STARTUP AUTOBAHN at full speed, over 130 joint projects between startups and corporations!

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  • Record number of startups and pilot projects at STARTUP AUTOBAHN – the biggest innovation platform in Europe powered by Plug and Play Tech Center: over 130 pilots with 74 startups, 10 meetups with more than 3000 visitors; 30+ mentoring sessions; 700+ individual startup-corporate introductions achieved within only one year.
  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s post-accelerator model works and goes global – from Stuttgart expanded to China and Singapore.
  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN goes beyond the future of mobility and industry 4.0 and covers topics like supply chain & logistics, enterprise processes (HR/retail), vehicle tech (CASE), vehicle services (fintech/insurtech), energy and beyond.
  • The neutral open innovation model attracts more corporations: five more industry leading companies joined STARTUP AUTOBAHN to work on joint projects with tech startups and help them grow their business and shape the future of innovation.
  • Many success stories have been written by STARTUP AUTOBAHN alumni startups: Plug and Play Global gave away the ‘ Innovation Award for Exceptional Pilot Collaboration’.

Stuttgart. Within only one and a half years, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has not just become the largest innovation platform but also facilitated a record number of 130+ pilot projects between 74 startups from all over the world and 11 industry leaders of Germany. On February 26th, 2018 STARTUP AUTOBAHN exclusively showcased 33 startups from Program 3 and their results from 100 days working with Plug & Play, Daimler, Porsche, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology, BASF, ZF Friedrichshafen, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Webasto, Murata, HELLA, and BENTELER.

Record number of startups and pilot projects at the biggest innovation platform in Europe

STARTUP AUTOBAHN facilitated 64+ joint projects between record number of 33 young tech companies and 11 industry leading corporations in Program 3. In the third batch of STARTUP AUTOBAHN, 33 young tech companies with the combined strength of now 11 corporate partners, have been working on 64 joint projects and showcased their results on the Expo Day at the ARENA2036 technology laboratory. The focus of these joint projects included e-mobility, human-machine interface, supply chain & logistics as well related themes in the field of vehicle tech (CASE), vehicle services (fintech / insurtech), enterprise processes (HR/Retail), future of production and industry 4.0.

The following startups from the US, Canada, UK, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland validated and piloted their technologies on a neutral platform, moderated by Plug & Play within a three-month program: Acerta, Actronika, Affectiva, Arctic Coating, AVA, Bleenco, blik, CarbonTT, CARTO, Celonis, Cirrantic, CollectiveCrunch, Cybus, FlexeGRAPH, GBatteries, HD Vision Systems, LexaTexer, NÜWIEL, PlugSurfing, Prewave, Quantitec, Smoope, Snips, Tactotek, ThingOS, Toposens, ZeroLight, WayRay, Contractus, Resin.io, High Mobility, FluentAI and ProcessGold.

Joint projects go to serial production –  STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the best way for startups to get in business

A total of 74 startups graduated from the innovation platform through all three programs so far and many success stories have been written: the pilot conducted by the British startup what3words and Daimler in the last program goes into serial production as of spring 2018 –  A-Class drivers will be able to enter precise destinations using 3-word addresses, by voice or text input. Also, with the launch of the new Cayenne, Porsche is offering its customers a new parking service called “Parken Plus” in association with Evopark – a startup who participated in the first batch. Plug and Play – as the moderator of the program not only facilitates these pilot projects, but as one of the most active VC firms, also invested in STARTUP AUTOBAHN Program startups and connects the startups to other strategic investors and VCs. Investments include companies such as AVA, GuardKnox, GBatteries, Acerta, Relimetrics. We are also truly honored by the success stories of our alumni companies: Argus (Program 1) got acquired by Continental for approximately USD $400 million; Innoviz (Program 2) raised USD $90 million, Otonomo (Program 1) USD $40 million, CarJump (Program 1) was acquired by Peugeot, Vayyar (Program 1) raised USD $79 million, and many more.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN brings EXPO Day to the next level

On February 26th, 2018, an international audience of 800+ attendees had the chance to gain deep insights into the newest innovative technologies and to network with executives from various corporations, venture capitalists, investors, startups, universities, government representatives, mentors and press. On this third STARTUP AUTOBAHN EXPO Day, the 33 startups of Program 3 exclusively showcased their results of working 100 days with 11 leading industry players, while they pitched their ideas and pilots in front of the audience. Keynote speakers at the EXPO Day included leading industry experts both from the corporate and startup world. Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche, Daniel Krauss, Founder and CIO at FlixBus, as well as Clare Jones what3words explained what it takes to become an external supplier to Daimler as a STARTUP AUTOBAHN startup alumni.

Plug and Play Global Innovation Award for Exceptional Pilot Collaboration and People’s Choice Award for the Best Pitch

Saeed Amidi, CEO and Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center announced Porsche, BASF, DXC Technology as the most innovative Corporations of all 200+ corporate partners of Plug and Play Tech Center worldwide for their exceptional four-party pilot collaboration with the startup Kreatize. Also, Daimler and the startup what3words received the Global Innovation Award from Plug and Play Tech Center’s CEO for the serial implementation of their joint project.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN – the largest European innovation platform’s post-accelerator model works and goes global – from Stuttgart expands to China and Singaporeae

Startup Autobahn continues at full speed and is about to onboard more startups with great technologies and ideas thriving to become the next unicorn. Keeping momentum, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has its foot on the throttle and Program 4 will start in March with new partners on board. With the combined strength of now 16 corporate partners, STARTUP AUTOBAHN offers the best startups worldwide an opportunity to validate their technology on a neutral platform, moderated by Plug & Play within a three-month program. The focus of Program 4 includes Smart Materials, 3D Printing, Shared Mobility Services, Future of Performance Driving, Robotics, Automation, Smart City, Supply Chain Automation, Last-Mile Logistics, as well related themes dictated by the corporate partners. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is looking forward to welcoming around 30+ startups in Program 4, who will be announced soon. Furthermore, to fill in the gap of a post-accelerator model in Asia/Pacific – STARTUP AUTOBAHN expanded to China and Singapore to unite smaller global tech startups with the unrivalled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering.

Five more corporate partners joined the innovation platform to get  access to the latest technology trends and help startups thrive faster

STARTUP AUTOBAHN is honored to welcome Linde Group, Wieland Ventures, Jardines Matheson Holding, PostNL and AGC Glass Europe aboard to join Plug & Play, Daimler, University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, BASF, Porsche, ZF Friedrichshafen Deutsche Post DHL Group, Webasto, Murata, BENTELER and HELLA to contribute as Ecosystem Partners to the innovation platform. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is open for further corporate partners as well. STARTUP AUTOBAHN believes in open doors, disruptive thinking, and the sharing of ideas, technology, and connections to help startups and corporates thrive faster.

About STARTUP AUTOBAHN:

STARTUP AUTOBAHN is a neutral innovation platform moderating an in-depth and curated collaboration between core partners from industry, Investment firms and mentors to help the growth of startup companies. STARTUP AUTOBAHN runs two three-month programs per year each followed by an EXPO Day. The program is stage-agnostic with a later-stage focus, designed to accelerate startups. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is providing all the support startups need to realize their vision faster: Space, tools, people, resources and access to a valuable network of corporations, investors, mentors, universities and government representatives. Plug & Play, the Silicon Valley accelerator and investor, is facilitating this joint project together with Plug and Play Germany GmbH, Daimler AG, ARENA2036, University of Stuttgart, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen, BASF, Porsche, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and Webasto. Along with the ecosystem partners like Murata, HELLA, as well as, BENTELER. Startups from all over the world are invited to submit their applications for the accelerator program on the future of mobility and Industry 4.0.

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Porsche joins “Startup Autobahn” platform

Next step in the digital campaign: Porsche has become the latest partner of the Startup Autobahn innovation platform in Stuttgart, where newly established companies from around the world are developing ideas for the mobility of the future.

The platform focuses on developing technologies right up to project maturity. Porsche is supporting the company founders by providing an experienced team of mentors. “This gives our culture of innovation an extra boost”, says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche. “Digitalization, electrification and connectivity are revolutionizing the automotive industry. We see this as an opportunity, and we want to make the most of it. These top talents from the international start-up scene give us external inspiration that accelerates the progress we are making. To make this happen, we provide the start-ups with an environment in which they can reach their full potential and focus on their work. As one of the world’s leading automotive and high-tech regions, Stuttgart is an ideal place for this project”.

Under the motto “The spirit of Silicon Valley. In the hub of mobility engineering”, Porsche will collaborate will other corporate partners Daimler, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, ZF Friedrichshafen, BASF and Murata in the Startup Autobahn innovation platform. The ultimate goal is to develop Stuttgart as a technology hub. The project was launched in 2016 by the American accelerator Plug and Play, together with Daimler, the University of Stuttgart and Arena2036. Plug and Play is one of the largest tech-focused investors and venture capitals in Silicon Valley, Berlin, Spain, Singapore and Brazil. Since 2006, the accelerator has supported more than 2,000 start-ups and has a global network of around 300 corporate partners. Every year, Plug and Play organizes about 400 events around the world to bring start-ups and investors together. It also acts as an investor itself.

Rigorous selection process culminates in “Expo Day”

Applicants have to go through a rigorous selection process. After an initial pre-selection, the first major hurdle is the “Selection Day”. If an applicant submits an idea that wins over the jury, they will receive special coaching sessions from mentors and partner companies over a period of three months, including focus weeks and monthly network meetings. The start-ups are able to use the co-working space and hardware lab at Arena2036 during this time. They are also given access to Plug and Play’s global network. The name “Arena” stands for “Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles”; in 2036, the automobile will be 150 years old. The extensive, high-tech workshop houses technology worth millions, including tools, production machinery, 3D printers, robots and software for prototype construction and small-scale series production.

The service includes contact with the spheres of business, research and politics, as well as with investors, potential customers and mentors. The development process is supported by a range of additional services, from legal and tax advice to professional help in financial planning and project management. The aim of this process is for the applicants to inspire potential investors at the final “Expo Day”. The type of start-up funding provided is based on the company’s degree of maturity. It is possible that funding may involve taking shares in the company or reaching individual agreements. Out of the 300 applicants in the first wave, 13 made it through to the final on February 9 in Stuttgart. Around 1,000 guests were also in attendance.

The Startup Autobahn Expo Day in Stuttgart :

Startup Autobahn Expo Day, Stuttgart, 2017, Porsche AG

Startup Autobahn focuses on finding and supporting “hard tech start-ups” that offer intelligent solutions at the interface between hardware and software. A start-up community from Germany and Canada presented solutions in the field of machine learning. One start-up in Tel Aviv has developed a form of glass projection technology that turns car windscreens into advertising space. The finalists also included the Cologne-based founders of Evopark. This start-up has created an app that shows drivers which car parks have spaces available, and then guides them to the space. The electronic parking ticket removes the need for paper tickets, and drivers receive a bill at the end of the month.

Turning visions into reality

Porsche holds a stake in Evopark through the new Porsche Digital GmbH, which represents the interface between Porsche and innovators worldwide. It identifies and enhances digital customer experiences, products, business areas and processes. The Porsche subsidiary tests and implements new value creation models and innovative product offerings in close cooperation with all company departments.

The Digital Lab in Berlin represents another step that Porsche has made towards digital transformation. Its purpose is to identify and test innovative information technology solutions. Several teams focus on the question of how Porsche can take innovations from the fields of big data and machine learning, micro services and cloud technologies, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, and turn them into practical commercial solutions at Porsche.

Startup Autobahn is a continuation of the innovation campaign at Porsche. “It’s the fantastic ideas, the network and the partnerships that are the lifeblood of this competition”, says Oliver Blume. “We bring together forward-thinking technologies and innovative business models. The pilot projects give rise to prototypes for use in specific applications. The goal of our campaign is to develop Porsche into a leading provider of digital mobility solutions in the premium automotive segment”.

Automotive Startups: Accelerator program for startups working on future of mobility

Daimler is establishing STARTUP AUTOBAHN, the new startup ecosystem in Stuttgart. “In contrast to Silicon Valley with its software focus, with STARTUP AUTOBAHN both software and, above all, hardware-oriented projects are to be in the foreground. We are warmly welcoming international as well as local startups”, says Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Whether it’s the USA, China, India or Germany…read more

About Startup Autbahn

Startup Autobahn is the ultimate innovation platform that unites global startups with the unrivaled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering. Autobahn means controlled access highway  system in Germany. Autobahns have no mandated speed limit.

About Plug and Play Tech Center

The Plug and Play Tech Center has over 20 locations in Silicon Valley, Germany, Spain, Singapore, China and Brazil, making it one of the biggest and most experienced accelerator operators. Having looked after more than 2000 startups since it was founded ten years ago, Plug and Play has grown with a technical focus and venture capitals to become the world’s largest global accelerator. Plug and Play organizes over 365 events all over the world every year in order to network startups and investors and operates also as an investor.

Link: http://plugandplaytechcenter.com

About ARENA2036

The highly technologised ARENA2036 with its area of 10,000 m2 as a research campus is a new form of cooperation in which renowned partners from science and industry research innovative subject areas related to automotive production of the future under the same roof as the startups. A unique high-tech centre is being created in the heart of the economic region of Baden-Württemberg. The name “ARENA2036” stands for “Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles”. By the year 2036, the 150th anniversary of the car, the stated aims are to be implemented at the ARENA2036 research campus, thus paving the way for the automotive engineering of the future.

Link: http://www.arena2036.de/de

Via: The Porsche Newsroom

Automotive Startups: Accelerator program for startups working on future of mobility

Daimler partnered with Plug n Play Tech Center of Silicon Valley, Stuttgart University and ARENA2036 to establish Startup Autobahn at Stuttgart with aim to support both the hardware and software startups of Auto industry. What is this STARTUP AUTOBAHN? Let’s have a look at the video below ⇓

Daimler is establishing STARTUP AUTOBAHN, the new startup ecosystem in Stuttgart. “In contrast to Silicon Valley with its software focus, with STARTUP AUTOBAHN both software and, above all, hardware-oriented projects are to be in the foreground. We are warmly welcoming international as well as local startups”, says Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Whether it’s the USA, China, India or Germany – for a long time now we have been focusing the strengths of various world regions with our global research and development network. But our roots are and remain here in the strong industrial region of Baden-Württemberg. Therefore this region must retain and continue to strengthen its huge appeal for innovation and inventive spirit in future, too.” To this end further local firms and medium-sized businesses will be able to join the STARTUP AUTOBAHN project in the future.

“We are charting new territory and will continue to further our innovative culture through the additional impulses from the startup scene. The fast and uncomplicated cooperation with top talents from the startup scene will open up a further way for us to use the chances digitization offers”, says Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Personnel Director, IT & Mercedes-Benz Vans at Daimler AG.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN – full speed ahead in Stuttgart

Stuttgart is one of the world’s leading automotive and high-tech regions and thus offers the ideal prerequisites for startups”, says Saeed Amidi, CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center. “Together with our strong partners Daimler, the University of Stuttgart and ARENA2036, startups, local companies and venture capitalists have optimum opportunities to find each other here at STARTUP AUTOBAHN.” Through the cooperation with Plug and Play, STARTUP AUTOBAHN is highly networked with the German startup community in places all over the world, such as Silicon Valley and Berlin.

Startups from all over the globe are invited to apply with immediate effect for the STARTUP AUTOBAHN accelerator scheme. Following the application phase around 25 startups will be invited to the Selection Day on 14 July 2016. The winners will be accepted onto the accelerator scheme, in which they will be prepared for the Expo-Day for three to six months within the framework of special coaching and with support from mentors. As part of the STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s accelerator scheme, the CoWorking Space and Hardware Lab will be at the startups’ disposal in the ARENA2036 research factory. At the Expo-Day the pioneers might get the chance of their life: this is where they will be pitching to investors, in order to be able to develop their ideas.

Hardware Lab for innovations without borders

The Hardware Lab in ARENA2036 is a large high-tech workshop (approx. 1500 m2), containing equipment such as tools, machines, 3D printers and software for building prototypes and small series production. In addition to this, the aim is to accelerate the development process with supporting services such as legal and tax advice, professional help with financial planning and project management. Straightforward networking with partners from business, research and politics, plus contact with investors, potential customers and mentors will also be among the services offered to the startups.

About Plug and Play Tech Center

The Plug and Play Tech Center has over 20 locations in Silicon Valley, Germany, Spain, Singapore, China and Brazil, making it one of the biggest and most experienced accelerator operators. Having looked after more than 2000 startups since it was founded ten years ago, Plug and Play has grown with a technical focus and venture capitals to become the world’s largest global accelerator. Plug and Play organizes over 365 events all over the world every year in order to network startups and investors and operates also as an investor.

About ARENA2036

The highly technologised ARENA2036 with its area of 10,000 m2 as a research campus is a new form of cooperation in which renowned partners from science and industry research innovative subject areas related to automotive production of the future under the same roof as the startups. A unique high-tech centre is being created in the heart of the economic region of Baden-Württemberg. The name “ARENA2036” stands for “Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles”. By the year 2036, the 150th anniversary of the car, the stated aims are to be implemented at the ARENA2036 research campus, thus paving the way for the automotive engineering of the future.

Daimler at a glance

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses, and Daimler Financial Services divisions, the Group is one of the leading global suppliers of premium cars and is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Daimler Financial Services offers financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, investments and credit cards as well as innovative mobility services.

The company founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history by inventing the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today by focusing on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior vehicles that captivate and inspire. Daimler consistently invests in the development of alternative drive trains – from hybrid cars to full electric vehicles with battery and fuel cell – to enable zero-emission driving for the long term. Moreover, the company is actively promoting accident-free driving and intelligent networking all the way through to driverless cars. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.

Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North andSouth America, Asia and Africa.

In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, and Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, Daimler’s current brand portfolio includes smart, Frieghtliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses, as well as the Daimler Financial services brands Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel and car2go. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (ticker symbol DAI). In 2014, the group had 279,972 employees and sold over 2.5 million vehicles. Revenue totalled €129.9 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.

source : media.daimler.com