Our partners

Together with our strong partner network from the business, science and education sectors we provide you the best conditions for founding your energy start-up.

AXEL is funded by the Ministry for Economics, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg - Initiative for business start-ups and company succession (ifex) and is one of the 8 Start-up BW Accelerators.

Start-ups get full access to our strong network, that can support them even after the end of the Accelerator Program.   

Company name

KIC InnoEnergy SE

Headquarters

The Netherlands

Sector

Venture Capital

Website

www.innoenergy.com

Our mission ... InnoEnergy contributes to the sustainable energy future in Europe. We support and invest in innovations at every stage, from university education to market-ready products for customers. Our partner network allows us building connections in all of Europe and bringing innovators and industry, graduates and employers, researchers and business owners as well as companies and markets together.  

Why are we with AXEL/ We support AXEL because ... we are learning about interesting and new projects in the energy sector and we can extend our service for business owners and young companies. Our international network offers access to strong partners and new markets for AXEL participants.  

Company name

Cyberforum e.V.

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector

IT

Website

www.cyberforum.de

Our mission ... with more than 1,200 Members, CyberForum e.V. is the largest regional active Hightech.Business.Network. in Europe. Cyberforum brings business owners, enterpreneurs, creative minds, scientists, students, Business Angels and trainees together.

Why are we with AXEL/ We support AXEL because ... Our services such as TeamUP, EXI Founding Voucher, Mentor Program and various events are a good starting point for AXEL Teams that want to expand their network. 

Company name

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences 

Headquarters 

Karlsruhe

Sector

University

Website

www.hs-karlsruhe.de

Our mission ... Our mission is to educate excellent graduates with practice-oriented, up-to-date and challenging university teaching that are very attractive for the job market. We conduct applied research that on one hand enriches teaching and study greatly through consequent study projects and on the other hand is of interest for industry and economy. In addition, our international orientation forms a further component in our teaching operations, which prepares our students for the globalized job market. As a relatively new task the University is also active in the field of entrepreneurship offering consulting and research services to the students interested in start-ups. Last but not least we support the idea of life-long learning with various offers of professional development programs. 

Why are we with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... The topic of energy belongs to one of the research priorities of the University starting with refrigeration and air-conditioning technology, energy infrastructure and renewable energies to energy efficient mobility. Our goal to support the start-ups combined with the topic of energy is of high relevance for our University and we gladly wish to contribute to AXEL's success. 

Company name

TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe Ltd.

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector


Regional business and economic development 

Website

www.technologieregion-karlsruhe.de

Our mission ... The TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe Ltd. is a hotspot for innovative solutions and is a forerunner and a lighthouse for energy and mobility transition as well digitalization. The TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe serves as a platform for innovation and cooperation where the regionally coordinated strategies are developed, e.g. strategy for energy transition. The results of cooperation projects are made visible in the national and international setting.   

Why are we with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... AXEL strengthens business founders and young companies, enables them to bring their innovations faster to the market maturity, promotes innovation ecosystem Energy TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe and creates in total an important value added for our economic and scientific region. 

Company name

Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector

Public corporation

Website

www.karlsruhe.ihk.de

Our mission ... The Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce is the voice for the companies of the region, represents the interests of the commercial economy in front of government and authorities, municipalities and public institutions. The Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce is a partner, advisor and information hub for the companies. Our service covers issues from A to Z.

Why are we with AXEL/We support AXEl because ... It is part of our mission to support and promote business start-ups. Firstly, the Chamber of Commerce will be involved increasingly earlier in founding processes of young start-up teams. It profits from new ways/ideas of start-up teams and can use this knowledge in the start-up consulting. Secondly, energy intensive small and medium enterprises often don't have the means and access options to start-ups. The Chamber of Commerce sees a chance to close this gap between mid-sized companies and energy start-ups.    

Company name

Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe Ltd

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector

Start-ups, business creation, services

Website

www.technologiefabrik-ka.de

Our mission ... Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe is one of the largest and the most successful start-up incubators in Germany and accompanies young companies on their way to entrepreneurial independence. Startups have a wide range of services at their disposal, from infrastructure and seminars to coaching events.

Why are we with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... AXEL supports young start-ups in energy sector and thus complements the spectrum of Technologiefabrik. At the same time our network can be extended through AXEL and create a more efficient ecosystem in TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe. 

Company name

FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik

Headquarters

Karlsruhe, Berlin

Sector

Research

Website

www.fzi.de

Our mission ... The FZI Research Center for Information Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. The collaboration with customers helps them to gain experience for future management tasks.

Why are we with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... Through our contribution to AXEL Energy Accelerator we support a growing number of successful business start-ups in energy sector in Baden Wuerttemberg. The start-up teams are guided by our experts in energy area and get consultation on IT security by FZI competence center for IT security. Using the direct neighborhood relationship between Technologiefabrik and FZI House of Living Labs the interested AXEL teams can have access to technical equipment. 

Company name

Karlsruhe Institute of 
Technology (KIT)

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector

Research

Website

www.kit-gruenderschmiede.de

Our mission ... at our KIT Gründerschmiede we inspire students and scientists to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and train them/you (?) to become an entrepreneur. We support business owners and businesses that lead innovations to success and act responsibly in every aspect. KIT is a regional and international hub for international start-ups and technology transfer. We offer a broad range of promotional activities that allows business founders to get started with their own idea in optimal conditions. Some of them include new teaching formats, extended consulting services and KIT-own funding platform. 

Why are with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... The energy topic is one of the central research areas at KIT and offers a high potential especially for the start-up environment. Together with AXEL we want to realize this potential, identify innovations and develop sustainable business models. Together with other AXEL partners tremendous synergies arise that help the teams to bring their visions to life. 

Company name

City of Karlsruhe

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector




Energy, Mobility, Information and Communication technologies Cultural and Creative industries, Artificial Intelligence, Mechanical Engineering

Website

www.karlsruhe.de/wirtschaft

Our mission ... Karlsruhe Economic Development Department sees itself as a partner of the business community. It works hand in hand with businesses, investors and insti­tu­ti­ons and creates a climate conducive to growth and innovation in Karlsruhe with enormous inter­na­tio­nal appeal. Offering compre­hen­sive services, it supports companies in their expansion possi­bi­li­ties as well as in their compe­ti­tiven­ess and power to innovate. In particular, it actively supports founders of new businesses with goal-oriented supervision. Thanks to an attractive industrial real estate and infra­struc­ture offering and a city centre bustling with activity, the location of Karlsruhe offers optimal conditions for new businesses. In addition, it initiates and supports competence networks and clusters that drive innovation and open up new market opportunities on a national and international level. The Karlsruhe Economic Development Department is committed to ensuring that Karlsruhe remains an attractive business and science location for companies and specialists in the future.


Why are with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... Visions need an engine. Together with AXEL Energy Accelerator we support young talents in energy sector so that they can implement their innovative ideas.

Company name



Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, Campus Karlsruhe 
(Degree Course Entrepreneurship)

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector

Education and research

Website


http://www.studiengang-unternehmertum.de/

Our mission ... Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe and its Degree Course Entrepreneurship trains business founders, successors and other young entrepreneurs since 2008. The three-year bachelor program is considered as the most intensive and hands-on qualification opportunities for entrepreneurs in Germany and has received several awards. During practical phases the students work at their companies and during theoretical phases (classes at the University) the specific problems and situations are used as case studies for teaching. It comprises the concept of learning in, on and from one's entrepreneurial challenges. This degree is also offered as an online model.

Why are we with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... The energy economy is one of the areas which is currently experiencing the most dynamic development and is offering many opportunities for innovative start-ups. Firstly we offer founders an integrated course of study, and secondly we support AXEL in the area of further education and seminars for entrepreneurs.    

Company name

Stadtwerke Karlsruhe Ltd

Headquarters

Karlsruhe

Sector

Energy and Water Utilities

Website

www.stadtwerke-karlsruhe.de

Our mission ... Since 2015, the public utility Karlsruhe has decided in 2015 to use the potential of flexible organization structures. The focus of our spin-off subsidiary SWK-NOWATEC GmbH is on product and innovation management. This means that we always have our finger on the pulse of the times within the energy industry and are agile in our energy-related environment.  Our objective is to pick up and co-create relevant developments as early as possible, both in the area of economic and research developments. For this purpose we cooperate in a partner relationship with established companies, research centres and start-ups. Exciting ideas from the start-up scene is exactly what we are looking for, as we support the development, put together into practice visions, ideas and concepts.

Why are we with AXEL/We support AXEL because ... to give support to aspiring entrepreneurs needed in early phases. We offer our know.how in the energy sector to business pioneers.