High-Tech Gründerfonds: new EUR 400 million seed fund HTGF IV

Photo: Lead Part­ner: Tarek Mardini, LL.M., Part­ner at PÖLLATH in Berlin
14. June 2022

Bonn — High-Tech Grün­der­fonds (HTGF) laun­ches its fourth fund and alre­ady reaches a commit­ted volume of more than EUR 400 million with the first closing. More than EUR 130 million of this amount comes from private inves­tors who parti­ci­pate in HTGF’s fourth fund along­side the Fede­ral Minis­try of Econo­mics and Climate Protec­tion (BMWK) and KfW Capi­tal. The result clearly exceeds expectations.

As a public-private part­ner­ship, HTGF is thus taking the successful coope­ra­tion between public and private fund inves­tors into the next gene­ra­tion: The second closing will take place this year and thus much faster than with the prede­ces­sor fund. 40 compa­nies from a wide range of indus­tries are parti­ci­pa­ting in HTGF IV; medium-sized compa­nies are parti­cu­larly well repre­sen­ted, along with nume­rous large compa­nies and family offices.

The new fund is an early-stage fund for inno­va­tive, tech­­no­­logy-orien­­ted compa­nies that are no more than three years old. With its early-stage finan­cing, it supports young compa­nies in the digi­tal tech, indus­trial tech, life scien­ces and chemi­cals sectors. In the process, the analy­sis and selec­tion methods will be geared even more closely to the aspect of sustaina­bi­lity. The prere­qui­si­tes for funding are promi­sing rese­arch results, an inno­va­tive tech­no­lo­gi­cal basis and a promi­sing market situa­tion. In addi­tion to provi­ding support on finan­cing issues, HTGF also assists young compa­nies with its network as well as its tech­no­lo­gi­cal and busi­ness know-how.

POELLATH advi­sedHTGF during the launch of the fund on all contrac­tual, regu­la­tory and tax aspects of fund struc­tu­ring, contrac­tual docu­men­ta­tion and distri­bu­tion as well as on inves­tor nego­tia­ti­ons with the follo­wing Berlin team:

Tarek Mardini, LL.M. (UConn) (Part­ner, Lead, Private Funds)
Ronald Buge (Part­ner, Private Funds)
Dr. Jan Schulz, LL.M. (London) (Senior Asso­ciate, Private Funds)
Anto­nia Nabavi (Asso­ciate, Private Funds)
Melissa Rödel (Rese­arch Asso­ciate, Private Funds)

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