The Heraeus Accelerator was launched in 2019. Our goal is to support up-and-coming companies in the fields of materials science, technology and digitalization in their growth phase. At the same time, we want to build long-term collaborations with the participating start-ups. In 2022, we will launch our fourth run.
Accelerate your business
Innovating together - who are we looking for?
We are constantly searching start-ups working on material solutions for the 21st century. Tomorrow's customers expect a well-coordinated offering that combines materials with value-added data and services.
The Accelerator program gives both, start-ups and Heraeus, the opportunity to explore strategic partnerships within a structured framework. After a thorough selection process, the most promising collaboration ideas are chosen and tested in joint projects.
Focus on digitalization
In times of digital transformation, advancing globalization and demographic change, the economy is facing major challenges. For companies to survive in the market, they must digitize their vertical and horizontal value chains. This also applies to the precious metals industry. From production to sustainability management to sales – digital tools and solutions are key to the future of the industry.
Focus on medical devices
Medical devices are becoming increasingly customized and adapted to patients' risk profiles. At the same time, there is cost and time pressure in the industry – easy-to-use products are in demand. New products and solutions for surgical orthopedics and traumatology can increase the success of operations and the quality of life of patients.
Our programme - The Road to Your Growth
Ten start-ups will get the chance to present their vision to a Heraeus audience.
On the pitch day, the selected start-ups will be invited to a present their ideas to a jury and an Heraeus audience. They will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with Heraeus representatives and receive individual feedback. Afterwards, the winners will be announced and invited to the acceleration phase.
The acceleration phase lasts three months and is divided into two parts: The first part involves a project together with a Heraeus business unit. This can be a feasibility study, a product improvement, a transfer of laboratory results to large-scale processes or the implementation of a completely new product idea. Heraeus experts will be on hand aiding the start-ups with technical expertise, resources, product and market know-how as well as access to international customers.
The project part begins with a joint kick-off to define a clear project goal with milestones and the preferred method of collaboration.
The second part of the acceleration phase consists of mentoring by experts from Heraeus and partners from leading consultancies who will support and guide you through any challenges your company may face, be they of a business or technical nature.
The teams, consisting of the start-ups and the specialist departments of Heraeus, will jointly present the results they have achieved during the three-month acceleration phase. The demo day ends with a closing ceremony to celebrate the success of the Heraeus Accelerator and, in particular, the start-ups who had the courage to join us and lead this project to success.
Learn more about the start-ups that participated in the last rounds of the Heraeus Accelerator:
Cooperation with Heraeus - what we offer
Network & partnership
From chemicals and tests to prototypes: we support you with everything you need. We take you to the hottest international trade fairs and exhibitions and put you in touch with associations and interest groups.
Potential customers & market reach
As an internationally networked company, we offer you access to a wide range of markets. Whether in Europe, Asia or the US, we connect you with relevant partners and B2B customers.
Digital Hub and IoT Center
In our modern application labs, experienced specialists and state-of-the-art machines are at your disposal for the development of your project. Our digitalization team will support you with expertise in artificial intelligence and IoT. They will also support and promote your digitization strategy.