Fraunhofer TechBridge

Accelerating Innovation and Commercialization of Early Stage Technologies

TechBridge Program

Fraunhofer TechBridge provides an open innovation and technology validation platform for investors and industry sponsors.

Fraunhofer TechBridge identifies and de-risks promising technologies by leveraging the extensive resources of Fraunhofer USA and the greater Fraunhofer network.

At the core of Fraunhofer TechBridge is the design and execution of development and demonstration projects that:

i. Optimize and test prototypes

ii. Provide third-party validation

iii. Perform field demonstrations

iv. Evaluate manufacturability

The funding for Fraunhofer TechBridge projects is provided directly by public and private sector sponsors to make Fraunhofer USA / Fraunhofer projects accessible to startups.

Our method in action! - The TechBridge Challenge

Fraunhofer TechBridge runs “TechBridge Challenges” for our partners to perform technical validation projects that prepare the startup(s) for partnership and provide the sponsor with actionable information about the latest innovations in relevant areas.

  • 3 successful acquisitions
  • 18 TechBridge companies with a survival rate of over 95%
  • 367+ jobs created
  • $186 million follow-on funding raised

Recent Press Releases

Fraunhofer USA, PR Newswire, August 19, 2019

Fraunhofer TechBridge Announces The Design2Scale Challenge: Seeking Innovations and Technologies in 3rd Generation Biofuels Downstream Processing

Fraunhofer TechBridge is now accepting applications for its newest TechBridge Challenge, the Designed2Scale Challenge presented in collaboration with ExxonMobil.

Fraunhofer USA, PR Newswire, June 17, 2019

H2 Refuel Accelerator winners announced by Fraunhofer TechBridge, Urban Future Lab at NYU Tandon, and Greentown Labs.

BOSTON, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven early-stage companies were selected as the winners of the H2...

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Fraunhofer USA, PR Newswire, January 18, 2019

Northeast innovation ecosystem leaders Fraunhofer TechBridge, Urban Future Lab and Greentown Labs launch the H2 Refuel Accelerator, sponsored by Shell and Toyota.

Seeking innovations for the adoption of hydrogen infrastructure and supply chain technologies

 

Recent Events

June 13, 2019 - June 13, 2019

H2 REFUEL COHORT LAUNCH PARTY (free registration). Fraunhofer TechBridge. Canadian Consulate, 466 Lexington Ave, 20th Floor, New York, NY.

Join us for the cohort launch party of the first H2 Refuel Accelerator program with a showcase of the next generation...

March 8, 2019 - March 17, 2019

SXSW. Shell at SXSW. Walmart Tech Lab, Austin, TX.

The way all of us get from Point A to Point B is changing rapidly – and hydrogen could be an important low-carbon...

February 5, 2019 - February 6, 2019

Solar Power Northeast. SEIA, Smart Electric Power Alliance. Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA.

Fraunhofer CSE presents its research at Booth 1.

Recent Presentations

Blieske, M., Kast, J., Ruder, A., Peters, M., Rancis, N. - June 13, 2019

Panel - The Future of the Hydrogen Economy. H2 REFUEL COHORT LAUNCH PARTY (free registration), Fraunhofer TechBridge. Canadian Consulate, 466 Lexington Ave, 20th Floor, New York, NY.

Join us for the cohort launch party of the first H2 Refuel Accelerator program with a showcase of the next generation...

MacDonald, K., Rancis, N., Silver, J. - March 9, 2019

Driving the Future of Mobility. SXSW, Shell at SXSW. Walmart Tech Lab, Austin, TX.

The way all of us get from Point A to Point B is changing rapidly – and hydrogen could be an important low-carbon...

Rancis, N. - October 11, 2018

The German Perspective on Clean Energy Solutions: The Fraunhofer CSE TechBridge Program. Horizon18, World Climate Ltd., NECEC, & MassCEC. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA.

Nick Rancis will speak during the German American Chambers of Commerce side event and workshop: The German Perspective...

Rancis, N. - August 23, 2018

Panel: Big (Startup) Breakthroughs: New Materials, Chemicals, and Industrial Processes. EPRI Electrification 2018, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.

Nick Rancis is a panelist on “Big (Startup) Breakthroughs: New Materials, Chemicals, and Industrial Processes.”

Lillian, B., NGT News, June 17, 2019

Shell, Toyota and NYSERDA Sponsor H2 Refuel Accelerator.

Seven early-stage companies have been selected as winners of the H2 Refuel Accelerator, designed to identify new...

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Bizjournals.com, January 18, 2019

Northeast innovation ecosystem leaders Fraunhofer TechBridge, Urban Future Lab and Greentown Labs launch the H2 Refuel Accelerator, sponsored by Shell and Toyota.

Fraunhofer TechBridge is now accepting applications for the H2 Refuel Accelerator, in partnership with two of the...

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Fuelcellsworks.com, January 18, 2019

Northeast innovation ecosystem leaders Fraunhofer TechBridge, Urban Future Lab and Greentown Labs launch the H2 Refuel Accelerator, sponsored by Shell and Toyota.

Fraunhofer TechBridge is now accepting applications for the H2 Refuel Accelerator, in partnership with two of the...

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Arbitman, N., Solarwakeup.com, May 10, 2018

The PV Innovation Race is On.

Like many of you, I’ve committed my career to the cleantech industry because of the moral imperative to accelerate the...

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