The spirit of Silicon Valley at the center of the art of engineering. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is a platform initiated by Daimler for the collaboration of startups and industrial companies with the goal of identifying innovative technologies and business models.
The STARTUP AUTOBAHN innovation platform cooperates with prominent US accelerator 'Plug and Play' and fosters not only the innovative strength, but with special sessions the entrepreneurial spirit as well. It took just one year to make STARTUP AUTOBAHN the largest innovation platform in Europe.
In July 2016, Daimler established the innovation platform together with Plug and Play, the University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036. Many more partners have joined since then (see graphic). The common objective: advancing the future of mobility, production and other related issues.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN sees itself as a neutral platform that moderates far-reaching and curated collaborations between key partners from industry, investors and mentors to help startups grow.
Each year, there are two three-month programs, which always conclude with an EXPO Day. Thirteen startups took part in the first program. That number already grew to 28 for the second program. The next program starts on the 25th September 2017 with more than 34 startups attending. The focus of Program 3 will be on e-mobility, human-machine interface, supply chain logistics as well as related themes in field of vehicle tech (CASE), vehicle services (fintech/insurtech), enterprise processes (HR/Retail), future of production and industry 4.0.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN offers the participants all the support for realizing their vision faster: space, means, people, resources and access to networks of companies, investors, mentors, universities, and government representatives.