Entrepreneurs, Deep-Tech Experts &

As a mentor you are part of the venture platform you get access to exciting
High-tech and deep-tech startups.

Mentors – You are in demand …

Tailor-made matchmaking with industry partners, potential customers and investors is the DNA of HIGH-TECH.NRW.

We connect high potential startups with top-class partners from our network of experts who have their own startup experience or have successfully managed or led departments or companies as managing directors or corporate professionals.
Our mentors advise and accompany the startups from our batches individually on issues related to the validation and commercialization of the business model; they contribute their expertise, diverse experience and first-hand knowledge of the industry, and establish important contacts with potential pilot customers and investors.

Entrepreneurs. Engineers. Professors. Scientists and investors.

People who really drive high-tech and deep-tech startups …

Ingrid Hiesinger
Executive Director
Revotech GmbH & Co. KG

Jürgen Valentin
Leiter Innovation
Nanofocus AG

Dr. Jens Busse
Investment Manager
Evonik Venture Capital GmbH

Dr. Olaf Joeressen
Senior Investment Manager
High-Tech Gründerfonds

Dr. Hans-Hermann Schreier

Dr. Hans-Hermann Schreier
Ehrenvorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats, Nanofocus AG

Dr. Bernd Burchard
VP Intellectual Property
Elmos Semiconductor SE

Jonas Pauly
Investment Manager
Henkel Ventures

Sebastian Hanny-Busch

Uwe Kessel
Executive Director
Rotonda Business Club

Silke Beaucamp
Executive Director
Beaucamp Consulting

Berat Gider
Venture Center

Daniel Wauben
Executive Director
ChemCologne e.V.

Dominique Bouwes
Business Director
Micronit GmbH

Dr.-Ing. Harald Cremer

Dr.-Ing. Harald Cremer

Dr. Felix Müller
Head of Scientific Relations
Evonik Operations GmbH

Thomas Gebauer
Battrion AG

Dr. Sebastian Tegethoff
Senior Partner @ Fortmann Tegethoff Patentanwälte

Dr. Stephan Kirchmeyer
Management Consultant Organic and Printed Electronics

Dr.-Ing. Evelyn Dabriniok
Innovation Manager
TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Michael Bäcker
Executive Director
MaTech-Consult GmbH

Prof. Dr. Heiko Kopf
Innovations- und Technologiemanagement Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt

Friedrich Grimm
Business Model Expert
REACH Münster

Markus Kerkhoff
Executive Director
Poppe & Potthoff GmbH

Dr. Ralf Bertenburg
Executive Director
RMB TeCon GmbH

Dr. Robert Harrison
Managing Partner
Sonnenberg Harrison Partners

Stefan Schmersal
Managing shareholder of steute Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Heuken
VP Advanced Technologies
Aixtron SE

Dr.-Ing. Klaus Welschof
Consulting Business Development
Ex-GL Aerospace Otto Fuchs KG

Dr. Ralf Jede
Raith GmbH

Thomas Kolbusch
COATEMA Coating Machinery GmbH

Dr. Alexander Kanitz
Executive Director

Guido Vogel
Head of Sales
Lemonbeat GmbH

Andreas Dannheisig
Supervisor Innovation Sourcing
Kirchhoff Automotive

Dr. Holger Winter
CENTech GmbH

Steven Bakker
Commercial Director

Phil Derichs
Executive Director
Technologiezentrum Solingen

Kilian Reuß
Executive Director
Medical Magnesium GmbH

Philipp Grunewald
Executive Director
Grunewald GmbH & Co. KG

You also want to give something back?

Gregor Unger
Managing Partner
Cesars Business Angels

Dr. Frédéric du Bois-Reymond Partner
Earlybird UNI-X

Dr. Anika Rajnai
Head of HR
Rock Tech Lithium Inc.

Prof. Dr. Martin Hill
Hill GmbH

Markus Sudhoff
Climate Founders GmbH

Niklas Hebborn
Partner & Investment Manager
Freigeist Capital GmbH

Göran Göhring
Managing Partner
Stagg & Friends

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Lilienhof
Deep-Tech Consulting

Matthias Poschmann

Matthias Poschmann
Executive Director, poschmann kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co. KG

Prof. Dr. Volker Breithecker
Economics & Tax
Uni Duisburg-Essen

Dr. Thomas Heck
Executive Director

Dirk Hauschild

Dirk Hauschild
Director Optical Research & Engineering
Focuslight Technologies Inc.

Nick Bourne
Investment Manager
CNB Capital

Martin Gründkemeyer
Executive Director
Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V.

Johannes Herrnsdorf
Executive Director
MiNaCon GmbH

Christian Fortmann, LL.M.
Senior Partner
Fortmann Tegethoff Patent

Dr. Dadhichi Paretkar
Deep-Tech Expert Materials
Universität zu Köln

Carl-Luis Rieger
Managing Director
WEPA Ventures

Götz Hilber
Crowdinvesting Manager
GLS Bank

Dr. Volker Sinhoff
AIXaTech GmbH

Niclas Fritz
Managing Director
BatchOne GmbH

Jörg Ihne
CTO & Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung
Otto Fuchs KG

Dr. Patrick Müller, LL.M.
Salaried Partner
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Dennis Grimmer

Dr. Cédric Müller, LL.M.
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Tobias Dickmann
Market Manager – Industrial Solutions
Lhoist Germany

Till Rösnick
Investment Manager
WEPA Ventures

Alexander Hoffmann
Managing Partner
Impact & Climate Tech VC

Dr. David Dung
Midel Photonics

Amanda-Stella Birkenholz
Investment Manager
UVC Partners

Dr. Florian Kruse
Executive Director
Point-8 GmbH

Marie Asano

Sven Grave
Executive Director
Digital Hub münsterLAND

Marius Rosenberg
Executive Director
RWTH Innovation GmbH

Marc Linstädter
Head of Marketing
GEFA Bank GmbH

Prof. Dr. Bastian Halecker
Founding Partner
German Deep Tech Institute

Alexander Goldberg Partner
GoldbergUllrich Rechtsanwälte PartG mbH

Robert Heggemann
Chairman of the supervisory board
Heggemann AG

Become a mentor and help shape deep tech in NRW

The right mentors are a crucial success factor for young founders, because entrepreneurial expertise and industry knowledge can often only be built up through years of experience. This knowledge helps startups to ask the right strategic questions early on and to best prepare for further development, scaling or financing of their companies.

We are constantly expanding our partner network and are always pleased to receive interest from mentors with a strong value-add from the defined technology and industry fields:

  • High-tech and deep-tech experts from high-tech companies
  • High-tech founders who want to give something back
  • Serial founders and entrepreneurs who believe in the tech ecosystem in NRW
  • Business angels, VCs and family offices interested in deep-tech ventures

In return, mentors not only receive exclusive access to our portfolio, but also become an official part of the high-tech and deep-tech ecosystem in NRW.

The activity as a mentor is carried out exclusively on a voluntary basis.

Corporate Partners and Sponsorship

In addition to mentorship, you and your company can also act as corporate partners and benefit from the various networking formats for your company as well.

Talk to us about this and we will be happy to help you!


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