Our Mission

Where high-tech startups, investors
and corporates meet.

since 2013

Creating impact requires smart capital.

#HTVD is a platform for startups, investors and corporates. Our aim is to foster innovation made in Europe by providing startups with access to capital.

#HTVD is an annual programm. Based on an elaborated search process, 40 startups are carefully selected and prepared to meet 180 investors and corporates during a two-day matching conference in October. 

#HTVD is focused on high-tech. This means patent-based technologies for B2B applications.

#HTVD is based on the idea that investment is no end in itself. We consider investment as a mean to build companies. To generate jobs and employ people in Europe. And to develop real products to solve real world’s problems.

what we do to strengthen invention
based venturing in europen


… fast access to urgently needed capital for promising high-tech ventures


… tech-ventures and innovators with strategic partners


… international visibility for European Hightech-Ecosystems

RECAP: #htvd20 | bubbles, with a twist


The HIGHTECH VENTURE REVIEW 2020 is an insightful retrospective of recent high-tech Venture Capital developments in Europe as well as a trend monitor that contains predictions for the future.

It provides a unique VC analysis on European Deep-tech and offers 8 “Back to the future”-hypothesis with central takeaways that address the active design of the European high-tech venture scene of tomorrow – of course, with a closer look at the impact of Covid-19 on European VC.

Bubbles with a Twist. pdf


The past year was characterized by strong contradistinctions: a record dry powder in European funds, mega deals, skyscraping valuations, and unicorn exits, contrasting with an all-time low of first-time financings, a lack of profits, and a narrowing of the VC funnel. Yet, we see that Europe has the potential for global tech leadership: It has robust tech fundamentals and is leading in research and niche technologies. As a consequence, Europe‘s tech ventures attract a record number of global investments, particularly in the later stages. To this day, Europe‘s ecosystem has birthed 200 unicorns. Investors with a good scent for opportunities are orienting towards Europe when looking for „real deals“. These mean capital-efficient, purposeful, resilient companies with well-performing operations in addition to a relevant market share.

Within the coming months we will learn how Covid-19 affects European ventures and the behaviour of Venture Capitalists; how the entire economy will manage the paradigm shift that has already begun. One thing is certain: Future high-tech businesses will have to demonstrate resilience and the ability to adapt quickly with a focus on sustainability, materiality and purpose. A forward-looking Europe well on the way to technological stewardship must relentlessly strengthen the emergence and growth of those new ventures and ensure support from well-equipped and competent venture ecosystems. 

the team behind
the scenes

The HighTech Startbahn supports young companies from the high-tech sector in developing and expanding their business by actively arranging contacts with investors, mentors, industrial partners and service providers. In addition to event formats that facilitate the mutual exchange of experiences, the focal points of work are the establishment of a lively start-up scene, coaching and consulting, as well as fundraising, company building and corporate growth of these high-tech companies. Investors and industrial companies are supported by CVC Services, Scouting, Screening and Project Development in Portfolio Building and Innovation Management.

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