Entrepreneurial high-tech transfer made in Germany. We bring together courageous entrepreneurs and Fraunhofer’s exceptional pool of technologies.

 

AHEAD´s Mission

AHEAD’s mission is to build an entrepreneurial team around any Fraunhofer technology. We create an environment where everyone can live up to their full potential and everything is tailored to hightech innovation.

Being AHEAD means pushing the boundaries – of your team, your technology and the market opportunities waiting for you.

Be part of AHEAD!

Why joining AHEAD simply makes sense for…

… entrepreneurs:

  • Get exclusive access to almost ready-to-found spinoff projects and become part of the founding team
  • Find your missing piece of hightech for your personal startup vision
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art team building mechanisms to identify the right co-founders for your endeavor
  • The first customer and / or investor is waiting for you in our network

… researchers:

  • Join the entrepreneurial fast track toward your licensing deal
  • Let true entrepreneurs build the founding team and support the spinoff from within Fraunhofer with your expertise
 
 
 
 

Drive your own hightech spinoff with the best entrepreneurial training tailored to your needs. The first customer and / or investor is waiting for you in our network.

How does AHEAD work?

Entrepreneurship is the operating system of AHEAD. For both spinoff as well as licensing projects, we create a tailored roadmap toward market launch, with a maximum duration of two years:
A 4-day bootcamp is the critical entry gate into AHEAD. It serves the following purpose.

  • Deep assessment of and start test for product, market and team readiness levels
  • Matching of entrepreneurs, researchers and corporate partners for selected projects
  • Creation of a roadmap with experienced coaches

In case of a successful application, you will enter Phase 1 of AHEAD with a standardized funding of €50,000. Within a maximum of 6 months we want you, the entrepreneurial team, to achieve your initial milestones:

  1. Provide evidence that you are addressing a deep customer problem, clearly define the IP you need, and build a convincing team
  2. Sign a term sheet with Fraunhofer that makes the ultimate deal predictable and work out a market entry strategy

On your path toward the term sheet, AHEAD offers networking events, workshops, trainings, coaching, co-working, access to Fraunhofer laboratories, and whatever else is needed to move you forward.
Based on the term sheet, you will be able to apply to Phase 2, and get a flexible amount of funding and ongoing support for a maximum of 24 months. There is one single objective: bringing technology to market.

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AHEAD Partnerships

At AHEAD we believe that innovation only works with strong partners. Existing industry can initiate a track with us and receive access to strong hightech teams. Partners are going to support our teams via

  • Industry specific workshops (i.e. understanding your industry, sales cycle, certification, etc.)
  • Specific networking events (meeting top executives, getting to know suppliers, partners and customers)
  • Industry specific mentoring
  • Access to resources of industry partner (co-working offices, testing and prototyping)

In turn you’ll be able to work with technologies and motivated teams from all of our 72 different institutes and be close to formation of cutting edge high-tech startups.

 

AHEAD Team

Thorsten Lambertus

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Thorsten Lambertus

accelerating ahead

Mobile +49 171 2751506

Christian RĂĽther

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Christian RĂĽther

team development

Phone +49 421 2246-7006

Anna-Lena Schindl

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Anna-Lena Schindl

program design

Mobile +49 170 4531430

Marc Eckes

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Marc Eckes

Entrepreneurs Network

Mobile +49 151 53967357

Lucas Siebeneicher

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Lucas Siebeneicher

markets & partners

Mobile +49 151 26113722

Florian Ascherl

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Florian Ascherl

tech scouting

Mobile +49 151 6251699

Antonia Lang

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Antonia Lang

Program Organisation

Phone +49 89 1205-4533

Natalia Lukaszewicz

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Natalia Lukaszewicz

tech scouting

Phone +49 89 1205-1722