„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
Industrial Wireless Charging
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.
Portfolio company since: 2017
Sector: Wireless Charging / Energy Storage
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.
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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