Entrepreneurs, Deep-Tech Experts &
Investors

As a mentor, you are part of the venture platform you get access to exciting high-tech and deep-tech founders.

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 start-ups with top-class partners from our network of experts who have their own start-up experience or have successfully managed or led departments or companies as managing directors or corporate professionals.
Our mentors advise and accompany the start-ups 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 to potential pilot customers and investors.

Entrepreneurs, engineers, professors, scientists and investors

Our mentors are people who drive high-tech and deep-tech start-ups forward …

Ingrid Hiesinger
Executive Director
Revotech GmbH & Co. KG

JĂĽrgen Valentin
Head of Innovation
Nanofocus AG

Dr. Jens Busse
Investment Manager
Evonik Venture Capital GmbH

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Dr. Hans-Hermann Schreier

Dr. Hans-Hermann Schreier
Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Nanofocus AG

Dr. Bernd Burchard
VP Intellectual Property
Elmos Semiconductor SE

Jonas Pauly
Investment Manager
Henkel Ventures

Sebastian Hanny-Busch
Procurator
NRW.BANK

Uwe Kessel
Executive Director
Rotonda Business Club

Silke Beaucamp
Executive Director
Beaucamp Consulting

Berat Gider
Manager Public Sector & Funding
KPMG

Daniel Wauben
Executive Director
ChemCologne e.V.

Dominique Bouwes
COO
SaxonQ

Dr.-Ing. Harald Cremer

Dr.-Ing. Harald Cremer
Clustermanager
NMWP.NRW

Dr. Felix MĂĽller
Head of Scientific Relations
Evonik Operations GmbH

Thomas Gebauer
CEO
Redox One

Dr. Sebastian Tegethoff
Senior Partner @ Fortmann Tegethoff Patentanwälte

Dr. Stephan Kirchmeyer
Management Consultant Organic and Printed Electronics

Dr.-Ing. Evelyn Drabiniok
Innovation Manager
TU Dortmund

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

Prof. Dr. Heiko Kopf
Innovation and Technology Management Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences

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Markus Kerkhoff
Executive Director
Poppe & Potthoff GmbH

Dr. Ralf BertenburgExecutive 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
CEO
Raith GmbH

Thomas Kolbusch
Director
COATEMA Coating Machinery GmbH

Dr. Alexander Kanitz
Executive Director
LIDROTEC GmbH

Guido Vogel
Head of Sales
Lemonbeat GmbH

Andreas Dannheisig
Supervisor Innovation Sourcing
Kirchhoff Automotive

Dr. Holger Winter
CSO
CENTech GmbH

Steven Bakker
Commercial Director
SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG

Phil Derichs
Managing Director
Technology Center Solingen

Kilian ReuĂź
Executive Director
Medical Magnesium GmbH

Philipp Grunewald Executive Director
Grunewald GmbH & Co. KG

Friedrich Grimm
Business Model Expert
REACH MĂĽnster

Gregor Unger
Managing Partner
Cesars Business Angels

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

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Joerg Sommer
Managing Partner
peach.ventures

Markus Sudhoff
CEO
Climate Founders GmbH

Niklas Hebborn
Partner & Investment Manager
Freigeist Capital GmbH

Göran Göhring
Managing Partner
Stagg & Friends

Christian Rahn
Marketing Expert
CMO2go

Matthias Poschmann

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

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

Dr. Thomas Heck
Executive Director
DITEC GmbH

Dirk Hauschild

Dirk Hauschild
Director Optical Research & Engineering
Focuslight Technologies Inc.

Nick Bourne
Investment Manager
CNB Capital

Martin GrĂĽndkemeyer
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
University of cologne

Carl-Luis Rieger
Managing Director
WEPA Ventures

Götz Hilber
Crowdinvesting Manager
GLS Bank

Dr. Volker Sinhoff
CEO
ELEMENT 3 – 5 GmbH

Niclas Fritz
Managing Director
BatchOne GmbH

Jörg Ihne
CTO & Member of the Executive Board
Otto Fuchs KG

Dr. Patrick MĂĽller, LL.M.
Salaried Partner
Heuking KĂĽhn LĂĽer Wojtek

Dennis Grimmer
Partner
ADVANT Beiten

Dr. CĂ©dric MĂĽller, LL.M.
Partner
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
Co-Founder
Midel Photonics

Amanda-Stella Birkenholz
Investment Manager
UVC Partners

Dr. Florian Kruse
CEO
Point-8 GmbH

Ann-Christin Kortenbrede
Investment Managerin
eCAPITAL

Sven Grave
CEO
Digital Hub mĂĽnsterLAND

Marius Rosenberg
CEO
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 Supervisory Board
Heggemann AG

Philip Haverkamp
Business Development Manager
WI Ventures

Stefan Fritz
Partner
PRIMEPULSE SE

Oliver Weimann
Co-Founder & CEO
SCALE NOW GmbH

JĂĽrgen Wesemann
Manager Technology &
Strategy Integration
Ford

Marco Cabras
CEO
newskontor GmbH

Peter Kurstjens
CEO
Kurstjens & Co

Malvine Komorek
Investment Mananger
SCHAUENBURG International GmbH

Dr. Olaf Joeressen
Senior Investment Manager
High-Tech GrĂĽnderfonds

Christian Kersten
CEO
Blackdor

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

Dr. Sebastian DreĂźen
Research & Innovation Ecosystems
Siemens AG

Ralf Knoll
CEO
KEnC Ventures GmbH

Sebastian Nickel-Eberle
CEO
Westar

Dr. Jan Stuhrmann
R & D Manager
Kirchhoff  Automotive GmbH

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Niklas Walinski
Managing Director
Curious Capital GmbH

Jan-Frederik Kremer
CEO
AiF FTK

Akin Ă–zdemir
Investment Manager
BitStone Capital

Dr. Lars Gussen
Investment Manager
TechVision Fonds

Ann-Christin Kortenbrede
Investment Manager
eCAPITAL

Eike Gerhardt
Investment Manager
Schumpeter Ventures

Nicolas von Cappeln
Principal
STS Ventures / Campus Capital

Patrick D. Reschke
CEO
Northdocks GmbH

Peter Grundig
CEO
GREATECH GmbH

Dr. Marc Willuhn
CEO
Willuhn Consulting

Tim van der Linden
Venture Partner
Global Entrepreneurship Center

Robin Schäfer
CEO
the collective

Joerg Sommer
Managing Partner
peach.ventures

Niko Freitag
Funding Advisor
NF Consulting

Matthias Vaterrodt
Head of Venture Clienting 
TĂśV NORD GROUP

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 start-ups to ask the right strategic questions early on and to prepare themselves in the best possible way 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 get exclusive access to our portfolio, but also become an official part of the high-tech and deep-tech ecosystem in NRW at the same time.

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!

Interest raised?

Curious to learn more? Sign up now and accelerate high-tech and deep-tech ventures.