Industry and SMEs meet innovation and start-ups

  • For the eleventh time, the High-Tech Partnering Conference (HTPC) will bring together industry and SMEs with innovation and financing experts
  • More than 300 participants and more than 150 high-tech start-ups from sectors such as software, chemistry, healthcare, mechanical engineering and energy are expected to attend the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) event on 28 January 2020
  • Expert workshops are held on topics such as New Work, Security Token Offerings, IoT or Accelerators
  • Inspirational Keynote: Euro-Fighter pilot Nicola Baumann talks about motivation and discipline


Leading companies from Germany’s industry and medium-sized enterprises will meet innovative start-ups and financing experts at the High-Tech Partnering Conference (HTPC) next week. For the eleventh time, the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is organizing the network meeting to further promote digitization and innovation.

“Germany has just been named the most innovative country in the world in a study. In order to translate this enormous potential further into economic success, we need partnership-based cooperation between all major players. With the HTPC, we want to provide an important and sustainable impulse for this again this year,” says Dr. Alex von Frankenberg, Managing Director of the HTGF.

At the High-Tech Partnering Conference on January 28, 2020, the seed investor HTGF expects representatives of leading industrial companies including, Robert Bosch GmbH, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA as well as B. Braun Melsungen. In addition, more than150 start-ups from sectors such as software, chemistry, healthcare, mechanical engineering and energy.

This year’s conference will be opened by Dr. Andreas Hettich, Chairman of the Management Board of Hettich Holding. An inspiring keynote by Nicola Baumann­­ will follow – the former Eurofighter pilot and finalist of “The Astronaut” will talk about her personal experiences with motivation and discipline.

In workshops, the conference participants (Industry, SME and start-ups), who are expected to attend more than 450 work together to find solutions to the challenges of the coming years. At the same time, the conference also provides a platform for deals, acquisition talks and long-term cooperation.

“We specifically support the most important high-tech start-ups in and from Germany – with partnership-based support in addition to our investments. With the HTPC, we have also created a forum in which the best possible conditions for targeted networking between founders and industry are provided. This leads to partnerships from which both sides benefit,” says Dr. Alex von Frankenberg.


About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor that finances high-potential, tech-driven startups. With EUR 895.5 million in total investment volume across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has already helped forge more than 570 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, chemistry and life sciences.

To date, external investors have injected over EUR 2.4 billion into the HTGF portfolio via more than 1,500 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 Capital, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., as well as the companies ALTANA, BASF, BAYER, B.Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim, Robert Bosch, BÜFA, CEWE, Deutsche Post DHL, Dräger, Drillisch AG, EVONIK, EWE AG, FOND OF, 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.

High-Tech  Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Stefanie Grüter
Schlegelstraße 2
53113 Bonn
T: +49 228 82300-188



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