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 2, starting in March 2017.
The Lab4:04 min
A hardware lab worth millions. 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 teach you about scaling techniques, 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 Daimler, the University of Stuttgart, ARENA2036 and our other 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, including Plug and Play and Daimler, 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 vision and hard work.
The First 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 first clients.
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.”
Initial investment depends on your stage of growth, with potential follow-up investment from investors and Plug and Play.
€ 25k for 5% equity, or – for late-stage startups – an individually arranged investment. We’re aware of different needs at different stages, and advise and invest accordingly.
The Next Level
Prove yourself in Stuttgart and you’ll have the option of spending three additional months in Silicon Valley.
Yes, Silicon Valley – world-renowned for being the place to grow and scale your business globally.
Join Program 2:
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March - June 2017
Potential extension in Silicon Valley
Starting July 2017 (optional)
Program 3 application
Applications open: June 2017
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 will be held in the middle of the campus of the University of Stuttgart at the ARENA2036, which will open its doors in January 2017. The ARENA2036 provides a first-class hardware lab, that the startups can use.
No matter where you are from: join the speedway to global success!
Raymond J Chow
Dr. Dieter Zetsche
Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG, Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber
Member of the Board
Group Research & MBC Development
Member of the Board
Member of the Board of Management Daimler AG, Finance & Controlling, Daimler Financial Services
Member of the Board of Management Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales
Group Research & Sustainability
Head of Business Innovation Daimler AG
Digital Vehicle & Mobility
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
Partners A growing network of corporate partners, in and beyond Stuttgart
Daimler, Plug and Play, the University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036 – as the founding partners of Startup Autobahn, we 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.