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The key to a successful network is empathy

5. August 2020
The key to a successful network is empathy HTGF Partner Claudia Raber, who is responsible for relationship management at the company, explains the art of successful networking, the amount of time that should be invested in building relationships, and why empathy is so important. Claudia, you’ve been in charge of relationship management at HGTF for over a decade now. What …

How can we achieve Product-Market Fit? – The Customer Development Process

8. July 2020
How can we achieve Product-Market Fit? – The Customer Development Process By Fabian Hogrebe With contributions from Gregor Haidl (Investment Manager), Ulrike Kalapis (Investment Manager), Yann Fiebig (Senior Investment Manager) and Dr. Andreas Olmes (Principal). “How can we achieve Product-Market Fit?” is a question that we are regularly confronted with here at High-Tech Gründerfonds. The bad news is that there …

“You don’t need entrepreneurship in your genes to successfully found a life sciences company”

“You don’t need entrepreneurship in your genes to successfully found a life sciences company” HTGF Partner Marco Winzer has been with High-Tech Gründerfonds since its foundation. In an interview, he talks about why real entrepreneurship is not something you can learn in the classroom. However, he also advises anyone with an innovative idea to make sure they found a company …

We will continue setting important trends

4. June 2020
“We will continue setting important trends“ In an interview, High-Tech Gründerfonds’ (HTGF) new Managing Director Guido Schlitzer talks about the first-ever Family Day held exclusively online, what the future holds for HTGF, and why sometimes you just have to give things a go. How was the first-ever Family Day held exclusively online? Guido Schlitzer: It was fantastic! The special thing …

A conversation about concluding an exit during the coronavirus crisis and why it’s crucial for start-ups to adopt professional standards from an early stage

6. May 2020
A conversation about concluding an exit during the coronavirus crisis and why it’s crucial for start-ups to adopt professional standards from an early stage Dennis Schmoltzi, Founder & CEO of Emma, and Tanja Emmerling, a partner at HTGF, talk about why it’s important to have a good network in the start-up ecosystem and about how to achieve a successful exit …

Why we need to see more investment diversity in the life sciences sector to overcome crises such as the current one

6. April 2020
Why we need to see more investment diversity in the life sciences sector to overcome crises such as the current one Dr. Bernd Goergen has been working at High-Tech Gründerfonds for the last 12 years. The HTGF Partner is an expert in the field of life sciences. His investment portfolio includes PEPperPRINT, a Heidelberg-based start-up which is making a valuable …

How scientists become successful entrepreneurs

4. March 2020
How scientists become successful entrepreneurs  Interview with Klaus Lehmann, Partner Successful industrial technology start-ups – Klaus Lehmann has helped scientists and researchers to found successful start-ups on behalf of the High-Tech-Gründerfonds since 2014. Now the industrial technology expert has been appointed partner of the HTGF. In an interview he explains what start-ups from the world of science and academia need …

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5. February 2020
How do Industrial Tech founders recognize Product-Market Fit? Part 2: The analytical and quantitative perspective By Ingo Fehr and Gregor Haidl (both Investment Managers) Supported by Yann Fiebig (Senior Investment Manager), Fabian Hogrebe (Analyst), Dr. Andreas Olmes (Principal) “Are there any objective criteria or KPIs that can indicate that my start-up is on a good way to reach Product-Market Fit?” …

Status quo Start-up Germany?

Alex von Frankenberg - Wo steht start-up Deutschland? Status quo Start-up Germany? Interview with Dr. Alex von Frankenberg HTGF celebrates its 15th birthday in 2020. After all these years and nearly 600 investments — what, do you think, is the state of the German startup landscape today? Germany is in pretty good shape and has caught up extremely well in many sectors. There are now more ‘Made in …

Startups and corporate partners: a relationship of hope and challenge

19. December 2019
Author: Dr Martin Pfister, Senior Investment Manager According to a recently published study by Wayra, the accelerator programme set up by the Spanish telecommunications operator Telefónica, major corporations founded 264 new venture capital businesses in 2018. It is interesting to note that this type of support for innovative, non-corporate projects has experienced a new boom since the 2008 financial crisis. …