Enabling tech startup companies to become market-shapers
Our search clusters
We focus on opportunities that are between, beyond, or disruptive to the core strategic business units of the ZEISS Group.
Advanced sensor and data solutions
Integrated solutions of sensors, application specific analysis as well as data acquisition capabilities
Sensors & data solutions in industry automation and digitized healthcare applications, primarily in surgery & ophthalmology
AI applications for image data & workflows
Business model innovation based on data & workflows analytics, disrupting existing business processes and workflows to create embedded solutions increasing revenues and loyalty of our customers
Data processing and workflow improvements in health and industry
Image analysis tools
Medical images diagnostics
Predictive maintenance and production
Devices and diagnostics in life science
Combined hardware / software topics as well as platform plays, innovative business models especially with recurring revenues
Life Sciences industry, healthcare, direct-to-consumer where applicable, primarily in surgery and ophthalmology
Remote monitoring & diagnostics
ZEISS Ventures portfolio
Near-to-eye data glasses
tooz technologies is exploring and driving the application potential and the future of data glasses. Building on three unique selling propositions: superior optics, design, and mass facturability, the data glasses venture seeks to enable premium user experiences for everyday use.
Functionalized smart glass
ZEISS MicroOptic' see-through surfaces with integrated, invisible microstructured optics permit a range of different applications, thus enabling innovations like gesture recognition or eye tracking without any visible optical systems.
Digital learning platform
Mission: Drive and enable efficient learning at leading optics and technology companies such as ZEISS. Addressing both our employees as well as our customers the venture focusses on three topics: Relevant content (tailored and off-the-shelf), smart ease-of-use for learners, managers, and contributors, and a state-of-the-art digital learning marketplace.
Miniaturized spectroscopy solutions
Sensorics specializes in designing and manufacturing optical spectroscopic sensor solutions for industrial applications, such as quality control and process monitoring. Products and services include customized sensors, corresponding software, and calibration models.
LiDAR-on-a-chip for autonomous systems
LiDAR-on-a-chip for Autonomous Systems aims to develop and commercialize next generation laser-based 3D environmental perception sensors for safe and reliable operations of autonomous systems for industrial and commercial applications.
Autofocal electronic glasses
Morrow is specialized in developing and manufacturing liquid crystal technology solutions for application in lenses to enable electrified multifocal glasses that switch focal length between distance and near.
3D Imaging Flow Cytometry
ZOMP, a spinout from the University of Cambridge, is developing a 3D imaging flow cytometer that enables highly accurate quantitative imaging of millions of cells in a single experiment.
3D in vitro Cell Culture
InSphero is pioneering industrial-grade and scalable 3D cell-based assay solutions and scaffold-free 3D organ-on-a-chip technology, enabling the adoption of 3D microtissues in research and drug development.
AI-powered Hyperspectral Imaging
Hypervision Surgical is developing an intraoperative hyperspectral imaging system that seamlessly integrates into the surgical workflow for real-time tissue characterization to revolutionize surgical outcomes.
Past ZEISS ventures
ZEISS MultiSEM revolutionizes the speed of electron microscopy. MultiSEM allows you to unleash an acquisition speed of up to 91 parallel electron beams. Now you can image samples in the centimeter scale at nanometer resolution. This unique scanning electron microscope (SEM) is designed for continuous, reliable 24/7 operation. Simply set up your high-throughput data acquisition workflow and your MultiSEM will capture high-contrast images automatically, all by itself.
ZEISS RealScan Technologies
3D photorealistic digital twins
ZEISS Virtual Media explores end-to-end digital modelling and visualization of objects in realistic quality. In the future, where physical reality increasingly blends with digital content, Realscan aims to provide high-quality content for augmented, virtual and mixed-reality applications.
Real time process control for semiconductor processes
The venture develops and sells precise concentration measurement solutions for business applications in the semiconductor industry. The iTrap is a highly sensitive process analyzer based on a Fourier Transform mass spectrometer. It monitors reaction products and chamber health in real time.
Nanoscribe offers high-precision 3D printing solutions in microfabrication by drawing on a disruptive 3D printing technology with user-friendly software and innovative materials that enable research and industry to innovate through additive manufacturing.
Individualized eyecare solutions
Opteyes aims to provide a compelling and individualized end-to-end digital eyecare journey for spectacle wearers in China.
Bridger Photonics provides precision LiDAR solutions to enable new capabilities and improved effi ciency for industrial metrology and oil and gas applications.
We manage our ventures according to 10 principles
We can start building a business from as early as the first validated market-product fit. Our goal is to manage and invest across the entire venture life cycle until we have established a resilient business operation.
We focus on ventures which are relevant for ZEISS. Our relevance criteria are a healthy mix of whether the venture is a great stand-alone business (unique, compelling, and scalable) complemented with a set of potential benefits for the ZEISS Group, such as whether it might generate options for future business development, drive a disruption to a current ZEISS strategic business unit, and/or build/access new capabilities for ZEISS.
We run our ventures with the goal of maximizing their value. We want to join forces with entrepreneurs, co-investors, and other partners with the same goal. Once the venture has become a resilient business, we are open to passing on our venture to the best natural owner, no matter whether the buyer is a ZEISS business or not.
We assign dedicated owners to each venture, who (i) bring in skills and experience to drive the value of the venture and (ii) provide access to the ZEISS world, including the supporting functions and the international network of assets and people.
We strive to be a highly determined and informed investor and look for the non-obvious secrets underlying the investment thesis of each venture. We do not engage in “spray-and-pray” statistical investing.
Success for us is generally independent of whether the idea was invented at ZEISS or not. We want to acquire the best ideas and the best people for ZEISS regardless of where they come from.
While ZEISS Ventures seeks to be commercially effective, we will not compromise our brand and the ZEISS culture of thinking long-term for short-term financial motivations alone.
We act as a team. Our best ventures have been global team efforts in which the joint goal of the team is put first and individual interests come second. We commit to our entrepreneurs and build long-term relationships based on open and candid dialogue and mutual trust.
We strive to make decisions based on judgement in the face of great uncertainty and incomplete facts, recognizing that new businesses need to move fast to succeed.
ZEISS Ventures consistently follows the annual strategy process of the ZEISS Group. Investments are made by adhering to a set of search clusters and investment hypotheses. Two Executive Board members are members of the Venture Board, supported by the ZEISS Ventures Management team that actively enables the internal and external ventures organized as a portfolio of startup business units in order to realize their mission.
A diverse, international team with a great mix of backgrounds to cope with the different matters across our portfolio
Dr. Karl Lamprecht
President & CEO ZEISS Group and Chairman ZEISS Ventures
Head of ZEISS Ventures
Dr. Marc Schüler
Dr. Philipp Topic