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TRUMPF Venture

Shaping the industry of the future together!

TRUMPF is synonymous with innovation. We are driven by our enthusiasm for technical excellence that creates added value for our customers. With a pioneering spirit, we promote developments that alter or call into question existing business models. This is how we shape concepts such as Industry 4.0 from the very start and provide key impetus. As a corporate venture capital investor, TRUMPF Venture GmbH supports promising start-ups that wish to play a key part in shaping the industry of the future and allow them access to the world of TRUMPF.

About us

As the corporate venture capital unit of TRUMPF, we are both a strategic partner and a venture capital investor. With our network, our experience in industrial production, and our technology expertise, we help innovative company founders to get started on the market and to grow. As such, we are the ideal choice for technology-oriented start-ups who are looking for a strong partner who thinks about the long term. In addition, we network and find win-win ways of collaborating – be it with TRUMPF as a customer, development partner, or in a close cooperation.

Investment strategy

We invest internationally with a focus on early stage financing, both as lead and co-investor ideally in investor consortiums. Out of a first fund of 40 million euros we typically contribute 0.5 - 2 million euros initially and view ourselves as a stable partner to successful portfolio companies throughout future investment rounds. In addition to a strategic fit, a risk-adjusted return on the capital provided is also important to us. To that effect TRUMPF Venture strives for a minority interest between 5% and 25%, which enables start-ups to develop and, in cooperation with TRUMPF, grow to be successful.

Who we are looking for

As a corporate venture capitalist, we wish to offer strategic added value in addition to a financial investment. For this we look for high-tech companies which are complementary to, or adjoin the core areas of TRUMPF either in terms of market or technology. The requirement for an investment is a business model that is technology-based, innovative, and sophisticated due to unique selling points, ideally with initial turnover. Additional crucial criteria are an experienced management team, scalability, as well as potential for sustainable growth and added value as a result of the investment. We focus on start-ups which will shape the industry of the future in the following technological areas:

Areas of interest

Photonics & laser technology
  • New laser concepts
  • Optical systems
  • Optical computation & communication
  • Medical application
  • Vision improvement
Manufacturing technology
  • Advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Materials
Sensors & automation
  • Sensor systems
  • LiDAR
  • Factory assistance systems
  • AR/VR
  • Robotics
  • Logistics
Connectivity & compute
  • Connectivity/IIoT
  • Cyber security
  • Quantum technologies
  • Electronics
  • New computing
Industrial software systems
  • Industrial business platforms
  • Industrial enterprise software

Our portfolio

Our team

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