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“Die Gläserne Manufaktur” has become a start-up incubator and has launched a program of support for start-ups in the field of mobility services. After successful participation in a contest for the incubator, on August 1 the first six start-ups moved in “Die Gläserne Manufaktur”.

At the Cebit 2017, a unique start-up incubator program at the Transparent Factory was launched. Together with the Economic Development Department of the City of Dresden, start-ups in future-oriented fields such as fleet management, car sharing, concierge and navigation/parking services as well as smart home services are to be supported.


The program is intended for company founders from across the globe. The objective is that the start-ups should develop their ideas right through to market maturity at the manufactory.


To house the start-ups, parts of the new production facility for the e-Golf in Dresden have been specially modified. The redesigned rooms provide space for up to 30 people – right at the heart of the Transparent Factory. “We see our unique selling proposition in providing direct access to vehicles. We will open the relevant software interfaces of our electric models to allow the start-ups to try out their ideas on, in or with a car or together with visitors to the Transparent Factory,” Kai Siedlatzek said.


The incubator is also intended for students or scientists who wish to start new companies. Important: the incubation program includes financial support of up to €15,000 per start-up. In connection with the program, the Transparent Factory also offers the assistance of mentors and coaches, an attractive working environment at the facility, high-quality IT infrastructure, contacts with Volkswagen research and development employees and decision-makers, professional advice by Sächsische Aufbaubank (SAB), close proximity to the start-up scene and both financial and personnel support from the City of Dresden. “Our policy is that the start-up team should focus on its idea and its core competence. We take care of the rest,“ Siedlatzek explained.


This program is being implemented together with the Volkswagen Group IT Ideation Hub. At their website you will find further information about the programme and the incubator at “Die Gläserne Manufaktur”.


On August 1 the first six start-ups moved in “Die Gläserne Manufaktur”.

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