Support Network

Representing the power of German industry, academia, and research, GTEC’s partners are an ever-growing network of organisations and individuals who can provide value and expertise to our startups.

Founding Partners


Founded in 1898, Innogy is one of Germany’s foremost utility companies with around 54 bn € in revenue and an innovation leader in renewable and smart energy.

Globumbus Foundation

Established in 2007, Globumbus Foundation is the three former zanox founders’ Silicon Valley and Berlin-based venture, supporting entrepreneurship globally.


With its mother company founded in 1876, Henkel today is the leading solution provider for adhesives, sealants and functional coatings worldwide.


Noerr is one of the top European law firms with 500 professionals in Germany, Europe and the USA.

Sigmund Kiener Stiftung

Established in 2007 by the former founder and CEO of InFoScore, Sigmund Kiener Stiftung  supports  education, science, and entrepreneurship.

Industry Partners

Tishman Speyer

Tishman Speyer is one of the leading developers, owners, operators, and asset managers of first-class real estate worldwide and is relied upon by many of the world’s most prestigious corporations to meet their office space needs. The firm had acquired, developed and/or managed a portfolio of approximately 133.5 million sq. ft. with a total value of approximately USD $71.7 billion since its founding in 1978.


Union Investment

Union Investment provides customized real estate solutions to meet the requirements of private and institutional asset allocation with 30.9 billion euros worth of assets under management. Union Investment is committed to developing the open-ended real estate fund concept, leading the campaign to create transparency standards and actively supporting the international spread of open-ended real estate funds at EU level.


Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Merck is the world’s oldest operating pharmaceutical company, as well as one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.


WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. WeWork transforms buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection.

Industry Experts

Fundamental to GTEC’s selection of startups, our industry experts come from a diverse range of backgrounds, expertise, and industries. Using their direct experience of founding, growing, and selling businesses, the experts guide GTEC startups and provide unparalleled access to their networks of investors, strategic partners, and fellow entrepreneurs.

  • Bianca Gfrei

    CEO & Co-Founder at kiweno GmbH

  • Christoph Burger

    Associate Dean, ESMT

  • Sandro Gaycken

    Senior Researcher, ESMT

  • Holger Weiss

    CEO, Aupeo

  • Carsten Frien


  • Wolf Jeschonnek

    Manager, Fablab

  • Jackson Bond

    CPO, Relayr

  • Gero Decker

    CEO, Signavio

Ecosystem Partners

GTEC works together with premium services to provide GTEC Lab members with free / much discounted consulting, workshops and business tools to enable them to focus on what they are best at.

Become a GTEC Partner

By becoming a partner, you enjoy a wide range of exclusive discounts to our executive workshops, deal-flow channels, access to networking events, and our tailored innovation program. To learn more, fill the form below and we’ll be in touch soon.