GreenUp Sahara Crowdfunding Campaign

June 5 is World Environment Day at the UN. Marc Beckett from Fraunhofer IGB is researching sustainable vegetable cultivation in desert regions, seeking future-oriented possibilities for people living in these environments. You can support his project at: Fraunhofer IMW is conducting a survey to accompany the crowdfunding campaign. This survey focuses on drivers and barriers that impact donors' motivation for supporting the project. The findings from this research project will make an important contribution to the science-based design of future crowdfunding campaigns.

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Unit, Innovation Financing

We take on the neutral role of “interpreter“ between innovators and capital providers. International research and innovation projects with disseminators from the scientific and political communities as well as the finance sector provide a common operational framework. This makes it possible to improve the flow of capital into promising innovation projects and to increase the awareness of financing options, especially in the area of investment readiness and alternative financing instruments.

We work for clients from the science community, the political arena and the finance sector.

Our range of services saves innovators a considerable amount of time and money during their search for the tailor-made regional and non-regional capital providers. A scientifically sound comparison of the market relevant investment criteria represents the reliable basis for our services. We design and participate in events in the field of innovation financing and investment readiness.

We make it possible for capital providers to gain access to promising and scalable innovation projects. It also saves time and money. The range of services offered by the Innovation Financing Unit is completed by participation in interactive event formats, access to the Fraunhofer network and to other (co-)investors.

Innovationspreis Thüringen innovation award prize-giving ceremony at the Neue Weimarhalle: Host Stephanie Müller-Spirra interviews Toni Schley (on the left) and Robin Bürger from the people's choice award winning crowdFANding project.

“A small, 'crazy' idea grew into what is probably biggest project in the history of German fan culture so far. We are extremely grateful and are hoping for long-term and worthwhile follow-on projects for crowdFANding!“


Toni Schley, crowdFANding project coordinator

Current research projects

JUSTiCE – The impact of distributed blockchain technology on the sharing economy

crowdFANding II / 13.8.2017

Participation with crowdfunding in sports

Matching concept

New approaches of financing research


Success factors for crowdfunding in sports

DBU Special Representative

DBU Special Representative in Central and Eastern Europe


Financing expert gives presentation at G-Forum 2018

The G-Forum 2018, an interdisciplinary annual conference on entrepreneurship, innovation and SMEs, will take place on 11 & 12 October 2018. At the event, the Innovation Financing Unit's Marie-Luise Arlt will present a paper entitled “ClusterFeedback - Development of a transfer instrument for the early validation of innovation projects through market feedback.”


Fraunhofer IMW now “strategic member” in the European Crowdfunding Network

Since the beginning of 2018, Fraunhofer IMW has been a “strategic member” of the European Crowdfunding Network (ECN). The Innovation Finance Unit promotes knowledge transfer through crowd-based financing instruments with scientifically based findings from national and international project work. Membership of the ECN also reflects Fraunhofer IMW’s commitment in actively promoting the potential of crowdfunding in Germany and Europe. 

Fraunhofer IMW financing experts present research results at European crowdfunding convention

Selected projects in the annual reports of the Fraunhofer IMW

In its annual reports, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center presents the wide scope of its socio-economic services spectrum. The expert teams' contributions provide a compact overview of the institute's projects and product, subject and research focuses.