How does a group remain innovative in the long run? Long years of experience can also lead to operational blindness, making it difficult for unconventional ideas to thrive. True to the maxim: “We did try it once but fell flat on our faces.” But many ideas only need appropriate timing and the right team to get established successfully. However, many corporations are finding it difficult to adopt the right perception for this truth.
Diehl relies on the development of own ideas as well as the innovative power of start-ups. The anchoring point for start-ups is Diehl Ventures GmbH, a company that is linked to the central technology of the Diehl Group. Experts, who work for this corporate venture capital company, search for technologies, products and business models matching our own and identify and evaluate the existing opportunities together with representatives of the business divisions.
“We are not looking for the legendary white unicorn among the start-ups, but for partners in a long term collaboration through which both the Diehl Group as well as the start-up can progress positively!”, this is how Dr. Mathias Glasmacher, Head of Technology of the Diehl Group and Managing Director of Diehl Ventures describes the task. “Both sides can learn optimally from each other while testing innovative approaches and technologies. And the start-up can develop positively with our investment, our access to the market and our know-how.”
Currently Diehl Ventures is looking specifically for start-ups with fields of activity that match the strategic targets of our business divisions. These especially include new approaches from the fields of metal processing, connectivity, security, aviation and meter data management.
Rockethome is one example of collaboration between Diehl and a soaring start-up. This company from Cologne is being supported by Diehl Ventures since 2016 and has already received -for the second time in succession in the same year -the renowned Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award.