Who we are2018-07-26T16:10:09+00:00

Who we are

Who we are

ZFHN does things differently

Our goal is to help future market leaders put down roots in our home city of Heilbronn. We are not looking to make a quick profit. Instead, we are building reliable partnerships and creating secure jobs. With a fund volume of over EUR 200 million, we can harness the capital required for long-term investments.

Founded in 2005, ZFHN is one of the largest venture capital funds in Germany. We primarily support young, innovative technology firms that are established in the Heilbronn region or are ready to settle there in the short to medium term. ZFHN is not your typical investor – it’s more of a mentor and strategic partner. For over 10 years, we have been teaming up with our start-ups to develop new ideas, while also answering questions, jointly working on strategy and creating new alliances. Our support changes as start-ups grow, but our passion never wanes.

Investment range

€ 2-15 million Private funding only

Partners

We work together with you through every stage of growth

Support

A seasoned management team
and a diversified network

Investment range

€ 2-15 million Private funding only

Partners

We work together with you through every stage of growth

Support

A seasoned management team and a diversified network

Providing young companies with the help they need until they make their breakthrough – that is our goal. We not only provide growth capital, but also access to a network spanning multiple industries.

Thomas R. Villinger

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Providing young companies with the help they need until they make their breakthrough – that is our goal. We not only provide growth capital, but also access to a network spanning multiple industries.

Thomas R. Villinger

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

International network to buoy your growth

Our regional and international network serves as a platform for creating synergies, sharing insights and identifying new marketing opportunities. We have frequently helped partners put the final piece of the jigsaw in place as they look to market new technologies. Read our success stories to find out more.

Our seed fund BORN2GROW makes initial investments of up to EUR 500,000 and can inject up to EUR 1 million in a second round of financing. BORN2GROW works with other venture capital funds and business angels to support young companies in the start-up phase.

Reliability

As a family-office fund, we make long-term commitments to young, promising technology companies.

Reliability

As a family-office fund, we make long-term commitments to young, promising technology companies.

Flexibility

With our private funding we have maximum flexibility and the highest degree of independence to support your business for up to 15 years!

Flexibility

With our private funding we have maximum flexibility and the highest degree of independence to support your business for up to 15 years!

Helping you turn ideas into reality

In Heilbronn, we are working to turn visions of the future into reality. We leverage and drive synergies arising from the growing number of academic institutions, universities and start-ups. Zukunftspark Wohlgelegen, a science and technology hub located directly on the Neckar, offers ideal facilities to meet the needs of young companies: flexible offices, cleanroom labs, and venues for conferences and meetings.

We have the financial muscle, expertise and connections to enable innovators to meet and surpass their goals. We invite you to join us in changing the world!

Our Investment Team