AHEAD Application

Applying for AHEAD in a nutshell

The starting point into AHEAD is the four-day Bootcamp – Fraunhofer researchers can apply for it twice a year: either for the Bootcamp in March or in September. Check the box on the right for the next deadline!

We support spin-off projects as well as transfer projects aiming to license to established companies. You are not sure yet which transfer path fits your project and interest best, you can apply as an "undecided team".

The basis for an application to AHEAD is that: 

  1. You have a Fraunhofer technology, that meets the minimum TRL criteria (find below) + is free to operate 
  2. You have an initial business idea
  3. You meet the requirements towards your project team (find below)

Feel free to reach out to us in case of questions!



Become part of our next batch in September and apply by 19.07.2024!


Leo Mück

Lead for scouting, empowerment & promoters community


Your contact for questions about the AHEAD Program & the Application Process!


Who can apply?

Intrapreneurs at Fraunhofer

Technology transfer 
via licensing

from TRL 5 & at least 2 Fraunhofer employees


Entrepreneurs at Fraunhofer

Technology transfer
via spin-off

from TRL 3 & at least 2 Fraunhofer employees

Cooperation between scientists and start-ups

Technology transfer
via external start-up

from TRL 6 & at least 1 Fraunhofer employee

Internal with external entrepreneurs

Technology transfer 
via spin-off with external co-founder

from TRL 6 & at least 1 Fraunhofer employee

The road to the Bootcamp

And now what?

Apply directly!

The AHEAD program starts twice a year (March und September). The deadlines are in July (for September) or January (for March). Get in touch with Leo Mück for more information or apply directly, if the application is possible currently.

Not sure yet?

Hit Leo Mück up and he will elaborate the best solution together with you!

Bootcamp is too early?

Get in touch with Leo Mück. He will let you know when you can apply again!


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