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Working for a common cause: bm|t, HTGF and auftakt. begin coöperation

  • 2015

With the begin­ning of the new year, auf­takt. Ilme­nau Founders’ Forum and the two investors High-Tech Grün­der­fonds Man­age­ment GmbH (Bonn) and bm|t (Erfurt) will begin a coöper­a­tive approach. The goal is to strengthen the entre­pre­neur­ial cli­mate by actively sup­port­ing start-ups and hold­ing joint edu­ca­tional events on top­ics such as fund­ing options and other impor­tant considerations.

Every entre­pre­neur knows that found­ing a com­pany sim­ply does not work with­out good part­ner­ships. auf­takt. Ilme­nau Founders’ Forum and the invest­ment com­pa­nies HTGF and bm|t know this, too. “We have been work­ing together for a long time on an infor­mal basis. We are glad that a clear path for future joint activ­i­ties has now been out­lined with our coöper­a­tion agree­ment,” said Den­nis Brün­tje, CEO of the Ilme­nau Founders’ Forum Asso­ci­a­tion, e.V. In the future, the part­ners want to sup­port events and speak­ers on the sub­ject of fund­ing for start-ups, serve as jury mem­bers at entre­pre­neur­ial com­pe­ti­tions, carry out joint infor­ma­tion ses­sions via auf­takt., estab­lish a net­work­ing web­site, hold con­sul­ta­tion days for inter­ested high-tech founders, sup­port team of entre­pre­neur­ial man­age­ment teams, and, of course, invest in promis­ing start-ups.

For HTGF, it is of great rel­e­vance to work closely with the uni­ver­si­ties, the great­est poten­tial source of high-tech entre­pre­neurs. auf­takt. Ilme­nau Founders’ Forum is an ideal part­ner for us,” said Romy Schnelle, Invest­ment Direc­tor at HTGF. “As the invest­ment com­pany of Thuringia, we are the pre­mier part­ner for cap­i­tal seek­ers in the region. For us, the coöper­a­tion agree­ment is a huge win that will enable us to learn about and sup­port start-up projects at an even ear­lier stage,” stated Karin Rabe, Invest­ment Man­ager at bm|t.

About High-Tech Gründerfonds

High-Tech Grün­der­fonds invests in young, high poten­tial high-tech start-ups. The seed financ­ing pro­vided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through pro­to­typ­ing to mar­ket launch. Typ­i­cally, High-Tech Grün­der­fonds invests €500,000 in the seed stage, with the poten­tial for up to a total of €2 mil­lion per port­fo­lio com­pany in fol­low-on financ­ing. High-Tech Grün­der­fonds has about €576 mil­lion under management.

About bm|t

Erfurt-based bm|t (beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen GmbH) is a sub­sidiary of the Thuringia Devel­op­ment Bank and the pre­mier part­ner for invest­ments in Thuringia. bm|t cur­rently admin­is­ters six funds with a total vol­ume of around €250 mil­lion. bm|t invests in inno­v­a­tive com­pa­nies from all high-yield sec­tors and in all stages of a company’s life cycle, from start-up to IPO or MBO.

About Auf­takt.

auf­takt. Ilme­nau Founders’ Forum is a joint ini­tia­tive of the non-profit orga­ni­za­tion Ilme­nau Founders’ Forum Asso­ci­a­tion, e.V. and the Depart­ment of Research Ser­vices and Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Ilme­nau (TU Ilme­nau). auf­takt. seeks to strengthen the entre­pre­neur­ial cli­mate at TU Ilme­nau and to pro­mote the exchange of ideas in the Ilme­nau entre­pre­neur­ial scene.


Britta Gos­sel
Tel.: +49 0174/70 29 388

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