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Challenges and highlights of 2020 and an outlook for 2021

27. January 2021
Challenges and highlights of 2020 and an outlook for 2021 Overall, 2020 was a successful year for High-Tech Gründerfonds despite the difficult circumstances. And the seed investor just recently signed off on the best exit in its history. Managing Director Alex von Frankenberg takes a look back at the challenges and highlights of this past year and provides an outlook …

How passion and expertise led to a billion-euro exit

18. December 2020
How passion and expertise led to a billion-euro exit As a High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) partner, Dr. Bernd Goergen has just signed the most successful exit in HTGF history. US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences is set to acquire German biotech start-up MYR for roughly EUR 1.15 billion. In this interview, he speaks about the fight against Hepatitis D, drug development and his own personal …

Successful Internationalisation

9. November 2020
Successful Internationalisation Markus Kurch joined Crealytics as Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He was given the important task of internationalising the online marketing specialist’s business. Today, Crealytics has offices in New York, London and Berlin. In this interview, Kurch and HTGF Partner Romy Schnelle talk about their successes and setbacks and explain how the analytical approach adopted by the search …

Pivoting to become the market leader

8. October 2020
Pivoting to become the market leader In this interview, Ralf Rottmann, Managing Director and founder of grandcentrix, and HTGF Partner Markus Kreßmann talk about how grandcentrix made a radical departure from its original business idea to become a leading IoT solutions provider – and why HTGF was the only conceivable investor for the team of founders. Markus, HTGF was the …

“HTGF plays a valuable role that goes beyond seed financing”

15. September 2020
“HTGF plays a valuable role that goes beyond seed financing” High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Professor Dieter Jahn, who spent many years heading up BASF Group’s Science Relations and Innovation Management competence centre, was one of the initiators and driving forces behind the seed-stage investor back in 2005. Since day one, Jahn has been at HTGF’s side …

15 years HTGF: 15 facts & figures

15. September 2020
15 years HTGF: 15 facts & figures Our operational business started on September 1st, 15 years ago. To celebrate this, over the past 15 days we have shared facts, figures and little insights about the last few years via social media. To kick off, we celebrated our 591 closings to date and close the 15 days today with 114 exits …

“HTGF plays a valuable role that goes beyond seed financing”

15. September 2020
“HTGF plays a valuable role that goes beyond seed financing” Professor Dieter Jahn, who spent many years heading up BASF Group’s Science Relations and Innovation Management competence centre, was one of the initiators and driving forces behind High-Tech Gründerfonds back in 2005. Since day one, Jahn has been at HTGF’s side as a member of its advisory board. In an …

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"

8. July 2020
“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 …