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crowdFANding - Falkenfieber

With the fourth applied crowdfunding project in the field of sports, Fraunhofer IMW and "crowdFANding e. V." from Jena support a football club founded by former fans of Hamburger SV, "HFC Falke e. V.".

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.

Range of Services

  • Applied research in the areas of innovation financing, investment readiness and green finance
  • Development and testing of matching instruments for innovators and investors
  • International knowledge transfer of alternative financing instruments


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. 

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