• DTCP-advised Telekom Innovation Pool focuses on external startups of strategic relevance and in-house ventures. Formed in 2012, TIP is now under the USA & Corporate Development umbrella with the DT machine. 

Telekom Innovation Pool overview to July 2020

Telekom Innovation Pool overview to July 2020

Source: Nathan Dumlao / Unsplash

Formation: 2012.

Focus: Concentrates on both: “external startups that are identified as being of major strategic relevance”, and in‑house ventures, based on ideas from within DT, which are spun off to allow “greater entrepreneurial freedom and shorter decision paths”. Group R&D arm T‑Labs has contributed many of TIP’s ventures, although some have also emerged out of Telekom Deutschland. Recent investments, such as Clear Blockchain Technologies (Israel), Cynet (Israel), ID Quantique (Switzerland), RemoteMyApp (Poland), and tooz technologies (USA), show growing willingness to invest outside of Germany. AI and blockchain tech (including cybersecurity) have been recent key focus areas for TIP.

Management: Originally set up as part of T‑Venture. Now overseen, along with T‑Venture, by Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments, part of DT’s M&A‑focused USA & Corporate Development division.

Telekom Innovation Pool portfolio (selected), to July 2020
BusinessCreated / investedStakeBased (investment)Focus (apparent)Status/activity notes
 Sources: DT and Deutsche Telekomwatch.
Portfolio (selected)
1NCE

FY18

31% (indirect)

Köln, DE

IoT services

Commercial partner of Telekom Deutschland

Axonize

FY17

IoT systems orchestration

BENOCS

FY13

100%

Bonn, DE (US subsidiary)

Network traffic management

Works with DT and other telcos on network analytics and optimisation.

Bodyconcept

FY13

100%

Bonn, DE

Online health

Shut down in FY16, but remains listed as a TIP investment.

Clear Blockchain Technologies

FY20

Unknown minority

Israel

Blockchain applications

Gained funding from TIP via FY20 Series‑A round. Partner of DT on carrier services blockchain innovation.

Comfortcharge

FY17

100%

Bonn, DE

Electric car-charging

Focused on rollout of charging stations across DT’s German cabinets.

Cynet

FY20

Unknown minority

Israel

Cybersecurity

SME-focused partner of Telekom Security.

Deutsche Sportwetten

FY15 (buyout)

63.92%

Bonn, DE

Sports betting

Sportwetten-backed Tipp3.de gambling website closed in FY16, but business remains listed as a TIP investment.

Digital Media Audience Products

FY13

100%

Bonn, DE

Unconfirmed

Droniq

FY19

49%

Frankfurt, DE

Drone control and monitoring.

Joint venture with DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung.

ID Quantique

FY19

Unknown

Switzerland

Quantum cryptography

Gained investment from TIP in February 2019, tied with DT’s links with SK Telecom.

Immmr

FY15

100%

Bonn, DE

Cloud communications

Disbanded in FY18, operationally, but still listed as a TIP investment.

Kumukan

FY14

100%

Bonn, DE

CRM software (manualONE)

Unclear if still active.

MobiledgeX

FY17

100%

Bonn, DE / USA

Edge computing platforms

Involved in numerous DT 5G network initiatives.

Motionlogic

FY13

100%

Bonn, DE

Analytics-based B2B products

Sales partner of T‑Systems.

RemoteMyApp

FY20

Unknown minority

Poland

On-demand, cloud‑based gaming

Involved in TDE’s Magenta Gaming service.

Rtbrick

FY18

Undisclosed

India

Cloud infrastructure networking software

Involved in DT’s Access 4.0 initiative.

Sophia Invest

FY16

100%

Bonn, DE

Unconfirmed

Spearhead

FY18

20%

Switzerland

Telematics-based automotive solutions

Partner of T‑Systems.

SYFIT

FY17

33.33%

Aalen, DE

Enterprise resource management

Uses DT data centres to enable services.

The Digitale

FY14

100%

Bonn, DE

Content marketing

Services “numerous” DT divisions.

tooz technologies

FY18

50%

USA

Smart-glasses technology

Joint venture between DT and ZEISS.

trust2core

FY12

Unknown

Berlin, DE

Blockchain infrastructure

Originally set up as microkernel security player that entered liquidation during FY15. FY20 saw trust2core brand revived for a T‑Labs blockchain spin-out.

Past investments
emetriq

FY15

Bonn, DE

Marketing analytics

Transferred to Telekom Deutschland in FY16.

Lite Elements

FY13

Bonn, DE

Cloud workplace solutions

Status unclear. No longer listed as a TIP investment.

ngena

FY16

Unknown

Bonn, DE

Cross-operator Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance

Backed by Cisco Systems, Comarch, and multiple operators and service providers. Exited in FY19.

SoundCall

FY13

Bonn, DE

Sound insertion in calls

Status unclear. No longer listed as a TIP investment.

SureNow

FY12

100%

Bonn, DE

“Situationally intelligent” solutions

Shuttered during FY15.

xplosion interactive

FY13

Bonn, DE

Marketing analytics

Taken over by DT’s InteractiveMedia business ahead of the latter’s FY15 sale to Ströer. DT retains a stake in Ströer from the deal.