Ready for the Investor in 20 Weeks!

We get you investor ready! TechFounders is an accelerator that prepares tech start-ups for their first venture capital phase and helps establish strategic collaborations. The start-ups have access to the network, expertise and resources of strong industry partners – and the possibility to gain them as clients. In addition to initial funding of 25,000 euros, participants get support from industry experts, company founders, investors and scientists, who serve as mentors. At the end of the 20-week programme, the start-ups present their business idea to over 100 venture capitalists, business angels and press representatives during the Demo Day.


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Managing Director

+49 89-18 94 69-2140

TechFounders offers

    • Initial funding of 25,000 euros - no equity taken
    • Intense coaching and mentoring
    • Strong industry partners such as ADAC, ALDI, DATEV eG, Festo, Knorr-Bremse, Miele
    • Access to the MakerSpace high-tech prototype workshop
    • Work spaces and administrative support
    • Demo Day with over 100 venture capitalists, business angels, industry partners and press representatives

Strong industry partners

In the active collaboration with startups, we want to break through dominant patterns that drive our way of thinking. The inspiring environment around the UnternehmerTUM, TechFounders and selected startups gives us the opportunity to accelerate innovation together. It's a win-win situation for all parties.
Lars Soutschka, Executive Director Digitalization, ADAC e.V. 

Entrepreneurship and technological excellence are core values of Knorr-Bremse. We are excited to collaborate with TechFounders and innovative startups on new ideas.
Ralph Heuwing, CFO and member of the executive board of Knorr-Bremse AG

Our partners are among the world's leading technology companies and are seeking future partners, suppliers and portfolio companies. TechFounders puts these companies in contact with motivated and growth-oriented start-ups who give industry partners a boost of innovation. Young businesses benefit from the companies' resources, network and know-how.

TechFounders seek seed & early stage start-ups in the fields of

    • Autonomous Driving
    • Electric Mobility
    • Customer Services
    • Smart Kitchen & Cooking
    • Smart Home
    • Sustainable Packaging
    • Logistics and Transportation
    • Smart Factory
    • Data analytics

Collaborative partners