The ZEISS Group is a technology and innovation leader in the fields of optics, optoelectronics and precision engineering and in the respective applications. Its core strategic business units operate in attractive target markets with long-term growth prospects that are supported by megatrends. These megatrends open up significant new business opportunities relevant for ZEISS, especially along Horizon Two and Three for future growth.
To address these opportunities, ZEISS Ventures, a unit within the ZEISS Group, makes investments and actively manages a portfolio of startup companies. We focus on opportunities that are between, beyond, or disruptive to the core strategic business units of the ZEISS Group. Our goal is to invest in and partner with startup companies to build lasting and sustainable businesses.
The investment theme of our fund is “Optics for business in a digital world with a focus on industrial and healthcare applications.”
We primarily invest in technology-driven startups with interlinked software and hardware systems and potential of scalable business models for global B2B markets.
We typically make investments in startups in Series A and B phase with a demonstrated market product fit and are open to make investments with other investors via joint ventures or venture capital rounds. Later-stage deals and M&A are also considered. We also invest into ZEISS internal start-ups (100% equity share).
Typical deal sizes vary between 500k- 5 million Euro. In terms of criteria, we apply a healthy mix of criteria whether a venture is unique, compelling, scalable and relevant for ZEISS.