About us

It all began with the discovery of the fantastic lightweight construction of marine plankton organisms. Today we develop a game-changing Connected Engineering software that empowers engineers to shape the future and frees them from manual and repetitive tasks, as well as reusing their work more efficiently.

Learn more about our team and the most important milestones on our way.


We believe that an organization is only as good as the team behind it. We are of our team members that are all committed to developing the next generation of engineering software. We value diversity of background and thought and work hard to create a place where everyone is appreciated and able to develop their skills.

August 2006

Research at Alfred-Wegener-Institute

As scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar & Marine Research we investigate natural lightweight construction principles and growth processes. On the basis of the knowledge gained, we are developing the first technical products in parallel for various industrial partners.

January 2009

Institute for marine Ressources

As a technology transfer spin-off of the Alfred Wegener Institute, we continue to investigate the shells of marine plankton organisms in the Department of Bionic Lightweight Structures at the Institute for marine Resources in order to develop more effective constructions.

August 2017

Evolutionary Light Structure Engineering

Our working method is published as VDI guideline 6224 part 3. It specifies the procedure for product development and optimization of lightweight structures based on natural model organisms within the framework of a defined product development process in lightweight structural construction.

March 2018

EXIST Funding

ELISE is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Social Fund as part of the EXIST programs.

August 2018

The birth OF ELISE

On August 1, 2018 we found ELISE GmbH and from now on develop our Generative Engineering Software, which is the logical consequence of what we have learned in more than 10 years of bionic research and engineering services.

October 2018

Launch of version 1.0

Together with our beta-users from automotive and aerospace OEMs and Tier-1 we start to define the capabilities of Generative Engineering.

November 2019

€3 Million Seed Funding

With our €3 million funding we mark one of the largest seed rounds for deep-tech start-ups in Germany. The financial investors UVC Partners, Cherry Ventures, Venture Stars and BMWi Ventures support us in the further development of our Low Code platform.

September 2020

Launch of version 2.0

The first open Connected Engineering platform get’s launched.

September 2022

14,5 million Series a financing

The investment is led by Spark Capital, with participation from our early investors BMW i Ventures, Cherry Ventures, UVC Partners, and Venture Stars. The Investment will scale Connected Engineering and fuel expansion to additional domains.

A look behind the scenes

What is it like to work at ELISE? Our team provides insights.





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Konsul-Smidt-Str. 8u
28217 Bremen (Germany)
Phone: +49 (0)421 22159700
E-Mail: info@elise.de

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