Projects and investments
Fielmann Ventures serves the eyewear industry as venture capitalist, incubator, accelerator, strategic partner and research unit. We are continuously looking for strategic partners that share our goal of developing disruptive technologies that will transform our industry. Together, we will create a platform that will bring benefit to consumers, healthcare professionals and manufacturers alike.
Because of the strategic nature of our work and the agreements reached with our partners, we cannot disclose all our activities. Below you find some projects and investments that are indicative of our activities.
As a strategic investor, Fielmann Ventures not only offers financial support but also strategic guidance, access to its international supply chain and its omnichannel platform. Benefits reported by partners include the opportunity to get qualified feedback on minimum viable products, various test setups, access to data (within the constraints of the EU-GDPR and our Data Strategy), extensive sales support, network and strategic guidance. Fielmann Ventures is open for investments in all stages. A recent example has been our investment in augmented reality leader FittingBox.
Collaborations & Strategic Partnerships
Some disruptive technologies in our market could already exist given that some partners pool their resources. As companies develop a more collaborative approach to digital technologies there lies huge potential in developing disruptive solutions together. Thus, Fielmann Ventures works in several collaborations and strategic partnerships with start-ups and large corporates. Benefits reported by partners include market insight, network, access to data (within the constraints of the EU-GDPR and our Data Strategy) as well as new business models and revenue sources.
Own Research & Development
Some technologies are neither available in the market, nor is there anyone willing to provide know-how for a strategic partnership. In these instances Fielmann Ventures conducts its own research and development. Our R&D Team consists of specialists with expertise in optical measurement, software development and machine learning. In their work, they draw on support both from scientists within the Fielmann Group as well as researchers from leading academic institutions and other companies. With 14 directly and indirectly held patents and many more pending Fielmann Ventures is open to co-patenting and patent-sharing. Benefits reported by research partners include market insight, network, access to data (within the constraints of the EU-GDPR and our Data Strategy) and research breakthroughs.