Innovation consulting

We provide comprehensive and professional advice on Innovation. Decades of experience with technology-oriented companies makes us specialists in the development and protection of your ideas, as well as in financing.

Developing and protecting ideas

New products, processes and services ensure long durability and competitiveness of your company or start-up. However, often new ideas and developments need specific legal protection. Otherwise this is  leading to little or to no intelectual property protection.

With our help your invention or development can be competently safeguarded.

Our service:

  • As a regional contact of the funding program "WIPANO - Knowledge and Technology Transfer through Patents and Standards" of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy we advice to use the grants for the registration costs of your patent / utility mode.
  • We can advise you also on all the promotion programmes for technology and innovation. We can also help you find extra financial business angels, venture capital or equity capital.
  • Advising and assisting SMEs and founders in the preparation and registration of protective rights, patents or utility models.
  • Help with the search for patent attorneys, with the patent investigation and the first exploitation steps, e.g. prototype construction or the search for license partners.
  • Free individual interview with specialists on patent management, patent application and exploitation and protection rights in the "AGIT patent claims" in the Aachen region.
  • Our intellectual property manual gives easy and comprehensible answers to the most important questions on "Economic success with protective rights".
  • "AC² Innovation Day" and "AC² Innovation Night": Get in touch with experts from the field of patents, inventors and innovative SMEs.

Financing and managing innovations

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can receive external funding for professional support in the development and realisation of their innovative project.

  • The State North Rhine-Westphalia has an "innovation vouchers" programme for the initial R&D phase. This programme finances scientific consultations and services you may require.
  • For instance the Federal Ministry of Economy’s programme "Go-Inno" provides grants for external consultants, who can support your innovation project with feasibility studies and project management.
  • If you employ someone for your innovation project, e.g. a university graduate, a certain percentage of your personnel expenses (Innovation Assistant) may be sponsored. If the employee is not a university graduate funding for the personnel expenses may still be possible via the “ZIM-Programm” of the Federal Ministry of the Economy, a programme that supports innovative SMEs.
  • There are also many possibilities of supporting your innovation project by funding and financing in the investment sector.

Early stage financing

As a coach in the high-tech start-up fund agency, High-Tech Gründerfond, we support enterprises in the funding phase of actual capital acquisition.

The Seed Fonds der NRW.Bank invests venture capital in young technology companies with good prospects of business applications.

RWTH Aachen University and the Chamber of Commerce Aachen have set up a start-up initiative, GründerStart-Initiative, to professionalize high-growth business ideas as quickly as possible. There are various measures to support start-up ideas with good prospects. More information on the initiative can be found at IHK Aachen or RWTH Aachen University.

We also have close contacts with various venture capital companies who finance young, technology-oriented companies. For more information, contact us.

Loan program for high-growth companies

Venture capital for high-growth companies

Investitionszuschuss Wagniskapital (IVZ)

AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen

The AC²-Innovationspreis (AC² Innovation Award) Region Aachen is accorded to a company, a facility or a person who has earned a reputation for the further development of the economic region of Aachen.

The AC²-Innovationspreis Region Aachen is a recognition for special social or entrepreneurial achievements. It is intended to strengthen entrepreneurship in the region and to increase the awareness of the region as an innovative location both nationally and internationally.

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Follow-up support

Our service:

  • Coaching in
    • Critical interrogation of organization and cost structures in the company
    • Vetting of cost-structure and organisation
    • Integration in company networks in the Aachen Technological Region
  • Skill acquisition and training
  • Networking with experienced companies
  • Search for suitable advisory councils and / or sponsors

AC²- Coaching Network

Another coaching offer is the AC² Coaching Network which is part of the AC² Business Plan Competition and the AC² Growth Initiative. The coaches help you draw up a convincing business plan. The network comprises more than 200 voluntary advisors from various sectors who will act as your mentor and give you the grass roots on drawing up a business plan or whatever specific details you need.

Find more information at GründerAachen Region.