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

Driving the Future of Mobility.

MacDonald, K., Rancis, N., Silver, J. - March 9, 2019. SXSW. Shell at SXSW. Walmart Tech Lab, Austin, TX.
The way all of us get from Point A to Point B is changing rapidly – and hydrogen could be an important low-carbon...

Solar Power Northeast.

February 5, 2019 - February 6, 2019. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA.
Fraunhofer CSE presents its research at Booth 1.

Northeast innovation ecosystem leaders Fraunhofer TechBridge, Urban Future Lab and Greentown Labs launch the H2 Refuel Accelerator, sponsored by Shell and Toyota.

Fraunhofer USA, PR Newswire, January 18, 2019. Seeking innovations for the adoption of hydrogen infrastructure and supply chain technologies

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