AHEAD for startups & entrepreneurs

AHEAD offers high-tech entrepreneurs access to more than 70 Fraunhofer Institutes with its 18,000 researchers, a partner network to other renowned research institutions and an expertise of more than 500 spin-offs - thus guaranteeing the next startup project!

 

How can you benefit from AHEAD?

We offer..

  • 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

 

So, if you are an experienced entrepreneur and want to bring the next Fraunhofer spin-off to the market OR you are an ambitious founder and want to enhance your product with Fraunhofer Tech, then AHEAD is the right address for you!

BECOME PART OF AHEAD!

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.

 

BECOME A COFOUNDER

Our goal is to supplement Fraunhofer spin-offs with experienced cofounders to launch them together in an high-impact team with transparent processes and fair conditions for licenses and shareholdings.

 

FIND YOUR FRAUNHOFER TECH

For founders who want to integrate Fraunhofer technology into their products, AHEAD offers a MatchMaking service to determine the right Fraunhofer Institute.

 

AHEAD- THE PROGRAM

AHEAD supports Fraunhofer startup projects not only financially, but also through various workshop formats to effectively bring the technology to market.

 

AHEAD - HOW IT WORKS

 

 

1. SCOUTING

@Coufounder: About 30 Fraunhofer teams apply for AHEAD each batch. The researchers have the technical know-how, but often lack entrepreneurial skills. That's why we are looking for experienced entrepreneurs who want to bring their next high-tech start-up to market!

@Startup: We are always looking for individual entrepreneurs with an innovative idea or for start-ups who want to advance their core product through Fraunhofer technology.

2. MATCHING

No matter whether you are looking for the right Fraunhofer startup team or the right Fraunhofer technology: We will find the perfect match for you!

3. AHEAD -  THE PROGRAM

Entrepreneurs and startups have the opportunity to create a suitable solution based on Fraunhofer technology for their concepts and products supported by AHEAD. Thus, we support you in bringing - together with Fraunhofer researchers - innovative high-tech solutions to market!

You find more information about the AHEAD Program fro Fraunhofer-Startup Tandems here.

4. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER & GO TO MARKET:

Financial support and various AHEAD workshop formats allow the Fraunhofer-startup projects to be quickly and efficiently established in the market.

 

Further information

 

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Find more information about all teams currently in the AHEAD program

 

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