TechQuartier announces collaboration with  Fraunhofer Venture and Europe’s Most Impactful Science Incubator, AHEAD 

Collaboration will focus on acceleration of deep-tech startups 

Frankfurt am Main, September 27th – Fraunhofer Venture, the tech-transfer department of the Fraunhofer GesellschaftEurope’s biggest research organization for applied science, is collaborating with Frankfurt-based innovation hub TechQuartier to host entrepreneurial workshops and events as well as provide market access to emerging new technologies and ideas. 

’Fraunhofer is one of Europe’s strongest deep tech powerhouseThis collaboration will bring our network extremely solid teams with promising technologies, which can help connect to market through our corporates,” says Thomas Funke, Co-director at TechQuartierTheir vision of developing tangible innovation that impact people’s lives aligns perfectly with TechQuartier’s mission.’’  

One of the main aspects of the partnership centers around the Fraunhofer Tech-Transfer Program AHEAD (« AHEAD »). The goal of Fraunhofer’s flagship program, managed by Fraunhofer Venture, is to build future business models and startup teams around Fraunhofer technologyDuring their incubation at AHEAD, those venture teams, like any other startups, need to validate their concepts and business models on the market. This bridge will be facilitated through the collaboration. 

“Fraunhofer is interested in having corporate partners who can give hands-on help and share their expertise, market access capabilities and network in their respective verticals,” says Thorsten Lambertus, initiator and head of the Tech-Transfer Program AHEADThis gives vital input to AHEAD-teams, especially in terms of identifying market needs and thereby aiding teams in developing the right product/application and business model. TechQuartier’s programs and network will enrich our existing bridge to the market.” 

In addition, this collaboration will allow AHEAD-teams direct access to the local startup community through TechQuartier’s space and industry specific networking events and workshops. 


About Fraunhofer Venture
Fraunhofer Venture is a central department of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and partner for founders, start-ups, Fraunhofer institutes, industry, and investors. By providing access to Fraunhofer technologies, infrastructure, and know-how with more than 6800 patent families, it offers start-ups the possibility to faster and better establish their products on the market. 

The range of services of Fraunhofer Venture includes comprehensive support and consulting from the idea to the start-up, assistance for finding financing solutions to a possible sale of the company and is backed by different development programs and additional services. 

About TechQuartier
Founded in December 2016, TechQuartier (TQ) is a Frankfurt-based startup hub and cross-industry innovation platform. Now established as the main access point to the local FinTech cluster, it is the reference point both for local startups wishing to grow their business and for corporates aiming to collaborate and leverage their disruptive potential. TQ offers a complete innovation experience made of flexible coworking spaces across 4 locations, acceleration programs, community events, matchmaking with corporates and investors and access to an international network of partner hubs. 

TechQuartier and Frankfurt were together named Germanys Fintech Hub as part of the Digital Hub Initiative (de:hub) run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For more information: 


Hugo Paquin,
Marketing ManagerTechQuartier
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Lui Herz M.Sc.
Strategisches Marketing und Innovationsmanagement
Fraunhofer Venture

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