Matchmaking between small and large: high-tech corporates seeking industrial partners

January 20, 2011

High-Tech Partnering Conference on 1 February in Bonn

How varied and profitable collaboration between small and large companies can be and why high ability to innovate can help to provide a competitive edge are aspects that about 200 high-ranking representatives of industry and commerce will be discussing on 1 February 2011 at the High-Tech Partnering Conference in Bonn.

“Sustainable innovations are a vital source of nourishment for major technology companies. Large corporations and SMEs will find innovative products and business models with major potential in the portfolio of High-Tech Gründerfonds,” Prof. Dieter Jahn, Senior Vice President, Science Relations and Innovation Management at BASF SE, says in describing his experience with High-Tech Gründerfonds. Yet how does industry obtain innovations that are fit for the future? And how can young, high-tech companys enrich the industrial landscape in Germany? The Partnering Conference in Bonn, to which High-Tech Gründerfonds has invited businesses for the second time in succession, will bring small and large companies together.

During the technology conference, well-known speakers including Ralph Haupter, CEO of Microsoft Germany, Prof. Hermann Simon, Founder & Chairman of SimonKucher Partner as well as Prof. Dieter Jahn, Senior Vice President BASF SE will discuss the key to partnerships between small and large.

The conference initiates joint ventures between young, high-tech enterprises and large corporates. More than 150 representatives of industry as well as 50 innovative businesses from the portfolio of HighTech Gründerfonds will get together in six workshops and numerous one-on-one meetings to lay the foundations for successful collaboration. The focus will be on the cleantech, automation, cloud computing & IT infrastructure, web-based business models as well as medical technology and biotech sectors.

The high-tech sector association BITKOM and the Handelsblatt business newspaper are partners to the event.

More on the schedule for the Technology Conference at

Media representatives are cordially invited to the Technology Conference and can register informally by email .

About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests risk capital in young, high-potential technology companies that convert promising research results in business success. The seed finance provided aims to enable start-ups to take their R&D projects through to the creation of a prototype, a proof of concept or to market launch. High-Tech Gründerfonds provides EUR 500,000 of the seed finance and may invest up to a total of two million euros per business in subsequent rounds. Investors in this public/private partnership are the German Federal Ministry for Business and Technology, the KfW Banking Group as well as the six industrial groups of BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gründerfonds has a fund volume of about 272 million euros.

Media contact:
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Gabriela Fricke
Marketing & Communications Manager
Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2
53175 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 82300105
Fax: +49 228 82300050


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