The spirit of Silicon Valley.
In the hub of mobility engineering.

About Uniting two worlds to accelerate yours

STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the ultimate innovation platform that unites global startups with the unrivalled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering.

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 ideas. How about yours?

Inviting tüftlers, tinkerers, and techies

For our three-month program, we’re looking for what we call “hard-tech startups”: the new builders of mobility at the intersection of hardware and software. Hungry for opportunity and bursting with ideas for prototypes, pilots or small-batch production, you are ready to enter a world of no limits. 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 3, starting in September 2017.

Pilot Lane

Pilot Lane is the program for later-stage, international startups with the primary goal to conduct pilot projects with the STARTUP AUTOBAHN corporate partners (Venture Clients).

Startups are present once a month for so-called focus weeks, packed with VIP-Mentorings, Pilot-Partner meetings and technical discussions.

Acceleration Lane

Acceleration Lane is the acceleration program for early stage startups that need mentoring and coaching as well as seed funding (Venture Capital) and coworking space.

Program From idea to product
in 100 days

Our program is designed to accelerate your early-to-late stage startup by providing all the support you need to realize your vision faster. Space, tools, people, resources – you just bring the ideas. And anything is possible.

Join Program 3:
tomorrow starts now

  • Program 3 application

    Now open

    Apply now
  • Selection Day

    July 2017

  • Program 3

    September - December 2017

  • Expo Day

    January 2018

  • Potential extension in Silicon Valley

    Starting January 2018 (optional)

  • Program 4 application

    February 2018

Our home is in the heart of automotive innovation

Stuttgart is the city of tüftlers, business leaders, and people who get stuff done. It’s well connected, close to nature, and known as one of Germany’s foodie havens.

Program 2 starting in March 2017 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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Partners A growing network of corporate partners, in and beyond Stuttgart

We – Daimler, Plug and Play, the University of Stuttgart and ARENA2036 as founding partners and HPE/DXC, Porsche, BASF, ZF, DPDHL as anchor 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.


Questions? Get in touch!

Get in touch with Daniel Dilger or Andy Toth.

Please contact Sascha Karimpour.

Reach out to Livia Toth.

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