HTGrunderfonds Bonn The High-Tech Gründerfonds GmbH invests venture capital in start-up technology enterprises, whose core is a research and development project. These particular start-ups should lead their R&D projects based on a "seed investment", up to a prototype designation, “proof of concept” or roll out. For this purpose, the fund currently manages just under 270 million €, to be funded by the KfW Banking Group and a number of industrial enterprises (BASF, Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Bosch, Daimler, Zeiss). Among other things, applicants must prove in a multistage process that products, methods or scientific/technological services will lead to sustainable market opportunities. In addition, an enterprise management must be shown that possess both technological and business management skills. The inclusion of a so-called "Coach" from the network of the High-Tech Gründerfonds is expected for selection process introduction and accompaniment of the first phases of the business activity. These are a group of regularly evaluated experts who underwent an accreditation process by the Gründerfonds. The company founder shows his commitment with 20% self financing (10% newly-formed German States and Berlin) related to the participation of the Gründerfonds.This will amount to 500,000 € after successful completion of the procedurewww.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de
 
Frankfurt am Main Nanostart AG is the world's leading nanotechnology investment company. The company was founded in 2003 and the headquarters are located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In addition, an office can be found in Berlin and a subsidiary in Singapore, Nanostart Asia Pte Ltd. Nanostart invests there as a partner of the Singaporean government. Nanostart AG invests in early stage nanotechnology companies that want to commercialize an innovative product or process, or are close to a market breakthrough. As an internationally operating expansion investor, Nanostart invests in phases in which the growth and appreciation value of the enterprises are the fastest and thus the most profitable. Investments are made either directly or via a fund structure. The focus is on growth markets such as cleantech, life sciences, IT/electronics, healthcare/medicine. Nanostart AG participates not only in growth capital, but also stands by their shareholdings in an advisory capacity with management know-how, establishing important contacts to commercialization partners and potential customers within the worldwide nanotechnology network. Nanostart AG holds enterprise shares in companies located in Europe, USA and Asia. During selection, Nanostart directly targets enterprises whose products or processes are particularly suitable in solving the pressing future problems of society. The number of exits - specifically, the sales of investments over the stock exchange or to other companies - is the measure of success of an investment company. Nanostart has thus far been able to realize eight successful exits (as of September 2010) and has taken several enterprises to the stock exchange. The chairman is Marco Beckmann. Together with his team, he coordinates a worldwide network comprised of scientists, businessmen and investors who are active for the Nanostart AG. The Nanostart investment team consists of experts with more than 50 years of investment experience. The Nanostart supervisory board is staffed by well-known personalities and is actively involved in all important decisions www.nanostart.de