Benefits of Zukunftsfonts Partnerships

Partnerships create additional security and expand the potential of Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn.





The cooperation with BORN2GROW GmbH & Co. KG/Seedfonds (BORN2GROW) – 100%-subsidiary of Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn ZFHN – and its early stage venture capital funding helps young and innovative company founders to further develop and improve their business concept. The given seed capital of a maximum of € 500.000 supports young founders to formate their company and to reach important milestones such as  the „Proof of Concept“ and a successful market launch.

The focus on technologically oriented companies in the seed and start-up phase as well as the cooperation with a variety of venture capital fonds and business angels  provides an optimal basis for strengthening the innovation landscape in the DACH region of Europe and for giving know-how and financial support to young companies to lead them on the road to success.

After fulfilling the investment requirements of ZFHN, a follow-up financing by ZFHN can be examined.  





High-Tech Gründerfonds GmbH

High-Tech Gründerfonds

A partnership with High-Tech Gründerfonds enables young, promising technology companies to implement research and development projects in an entrepreneurial way. Startup financing of up to EUR 500,000 is used with the aim to support newly established businesses until they have developed a prototype, i.e. proof of concept, or a marketable product.

A total of up to two million euros is available for each business. Through equity financing, the fund acquires open shares amounting to 15% of the portfolio companies’ capital stock. In 2005, High-Tech Gründerfonds emerged from an initiative entitled “Partners for Innovation” and has fund assets of roughly EUR 573.5 million at its disposal, subdivided into two funds. Investors of the public-private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW banking group as well as 17 strategic corporates




KfW Banking Group
KfW’s investment in a company seeking capital will only be made in association with a KfW-accredited lead investor, namely the ZFHN.

The disbursements of KfW’s investment capital are generally made in the same amount and at the same time as the disbursements by ZFHN. The details are set out in the participation agreement.

KfW’s ERP (European Recovery Programme) startup fund provides funding for small, innovative technology businesses based in Germany that were established less than 10 years ago. Prior to KfW making an investment, its lead investor, ZFHN, will check and document the requirements. This evaluation of your business is an essential in KfW’s investment decision-making.