Fraunhofer goes SDG!

We are AHEAD in Entrepreneurship. With you, we can be at the head of Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

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Get your deep tech venture off the ground. Researchers, deep tech entrepreneurs & startups are welcome to register for our next AHEAD Bootcamp taking place in January 2020.

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Fraunhofer Venture acts through AHEAD as the central platform between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the national and international entrepreneurship ecosystems. As one of Europe’s premier technology transfer programs, we invest our passion for science into a new generation of deep tech entrepreneurs.


You can work with us as...

...a researcher from Fraunhofer or one of our partner research institutions,  

in order to leverage your technologies into new ventures. A tailored and deep tech proof process achieves clarity on your business potential and turns your idea into a viable spin-off – in just 2 months or max. 2 years. entrepreneur, startup, entrepreneurial corporate or any other player from the startup ecosystem,

you benefit from a one-stop-shop for an enormous source of deep tech ventures and at the same time will find the technological competence for your deep tech need.

Be part of AHEAD - our target groups

We are the central platform for technology transfer between Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the entrepreneurship ecosystem. For...



  • 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


A swift matching process with our institutes and scientists so that you get to the right Fraunhofer tech experts as quickly as possible  

Access to working prototypes, strong & defendable intellectual property, proven use cases and experienced teams of scientists

A tailored and comprehensive support that will eventually help you to build your venture based upon Fraunhofer technology

Full assistance to align the interests of all relevant stakeholders  



  • 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

... investors

Invest in the outcome of our early-stage incubation program: our spin-offs and participations

AHEAD gets the right experts at your side the A HEADs!

Ranging from venture capital, intellectual property strategy, product design, business modelling in various verticals, high-performance teams to different tech fields, our A HEADs draw upon their own entrepreneurial experience and support our teams through trainings, in-depth workshops, or 1on1s.


We believe that real innovations is rooted in deep expertise and our A HEAD represent that very belief 100%.


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  • 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


Hightech-proof experts from various fields and backgrounds help us select the most promising ventures and entrepreneurial teams

Provides guidance, expertise and network


Partnering Research Institutions

Learn from the best and each other

Benefit through strong research partners

Dense environment of hightech ventures


How does AHEAD work?



Ahead will support you by...




on the right problem at the right time.



...making sure you have the right


at your side to build your venture.




you to our network for faster market entry.

4-day bootcamp is the critical entry gate

Assess your venture readiness levels with experts from industry, entrepreneurship as well as team, market and product development coaches

Create your tailored roadmap with their feedback

After a successful application, you will have max 6 months (and standardized funding of 50,000€) to show us that you are addressing a deep customer problem, clearly define the IP you need, and build a convincing team. You will sign a term sheet with Fraunhofer that makes the ultimate deal predictable and work out a market entry strategy. On this path, AHEAD will support you with networking events, workshops, coaching, co-working, access to Fraunhofer laboratories, and whatever else is needed to move you forward. You will meet in Munich every 3 weeks to check-in with your team and coaches.


Apply to Phase 2 based on the term sheet and your go-to-market strategy

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.


You want to be part of our next batch?

Simply apply by November 15th!


Get to know the Teams

Find more information about all teams currently in the AHEAD program


Don't miss out on our events


Thorsten Lambertus

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Thorsten Lambertus

accelerating ahead

Mobile +49 171 2751506

Anna-Lena Schindl

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Anna-Lena Schindl

program design

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Lucas Siebeneicher

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Lucas Siebeneicher

markets & partners

Mobile +49 151 26113722

Florian Ascherl

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Florian Ascherl

tech scouting

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Antonia Lang

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Antonia Lang

program operations

Phone +49 89 1205-4533

Natalia Lukaszewicz

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Natalia Lukaszewicz

tech scouting

Phone +49 89 1205-1722

Julia Bauer

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Dr. Julia Bauer

entrepreneurial organizations

Phone +49 89 1205-4531