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

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.

March 13, 2018 - March 15, 2018. ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.
Fraunhofer CSE participates in the Technology Showcase, Booth 441.

MIT Energy Conference.

March 2, 2018 - March 3, 2018. MIT Energy Club. Boston Marriott Cambridge, Cambridge, MA.
The Grid Integration Group showcases two battery storage projects.

Solar Power Northeast 2018.

Fraunhofer CSE,, February 26, 2018. The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) was pleased to participate in this month's Solar Power...

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