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Nov 2022
Demo Day | November 25, 2022

HIGH-TECH.NRW invited to this year’s Demo Day to the premises of Evonik in Essen.
The Demo Day not only concluded the Accelerator’s 12-week program, but also gave the start-ups of the first batch the opportunity to present their hardware prototypes for application in areas such as energy efficiency, agribusiness or electrical engineering. Three start-ups were selected by a jury of experts and will receive prize money totaling 20,000 euros. First place was secured by Innovative Robot Delivery GmbH from Bonn with a solution for the automatic delivery of parcels. Second place went to the start-up Biothrust from Aachen, which optimizes industrial bioprocesses. Third place reached GEMESYS Technologies from Bochum with a new chip design specifically for artificial intelligence.
The state’s Accelerator program helps highly specialized startups from North Rhine-Westphalia accelerate their innovations and expand their own networks.

These start-ups and spin-offs were part of Batch #1:
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Auxsys GmbH, Aachen
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 BioThrust, Aachen
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Funktion* GmbH, K枚ln
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 GEMESYS Technologies, Bochum
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 GLIM Skin, Bochum
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 HoDforming GmbH, D眉sseldorf
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Icy 3D, Bonn
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Innovative Robot Delivery GmbH, Bonn
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 LiveSen, Bochum
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 NUNOS, Bonn
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 VitrofluidiX, K枚ln

Nov 2022
Jan 2020
The HIGH-TECH.NRW accelerator program gets a patroness


Ms. Mona Neubaur, Minister for Economy, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia assumes patronage for the Accelerator HIGH-TECH.NRW.
We are very pleased to have Ms. Neubaur at our side, as she is committed to maintaining NRW’s international competitiveness by creating a climate-neutral and strong industry. This requires new technologies, which are created primarily by national High-Tech and Deep-Tech start-ups.

Jan 2020

With their groundbreaking innovations, technology startups can become trailblazers for sustainable transformation in North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond. With the HIGH-TECH.NRW program, the state government therefore supports innovative founders in further developing their high-tech solutions for key issues of the future with the help of broad networks. The diverse university landscape, the strong industry and the lively start-up scene in our state offer the best conditions for this. With HIGH-TECH.NRW, we are pooling this enormous potential and at the same time strengthening North Rhine-Westphalia as a technology location.

Mona Neubaur, Minister for Economy, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy
Sep 2020
Batch 2020

Based on the pitches given, the start-ups were evaluated by a jury of experts. The three winners were awarded prizes at the subsequent award ceremony.
First place went to the founding team of LIDROTEC from Bochum for the development of a laser system for high-precision cutting of high-tech materials such as cell phone displays and microchips. The laser system combines ultrashort-pulse laser processing with the controlled use of liquids, enabling it to cut faster and more precisely than conventional techniques.
Second place goes to FreeD Printing, also from Bochum: The company is revolutionizing the implementation of additive manufacturing processes with a robot-based multidirectional modeling process that builds components from multiple directions with freely formed layers – making support structures superfluous.
Third place went to Midel Photonics from Bonn, Germany, for the development of high-quality laser beam shaping elements that are particularly inexpensive and always tailored to the application thanks to the unique proprietary technology. This saves valuable resources in manufacturing processes in key areas such as automotive, displays, semiconductors and clean energy.

Sep 2020
Nov 2020
HIGH-TECH.NRW supports hardware-oriented start-ups in the field of key technologies in successful first program

With the virtual closing event, Demo Day, the first program of HIGH-TECH.NRW ended on November 13, 2020:
the first Business Accelerator or hardware-oriented high-tech startups in North Rhine-Westphalia.
In addition to the presentation of the 12 participating start-ups in front of an expert audience from business and science, a discussion round with Dr. Johannes Velling, head of the group 鈥濭r眉ndungen, digitale Impulse, Finanzierung鈥 of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Media, NMWP.NRW Clustermanager Dr.-Ing. Harald Cremer and three founders Dr. David Dung (Midel Photonics), Christoph Seidenst眉cker (Pixel Photonics UG) and Professor Dr. Niels Benson (airCode UG) under the moderation of Dr. Heinz Br眉ckelmann the challenges for founders in the high-tech sector were discussed. The focus was on the integration of founders into start-up ecosystems, the importance of strategic intellectual property management and access to venture capital.

Nov 2020

The state government has set itself ambitious goals: By 2024, we want to increase the number of startups from universities in North Rhine-Westphalia by 50 percent. The HIGH-TECH.NRW business accelerator specializes in supporting technology-oriented start-ups and thus fills an important gap in the accelerator landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is characterized by intensive cooperation with the leading startup universities in North Rhine-Westphalia – first and foremost the Excellence Startup Centers. I am impressed by the great teams that presented themselves at the Demo Day. This underlines the strength of the startup ecosystem in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economy, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy

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