Privacy policy

1. Name and contact details of the data controller and the company data protection officer 

This data protection information applies to data processing by:

Data controller: Company High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH (hereinafter: HTGF), Schlegelstraße 2, D-53113 Bonn, Germany Email: info@high-tech-gruenderfonds.de Phone number: +49 (0) 228 – 823001-00 Fax: +49 (0) 228 – 823000-50

The company data protection officer of HTGF can be reached at the address dhpg IT Services GmbH, Bunsenstraße 10a, 51647 Gummersbach, Germany, or at datenschutz@dhpg.de and at the telephone number 02261-8195-0.

2. Collection and storage of personal data as well as type and purpose of its use

a) Website visit

When you visit our website www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de, the browser used on your end device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information is collected without your intervention and stored until automated deletion:

  • IP address of the requesting computer,
  • date and time of access,
  • name and URL of the retrieved file,
  • website from which the access is made (referrer URL),
  • browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your computer as well as the name of your access provider.

The aforementioned data will be processed by us for the following purposes:

  • ensuring a smooth connection establishment of the website,
  • ensuring a comfortable use of our website,
  • Evaluation of system security and stability, and
  • for other administrative purposes.

The legal basis for the data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 GDPR. 

Our legitimate interest follows from the data collection purposes listed above. In no case do we use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions about your person. In addition, we use cookies, social plugins and analysis services when you visit our website. You can find more detailed explanations of this under points 8, 9 and 10 of this data protection statement.

b) Newsletter

If you have expressly consented in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 GDPR for the receipt of the newsletter, the specification of an e-mail address is sufficient. Unsubscribing is possible at any time, for example via a link at the end of each newsletter. Alternatively, you can also send your unsubscribe request at any time by e-mail to info@high-tech-gruenderfonds.de.

c) Surveys and event invitations

Contact information of our customers, partners and interested parties, such as e-mail address, is used to receive surveys and event notices from HTGF (legal basis is Art. 6 (1) p. 1 f) GDPR). This is lawful due to our existing legitimate interest. Our legitimate interest is to inform our customers, partners and interested parties about events and to receive feedback from them via survey.

If you no longer wish to participate in the above surveys or to be invited to events, you can object to the processing of your data at any time, for example via a link at the end of each e-mail. Alternatively, you are welcome to send your unsubscribe request at any time by e-mail to info@high-tech-gruenderfonds.de.

3. Data transfer

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. We will only disclose your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have given your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 (1) p. 1 GDPR,
  • the disclosure is necessary pursuant to Art. 6 (1) p. 1 GDPR for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in the non-disclosure of your data,
  • in the event that a legal obligation exists for the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 (1) p. 1 GDPR, as well as
  • this is legally permissible and necessary according to Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 GDPR for the processing of contractual relationships with you.

Data transfers are only made to third countries if data processing and the transfer to the respective recipient country is permitted.

4. Data subject rights 

You have the right:

  • in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR to request information about your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can request information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of your data if it has not been collected by us, as well as the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling, and, if applicable, meaningful information about its details;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR, to immediately demand the correction of inaccurate or incomplete personal data stored by us;
  • in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, to request the erasure of your personal data stored by us, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  • to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you object to its erasure and we no longer require the data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims or you have objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;
  • in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request that it be transferred to another controller (“data portability”);
  • to revoke your consent at any time in accordance with Art. 7 (3) GDPR. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing based on this consent for the future, and
  • to complain to a supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 GDPR. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or workplace or our company headquarters.

5. Right of objection

If your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) p. 1 GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, provided that there are grounds for doing so that arise from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct marketing. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which is implemented by us without specifying a particular situation. If you wish to exercise your right of revocation or objection, it is sufficient to send an e-mail to info@high-tech-gruenderfonds.de.

6. Data security

We use the widespread SSL procedure (Secure Socket Layer) within the website visit. We also use appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

7. Updating and modification of the privacy policy

This data protection declaration is currently valid and was updated in August 2018. Due to the further development of our website and offers on it or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may become necessary to change this data protection declaration. The current data protection declaration can be accessed and printed out by you at any time on the website at https://www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de/privacy.

8.  Cookies 

We use cookies on our site. These are small files that are automatically created by your browser and stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar) when you visit our site. Cookies do not cause any damage to your end device, do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware. In the cookie, information is stored that arises in each case in connection with the specific end device used. This does not mean, however, that we gain direct knowledge of your identity. The use of cookies serves on the one hand to make the use of our offer more pleasant for you. For example, we use so-called session cookies to recognize that you have already visited individual pages of our website. These are automatically deleted after you leave our site.

In addition, we also use temporary cookies to optimize user-friendliness, which are stored on your end device for a certain fixed period of time. If you visit our site again to use our services, it is automatically recognized that you have already been with us and which entries and settings you have made, so that you do not have to enter them again. On the other hand, we use cookies to statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you (see section 2). These cookies enable us to automatically recognize that you have already been to our site when you visit it again. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined period of time.

The data processed by cookies is necessary for the aforementioned purposes to protect our legitimate interests as well as those of third parties pursuant to Art. 6 (1) p. 1 GDPR.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a notice always appears before a new cookie is created. However, the complete deactivation of cookies may mean that you cannot use all the functions of our website.

9. Tracking tools

The tracking measures listed below and used by us are carried out on the basis of Art. 6 (1) p. 1 GDPR. With the tracking measures used, we want to ensure a needs-based design and continuous optimization of our website. On the other hand, we use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you. These interests are to be regarded as legitimate within the meaning of the aforementioned provision. The respective data processing purposes and data categories can be seen from the corresponding tracking tools. 

Google Analytics

For the purpose of demand-oriented design and ongoing optimization of our pages, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter “Google”). In this context, pseudonymized usage profiles are created and cookies (see under point x) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website such as

  • browser type/version,
  • operating system used,
  • referrer URL (the previously visited page)
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
  • time of the server request,

are transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to the use of the website and the Internet for the purposes of market research and demand-oriented design of these Internet pages. This information may also be transferred to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on our behalf. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other Google data. The IP addresses are anonymized so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking).

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on. As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent the collection by Google Analytics by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie will be set, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.

Further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics can be found, for example, in Google Analytics help.

10. Social media plugin

We use social plug-ins from the social networks Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing, YouTube and Instagram on our website on the basis of Art. 6 (1) p. 1 GDPR in order to raise awareness of our company. The underlying promotional purpose is to be regarded as a legitimate interest within the meaning of the GDPR. The responsibility for data protection-compliant operation is to be ensured by their respective providers. The integration of these plug-ins by us takes place by way of the so-called two-click method in order to protect visitors to our website as best as possible.

a) Facebook

Social media plugins from Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland, are used on our website to make their use more personal. For this purpose, we use the “LIKE” or “SHARE” button. This is an offer from Facebook. When you call up a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with Facebook’s servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Facebook directly to your browser, which then integrates it into the website.

By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook account or are not currently logged in to Facebook. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted from your browser directly to a Facebook server in the USA and stored there.

If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can directly assign your visit to our website to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the “LIKE” or “SHARE” button, the corresponding information is also transmitted directly to a Facebook server and stored there. The information is also published on Facebook and displayed to your Facebook friends.

Facebook may use this information for the purposes of advertising, market research and demand-oriented design of the Facebook pages. For this purpose, Facebook creates usage, interest and relationship profiles, e.g. to evaluate your use of our website with regard to the advertisements displayed to you on Facebook, to inform other Facebook users about your activities on our website and to provide other services associated with the use of Facebook.

If you do not want Facebook to assign the data collected via our website to your Facebook account, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our website. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your rights in this regard and settings options for protecting.

For more information about your privacy, please refer to Facebook’s privacy policy.

b) Twitter

Our website contains plugins of the short message network of Twitter Inc. (Twitter) are integrated. You can recognize the Twitter plugins (tweet button) by the Twitter logo on our page. You can find an overview of tweet buttons here. When you call up a page of our website that contains such a plugin, a direct connection is established between your browser and the Twitter server. Twitter thereby receives the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click the Twitter “tweet button” while logged into your Twitter account, you can link the content of our pages on your Twitter profile. This allows Twitter to associate the visit to our pages with your user account. We would like to point out that we, as the provider of the pages, have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data or its use by Twitter.

If you do not wish Twitter to be able to associate your visit to our pages, please log out of your Twitter user account.

For more information, please see Twitter’s privacy policy.

c) LinkedIn 

Social media plugins from LinkedIn Ireland U.C., Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland are used on our website to make their use more personal. We use the “SHARE” button for this purpose. The plugins are marked with a LinkedIn logo, for example, in the form of an “in” in a highlighted square This is an offer from LinkedIn. When you call up a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with the servers of LinkedIn. The content of the plugin is transmitted by LinkedIn directly to your browser and integrated by it into the website.

By integrating the plugins, LinkedIn receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a LinkedIn account or are not currently logged in to LinkedIn. This information (including your IP address, your proxy server, your browser, your add-ons, your device identifier and functions of your internet provider or mobile operator including location identification) is transmitted by your browser directly to a LinkedIn server in the U.S. and outside the U.S. and stored there.

If you are logged in to LinkedIn, LinkedIn can directly assign your visit to our website to your LinkedIn account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the “SHARE” button, the corresponding information is also transmitted directly to a LinkedIn server and stored there. The information is also published on LinkedIn and displayed to your LinkedIn contacts.

LinkedIn may use this information for the purposes of advertising, market research and demand-oriented design of the LinkedIn pages. For this purpose, LinkedIn creates usage, interest and relationship profiles, e.g. to evaluate your use of our website with regard to the advertisements displayed to you on LinkedIn, to inform other LinkedIn users about your activities on our website and to provide other services associated with the use of LinkedIn.

If you do not want LinkedIn to assign the data collected via our website to your LinkedIn account, you must log out of LinkedIn before visiting our website. For the purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by LinkedIn, as well as your rights in this regard and setting options for protecting your privacy, please refer to the privacy policy of LinkedIn.

d) Xing 

Social media plugins from Xing SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany are used on our website to make their use more personal. We use the “SHARE” button for this purpose. This is an offer from Xing. When you call up a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with the servers of Xing. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Xing directly to your browser, which then integrates it into the website.

By integrating the plugins, Xing receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Xing account or are not currently logged in to Xing. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to a Xing server and stored there.

If you are logged in to Xing, Xing can directly assign your visit to our website to your Xing account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the “SHARE” button, the corresponding information is also transmitted directly to a Xing server and stored there. The information is also published on Xing and displayed to your Xing contacts.

Xing may use this information for the purposes of advertising, market research and demand-oriented design of the Xing pages. For this purpose, Xing creates usage, interest and relationship profiles, e.g. in order to evaluate your use of our website with regard to the advertisements displayed to you on Xing, to inform other Xing users about your activities on our website and to provide other services associated with the use of Xing.

If you do not want Xing to assign the data collected via our website to your Xing account, you must log out of Xing before visiting our website. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by Xing, as well as your rights in this regard and setting options for protecting your privacy, can be found in the privacy policy of Xing.

e) YouTube 

Our website also uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) from YouTube, which is operated by YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. (“YouTube”). The plugins are marked with a YouTube logo, for example in the form of a “YouTube camera”.

When you call up a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the YouTube servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by YouTube directly to your browser and integrated into the page. Through this integration, YouTube receives the information that your browser has called up the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a YouTube profile or are not currently logged into YouTube.

This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to a YouTube server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in to YouTube, YouTube can directly assign your visit to our website to your YouTube account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the “YouTube” button, this information is also transmitted directly to a YouTube server and stored there. The information is also published on your YouTube account and displayed there to your contacts.

If you do not want YouTube to assign the data collected via our website directly to your YouTube account, you must log out of YouTube before visiting our website.

For more information, please see YouTube’s privacy policy.

f) Instagram

Our website also uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) from Instagram, which is operated by Instagram LLC., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA (“Instagram”). The plugins are marked with an Instagram logo, for example in the form of an “Instagram camera”.

When you access a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Instagram. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Instagram directly to your browser and integrated into the page. Through this integration, Instagram receives the information that your browser has called up the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have an Instagram profile or are not currently logged in to Instagram.

This information (including your IP address) is transmitted by your browser directly to an Instagram server in the USA and stored there. If you are logged in to Instagram, Instagram can directly assign your visit to our website to your Instagram account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking the “Instagram” button, this information is also transmitted directly to an Instagram server and stored there. The information is also published on your Instagram account and displayed there to your contacts.

If you do not want Instagram to directly assign the data collected via our website to your Instagram account, you must log out of Instagram before visiting our website.

For more information, please see Instagram’s privacy policy.