Dr. Nikolaus Raupp

Senior Investment Manager

Nik has always been fascinated by the challenges how to finance an innovative start-up company.  While researching for his PHD about financing of biotech companies in Japan, Nik started working as a consultant and later as project manager for a German-Japanese biotech pharma partnering project.

In 2011 Nik has joint BASF. With different roles in BASF, he has gained extensive experience in the field of sustainable innovation, renewable raw materials and climate protection. Since 2018 Nik has worked as a senior marketing manager for BASF in Hong Kong. He has initiated and launched several new solutions for customers in China, Japan, India and Australia.

In April 2021, Nik has joint the life science team as Investment Manager with a special focus on the chemical industry.


Posts & mentions

12. March 2024

Breathing through the gut: MedTech startup O11 biomedical secures EIC Accelerator Grant and seed funding to accelerate growth.

Aachen-based MedTech start-up O11  uses the human gut as an alternative respiratory organ to improve the survival rate and quality of life of patients with severe respiratory distress. O11 successfully closed a seed financing round with High-Tech Gründerfonds and secured an EIC Accelerator Grant. Product RESPILIQ is rapidly approaching market approval. Aachen, March 12, 2024 – Aachen-based medical technology start-up O11 biomedical GmbH secured its first seed finan
31. January 2024

Breakthrough for an Alternative to Crude Oil & Palm Oil: COLIPI Receives €1.8 Million Seed Funding for Further Development of CO2-Neutral Climate OilTM

The global annual demand for oil is staggering, with 4400 million tons of fossil oil and 210 million tons of vegetable oil, often sourced from palms. It is increasing, exacerbating the threat of global warming that poses a significant risk to humanity The Hamburg-based startup COLIPI addresses this challenge with a patented Carbon Capturing & Biotransformation technology that will convert CO2 into Climate Oil. This Climate Oil is intended to have broad applications in the cosmetics a
24. August 2023

High-tech for sustainable agriculture

Call for Applications – AgriTech Pitch Day 2023 in Hannover Bonn and Hannover, August 24, 2023 – The AgriTech Pitch Day 2023 on September 28 in Hannover will focus on the future of agriculture. The event is organized by High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and RootCamp, with RootCamp serving as host. Founders of agricultural technology companies (AgriTech) will have the exclusive opportunity there to present their innovative solutions and ideas to a select group of investors, corporat
12. July 2023

How the circular economy will change our world 

Many companies are transforming their operations from a linear towards a more circular economy. The transformation process often takes a long time, is complex and costly.  Developing and promoting the circular economy is not just beneficial for the environment, but obviously it creates the possibility of better and more sustainable access to raw materials in the long-term. It might help to reduce the dependency on international suppliers and can strengthen the own position in the v
Gründer Plastformance
11. July 2023

PlastFormance wins HTGF as lead investor for growth financing round – Internationally patented platform technology for innovative materials

Teisendorf, 11 July 2023 – The new material start-up PlastFormance strengthens the foundation for further growth and series production at its production site in Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is investing in PlastFormance GmbH with its newly launched HTGF IV fund together with ICIG Ventures Holding S.A. and Jobest GmbH. From e-mobility to fuel cell technology and nuclear medicine – the technologies of the future require the use of sophisticated m
Hema To Team
26. June 2023

hema.to raises €3.6M to bring precision diagnostics to immune medicine using AI-assisted analysis of single-cell blood data

Making clinical analysis of blood data automated & personalized hema.to’s mission is to make the clinical analysis of blood data — called cytometry — automated and fully objective to enable personalization of treatment to every person’s unique immune system. Currently, even for skilled laboratory personnel, cytometry analysis is a laborious process that has a large degree of subjectivity. hema.to’s mission is now backed by Elaia Partners, Heal Capital and High-Tech Gründerf
ESy-Labs Founders
17. November 2022

ESy-Labs receives seed funding to advance its automated and AI-powered platform for sustainable electrosynthesis processes

Regensburg, November 17th 2022 –In a seed financing round, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) invests EUR 600,000 in ESy-Labs’ proprietary platform technology. The fresh capital raised will be used to expand the technical equipment and employ additional staff to further advance the ESy screening technology. Through the electrosynthesis of organic fine chemicals and electrolytic recycling processes it is possible to develop significantly more efficient and also new processes to mak
EEDEN Founders
22. June 2022

TechVision Fonds I and High-Tech Gründerfonds invest in textile recycling startup EEDEN

Textile recycling rethought: Innovative process enables upcycling of old clothing Aachen, 22 June 2022 – TechVision Fonds I, together with High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and a business angel, are the first investors to invest in EEDEN. The startup from Moenchengladbach, Germany has developed an innovative process for the sustainable and environmentally friendly recycling of clothing and other textile products. With the financing, EEDEN plans to further expand their R&D-activitie


1. October 2024

Chemistry Pitch Day 2024

Are you a chemistry start-up and would like to present your company to leading investors and corporate decision-makers? Apply for Chemistry Pitch Day! HTGF and Chemie Cluster Bayern organize this exclusive pitch event on 1 October in Nuremberg. Use this opportunity and present your technology to an exclusive audience of investors, corporate VCs, and industry experts! Our motto this year is “Unleashing Sustainable Innovation in Chemistry & Biotech.” Applications are open until 1