The Fraunhofer TechBridge Program


TechBridge provides an open innovation and technology validation platform for investors and industry sponsors.

TechBridge identifies and de-risks promising technologies by leveraging the extensive resources of Fraunhofer CSE and the greater Fraunhofer network, including the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance.

At the core of TechBridge is the design and execution of development and demonstration projects that:

  1. Optimize and test prototypes
  2. Provide third-party validation
  3. Perform field demonstrations
  4. Evaluate manufacturability

The funding for TechBridge projects is provided directly by public and private sector sponsors to make Fraunhofer projects accessible to startups.

Our method in action! - The TechBridge Challenge

TechBridge runs “TechBridge Challenges” for our partners to perform technical validation projects that prepare the startup(s) for partnership and provide the sponsor with actionable information about the latest innovations in relevant areas.

  • 21 Partnerships formed, 27 products launched
  • $154 million follow-on funding + $19.9 million in revenue generated
  • 17 TechBridge companies with a survival rate of 100%

Recent TechBridge News

DSM fast-tracks start up innovations in solar PV technology through SunRISE II acceleration program - announces investments and collaborations.

Staff,, November 30, 2017 . DSM, Greentown Labs and Fraunhofer TechBridgehost SunRISE II Solar Summit, bringing together solar industry leaders and...

MIT Innovation Ecosystem Symposium.

October 12, 2017 - October 13, 2017. MIT Innovation Initiative. Technology Square at MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Poster session: The Fraunhofer TechBridge Program and how it accelerates innovation and commercialization of clean...

How Innovative Startups Can Flourish In A Changing Cleantech Landscape

Singh, R., Hoepfner, C. (2017). Boston:
Being a clean-tech startup amidst today’s uncertain political priorities and tightening R&D budgets is like being on a...

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