The TechBridge Challenge


Fraunhofer TechBridge performs customized technical validation work for startups, paving the way for groundbreaking energy companies to attract funding, partnerships, and customers.

Define: We work with program Sponsors to determine the scope and goals of each program, typically focusing on innovation in a particular region (government sponsor) or a topic of strategic interest (industry/investor sponsor).
Identify: TechBridge executes a comprehensive startup search and selection process that integrates expert technical and business expertise.
Design: Fraunhofer domain experts design a customized validation or demonstration project that integrates the goals of the Sponsor with those of the selected startup(s).
Execute: The technical projects are executed at Fraunhofer research facilities and in real-world settings. Projects may include:
  • Optimizing and testing prototypes
  • Conducting field demonstrations in real-world conditions
  • Performing system integration work
  • Evaluating manufacturability

Each challenge is customized and unique to the sponsor

TechBridge typically runs several sponsored programs for startups, focused on specific innovation areas culminating in the selection of top startups to receive testing, validation, or demonstration projects from Fraunhofer. Some of our past Challenge sponsors are:

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H2 Refuel Accelerator

SunRISE TechBridge Challenge II

SunRISE TechBridge Challenge

Advanced Industrial Surfaces

Microgrid Challenge


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