Paul-Josef Patt and Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth visit the Fraunhofer Institute in Münster

At the invitation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Research Manufacturing of Battery Cells (FFB) in Münster, Paul-Josef Patt (Managing Partner eCAPITAL) and Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth (Managing Director Arioso Systems) gave a joint lecture on “Requirements for innovations – the view of entrepreneurs and investors” to an audience of engineers and chemists.

Both speakers showed the participants ways for spin-offs from research institutions and encouraged them to turn innovative ideas into start-ups. Paul-Josef Patt focused on the requirements for innovative spin-offs from the perspective of an investor. For example, not only a team with complementary competencies or a promising go-to-market strategy are urgently needed for a successful start-up. The transfer of patents from research institutes also makes a significant contribution to a successful start-up. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth underpinned this by reporting on his practical experience with spin-offs, e.g. Novaled AG from TU Dresden and Arioso Systems from FhG-IPMS Dresden, and gave the researchers tips for their own start-up projects.

eCAPITAL is a venture capital firm that provides early to growth stage funding to technology companies in the fields of software & information technology, cybersecurity, industry 4.0, new materials and cleantech. Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL has a history of supporting entrepreneurs determined to build companies with lasting significance. Partnering with eCAPITAL means joining an international network of business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists and potential partners. eCAPITAL is located in Germany, currently manages funds with over EUR 280 million under management and was lead investor of some very successful German exits like sonnen, Novaled or Jedox.

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