Press release 067: EXPO Day of STARTUP AUTOBAHN Copyright:

Date: July 25, 2017, No. 067

EXPO Day of STARTUP AUTOBAHN

Largest European innovation platform brings the best mobility startups to the automotive hub of Stuttgart

  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the largest innovation platform in Europe
  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN is pushing the future of mobility, industry 4.0 and beyond: over 50 pilots achieved in 100 days; 4 meetups with more than 880 visitors; 20+ mentoring sessions; 4 corporate days hosted by Daimler, Porsche, HPE/DXC Technology, and Plug & Play
  • Focused on future topics like blockchain, artificial intelligence, future of production, virtual reality, augmented reality, sensors and connectivity

Within only one year, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has become the biggest innovation platform in Europe. After 100 days of working on over 50 pilot projects, 28 startups from all over the world and 9 leading industry players showcase their successes at the EXPO Day of STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s second program on July 25th, 2017.

More startups and more partners join the biggest innovation platform in Europe

Since its launch in July 2016, by the founding partners Plug & Play, Daimler AG, the University of Stuttgart and ARENA2036, more partners have joined the expanding innovation platform. With Anchor Partners such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, Porsche, BASF, ZF Friedrichshafen and Deutsche Post DHL Group. Further, the Ecosystem Partners, who have joined are Murata, HELLA, and BENTELER, STARTUP AUTOBAHN is driving the future of mobility, production, and adjacent themes. Starting off with 13 startups in Program 1, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has opened up the second three-month program to 28 startups from France, Israel, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Finland, UK, and USA: Bernstein, BlueInductive, BigChainDB, DearReality, Fibres, Fluid Logistics, GuardKnox, HoloLight, IDEAFOX, innoviz, iNDTact, jetlite, Kreatize, Memobase, micropsi, physiosense, ProductiveMobile, Pomp, Quantoz, Re’flekt, Relimetrics, R3Communications, Renumics, siOPTICA, SUSI&James, TwentyBN, Truphysics and What3Words.

Largest European innovation platform brings the best mobility startups to the automotive hub of Stuttgart
Largest European innovation platform brings the best mobility startups to the automotive hub of Stuttgart

STARTUP AUTOBAHN brings EXPO Day to the next level

On July 25th, 2017, an international audience of 800+ attendees had the chance to gain deep insights into newest innovative technologies and to network with executives from various corporations, venture capitalists, investors, startups, universities, government representatives, mentors and press. On this second STARTUP AUTOBAHN EXPO Day, the 28 startups of Program 2 exclusively showcased their results of working 100 days with 9 leading industry players, while they pitched their ideas and pilots in front of the audience. Saeed Amidi, CEO and Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center, welcomed the guests and announced Daimler AG as the most innovative Mobility Corporation of all 200+ corporate partners of Plug and Play Tech Center worldwide. Keynote speakers at the EXPO Day included leading industry experts Anke Kleinschmit, VP Group Research & Sustainability at Daimler AG, Sabine Scheunert, VP Digital & IT Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales at Daimler AG, as well as Thilo Koslowski, CEO of Porsche Digital. Sarah Harman guided through the program.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN Program 3 is picking up speed

A total of 41 startups graduated from the innovation platform so far and many success stories have been written. More startups with great technologies and ideas thriving to become the next unicorns. Keeping momentum, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has it’s foot on the throttle and program 3 will start in September with new partners on board. With the combined strength of now 9 corporate partners, STARTUP AUTOBAHN offers the worldwide best startups an opportunity to validate their technology on a neutral platform, moderated by Plug & Play within a three-month program. The focus of program 3 includes e-mobility, human-machine interface, supply chain logistics as well related themes dictated by the corporate partners. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is looking forward to welcome around 30+ startups in Program 3, who will be announced soon.

The founding members are delighted to welcome new partners

STARTUP AUTOBAHN was founded by Plug & Play, Daimler, University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036. New founding anchor partners are Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, BASF, Porsche, ZF Friedrichshafen and Deutsche Post DHL Group. Murata, BENTELER and HELLA contribute as Ecosystem Partners to the innovation platform. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is open for further corporate partners as well believing in open doors, disruptive thinking, and the sharing of ideas, technology, and connections to help startups and corporates thrive faster.

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Hans-Herwig Geyer

Head of University Communications and Press Spokesperson