Startup Teams

Startup teams enabled by the DIHP via research budget and/or coaching


Team: Michael Jens Ulrich 

MO-SPACE provides space qualified Faint Pulse Source (FPS) systems. The systems feature very high repetition rates, which in turn guarantee high key rates.

Xsight Optics GmbH

Team: Jan Sperrhake and Maria Nisser


The team is developing an optical device for contactless vital sign measurement. For example, breathing and heart rates of particularly vulnerable patients can be recorded.

Quantum Optics Jena GmbH

Team: Dr. Kevin Füchsel, Dr. Oliver de Vries, Dr. Erik Beckert, Dr. Markus Gräfe and Dr. Fabian Steinlechner


Quantum Optics Jena GmbH is the latest spin-off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF. The team develops quantum-based solutions for communication systems in the emerging quantum age. It is also tinkering with a new quantum imaging product that could soon find applications in medical technology or materials analysis. It is the first DIHP team to receive venture capital support, in this case from Fraunhofer Technologie-Transfer Fonds (FTTF) GmbH, ELAS Technologies GmbH and through bm|t beteiligungsmanagement Thüringen (bm|t).


Team: Dr. Claudia Reinlein, Marlies Gier and Immanuel Burkhardt


ROBUST AO GmbH emerged as a spin-off from Fraunhofer IOF in cooperation with the FSU Jena's Gründerservice K1, where the team started on April 1, 2020, with a start-up grant by EXIST (EXIST-Gründerstipendium). Their product, the Zwobbel®, improves lasers for material processing by controlled oscillation of the focus in the z-direction.


Team: Dr. Matthias Beier, Marcel Hornaff, André Urbich and Mathias Schulz

SPACEOPTIX GmbH was founded as a spin-off from Fraunhofer IOF. They develop, manufacture, integrate and test high-precision metal optics and mirror systems for applications in space, astronomy, science, and industry.

SPACEOPTIX GmbH was founded in March 2020, during the Corona pandemic, by four long-time Fraunhofer employees. Its business field is the series production of high-precision optical components and systems for use in space, astronomy, and industry. Their core competence is the production of complex mirror optics and systems made of metal. Its products are thus particularly important for observation and communication applications within future satellite constellations. It is thus part of the entrepreneurial development of space, which is why we speak here of the so-called "new space" market - compared to the space exploration of past decades, which was essentially driven by the large public institutions such as NASA and ESA. 

mcd - modern camera designs GmbH

Team: Dr. Frank Wippermann and Dr. Jacques Dupparé


Modern Camera Design is a spin-off from Fraunhofer IOF and designs, manufactures and distributes optical and opto-electronic components and systems as well as equipment and machines for their production. 


Team: Marcel Sieler


GLOWWING is a spin-off from Fraunhofer IOF and sells micro-projectors for vehicles, which can generate light images on the ground.


Team: Benedict Diederich and René Lachmann


The UC2 team comes from the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies and the University Hospital Jena. Together with a creative community they are working on modular toolboxes for (micro-)optical systems. With the open-source instructions for 3D printing and combining optical modules, for example, a camera microscope can be built by oneself. 


Team: Ria Krämer and Dr. Daniel Richter


The team from the Institute of Applied Physics plans to use UltaGratings to produce and market fiber gratings.


Team: Dr. Sergey Turtaev, Patrick Westermann, Dr. Jiri Hofbrucker and Dr. Hana Čižmárová


The team from the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies focuses on the development of solutions in the field of fiberoptics, biophotonics and bioimages.