more than
180
exits & IPOs
more than
750
investments
about
1.4 B
under management in four seed fonds
more than
45
fund investors

Seed investor for high-tech start-ups

HTGF is a venture capital investor for innovative technologies and business models. We successfully support the best founders whose ideas can revolutionise entire industries and improve people’s lives – from seed to exit.

We are a public–private partnership that works closely and successfully with companies from a wide range of industries. Our fund investors include medium-sized companies, family businesses and corporations. We provide them with access to innovative start-ups and technologies insights into deal flows and connections to our global network.

As a seed investor, we have financed more than 750 start-ups in the industrial tech, digital tech, life sciences and chemicals sectors. We have overseen more than 180 exits, including IPOs. When founding your company together with us, you benefit from an experienced partner at your side.

Our HTGF IV fund investors 

In addition to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and KfW Capital, the investors in our fourth fund include 45 companies from a wide range of industries. Medium-sized companies in particular are strongly represented, along with many large corporations and family offices.

Our portfolio

Our portfolio companies are the heart of HTGF. We are proud of each and every one of them. Our investment managers have a direct line to the founders and are on hand with support and the entire HTGF network.

HTGF Family

We see ourselves as a platform that offers young startups important added value in addition to flexible financing as part of the #HTGFFamily, tailored to their very individual needs.

Dipl. Ing. Miriam Haerst Co-founder and managing partner
HTGF shares its experience with us in matters of reporting, for example. That helps enormously when it comes to optimizing processes on the one hand and remaining transparent on the other. However, the investor never intervenes more deeply than necessary, so that our start-up momentum is maintained.
Pierre Baqué Co-Founder / CEO – Neutral Concept Ltd.
HTGF has developed a very rational and scientific approach to addressing problems in start-ups. I like that. The experience and the breadth of the portfolio make that possible.
Philipp Bürling Founder Numaferm GmbH
Participating in HTGF’s network as a start-up cannot be overstated. We met our first customer at an HTGF event, even though we weren’t even in the portfolio at the time.
Philipp Roesch-Schlanderer Founder and managing director eGym
HTGF has supported us unconditionally for many years. On the journey of a startup, many things develop differently than expected. We entrepreneurs therefore need a partner who supports us with advice and peace of mind to get up anew each time and make things better.
Julia Bösch Founder and managing director OUTFITTERY
HTGF was the first investor who understood our idea and vision and invested pre-product.
Dr. Tim Pohlmann Founder and managing director IPlytics GmbH
We really enjoy being at the HTPC every year. This is where we meet corporate champions from large industrial companies who pass us on to the relevant contacts. That’s worth its weight in gold for our business development.
Felix Brand Founder and managing director CardioSecur
At Family Day, we found a strong investor for our follow-on financing.
Dr. Andreas Sedlmeyer CEO and Founder instagrid GmbH
Coming from a corporate group, I appreciate regular further development. The HTGF Academy implements this in the best possible way, focussing on the topics of young companies.

Insights

News from the HTGF Family

Press
17. July 2024

Sdui acquires FoxEducation and raises a further 21 million euros

The acquisition of FoxEducation strengthens Sdui’s position servicing over 22,000 schools and preschools in Europe. The company also raised a further 21 million euros from new and existing investors. New investor Summiteer and existing investor HV Capital leads the new financing round. Koblenz / Vienna, 17 July 2024 – Sdui Group (“Sdui”), one of the leading providers of education technology in Europe, today announced that it has acquired digital education solut
 
Press
16. July 2024

doinstruct raises €7.6M to address frontline-worker skills shortages

80% of the global workforce are frontline workers in industries such as food processing, logistics & warehousing, hospitality, retail, healthcare and manufacturing. Current training options are time-consuming, inefficient and not designed with workers in mind. doinstruct’s simple, mobile-first approach is training as it should be – low-threshold, bite-sized and in the worker’s native language. doinstruct secured €7.6M in funding led by Creandum, with participation from
 
Blog
26. June 2024

Looking back: HTGF Family Day 2024 in Berlin

HTGF Family Day 2024 in Berlin – After-movie At our new location STATION Berlin, we were able to offer participants at the Family Day even better opportunities for personal exchange and networking. Around 1,300 investors, founders and representatives of companies and the start-up ecosystems took advantage of this opportunity in thousands of 1-on-1 meetings. Our two stages offered plenty of inspiration with keynotes, keynote speeches and panels. In addition, selected MasterClasses
 
Blog
26. June 2024

Systematically utilizing start-up innovations – Interview with Fabian Dudek, founder and CEO of GlassDollar

We sat down with Fabian Dudek, Founder and CEO of GlassDollar, to learn how established companies can systematically leverage start-up innovations. GlassDollar helps companies quickly identify the right solutions and gain competitive advantages through successful partnerships and proof-of-concepts. Fabian provides insights into various innovation methods and shares his tips for effective cooperation. Fabian, what innovation methods are there for established companies that are lookin
 
Blog
26. June 2024

This is how we did it – Episode 2 with Christina Walch from Soluterials

The decision to found a start-up is always challenging. In our “This is how we did it” series, we talk to founders from our portfolio who have had their first experiences as entrepreneurs in challenging times. Valuable tips and first-hand experience. In episode two, we talk to Christina Walch, Managing Director of Soluterials, about her start-up experience. Soluterials specializes in the production of an innovative pure high-performance aluminum material SoluteriAL, which is sust
 
Event
1. October 2024

Chemistry Pitch Day 2024

Are you a chemistry start-up and would like to present your company to leading investors and corporate decision-makers? Apply for Chemistry Pitch Day! HTGF and Chemie Cluster Bayern organize this exclusive pitch event on 1 October in Nuremberg. Use this opportunity and present your technology to an exclusive audience of investors, corporate VCs, and industry experts! Sabine Reising and Dr. Tobias Schwarzmüller are your contacts at Chemie Cluster Bayern for this event. Our motto this year is &
 

Become Part of the HTGF Family

We invest in start-ups in the fields of industrial technology, digital tech, life sciences, chemistry or related areas.

We are sparring partners in all questions regarding the development of start-ups and will open doors for you.

In the seed round up to 1 million euros. With HTGF IV, in total we can invest up to 4 million euros in a start-up.

Our start-ups become part of the #HTGFFamily, one of the strongest networks in the high-tech venture sector.

Are you the founder of a high-tech start-up? Does your company match our industry focus and meet our investment criteria? Then we look forward to getting to know you and your company! Send us your pitch deck – we’ll be in touch.

Investment criteria

Your company is a high-tech start-up in the fields of digital tech, industrial tech, life sciences, chemistry or related business areas

Your start-up is less than three years old

Your start-up is headquartered in Germany or – in the case of start-ups from other European countries – has a German base of operations.