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Cycle develops, produces and markets ultra-short pulse laser technology.
Main product categories are laser-based synchronization, lasers and micro-electronics.

HTGF-Manager: Dr. Gernot Berger
Added to portfolio 06. Jan 2016


eyefactive develops interactive MultiTOUCH displays in spectacular shapes, combined with innovative multi-user software. Their XXXL size enables multiple people to control apps together or parallel at the same time intuitively with hands. For effective marketing at tradeshows, POS and POI or improved communication in work environments.

HTGF-Manager: Jens Baumgärtner
Added to portfolio 16. May 2011

IQ Evolution

IQ Evolution develops microcooling systems based on the selective laser melting technology for semiconductors used in high power diode lasers. This facilitates a significant increase in the lifetime of those components.

Added to portfolio 12. Jun 2008

KonTEM Exit

Sample analysis in structural biology often suffers from weak contrast in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). The KonTEM PhazR solves this contrast problem and thus enables scientists to extract more information about structure and function of cells on molecular level.

Exit since May 2014. Purchaser: FEI Company (NASDAQ: FEIC)

HTGF-Manager: Dr. Andreas Olmes
In portfolio 04. Apr 2012 – 02. May 2014

Laclarée Vision

Laclarée develops adaptive eyeglasses for presbyopia correction. Based on a patented technology, these eyeglasses offer presbyopes clear vision at all distances without levelling down aesthetic standards. Presbyopia appears by age 40-45 with increasing difficulties to focus at near distances and affects 400 million people in Europe, Japan and North America. Progressive lenses, featuring a vertical gradient of optical power, are today the best compromise to presbyopia correction. Still about 10% of presbyopes are very unsatisfied with these lenses, experiencing a reduced quality of life.
Laclarée’s product has been designed to answer this demand, corresponding to about 2 b€/y. Our solution relies on a disruptive fluid-filled doublet-lens activated by low-power microfluidic actuators inserted in the eyeglass arms and driven by a miniature infrared distance sensor. The lens offers a large field of view, is as transparent as any other ophthalmic lens and is compatible with most lens shapes and frame styles.
Laclarée’s team is highly motivated and gathers extensive skills in optics, microfluidic and vision science. The founder of Laclarée is an experienced entrepreneur, he has successfully established a world-leading company in variable optics for cameras. The team has achieved the Proof of Concept, with a fully functional portable demonstrator, enabling a small scale trial with presbyopic people and raising a marked interest in the ecosystem. Laclarée just closed its first seed investor round with Kreaxi and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF).

HTGF-Manager: Dr. Gernot Berger
Added to portfolio 30. Oct 2019

Midel Photonics

Midel Photonics GmbH was founded in May 2022 and emerged from research in the "ML4Q" Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bonn. With its innovative laser beam shaping technology, the company solves highly topical problems in laser material processing and enables highly efficient laser systems. The founders were supported by EXIST research transfer funding from the BMWK, NRW.BANK, the High-Tech.NRW network, the enaCom transfer center at the University of Bonn and the RWTH Aachen incubation program. The founding team consists of David Dung, Frederik Wolf, Christian Wahl, Christopher Grossert.

HTGF-Manager: Dr. Nils Lang
Added to portfolio 29. Nov 2023

Multiphoton Optics Exit

Multiphoton Optics develops 3D printers for the serial production of optical components with previously unattainable precision.

HTGF-Manager: Dr. Andreas Olmes
In portfolio 28. Oct 2014 – 12. Mar 2021


PicoLAS develops, manufactures and markets innovative, efficient and cost-effective power supplies for driving diode lasers and LEDs.

HTGF-Manager: Dr. Andreas Olmes
Added to portfolio 29. Jun 2007

Pulsar Photonics Exit

Pulsar Photonics GmbH was founded in September 2013 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT). The first prototypes were developed with the support of the “EXIST Transfer of Research” scheme as part of the EXIST support programme offered by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The company’s goal is to provide micro-machining production systems featuring lasers that can be set up and utilised as efficiently as today’s conventional CNC processing machines. This enables customers to substantially reduce main and auxiliary process times in production, meaning that the systems can be used for a broad range of applications.

HTGF-Manager: Klaus Lehmann
In portfolio 12. Jan 2016 – 22. Jun 2021


siOPTICA is dedicated to developing and delivering innovative optical solutions for different buisness verticals; primary products are latest generation secretive filters for payment terminals/ATMs, secure access terminals and mobile devices.

Exit since July 2015.

In portfolio 19. Jul 2013 – 29. Jul 2015

Twenty-One Semiconductors

Twenty-One Semiconductors GmbH was founded in 2019 as a spin-off of the Institute of Semiconductor Optics and Functional Interfaces (IHFG) at the University of Stuttgart. The company produces and markets a completely new type of laser crystals that can be used to efficiently generate laser radiation in the visible spectral range.
The underlying MEXL technology enables laser manufacturers to realize a new generation of laser sources for biomedical applications to obtain more detailed information when analysing cell and tissue samples.

HTGF-Manager: Dr. Gernot Berger
Added to portfolio 17. Jul 2020


VIOSO is a vendor of soft- and hardwaresolutions for projector-based large scale displays.
Since its founding in the year 2007, VIOSO has established itself as a reliable, successful partner to system integrators in the audiovisual industry.

HTGF-Manager: Romy Schnelle
In portfolio 22. Oct 2007 – 09. Sep 2021