AHEAD is the technology transfer program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. We invest our passion for deep tech into a new generation of entrepreneurs in Germany and act as the central, entrepreneurial platform by Fraunhofer for the national and international startup ecosystem.

Deep tech Made in Germany.

AHEAD´s Mission

AHEAD connects Fraunhofer researchers with experienced entrepreneurs, deep tech companies and investors to translate research into market-ready technologies. Within a few months, or even up to 2 years, our teams develop actual deep tech innovations. AHEAD supports the teams right from the start with a tailored action plan consisting of support by experienced experts for team, business model and product development, a strong, international network as well as decades of experience in spinning off companies at Fraunhofer.

Be part of AHEAD!

Be part of AHEAD

Why joining AHEAD simply makes sense for…

 

... entrepreneurs

  • Get exclusive access to almost ready-to-found spin-off projects and become part of the founding team
  • Find your missing piece of high-tech 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 spin-off or licensing deal
  • Found your own company supported by the AHEAD program
  • Or let true entrepreneurs build the founding team and support the spin-off from within Fraunhofer with your expertise
 

... mentors

  • Become a mentor of one of our high-tech start-ups
  • Share your knowledge and experience as a mentor and be involved with personal and direct interaction before, during and after the foundation
  • Become part of Europe's unique deep tech network
 

...corporates

  • Be part of a sustainable and growing network
  • Be able to work with technologies and motivated teams from all of our 72 institutes and get access to the next cutting edge high-tech start-ups
  • Support our teams via industry specific workshops, network events, mentoring and/or access to resources of industry partner

How does AHEAD work?

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Entrepreneurship is the operating system of AHEAD. For both spin-off 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 further maximum of 18 months. There is one single objective: bringing technology to market.

 

AHEAD for investors

AHEAD is our early-stage incubation program. It is possible to invest in the outcome of our program: our spin-offs and participations.

 

Get to know the Teams

Find more information about all teams currently in the AHEAD program

 

Don't miss out on our events

 

7.8.2019

Product Challenge

Get insights on our teams and their projects and challenge them on the feasibility & design of their products. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to network with other participants from industry and upcoming talents.

AHEAD Team

Thorsten Lambertus

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Thorsten Lambertus

accelerating ahead

Mobile +49 171 2751506

Christian Rüther

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Christian Rüther

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