„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.“
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.
Optical Indoor Positioning
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.
Portfolio company since: 2019
Sector: Optical Indoor Positioning
eologix designs and manufactures innovative smart sensor solutions for critical surfaces. Their completely wireless, thin, flexible and energy self-sustaining devices aim the industrialization of smart sensors for challenging applications fields. Their first product, an autonomous and retrofittable thin sensor for icing detection, directly measures the formation of ice on the surface of wind turbine rotor blades with high precision, giving OEMs and Wind Park Operators reliable information about the condition of the rotor blades, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.
Portfolio company since: 2016
Sector: Sensor Technology
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 17,600 people worldwide and achieved a turnover of 2.48 billion euros in 2019 with more than 50 own sales subsidiaries and around 11 production sites worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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