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The added value of collaborations

4. November 2021
The added value of collaborations How can established companies and start-ups develop side by side? The secret is cooperation, to which HTGF attaches particular importance. Alex von Frankenberg, Managing Director of HTGF, picks up on a number of successful examples from the roughly 200 collaborations between portfolio companies and fund investors to show why in some cases one plus one …

Life Science Pitch Day: Real entrepreneurs, real innovation, real added value

5. October 2021
Life Science Pitch Day: Real entrepreneurs, real innovation, real added value It was a special moment when CureVac founder Ingmar Hoerr shared his business story at the Life Science Pitch Day. More than 30 start-ups, investors, and scientists took part in the event at the end of September, which was organised by High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) together with partners Bayer, Boehringer …

What HTGF can offer its fund investors (besides investments) 

31. August 2021
Alex von Frankenberg Bild What HTGF can offer its fund investors (besides investments)   Ever since it was established 16 years ago as a public-private partnership, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) has always worked closely with companies. The third fund alone secured over 30 fund investors, and a fourth fund generation has already been announced. HTGF sees itself as a platform that offers added value for private …

From backpack start-up to platform: The success story of HTGF fund investor FOND OF

6. July 2021
Oliver Steinki Fond Of From backpack start-up to platform: The success story of HTGF fund investor FOND OF To some, FOND OF is simply known as the backpack start-up, but the Cologne company sees itself as a platform for development, unleashing potential and personal growth. So what does that mean exactly? To find out, we asked Dr. Oliver Steinki, founder and Managing Director of …

Accelerator activities at SAP.iO: “Creating a win-win-win situation”

29. June 2021
Alexa Gorman Picture Accelerator activities at SAP.iO: “Creating a win-win-win situation” Alexa Gorman is considered one of the world’s leading experts on start-ups. She began setting up a start-up program at SAP in 2017, and since May this year has been responsible for the software company’s global activities in this area in her role as Senior Vice President and Global Head SAP.iO Foundries …

Full speed ahead in the same boat – A talk about Simplaex and Numaferm’s cooperation

27. May 2021
Full speed ahead in the same boat – A talk about Simplaex and Numaferm’s cooperation Let’s be honest, for a seed investor like HTGF, it’s great when portfolio companies connect and then go on to work together. And that’s exactly what happened with digital agency Ogno, a product of Simplaex, and life sciences company Numaferm. We sat down for a …

What HTGF has to offer for start-ups (besides financing)

30. April 2021
Added Value What HTGF has to offer for start-ups (besides financing) With over 600 seed investments in almost 16 years, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is Germany’s most active seed investor. Its investment teams have strong ties with business and science. HTGF has long seen itself as a platform that offers start-ups outstanding benefits alongside financing. In this interview, HTGF Partner Claudia Raber sheds …

Start-up meets corporate – an interview discussing the successful collaboration between Userlane and B. Braun

25. March 2021
Start-up meets corporate – an interview discussing the successful collaboration between Userlane and B. Braun You could say that Alexander Katzung and Hartmut Hahn met by chance – and you’d be right, but it was in an organised setting. And it’s this idea that underpins the networking activities of High-Tech Gründerfonds when it brings together fund investors and portfolio companies. …

Finding Product-Market Fit: The “n=1” rule

19. March 2021
Product Market Fit When you start looking for product-market fit, the rule of "n = 1" prescribes that you should initially focus on exactly one single customer.

Why pivoting is a radically good move and fundamentally important

26. February 2021
Why pivoting is a radically good move and fundamentally important After more than 600 seed investments, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) has conducted a study to see how founders can perform a successful pivot. Managing Director Alex von Frankenberg presents the results together with his colleague and Senior Investment Manager Gregor Haidl. In addition, the two experts explain why pivoting is also …