About us

It all began with the discovery of the fantastic lightweight construction of marine plankton organisms. Today we are a start-up developing disruptive engineering software. Learn more about our team and the most important milestones on our way.

August 2006

Basic 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

Every vision needs someone to support it. We win the EXIST funding program and can thus take the first steps towards software development.

August 2018

The birth of OUR STARTUP

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 Generative Engineering platform.

September 2020

Launch of version 2.0

The first open Generative Engineering platform get’s launched.

A look behind the scenes

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




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


ELISE is supported and advised by an exceptional team with a wide range of expertise in all relevant business areas

Tobias Jahn

BMW i Ventures

Martin Junker

Venture Stars

Benjamin Erhart

UVC Partners

Filip Dames

Cherry Ventures

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    ELISE GmbH

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

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