High-Tech Gründerfonds’ technology and networking conference HTPC celebrates 10-year anniversary

  • Exclusive meeting between industry and start-ups from High-Tech Gründerfonds’ portfolio
  • More than 440 participants from Germany and abroad are in Bonn today
  • The aim: to establish partnerships and client relationships, and to exchange views on pioneering developments in the high-tech scene
  • Workshops on the following topics: enterprise security, precision medicine, sustainability in the chemical industry, engineering and AI, drones and the future, corporate innovation, and venture capital
  • Keynote speaker: Daniel Attallah, founder and CEO of PIXUM

At 10 am, the High-Tech Partnering Conference (HTPC) got under way at the Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn. For the 10th year now, Dr. Michael Brandkamp and Dr. Alex von Frankenberg, Managing Partners of High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), welcomed guests from Germany and abroad to an exclusive networking event hosted by Europe’s most active seed investor. High-tech start-ups have the chance to meet established companies that may even become clients or collaboration partners in future. And that’s exactly what happened last year, when mobileJob was able to win a large company as a customer. Corporates, for their part, may even uncover innovations with the potential to complement or change their business. 

The start-ups will have the opportunity to present their businesses in pitch sessions and face-to-face meetings. On this anniversary year, all participants will for the first time have the possibility of intensively discussing challenges and changes brought about by high-tech innovations. HTGF Investment Managers have chosen topics which currently form the focus of their respective fields. For example, how will AI revolutionise the world of engineering? In what areas will drones replace established technologies? What does sustainability mean for the chemical industry? What kind of concepts are needed to help precision medicine take root in the German healthcare system. And how can start-ups and established companies create a win-win situation for each other (more on this subject/press release)?

Enterprise security was already a hot topic before the German data breach in January, which Süddeutsche Zeitung ran a piece on under the headine “Das Beben aus dem Kinderzimmer” (The tremor from the nursery room). Axel Nitsch and Niklas Raberg, Senior Investment Managers at HTGF, have ambitious plans for their workshops. “We want to paint a broad picture of the current complexity and the resulting challenges for enterprise security,” explains Nitsch. Raberg adds: “On our panel, for instance, we’ll not only have the views from the product side, with VMRay, and the “other side”, as we’ll also be gaining insights into security aspects relating to SAP customer apps through the use of blockchain, and we also have Haniel shedding light on internal auditing.”

“The foundation of successful cooperation is based on a willingness to come together and understand one another. For the last 10 years, our HTPC event has offered a platform for start-ups and grown-ups to not only get to know each other but also establish an extensive dialogue,” explains Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Managing Director at High-Tech Gründerfonds. “Today we can experience in real time the network that High-Tech Gründerfonds has built over 14 years,” Brandkamp adds. The network’s members include start-ups and established companies alike.

About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor that finances high-potential, tech-driven startups. With EUR 892.5 million in total investment volume across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has already helped forge more than 500 startups since 2005. Driven by their expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, its team of experienced investment managers and startup experts help guide the development of young companies. HTGF’s focus is on high-tech startups in a range of sectors, including software, media, internet, hardware, automation, health care, chemicals and life sciences. To date, external investors have injected over EUR 2 billion into the HTGF portfolio via about 1,400 follow-on financing rounds. HTGF has also successfully sold interests in more than 100 companies.

Investors in this public-private partnership include the Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs and Energy, the KfW Banking Group, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., as well as the companies ALTANA, BASF, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, B.Braun, Robert Bosch, BÜFA, CEWE, Deutsche Post DHL, Dräger, Drillisch AG, EVONIK, EWE AG, Haniel, Hettich, Knauf, Körber, LANXESS, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, PHOENIX CONTACT, Postbank, QIAGEN, RWE Generation SE, SAP, Schufa, Schwarz Gruppe, STIHL, Thüga, Vector Informatik, WACKER, and Wilh. Werhahn KG.

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