AHEAD is 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.

...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.


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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

...entrepreneurs and startups

AHEAD enables external startups and founders to benefit from Fraunhofer technology and bring innovative high-tech products to market.



  • 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%.




  • A curated network of experts with a variety of backgrounds from product designers, investors, IP lawyers to psychologists or startup CTOs or CFOs
  • In-depth experience in deep tech and B2B contexts
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and hands-on interaction with our teams from individual coachings sessions to in-depth workshops


  • 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


  • Motivate colleagues and act as role models to think and act entrepreneurially
  • Initiate changes in the area of technology transfer
  • Accompany transfer teams, initiate innovation projects and test new business models at the institute
  • Be a bridge builder and connect the right people in your environment

How does AHEAD work?



Ahead will support you by...




on the right problem at the right time.

AHEAD helps you identify the most critical questions for your venture at any given point in time and integrate those into your everyday work life.



...making sure you have the right


at your side to build your venture.

AHEAD provides you with access to the right experts for all aspects of the venture creation (team, market, product, institute) at the right time.




you to our network for faster market entry.

AHEAD is connected to corporate partners, co-founders and local ecosystems to accelerate you on your way to market.

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

Max. 6 months + 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

Sign a term sheet with Fraunhofer that makes the final deal predictable + work out a market entry strategy

AHEAD support: networking events, workshops, coaching, co-working, access to Fraunhofer laboratories, whatever else is needed

You will meet in Munich every 3 weeks to check-in with your team + 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?


Get to know the Teams

Find more information about all teams currently in the AHEAD program


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Florian Uri

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Florian Uri

head of Fraunhofer AHEAD

Phone +49 89 1205-4430

Lisa Gius

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Lisa Gius

team development

Phone +49 89 1205-4425

Leo Mück

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Leo Mück

design SDG track & management promotors community

Phone +49 89 1205 - 4431

Leyla Özer

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Leyla Özer

event management & program organisation

Phone +49 160 98610407

Leo Rinser

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Leo Rinser

venture assessment & MedTech ventures

Phone +49 89 1205-8312

Anna Reisnecker

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Anna Reisnecker

co-founder network

Phone +49 89 1205-4428

Lisa Kumpfbeck

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Lisa Kumpfbeck

program organisation & digital

Phone +49 89 1205-8120

Alexander Miesgang

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Alexander Miesgang

program organisation & marketing

Phone +49 89 1205-8114