BASF Venture Capital GmbH

Welcome to BASF Venture Capital

We are a corporate venture capital company that invests worldwide both in promising young enterprises relevant to BASF’s current and future business fields and in funds.

Besides innovations in the fields of chemistry, new materials and sustainability, our areas of focus include digitalization and new business models.

As a dynamic venture capital investor, we support our portfolio companies through selective interactions with the global research, partnership and customer networks of the BASF Group.

At a glance


7 Locations:

Ludwigshafen (DEU), San Francisco (USA), Boston (USA), Shanghai (CHN), Tel Aviv (ISR), Sao Paolo (BRA), Mumbai (IND)


Evergreen fund:

€ 225 million


Employees worldwide:



Investment focus:

Advanced Materials, AgTech, Digitization/Industry 4.0, new business models


Typical investment state:

Seed to series B

Investment strategy

We invest in innovative technologies and/or business models developed by customer-oriented teams.

An important aspect of our investment decisions is the connection of the BASF Group’s strategic and operative interests with the technical and commercial development objectives of young companies.

We invest in all phases of company development. Technological and market-oriented proof of concept is an important argument for us. We generally aim for minority shares – as a rule together with other venture capital syndicate funds.

About us

With offices in San Francisco, Boston, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Sao Paolo, as well as at Group headquarters in Ludwigshafen, we build bridges between startups and BASF. An experienced venture capital team with financial, business and technological knowhow, backed by the BASF Group’s network of experts, is responsible for examining suitability for investment.

Our portfolio

Our portfolio includes specially selected startups that meet customer requirements through innovative services, materials, processes, products or information.