Industrial Tech

Together we are changing the world of industrial tech

As a seed investor, we support industrial tech founders with our technological expertise, financing know-how and exclusive access to a unique network in both industry and academia. 

The success of your start-up is our mission. Industrial Tech is our passion. We combine academic experience with an entrepreneurial spirit and draw from our learnings as founders. 

Our focus lies on technology fields such as energy, mechanical engineering, robotics, automation, quantum computing, optical technologies, industrial software and related areas. 

We invest in people

We know how financing works. But we also understand your individual needs and know the special challenges that await founders of Industrial Tech start-ups. 

Help to get started – Take off successfully with us

  • Fast, flexible and straightforward initial financing 
  • Identification of suitable co-investors from our network 

Learn more about our investment criteria

Growth – We help you to scale your business

  • Opening doors to customers & supporting the product-market fit 
  • Exchange and cooperation with founders and our partners from academia and industry 
  • Support in raising growth financing 

Learn more about our Added Value

Support during crises – when things just don’t work out…

  • Evaluating alternative forms of financing 
  • Consulting a network of experts for operational support 
  • Providing hands-on support and sparring during the restructuring process

Learn more about our Added Value

Who we are  

What you can expect from us:

  • We think like you do and understand your needs 
  • We have an entrepreneurial mindset and have founded our own companies 
  • We not only offer technological excellence, but also business know-how and a sales perspective  
  • We know how to finance 
  • We think outside the box and find new ways to provide you the best-possible support 
  • We have experience in launching products and support the product-market fit  
Prior(!) to the product-market fit, work needs to be performed in an agile and capital-efficient way.
Illustration based on Steve Blank’s “The Four Steps to the Epiphany”, 2020 fifth edition, page 25.

In Industrial Tech, we invest in these areas, among others:

  Hardware

  Automation

  Optical Technologies

  Robotics

  Energy

  Industrial Software

  Quantum computing

and related technology fields

Our Industrial Tech Portfolio 

Together with you, we will change the world of industrial tech.  

Germany has a unique opportunity to redefine industry. Building on a long tradition of industrial achievements and innovations, now is the time to bring these assets into the digital age. To remain competitive among the top international players, we now must rethink and take charge of the future. 

We already have a solid foundation in place, with a diverse range of universities and world-leading institutes such as Fraunhofer providing a cornerstone for a better future.  

Your innovative hardware and software solutions can help to shape the future and the German entrepreneurial landscape.  

Let’s create a digital and sustainable future for our planet!  

You want to start a business? You can contact our team here.

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