Fourteen international teams presented their innovative ideas for future mobility, three of which won over the jury of eight experts at the two start-up pitches. The three winners are developing digital solutions for ride-pooling for children, quick pay at petrol stations and recording vehicle histories.
“We were very impressed by the wide range of ideas for new mobility solutions. Starting in September, we want to get these ideas ready for the market together with our experts”, says Kai Siedlatzek, the Chief Financial Officer at Volkswagen Sachsen. “The jury was above all convinced by the consistent focus on the customers. These new solutions are more convenient, secure and economical for users”, according to Dr Nils Kristian Hueske, Head of Customer Experience Strategy & Innovation for the Volkswagen brand.
Zouzoucar from France: This start-up is developing a novel ride-pooling app for kids. Via the app, rides to school, extra-curricular activities or birthday parties are pooled together. The kids are driven around by people they know and trust, thus offering a safe and secure transport solution for little ones. The aim is also to avoid parents driving unnecessarily and to save costs.
CarPay Diem from Luxembourg: This start-up is developing a platform that can be accessed via any mobile app or a connected car to activate fuel pumps at petrol stations and make payments from inside the vehicle. At the same time, the petrol station can send the driver targeted promotional offers that are designed to encourage him or her to enter the petrol station. The CarPay Diem platform is already compatible with more than ten thousand petrol stations in Benelux countries.
carVertikal from Lithuania: This start-up offers a blockchain-based solution in which as much information as possible about the history of a vehicle can be gathered from various sources (leasing and insurance companies, private owner) in a register. Vehicle owners can check the data about their car, for example if the specified mileage of the vehicle is correct or, in the event of an accident, if the information has been recorded.
The incubator in Dresden is aimed at students and researchers interested in establishing new projects. Each start-up receives financial support totalling €15,000 as part of the incubator programme. The incubator has been around since August 2017. The Gläserne Manufaktur offers the following support as part of the start-up programme:
- Support from experts, for instance, from the SpinLab (the HHL Accelerator programme of the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management)
- An attractive working environment in the Gläserne Manufaktur
- IT infrastructure
- Contact with researchers, developers and decision-makers at Volkswagen
- Project management
- Proximity to the start-up scene along with financial and personal support from the state capital, Dresden, for housing.