The CAN GmbH was founded conjointly by the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the University of Hamburg as well as notable industrial companies, who merged within a governing committee.

The organizational structure is as follows:

  • Trägerverein zur Förderung der Nanotechnologie e.V. (65.2 %)
  • Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (24.8 %)
  • University Hamburg (10 %)