Zukunft VenturesEven more speed for Innovation

ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer (right) and Torsten Gollewski (left), managing director of the newly founded Zukunft Ventures GmbH, push for rapid innovation.

Welcome to the website of Zukunft Ventures GmbH. The company, founded in September 2016 and headquartered in Friedrichshafen, has a clear mission: investing in companies that are active in fields of technology relevant for ZF.

For start-ups, in particular, this is a great opportunity to obtain additional investment capital. However, smaller, well-established companies can also benefit from a strong partner with ZF at their side. In return, ZF will have greater access to sustainable technologies that will keep it one step ahead of the competition.

Currently, venture capital companies either make minor investments from a limited capital stock – regardless of the investor’s core business – or strategic investments with exclusivity agreements or complete integration. With Zukunft Ventures GmbH, however, ZF is taking a different path. It intends to follow a balanced, flexible approach that is tailored to the specific investment. The concept is characterized by larger investment sums as well as the highest level of support for the investment partner with a strong market orientation.

On the one hand, this approach allows the technologies to have a maximum impact on the market, and on the other hand, it ensures rapid innovation for both partners. Zukunft Ventures does not have a fixed budget amount. The extent to which each investment fits in with ZF's strategy serves as guidance.

Zukunft Ventures has neither technological nor geographical restrictions. The company’s mission is to invest in significant future technologies that existing business units will innovate and further develop or that will accelerate disruptive processes. With this new venture capital company, ZF is reinforcing its claim as an innovation leader and is expanding its comprehensive activities to drive innovation and identify disruptive technologies early on.

Contact

Torsten Gollewski
Managing Director Zukunft Ventures GmbH

Graf-von Soden-Platz 1
88046 Friedrichshafen
Deutschland/Germany

Phone: +49 7541 77-7145
E-Mail: info.zukunftventures@zf.com