Welcome to Chemovator


Chemovator turns bold ideas around chemistry into thriving businesses.

As the business incubator of BASF, we act as an early-stage or pre-seed investor. We support, evaluate and test early-stage business ideas to explore unconventional growth opportunities. We invest in visionary founders with ideas centered around sustainability, next generation materials and other groundbreaking areas.

Chemovator in a nutshell


Our driver is to shape the future of the chemical and related industries. We invest in deep tech ventures to create impact in sustainability, innovation and future strength of the industry.


Our people-centric approach offers hands-on mentorship and support from experienced entrepreneurs, specialized experts, corporate partners, alumni and BASF experts.


Our global network and industry background enables true scale. By connecting teams with BASF and the industry, we promote mutually beneficial innovation and unlock long-term value.

“We support founders with a vision of breakthrough innovations around the chemical industry by getting them to the next level.“

Markus Bold, Head of Chemovator

All of our teams receive

  1. Access to the leading chemical powerhouse BASF
  2. Supportive Chemovator ecosystem covering HR, legal, finance and more
  3. Strong group of partners and investors providing expertise and exposure channels
  4. Pre-seed investment and potential Follow-on
  5. Mentoring, coaching and support from experienced entrepreneurs and investors
  6. Possibility to use Chemovator’s office space in Mannheim and the 1.000 Satellites coworking spaces
  7. Activities, events and fireside chats offer possibilities for exchange amongst peers
  8. Entrepreneurship Academy with workshops on business building, sales, branding, hiring, fundraising and more

How we work


  • Dedicated teams of 2-3 people
  • Max. 12 teams
  • Prepare and develop business idea to the market


Our Venture Teams form the center of our attention



in Residence

  • Act as coaches and mentors
  • Support Chemovator
Meet our EiRs

Core Team

  • Run and develop the Chemovator
  • Support the Venture Team from behind the scene
Meet our Core Team

Venture Capital

Want to join Chemovator?

Pitch your idea!

We are always looking for highly motivated intra- and entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into reality with our support. You have an early-stage business (idea), a team and want to join Chemovator?

Pitch now

Not sure or not ready yet?

There are other ways to engage with us and our community prior to a pitch: Join us in one of our Startup Bootcamps to refine your idea with experts and learn how to pitch. Or join us at one of our Community Breakfasts or Insights Talks to learn more about the startup world and to network in a casual and fun setting. Or just drop us a line here and directly get in touch to discuss your idea.

Contact us