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Key Dates

Application period Batch #15:  
August 09 – September 19, 2021
Pre-discussions with potential candidates:
End September – Mid October 2021
Final Pitch events:
Until end of November 2021

Communication of decision to applicants:
Early December 2021
Kick-off Batch #15:  
Mid January 2022

Why should you apply? Our Program Highlights:

Intensive Coaching and Mentoring

By seasoned serial entrepreneurs, tech experts, business angels, venture capitalists and experienced industry professionals

Access to Corporate Partners

such as Festo, Knorr-Bremse, Miele and many other corporate partners.

Free office Space and Support

We provide office space in the heart of Munich where our team is working hard to support you on all matters of your business. 

Access to our High-Tech Workshop

In our 1500m2 high-tech workshop “maker space” you have access to more than 100 machines and can build your prototypes.

To pitch at our final event, the Demo Day

attended by 250+ VCs, business angels, corporate representatives, successful founders and press members.

What kind of startups are we looking for?

Target Geographics

Globally, with focus on Europe, US, Israel

Target/Focus Topics

Please check out our Corporate Partners and their search fields below

Industry Focus

All industries as long as there is a fit with the search fields

Target/Startup Stages

Seed, Series A

Exceptional Team

driven, curious, and humble founders with a big vision!

Batch #14 Corporate Partners & Search Fields

As one of the best-known and most popular retailers, ALDI has been providing millions of people with everyday essentials for generations. The ALDI Nord Group is represented by a total of 32 regions in northern, eastern, and western Germany. In Germany, more than 35,000 employees are employed by ALDI Nord. Customers can shop for fresh products in over 2,200 stores.
Find out more about ALDI Nord (
For batch#14 ALDI is looking for startups in the following fields:
Circular Economy

Sustainable & innovative products, services, business models, and processes to
promote a circular economy.

Festo SE & Co. KG is a worldwide leader in automation and a world market leader in technical training and development. Regarding automation, Festo offers products, systems and services surrounding pneumatic and electrical control and drive technology – whether in the factory or process automation sector.
Festo Didactic equips technical training institutes and offers training and consultancy to processing industrial companies. Festo was founded in 1899 and has more than 20,000 employees around the globe with a company presence in 61 countries and after-sales services in 176 countries to serve its 300,000 customers. In 2019, Festo reported a revenue of €3.07Bn.
Find out more about the company:
For batch#14 Festo is looking for startups in the following fields:
Cloud Control

Control applications for automation systems, hardware-agnostic management solutions for decentralized controls, sensors & actuators

Energy Harvesting

Innovative & energy efficient power solutions and technologies to recover energy in or close to an industrial machine or device

Knorr-Bremse is the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle subsystems. (Link to company overview and product portfolio) Knorr-Bremse delivers braking, entrance, control and auxiliary power supply systems, HVAC and driver assistance systems for rail vehicles, as well as braking, steering, powertrain and transmission control solutions, and driver assistance systems for commercial vehicles.
Approximately 29,000 employees at over 100 sites in more than 30 countries use their competence and motivation to satisfy customers worldwide with products and services. In 2017, Knorr-Bremse’s two divisions together generated revenues of EUR 6.9 billion (IFRS).
Find out more about the company:
For batch#14 Knorr-Bremse is looking for startups in the following fields:
Automated & Autonomous Driving

Solutions and technologies that provide advanced automated functions for vehicles e.g., advanced driver assistance systems and vehicle remote control 

Digital Transport Management

Solutions that contribute to completely digital transport management with automated data-driven decision making

Secure Device Management for IIoT

Online device management, Industrial IoT & security for IoT, intelligent wireless sensors, predictive maintenance & system health monitoring       

E-Mobility & Electrification

E-Mobility & electrification of auxiliaries in commercial vehicles e.g., efficient motion control, battery monitoring & energy storage 

LPWAN for Rail and Truck Field Assets

Condition monitoring, energy efficient & wireless communication, data transmission, and energy harvesting sensors

Remote Collaboration & Augmented Reality

Platforms for remote operations by specialists in the business units and AR-based collaboration solutions for customer support

Miele & Cie. KG is the world’s leading supplier of premium home appliances for kitchen, laundry and floor care. In addition, Miele Professional offers laundry care, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization solutions for commercial and medical applications. All product offerings are complemented by services – from customer service and cooperation to a wide range of innovation fields in the areas of product/services, market access/customer contact and creation of the value chain.
During the business year 2020, which ended on 31 December 2020 the company achieved a sales volume of €4.5 billion. At present, Miele is represented in 47 countries by company-owned sales organisations and in about 50 additional countries via importers. Miele has been an independent family-owned company since its establishment in 1899.
Find out more about the company:
For batch#14 Miele is looking for startups in the following fields:
Laundry Cleaning & Hygiene

Smart washers and dryers, sustainable laundry care, laundry identification & analytics

Hygienic Surfaces, Hands, Rooms & Air

Innovative commercial hygiene solutions for surface or room air disinfection e.g., hygiene detection & automated hygiene documentation

Industry 4.0

Solutions which optimize the equipment efficiency in electronics manufacturing and enhance the shop floor connectivity

Olfactory Sensing

Smell detection, digitization of smell, digital scent capture & olfactory sensing

Outdoor Living

Outdoor cooking, living & comfort e.g., lighting & heating systems, cleaning & kitchen appliances, or digital purchasing

Textile Fiber Identification

Plug and play solution for fiber recognition, automated laundry care, and load recognition

In the upcoming batch, TechFounders supports startups developing disruptive solutions that have the potential to prevent, alleviate, or manage mental disorders.
Therefore, we are giving away additional wildcard(s) for our exclusive program. You will receive all of our usual benefits: intensive coaching and mentoring, access to potential partners within our vast network, free office space and support, access to our high-tech workshop, a spot to pitch at our Demo Day, and many more.
We are looking for startups in the following fields:
Digital Therapy
Mental Health Assessment

Mental Wellness
Symptom Recognition
Drug Development
Mental Disorder Prevention