What an exciting kick-off event!

Our 10 new startups have pitched for the first time in front of investors, mentors, and representatives of our corporate partners and other companies. The teams clearly impressed our guests – well done! But we also see lots of potentials to improve 😉 So now it’s time to make the pitch even better until Demo Day in November. We are looking forward to working together with them over the next 20 weeks!


The start of batch #10!

We welcome our 10 new startups of Batch #10!

After an intro session and an office tour, we went on an exciting scavenger hunt through downtown Munich. Later on, our startups met some of our TechFounders alumni while enjoying some good bavarian food and drinks 🍻🥨🍛
Here are some impressions of the start of Batch #10!

Here you find our press release to batch #10 with more information about the current startups and TechFounders:

Hiking, sweating and chatting – DLD Hike 2019

TechFounders was part of the DLD Hike 2019! The event, organized by DLD and UnternehmerTUM, took place for 2 days near Lake Tegernsee. More than 70 participants considered, discussed and looked for new inspirations. Our COO, Miki Yokoyama, was actively involved and held a workshop on Tech4Impact together with Frank Niederländer from the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. Further workshops on topics such as AI or new mobility and a hike with 1,400 meters of altitude sparked creativity and inspiration for new ideas and innovations as well as a lot of new interesting contacts!
A big thank you to the DLD team and UnternehmerTUM for this experience!

Neuron Soundware raised €5.75 million investment

Congratulations to Neuron soundware! Our Czech Alumni of Batch #4 raised €5.75 million investment.
Inven Capital, a ČEZ Group investment fund together with Budapest based venture capital firm Lead Ventures have acquired a minority interest in our Czech Alumni of Batch #4, the Czech based market leader in industrial machine diagnostics based on acoustic analysis. The company develops and markets advanced hardware and software for predictive maintenance, enabling timely detection of failures and optimization of operations. As a result of the transaction Neuron soundware raised 5.75 million Euros to further expand its business activities.

Soley takes over the industry

Our alumni from Batch #1 helps large industrial companies clean up their portfolios. For example, Viessmann has recently been able to save up to a 7-digit amount by using Soley’s solution. Also companies like Festo, the truck manufacturer Man and Bosch-Rexroth are among Soley customers.

To view the full article click here (extern, German):

Peter Grüner, Bergen Helms, Maximilian Kissel, Alexander Golovatenko. Quelle: Soley GmbH / Benjamin Olszewski

Soley-Gründer (von links):
Peter Grüner, Bergen Helms, Maximilian Kissel, Alexander Golovatenko.
(Foto: Soley GmbH / Benjamin Olszewski)

Corporate Partner Workshop

We’ve already posted a lot about our big Batch #9 Demo Day. What we have withheld from you is our Corporate Partner Workshop, which also took place last Thursday! In this workshop, our corporate partners shared their experiences about working with young tech-startups and discussed what is needed to facilitate long-lasting partnerships after a first pilot project.⠀

TechFounders Batch #9 – A look back

It’s the end: June 06, 2019 was the last day of TechFounders Batch #9. The 20-week program climaxed in a great final event with more than 180 guests from the B2B/Tech ecosystem. During the program phase, every startup conducted a pilot project with one of our corporate partners, worked with our coaches on key topics for bringing the company to the next level and connected with highly experienced mentors. A fantastic and successful time that we want to share with you! In our short video, we invite you to get some behind the scenes impressions of TechFounders Batch #9. So just click, lean back and enjoy!

TechFounders Demo Day #9

What a Demo Day! June 06, 2019, marked the end of TechFounders Batch #9. The 20-week program climaxed in a great final event with more than 180 guests from the B2B/Tech ecosystem. Our 10 highly innovative startups pitched with a clear goal: find investors and customers. A huge success! Besides the pitches, Bulent Altan, member of the management board at Mynaric and Co-Founder of Global Space Ventures inspired the audience with an intriguing keynote speech.

We wish our 10 startups all the best for their future! We would also like to cordially thank the founders, our corporate partners, all coaches and mentors, investors as well as all other guests for their support and the exceptional evening. See you next time!

– TechFounders Team


Impressions of Demo Day Batch #9

Seven-digit funding for drag&bot

What a start into the new year – for the further development of their software, drag&bot has received funding in the low seven-digit range. The company drag&bot has developed an operating system for industrial robots with which robotic programs can be assembled from different components via drag-and-drop. “With drag&bot, robot programming is as easy as using a smartphone,” explains Martin Naumann, founder and CEO of drag&bot on their website. The financing round was led by Speedinvest Industry, a Vienna-based VC specializing in industrial tech and other strategic partners.