatives as well as more than 100 other networking partners – that’s the positive outcome of Family Day 2012.

Family Day reflects the positive dynamics in the German start-up scene and the interest in high-tech and innovative ideas. And this year the event grew even larger. The developments and trends in the start-up scene were discussed and information exchanged in over 600 one-to-one meetings, 42 company presentations and 9 mini-workshops. The programme comprised workshops, international keynote speakers such as Henry H. Wong of Garage Technologies Ventures from Silicon Valley and VC and corporate panels, expert roundtables as well as room for networking in a pleasant atmosphere. The event was moderated by Ramon Vullings, visually supported by ideaDJ’s Marc Heleven. Of course, an active part was also played by the Seed Champions Cup in the Tipp-Kick table top football game as well as the Seed Club.

The event showed that the German start-up scene is being increasingly characterized by serial entrepreneurs. Experience gained from previous projects is contributing to new ones, strengthening the positive dynamics over the long-term. The increasing significance of business angels contributing not just capital, but also entrepreneurial know-how to an investment was also made a topic of discussion. Just as investments from business angels are being made across sectors, corporate venture capital is also becoming increasingly relevant. Company groups as well as medium-sized enterprises are relying on innovations and investing in high-tech start-ups with an upwards trend.

“Germany and its highly innovative start-ups are also becoming more attractive to foreign investors. Of the €430 million for follow-on investments in our portfolio, €60 million comes from abroad, for the most part from the UK, France and Switzerland. Additionally, both start-ups and investors are being supported by numerous programmes and initiatives from the German government. Ultimately, the goal is to enter the top tier of the world’s most technology- and innovation-friendly countries by 2020. We are well on the way to getting there.” says Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Executive Director of High-Tech Gründerfonds, assessing the future development of the German start-up scene.

The topic was also addressed at the press conference held on 20 June 2012. Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Henry H. Wong, Prof. Dr. Tobias Kollmann (Managing Director of netSTART Venture GmbH, 2012 Business Angel of the Year), Dr. Andreas Jenne (CEO of Kinaxo Biotechnologies GmbH) and Dr. Johannes Velling (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology) discussed the opportunities for start-ups on the international competitive stage, but also the increasing interest of international VCs as well as national and international non-institutional investors.

About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of EUR 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW Banking Group, as well as thirteen industrial groups of ALTANA, BASF, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE Color, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gruenderfonds has about EUR 563 million under management in two funds (EUR 272 million HTGF I, EUR 291 million HTGF II).

Press contact:
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Stefanie Zillikens  – Marketing & Communications Manager
Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2 – 53175 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 823001-07 – Fax: +49 228 823000-50
s.zillikens@high-tech-gruenderfonds.de
www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de