Entrepreneurs, Deep-Tech Experts &

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

Jürgen 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

Uwe Kessel
Executive Director
Rotonda Business Club

Silke Beaucamp
Executive Director
Beaucamp Consulting

Berat Gider
Manager Public Sector & Funding

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
Redox One

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
Innovation and Technology Management Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences

Friedrich Grimm
Business Model Expert
REACH Münster

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
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
Managing Director
Technology Center Solingen

Kilian Reuß
Executive Director
Medical Magnesium GmbH

Philipp Grunewald Executive Director
Grunewald GmbH & Co. KG

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Gregor Unger
Managing Partner
Cesars Business Angels

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

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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

Christian Rahn
Marketing Expert

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

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
University of cologne

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 & Member of the Executive Board
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
Point-8 GmbH

Ann-Christin Kortenbrede
Investment Managerin

Sven Grave
Digital Hub münsterLAND

Marius Rosenberg
RWTH Innovation GmbH

Marc Linstädter
Head of Marketing
GEFA Bank GmbH

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

Alexander Goldberg
GoldbergUllrich Rechtsanwälte
PartG mbH

Robert Heggemann
Chairman of Supervisory Board
Heggemann AG

Philip Haverkamp
Business Development Manager
WI Ventures

Stefan Fritz

Oliver Weimann
Co-Founder & CEO

Jürgen Wesemann
Manager Technology &
Strategy Integration

Marco Cabras
newskontor GmbH

Peter Kurstjens
Kurstjens & Co

Malvine Komorek
Investment Mananger
SCHAUENBURG International GmbH

Dr. Olaf Joeressen
Senior Investment Manager
High-Tech Gründerfonds

Christian Kersten
Business Angel

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

Dr. Sebastian Dreßen
Research & Innovation Ecosystems
Siemens AG

Ralf Knoll
KEnC Ventures GmbH

Sebastian Nickel-Eberle

Dr. Jan Stuhrmann
R & D Manager
Kirchhoff  Automotive GmbH

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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!

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