Fraunhofer AHEAD goes SDG!

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

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Do you have a groundbreaking start-up idea? Or are you looking for a team? Simply register by November 15th to be part of our next bootcamp.

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AHEAD´s Mission

AHEAD's mission is to bulit future business models and ambitious founding teams around deep tech. By creating an environment tailored to science-backed innovation that brings out the best in team, market and product, we are taking tech transfer to the next level.

one-shop for entreprenuerial tech transfer

central platform for the startup ecosystem

tailored to every single team and need

Deep tech Made in Germany.

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.

As an 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!

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

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.

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.

 

 

Get to know the Teams

Find more information about all teams currently in the AHEAD program

 

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AHEAD Team

Thorsten Lambertus

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Thorsten Lambertus

accelerating ahead

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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 organisation

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