Innovation through Cooperation

Shaping the future together: we are investing in start-ups and relying on open innovation for new ideas and partnerships. Working with our steadily growing network, we are developing digital business models and pioneering technology solutions. 

Openness is the key to successful innovation. We invest in much more than just our internal innovation potential to facilitate the development of promising innovations in our business units. We rely on open collaboration and open innovation – cooperating with external partners such as start-ups or other partners from our ecosystem to develop and drive ideas forward together, to inspire each other, and to provide mutual support. Our incubator teams and tech & digital innovation hubs help us to achieve this, coupled with our expertise in the field of venture capital. 



We seek active cooperation and partnerships with start-ups in consumer and industrial sectors. A key factor for success is cooperation on an equal footing: we want to combine the best of two worlds to create a win-win situation for both sides. In addition to specific projects, Henkel receives important input, fresh ideas and new food for thought. Start-ups, on the other hand, can gain access to global markets, entrepreneurial know-how and the opportunity for investment. To accelerate digital innovations, we have developed our own idea factories. We also rely on tech & digital innovation hubs as centers for innovation for our digital transformation.



Got a good idea? As part of our corporate venture capital activities, we invest in young, high-growth start-ups with digital or technological expertise all around the world. If the concept suits Henkel, then the start-ups receive investment, access to our network of experts, and benefit from our many years of experience in our core global businesses. Henkel has two venture units that act as an interface between Henkel and the external innovators: Henkel Tech Ventures and Henkel dx Ventures.

Henkel Tech Ventures

Henkel Tech Ventures is the corporate venturing arm of Adhesive Technologies and invests especially in start-ups that offer materials science solutions or innovative digital business models. By way of example, Henkel Tech Ventures has invested in companies working on sensor technology for manufacturing and in the 3D printing sector. 

Henkel dx Ventures

Henkel dx Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Henkel’s consumer goods business. Our mission is connecting value-driven capital with our established ecosystem to create the next. We partner with start-ups for co-innovation and invest in promising ventures.