Numbers, Examples, Achievements

Researchers from the Helmholtz Association collaborate with industry partners, start businesses, license their inventions, and make research infrastructure available. The following numbers reflect these activities:

  • Approx. 2,000 joint projects with companies per year
  • 150 million euros in revenue from collaborations
  • Approx. 400 property rights and patents applied for per year
  • A total of 13,000 property rights
  • Approx. 1,400 license contracts, option contracts, and transfer agreements per year
  • Approx. 20 new high-tech spin-offs per year

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.


  • 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 Barbara Diehl
    • Barbara Diehl
    • Director Department Transfer and Innovation
      Helmholtz Association
  • Photo of Christopher Kerth
    • Christopher Kerth
    • Program Manager Transfer and Innovation
      Helmholtz Association