Forum Startup Chemie – Innovations for Germany

Berlin, September 13, 2018

Forum Startup Chemie at German Bundestag © Simone M. Neumann

The enormous demand for the development of the German chemistry (Chemiewende) startup ecosystem brought together a cross-disciplinary team of stakeholders of six organisations to form a joint initiative: the ‘Forum Startup Chemie’ (FSC).


The FSC is an open platform for startups, scientists, representatives of the industry, business angles, and venture capitalists. To boost the chemistry (Chemiewende) startup ecosystem, German Startups Association, GDCh, DECHEMA, VCI, Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland and High-Tech Gründerfonds have initiated the FSC.


Chemistry startups questioning the current processes and providing more sustainable answers: they stand for the use of alternative raw materials and for digital technology applications in the chemical industry. Dr. Julia Rosendahl, CEO PerformaNat, and Sascha Schubert, Managing Director of the German Startups Association, outlined at the kick-off event at the German Bundestag on September 12, 2018 that the chemical location Germany needs a better infrastructure for chemistry startups to successfully scale-up their products as well as that the payment practices of chemical companies would need to modified to startups‘ liquidity requirements. As a result, participants highlighted the importance of interconnectedness of start-ups, chemical corporations, and investors ensuring Germany’s future as a location for chemical innovation. For further information:


Marie Westphal
Chemistry Platform Manager

Ernst D. Rossmann (MdB für Bildung, Forschung und Technikfolgenabschätzung), Sascha Schubert (Managing Director at German Startups Association), Nadine Heßler (JeNaCell) © Simone M. Neumann

Julia Rosendahl (PerformaNat), Michael Brandkamp (HTGF), Hans-Peter Ilgner (BAND), Caspar Paetz (Hydrogenious Technologies) v.l.n.r. © Simone M. Neumann

Thomas Wolf (Plasmion), Julia Rosendahl (PerformaNat), Caspar Paetz (Hydrogenious Technologies) v.l.n.r. © Simone M. Neumann


Kurt Bock (President VCI) © Simone M. Neumann

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