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About Us

INNOcentric is a young company, but thanks to its staff it has long experience in the field of exploitation of research results, the development, improvement and financing of exploitation structures on the public and private side as well as the support and accompaniment of business start-ups.


Peter Häfner is founder and managing director of INNOcentric GmbH. For more than 15 years, he has been working at the interface between high-tech research and new markets for innovative products and services. After senior positions in science management and a medium-sized consulting company, he founded INNOcentric GmbH in early 2019.

Peter Häfner is specialized in the management of innovations and the marketing of knowledge and technologies from research into industrial applications. He has served clients from several European countries and has an excellent knowledge of the structures on the public and private side, not only in Germany. In addition to the management and financing of innovation projects, the establishment and further development of structures for innovation management at research institutions was another focus of his work.


Our experiences

We have many years of experience in successfully applying for public grants and in managing funded projects

open programs for innovation and technology
ZIM (central innovation program for SMEs)
KMU innovativ (SME innovative)
VIP+ validation grant
R&D grants from federal states
topic-specific federal programs (BMBF)
innovation from research
growth clusters, innovation fora
materials research
programs of the Helmholtz-association
Innovation Fund
Innovation Lab
Helmholtz Enterprise
start-up formation and growth
Exist Forschungstransfer
Exist Gründerstipendium
EU research and innovation programs (FP7, Horizon 2020, Interreg)
SEWP Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation
LEIT Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies
EIT European Institute of Technology
Interreg Transnational
SPIRE Resource and Energy Efficiency in the Process Industry


INNOcentric has leading German research institutions among its clients. In addition to universities and colleges, these include institutions of the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations.

With our extensive network into public research and innovative companies, we can open up interesting perspectives for new project ideas and rewarding collaborations. In the past, we have been able to initiate many successful technology and development partnerships.