Christian Ziach

Principal / Authorized Signatory

The aerospace engineer has been dealing with cutting-edge technologies his entire professional life and, as a Principal/Authorized Signatory at HTGF, supports start-ups in the areas of industrial IoT, software, security, space and quantum technologies. Before Christian came to HTGF in October 2017, he worked as a senior systems engineer on the international asteroid landing mission MASCOT at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and was able to gain a lot of experience in the field of agile development methods in the hardware sector. For the first 12 years of his career, he was an air force officer in the German Armed Forces, responsible for the management of complex armaments projects. In 2011, while working for the German Armed Forces, he also obtained a diploma in business and economic sciences. Christian shares his experience as a startup mentor in cooperation with the incubators of the European space organization, the Space Founders Accelerator, and advises DLR and ESA in the area of ​​New Space.


Posts & mentions

27. February 2024

Successful Exit for HTGF: Valispace Joins Forces with Altium in a Strategic Acquisition 

Altium and Valispace are joining forces to accelerate the execution of a shared vision for empowering engineers.  HTGF was the first institutional investor and led the seed round in 2018 and has closely supported Valispace throughout all phases of their growth journey. As part of the deal HTGF will sell its shares.  Louise Lindblad, co-founder of Valispace: “We’re now excited to, together with Altium, continue our mission of empowering engineers to build great products,
8. February 2024

ATMOS on Track to Assemble its Space Cargo Return Capsule Prototype to fly into Space with an additional €1.3M in Funding

ATMOS successfully extends its initial seed financing round from June 2023, which was oversubscribed at €4 million, in preparation for assembling the first prototype of its Phoenix return capsule to fly into space and back OTB Ventures, leading European SpaceTech investor, is joining the consortium of experienced space tech investors High-Tech Gründerfonds, the Amadeus APEX Technology Fund, Seraphim, E2MC, VENTIS and in showing continued strong support of ATMOS’ groundbre
1. February 2024

Supply Chain Visibility Platform BOX ID Accelerates Growth with €3.5M Financing Round 

BOX ID raises €3.5M in financing round led by KPN Ventures  Funding round to accelerate product development and business expansion  Streamlining in- and outbound logistic flows for 60+ customers worldwide  BOX ID is recognized innovation leader and finalist in 2024 IFOY award  Garching, Germany, February 1st, 2024 – The Munich-based logistics software provider BOX ID has raised €3.5M to further scale its product offering for IoT-based supply ch
7. September 2023

DTXL invests in quantum scale-up Delft Circuits in round of 6.3 M€

With this step, production will be scaled up and the company will receive support from partners in high-tech such as ASML and Philips. Delft, 7 September 2023 – Delft Circuits has been working for a few years now on the supply of high-tech cabling for quantum computers. It has several tech giants as customers and organizations such as space agency NASA. DTXL is a 100 M€ deep tech investment fund with leading partners such as ASML, Philips, PME pension fund and is therefore deeply r
28. March 2023

talpasolutions raises €15mn in a Series B to boost industrial intelligence in heavy industry

talpasolutions is key enabler for customers in mining, construction, and logistics towards a fully optimized, safe, and sustainable equipment fleet. The financing round is led by Bosch Ventures and MIG Capital with the participation of all existing investors. The company will use this financing to enhance its industrial intelligence platform and expand its footprint from mining into construction, logistics and other heavy industries. HTGF has been invested in talpasolutions since 2
22. February 2023

Space for new ideas: investment in new space

In his earlier career, Christian Ziach used to work on space missions. Now, he’s investing in start-ups taking off into space. The HTGF Principal is viewed as an expert in the field of new space. In this interview, he talks about his latest investment, sheds light on the commercial use of space, highlights opportunities for start-ups, and he also reveals how he once helped to bring a rock sample from space down to Earth. Christian, where does your fascination with space travel com
5. December 2022

Successful end to the year 2022: NewSpace satellite manufacturer Reflex Aerospace receives seven million euros in seed financing round

Seed financing: First closing includes investments of approx. EUR 7 million. Bulent Altan (Investment Partner Alpine Space Ventures): “The number of satellites in space will skyrocket from 5,500 to 100,000 by 2030: this is Reflex Aerospace’s demand environment.” Christian Ziach (Principal HTGF): “50% market growth to come from broadband satellites. Catch-up demand especially in Europe. Reflex Aerospace is perfectly positioned to leverage this market potential.”