We are a neutral innovation platform moderating an in-depth and curated collaboration between our partners from the industry and young tech companies. Our network of investment firms and mentors further helps the growth of tech companies. Our home is Stuttgart – the birthplace of the automobile, one of the leading IP regions of the world, and a hub of business, engineering, and groundbreaking inventions.
Our namesake is the high-speed German highway – the only one in the world without a speed limit. And just like the Autobahn, STARTUP AUTOBAHN is about accelerating joint projects between young tech companies and our corporate partners.
The best way to get in business with our corporate partners
Looking for customer validation or you are far beyond this point and do not ‘feel startup’ anymore? In either case: Welcome to STARTUP AUTOBAHN. We are stage agnostic. All that matters for us are joint projects between you and our corporate partners. Therefore, later stage companies are more likely to be accepted into the program. However, you just started your company but your technology is major enough and you have the capacity to work with our corporate partners? Go ahead, we cannot wait to hear from you. Together, we make the future happen.
Here are some of the spaces we are looking into: IoT, manufacturing, logistics, location-based services, cyber security, biometrics, natural language processing, process optimization, customer experience, and predictive analytics.
Tell us about yourself and upload your pitch deck to be part of our Program 5, starting in September 2018. Sounds good but you do not represent a young tech company but a corporation? Great, here you can find out how we help the industry.
The Lab4:04 min
Our home is ARENA2036 which is great news if you work on hardware. Go from code to prototype or even small-batch production using cutting-edge equipment, all in one place.
On-site experts are on hand to assist you with machinery and keep your production on track. Designated areas allow you to challenge ideas beyond your own team members.
Cars, robots, tools, advice. Whatever you need to produce your idea, we’ll find it – and deliver it right to your desk.
With access to resources from the University of Stuttgart, ARENA2036 and our corporate partners, you’ll enjoy unrivalled access to equipment, engineers, executives, entrepreneurs, potential clients, academics, student interns, and pretty much anything else you can think of.
The Network2:07 min
Access our global network of partners with regular on-site and remote support from mentors, angels, and investors.
We challenge your ideas and make you ready for our final Expo Day, where you’ll get to present the results of your joint project you worked on.
Multiple New Clients
Take advantage of on-site interaction with potential B2B customers who will tell you what’s relevant for their business – and potentially become your next client.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN connects you to those who are ready to invest in your venture. After all, our motto is “every day is a demo day.”
You still need funding? Depending on your needs and aptitude we can help with your fundraising. Plug and Play, as well as our partner investors, have the ability to invest in your company.
Whether seed capital for young startups or a larger financing for mature startups: We’re aware of different needs at different stages and we invest and advise accordingly. To find out more get in touch with our Investment Director – Andy Toth.
The Next Level
You’ll have the option of spending three additional months in Silicon Valley.
Plug and Play has offices all around the world and partners in each location with multiple corporations who might be interested in your technology. If you have the capacity for even more joint projects we are happy to connect you with our colleagues worldwide.
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Why Stuttgart? Yes, Stuttgart is not known for its vibrant startup scene, but for being the cradle of the automobile. Therefore, the leading companies in the automotive industry have their R&D departments here. Can you imagine a better place to work on a joint project?
Program 4 starting in March 2018 will be held in the middle of the campus of the University of Stuttgart at the ARENA2036. The ARENA2036 provides a first-class hardware lab, that the startups can use.
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Alexander M. Schmoldt
Manager Business Innovation & Incubation
Dr.-Ing. Volker Grienitz
Head of Innovation Management
Director Industry 4.0 / Smart Factory
Executive Vice President
Member of the Executive Board - Business Division Electronics - Product Center Energy Management
Digital Commercialization Lead - Innovative Approaches
Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development
Member of the Board
Member of the Board of Management Daimler AG, Finance & Controlling, Daimler Financial Services
Group Research & Sustainability
CFO Mercedes-Benz Cars / Chairman CASE
Head of CASE, Mercedes-Benz Cars
Head of Business Innovation Daimler AG
Digital Vehicle & Mobility
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber
Senior Advisor Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development
Managing Director Hewlett-Packard GmbH, Vice President Enterprise Group Germany
Vice President, Global Industry Manufacturing & Distribution
Regional Vice President Enterprise Services
Prof. Jörg Menno Harms
Chairman of the Supervisory Board HPE Germany
Manager Industrie 4.0
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
VP MDI EMEA
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Head of Service Innovation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director Corporate Strategy
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
SVP Customer Solutions and Innovation
Deutsche Post DHL Group
Co-Founder and CEO
Combine Innovation GmbH
Prof. Dr. Michael Flad
Dr. Felix Buchmann
Startup Coach, Publisher "Das Handbuch für Startups"
Founder and Managing Director
Founder sympra PR agency
PR and marketing expert
CEO Aqua Service
Co-Founder Plug and Play Spain
LBBW Venture Capital /
Member of the Board
Venture Partner at Draper Nexus Ventures
Group Manager at Panasonic
CEO at Kiana
General Manager at Caterpillar Ventures
Senior Director, Open Innovation, North America at Philips
CEO and Co-Founder Cigno-network
Director, Technology and Strategic Alliances at HELLA Ventures
Principal Service Architect
at Nissan North America
VWGoA Electronics Research Lab for Volkswagen group of America
CEO Vet-Tech, Advisor in Residence at Plug and Play Tech Center
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Visionnaire Ventures
Business Angel, Board Member and Advisor at Corporations, Startups and Investors
Head of Innovation and Partner Management
OMM Solutions GmbH
Head of Venture Capital
Startup Coach and Innovation Facilitator
Dr. Kai Westerwelle
Partner and Co-Head of the US Group
Taylor Wessing Inc.
State of Baden-Württemberg, Ministry of Economic Affairs,
Labour and Housing,
Dr. Thorsten Lambertus
Fraunhofer Venture Lab
Program Lead "FDays Accelerator"
Managing Director of CODE_n
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Wolfram Ressel
Rector of the University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Thomas Graf
Vice Rector for Knowledge and Technology Transfer of University of Stuttgart
Dr. Ute Hillmer
Founder of Better Reality Marketing & Better Reality Ventures
Hans H. Puvogel
COO of Parkopedia Ltd
Dr. Veselin Brankovic
NovelIC / CMO - Chief Marketing Officer
Dr. Winfried Richter
Founder and CEO of Pioniergeist GmbH
Head of Product Management, FUNKE Digital TV Guide GmbH
CEO & Founder of askCharlie
Founder Tirendo GmbH
Board Member German Startups Association
Prof. Dr. Nils Hoegsdal
Prorector Innovation Rectorate
Founder at InnoVencer Partners, Founder & Executive Director Venture League of the Americas
Salary Partner bei Taylor Wessing
Partner at Taylor Wessing
Business Architecture, Strategy, Product Marketing
Co-Founder and CEO Accelerate Stuttgart GmbH
Digital Consultant & Interim Manager at loebel.digital
Partners A growing network of corporate partners, in and beyond Stuttgart
We – Plug and Play, Daimler, the University of Stuttgart and ARENA2036 as founding partners, HPE/DXC, Porsche, BASF, ZF, DPDHL as anchor partners and Murata, BENTELER, HELLA as ecosystem partners of STARTUP AUTOBAHN – believe in open doors, disruptive thinking, and the sharing of ideas, technology, and connections to help startups thrive faster.
If you like the idea of being a part of our growing community, please contact Sascha Karimpour.