Welcome to Startups at HHI

Discover how Fraunhofer HHI is pioneering innovation and entrepreneurship through our partnership with Silicon Allee. Our joint mission is to foster groundbreaking deep tech startups that will shape the future.


For Fraunhofer HHI Researchers

Discover the entrepreneur in you

Have a groundbreaking idea? Let's turn it into reality. Our support spans idea validation, assembling the dream team, and even covering salaries. Plus, enjoy access to cutting-edge facilities, IT gear, and Fraunhofer HHI expertize. Your success, our mission. Apply now.

For Entrepreneurs 

Join the tech revolution

Are you an entrepreneur with a flair for sales and commercial strategy? Collaborate with pioneering researchers, lend your business acumen, and possibly co-found the next big thing. Dive into a world of innovation. Apply now.

For Startup Teams

Fuelling deep tech dreams

Entrepreneurship is a wild ride, and we're your co-pilots. Our program is tailor-made for deep tech startup teams, whether you're just setting out or in full flight, we provide hands-on support, mentorship, tech talent, even financial support and office space. We're all about making tech dreams come true. Build with us.

Program Overview  

Where science meets entrepreneurship

Our unique program combines Silicon Allee's experience in startup building with Fraunhofer HHI's innovative research to support founders in transforming ideas into successful businesses.

Whether you're at the ideation phase or have a fully formed startup, we've got you covered. Explore our dedicated programs and experience a world of opportunities.

Our offer:

  • We hire up to 3 members of your team as full-time employees, for up to 2 years
  • Sleek office space near Tiergarten
  • Hands-on support from the Silicon Allee and Fraunhofer HHI teams, plus personalised mentorship
  • Fraunhofer HHI resources (travel, hardware, labs, recruitment, patent lawyers, computing clusters, robots, etc.)

Our ask:

  • 10% equity per year (min 1 year commitment, max 2)

Explore our program


Who is Silicon Allee

We're a close-knit team of 8, each bringing unique perspectives from 6 different countries. Based in Berlin since 2011, we've become an integral part of the city's tech fabric. Our journey is all about nurturing startups, fostering a vibrant ecosystem where founders, experts and investors thrive. Now, we've teamed up with Fraunhofer Institute's Heinrich Hertz Institute to turbocharge our support for early-stage deep tech and AI startups. Join us on this exciting journey! 
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Our Portfolio 

We have a track record in investing in impact-focused tech startups. Through our Berlin Founders Fund from 2019-2023 we supported over 60 founders grow from an idea to launch. Some of those awesome startups include:


Deep Tech & AI Investors

Are you an investor looking to support deep tech and AI startups? We're always on the lookout for partners who share our passion for innovation. Join our mission to fuel the next wave of groundbreaking ideas in the deep tech landscape. Get in touch with us to explore investment opportunities and be part of our dynamic community.