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.

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  • 18 TechBridge companies with a survival rate of over 95%
  • $186 million follow-on funding raised
  • 367+ jobs created
  • 3 successful acquisitions

Recent TechBridge News

Massachusetts Clean Energy Day.

May 24, 2018. NECEC. Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Day will showcase the growing vitality of the clean energy industry and the importance of...

The PV Innovation Race is On.

Arbitman, N.,, May 10, 2018 . Like many of you, I’ve committed my career to the cleantech industry because of the moral imperative to accelerate the...

NREL Industry Growth Forum.

May 3, 2018 - May 4, 2018. U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. Westin Downtown Denver, Denver, CO.
Nick Rancis joins as a One-on-One Professional for the Networking Session.

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Nick Rancis
Lead, TechBridge Program
Office +1 (617) 379-5701