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DEEP - Institute for Deep Tech Innovation

Rebuilding the journey from basic research to global champion

The DEEP - Institute for Deep Tech Innovation is the newest addition to ESMT's institute landscape. Started in September 2022, it focuses on the deep tech value chain and intends to overhaul it through educating & enabling all actors involved. The goal: change the way deep tech is coming to life, so rebuilding the entire path from basic research to a thriving venture, a global champion even, by sustainably instilling entrepreneurial thinking & acting in the scientific sphere and beyond.

Depiction of a basic chevron process, stating from left to right: basic research, spin-off, proof of concept/market, growth, global champion


So what is it exactly that we do?

Cross Reference: incubator, accelerator, company builder, entrepreneurship center, entrepreneurship academy, tech transfer office, venture capital fund, venture lab

  • We focus on verticals, which a) have high impact on people, planet, and profit; b) are predestined for deep tech solutions, and c) leverage the strengths of the European ecosystem. For a start, we are zeroing in on VERTICAL #1: LIFE SCIENCES, soon exploring further verticals to follow up on.
  • We tailor to the individual need by looking at vertical-specific challenges. This way we (co-)design measures intended to overcome particular hurdles on the journey from basic research to global champion. Meaning:
    • We offer entrepreneurship education for future entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and leaders in scientific organizations.
    • We support start-up creation and acceleration by working closely with entrepreneurs, scientists, research organizations and their tech transfer offices to commercialize IP and build deep tech companies
    • We foster environments and support infrastructure solutions that are conducive for tech transfer projects and deep tech scale-ups.
    • We rethink and redo entrepreneurial financing mechanisms. What this looks like, well, stay tuned.
  • We draw on scientific insights from the Joachim Faber Chair of Technology and Innovation and the Center for Decisions, Models, and Data, which back up and provide guiding evidence for DEEP's portfolio of activities in the name of understanding deep tech innovation. So you will get applied research for applied science.



Thorsten Lambertus

Managing Director, Institute for Deep Tech Innovation (DEEP) and Site Lead, CDL-Berlin

Francis de Véricourt

Professor and Joachim Faber Chair in Business and Technology, Academic Director of the Institute for Deep Tech Innovation (DEEP), and Director of the Center for Decisions, Models and Data (DMD-Center)

Paulin Conrad

Manager, Institute for Deep Tech Innovation (DEEP) and Program Manager, CDL-Berlin

Oshin Behl

Venture Manager, CDL-Berlin

Vincent Riegelsberger

Program Manager - Institute for Deep Tech Innovation (DEEP) and CDL-Berlin
Team Creative Destruction Lab

Megan Badley

Launch Director, CDL-Berlin

Jörg Rocholl

President and Deutsche Bank Professor in Sustainable Finance

Joachim Faber

former Chairman, Supervisory Board at Deutsche Börse AG

Marco Janezic

Managing Director, Blue Ribbon Partners