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Our Principle

„The underlying principle behind PHOENIX CONTACT Innovation Ventures is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. We consider innovation as a path-breaking bridge to the future.“

Marcus Böker Managing Director

As a subsidiary of the global PHOENIX CONTACT Group, we invest in break-through technologies and business innovations. We'll work together with you to create value by developing sustainable business models for successful ventures.

Our investment approach

We invest in highly disruptive technologies and innovative business models in the fields of industrial control and automation, electrical connection technology, industrial digitization and related technology segments.

We follow a broad three-dimensional investment focus and seek for new technologies and product innovations.

We are looking for dynamic companies and ambitious teams with a product-, material- or service-related innovation. In this respect, our main focus lies on groundbreaking innovations for the new age of industry.

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Our role is to strategically support your innovative idea by unlocking the PHOENIX CONTACT ecosystem of experienced managers and our international network. Our portfolio companies can extensively leverage our industry know-how.

Due to our high vertical integration at PHOENIX CONTACT, we have in-depth know-how in the whole value chain, which extends the scope of investment to several adjacent areas.

Our Investment Criteria

Phase

Phase

Start up to second stage

Type of Investment

Type of Investment

Minority stakeholder

Regional focus

Regional focus

Mainly europe

Investment

Investment

between EUR 0.1 - 2.5M

Support

Support

Support via an active advisory board

Management

Management

Highly motivated and confident management team

Business Case

Business Case

Reliable business plan with promising expected return

Innovation

Innovation

Prototype available / service established

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Portfolio

Optical Indoor Positioning

Accerion

Accerion (Unconstrained Robotics B.V.) is a Dutch based tech startup founded in 2015. Led by Willem-Jan Lamers and Vincent Burg, Accerion has developed a 100% infrastructure free positioning technology for mobile robots that uses the floor as a reference. With its breakthrough optical positioning and navigation technology for autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs), Accerion’s innovation enables effective navigation for mobile robotics and autonomous vehicles, achieving high accuracy without requiring expensive and inflexible infrastructure in the field.

Foundation: 2015
Portfolio company since: 2019
Sector: Optical Indoor Positioning

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Industrial Wireless Charging

Blue Inductive

Founded in 2016 by former scientists of the Fraunhofer Institut ISE, Blue Inductive develops a wireless charging system for industrial applications, like mobile robots, AGVs or electric forklifts. Blue Inductive’s etaLink technology proposes an innovative approach that addresses the main challenges of implementing wireless charging technologies in industrial applications. With proprietary technology, Blue Inductive’s systems achieve a high performing and efficient charging process without the need of human interaction.

Foundation: 2016
Portfolio company since: 2017
Sector: Wireless Charging / Energy Storage

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PHOENIX CONTACT

Phoenix Contact

PHOENIX CONTACT is the german-based worldwide market leader of components, systems and solutions in the area of electrical engineering, electronics and automation. Today, the family-owned company employs 17,500 people worldwide and achieved a turnover of 2.38 billion euros in 2018 with more than 50 own sales subsidiaries and around 11 production sites worldwide.
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PHOENIX CONTACT delivers components and systems to more than 10 key technological markets. Our deep market know-how represents a key asset for young companies entering those markets.

Team


Marcus Böker
Marcus Böker

Marcus Böker

Marcus is the chairman of the management board of PHOENIX CONTACT Innovation Ventures. Beside that he is also heading the M&A Department of the Phoenix Contact Group.

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Andreas Rau
Andreas Rau

Andreas Rau

Andreas joined PHOENIX CONTACT Innovation Ventures as Managing Director in 2015. He is also Vice President Corporate Development & New Business at the Phoenix Contact Group.

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Renzo del Aguila Macher
Renzo del Aguila Macher

Renzo del Aguila Macher

Renzo joined PHOENIX CONTACT Innovation Ventures as Investment Manager in 2015 after having joined the M&A Department of the Phoenix Contact Group as an Acquisitions Consultant.

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Christian Fasse
Christian Fasse

Christian Fasse

Christian joined PHOENIX CONTACT Innovation Ventures as an Investment Manager in 2017. Furthermore he is also engaged in the M&A Department of the Phoenix Contact Group as an Acquisitions Consultant.

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