Examples and Achievements

Researchers from the Helmholtz Association collaborate with industry partners, start businesses, license their inventions, and make research infrastructure available.

It is essential for spin-offs to participate in start-up competitions to build credibility. Every year, spin-offs of the Helmholtz Association are among the winners of important and well-known competitions.


  • MiBioLab receives Labvolution Award
  • MyoPax-BioBank honored at Science4Life Venture Cup
  • DiGOS receives Innovation Award Berlin Brandenburg


  • Innovation Award Bavaria for tacterion and Roboception
  • EARTO Innovation Award for SenseUp
  • Golden Innovation Award of Laser Focus World for Class5Photonics
  • Technology Transfer Award from the German Physical Society: Nanoscribe GmbH
  • Addition of laser terminals to the US Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame: Mynaric AG/formerly: Vialight Communications and DLR


  • Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Prize): FRANKA EMIKA GmbH / Kastanienbaum GmbH
  • Nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis (German Future Prize) (top 3 shortlist): VincentSystems GmbH      
  • Forbes Start-Up Challenge: Tacterion
  • Land of Ideas: Osteolabs (i. G.)


  • INNOspace Masters: Mynaric AG/formerly: Vialight Communications
  • Innovation Prize from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia: SenseUp
  • International Critical Communications Awards: Intelligence on Wheels GmbH (DLR)


  • Technology Review “Innovatoren unter 35 Deutschland” (top 10 shortlist): SenseUp (HE)
  • German Entrepreneur Award (finalist in the Rising Star category): Nanoscribe GmbH
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  • Photo of Arne Meyer-Haake