Dr. Thorsten Lambertus


Dr. Thorsten Lambertus heads Fraunhofer AHEAD as Europe’s largest tech transfer and company building program that supports 70+ high-tech ventures per year. Designing and executing innovation strategies in R&D-dominated environments is at the core of his expertise. Thorsten strongly believes in science-backed entrepreneurship.

Before launching AHEAD in 2019, Thorsten has initiated and scaled Fraunhofer’s first startup accelerator FDays® with a 38% tech transfer rate among 180 projects in 5 years. Apart from that, he is an executive trainer on entrepreneurship & innovation, a two-time entrepreneur, has worked as an innovation consultant in the automotive and energy sectors and devoted three years as a researcher at the intersection of entrepreneurship and psychology. He holds a diploma from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.