High-Tech Gründerfonds

The High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) has become established as the largest and most active seed investor in Germany since its first fund in 2005. Far in excess of 500 companies from the high-tech sector have been financed and successfully nurtured since 2005. The HTGF has three funds with a funding volume of 892.5 million euros. Approx. 2 million euros external capital have been invested in the HTGF portfolio in approx. 1400 follow-up financing rounds. Shares in over 100 companies have already been sold successfully.

The third fund of the HTGF is currently enjoyed by over 30 companies from industry and commerce, as well as by public partners – Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Reconstruction Loan Corporation (KfW). The fund has become more flexible in respect to its investment modalities. Thus the HTGF invests up to 1 million euros in the seed financing round for young startups. Prerequisite: The commercial register entry is not older than 3 years and the young company has been able to acquire a financing sum of 0.5 million euros so far. The focus is on high-tech foundations from the sectors software, media and Internet as well as hardware, automation, healthcare, chemistry and life sciences. The HTGF investment can be made both as a conventional open participation model as well as in the form of a convertible loan in combination with shareholder stakes. The HTGF can also participate in follow-up financing rounds and has reserved a total investment sum of up to 3 million euros per portfolio company.

What is more, the HTGF enjoys tremendous network connections to international and national investors, industry and experts. Paired with the HTGF Team of experienced persons in the area of investment management and startup management, development of the young companies is actively supported with know-how and entrepreneurial spirit.

Max Planck Innovation is an HTGF scout and partner for spin-off projects from the Max Planck Society. We formulate the required pitch deck, business plan and presentation together with you to give concrete expression to your spin-off idea. We also have access to the right contact persons for your project at the HTGF. A longstanding and intensive collaboration based on trust binds us with the HTGF.

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Thanks to our close partnership, the HTGF investment managers and partners take part regularly in both our Startup Days as well as the Biotech NetWorkshop. Feel free to use the direct personal contact with the HGTF Team there to informally exchange information as an initial step.


Senior Start-up & Portfolio Manager

Dr. Florian Kirschenhofer

Diplom-Kaufmann, MBA

Phone: +49 89 / 29 09 19-31

Start-up & Portfolio Manager

Sebastian Meyer-Borchert


Phone: +49 89 / 29 09 19-42

Senior Start-up & Portfolio Manager

Dr. Dieter Treichel


Phone: +49 89 / 29 09 19-26