HighTechXL: Co-founders for deep-tech ventures

If you're driven by innovation and have a deep love for deep tech, we invite you to consider joining a venture team at HighTechXL.

We give co-founders (CEOs, CTOs and CBOs) a unique opportunity to build deep-tech ventures from the ground up, starting with selected advanced technologies from world-renowned research institutions and tech companies such as CERN, European Space Agency (ESA), TNO, Philips, PORT, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, PhotonFirst, PhotonDelta and other global innovators. 

What's in it for co-founders?

• The co-founder team starts with 70% of the shares. If technology is very mature (due to investments by the tech institute) this could be less.

• Pre-seed investment if the startup passes the first phase successfully

• Proven nine-month program

• Support in deal-making and investor connections


What do you need to be a successful co-founder?

• Eager to take ownership and be in the lead

• Commitment and dedication to the startup

• Understanding the process is uncertain, setbacks may and will happen and you must deal with changing insights

• The skills and capabilities to prove the business case you developed is viable after the first phase

• The energy and ability to build relationships


We’re looking for cofounders (CEOs, CTOs and CBOs) for our next cohort, which starts in October. This is your opportunity to take advanced technologies to market and tackle grand societal challenges we face today!

Below is a list of technologies available, the tech and business expertise we’re looking for and one-pagers on the technologies:

Ultra-light cold plate (CERN)

• Composite materials scientists

• Flow and thermal engineers

• Battery management specialists

• Business developers

One pager


Micro gas chromatograph sensing (Philips)

• Gas chromatography specialists

• Chemists

• Bioengineers

• Business developers

One pager


Open challenge: energy storage

• You are a co-founder, researcher or technology enthusiast (or a team) with an idea about how to solve the challenge of energy storage. 

• You have developed or are developing a technology that can help tackle the Energy Storage Challenge, and you want to collaborate to develop your own venture.

• You are an established startup focused on energy storage and with technology or IP that supports the business case. 

• You are a corporate that has an energy storage challenge that requires solving and want to partner with a venture builder to solve this challenge. 

• Energy storage tech experts

• Business developers


For information about the HighTechXL venture building program, timeline and more information on the technologies, check out our landing page here

Send your CV and motivation letter to entrepreneur@hightechxl.com and we will contact you after the summer holiday.