Germany launches €1bn fund for climate and deeptech scaleups
  • 2023-08-17
  • Entrepreneurship Research Center on G20 Economies
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  • Germany has unveiled a new €1bn fund for deeptech and climate tech growth-stage companies, dubbed the DeepTech & Climate Fonds (DTCF), to boost startups in Europe’s largest economy. It’s the newest big commitment to innovation from a European state as the region’s policymakers pay closer attention to technological sovereignty and the strategic value of scaleups.

    The DTCF will invest in deeptech sectors such as Industry 4.0, robotics, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and process automation and in companies with a technology-based business model such as digital health, new energy, smart cities, new materials and selected biotech areas.

    The launch of the fund comes just weeks after France announced plans to pump another €500m into deeptech startups, alongside a string of other programmes to promote the country’s agritech, healthtech and climate tech sectors.

    Germany has made some moves in recent years to support startups. In July last year, Germany pledged to mobilise €30bn of additional funding by 2030 to foster the startup scene and laid out its first comprehensive roadmap for startups — though there's been little progress since then. The funds for the DTCF come from the federal government’s €10bn Future Fund, which was launched in December 2020, and the European Recovery Program (ERP).

  • Partners

  • Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC)
  • World Intelligent Incubation Network (WIIN)
  • National University of Singapore
  • Canada-China Institute For Business & Development
  • TusPark Research Institute for Innovation
  • Cross-strait Tsinghua Research Institute
  • Tsinghua X-Lab

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