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Calling all young start-ups!

The Transparent Factory has become a start-up incubator and has launched a program of support for up to 10 start-ups in the field of mobility services.


On March 22, 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 Transparent Factory.


This program is being implemented together with the Volkswagen Group IT Ideation Hub. A website which young start-ups can now use to submit their applications was launched at Cebit in Hanover by symbolically pressing a button. Company founders now have four weeks to submit their ideas connected with the mobility of the future. At the end of April, selected companies will be able to present their mobility ideas during a 10-minute pitch in Dresden. A selection committee will choose the best five ideas and teams for the spring group. The entrepreneurs will then spend six months in the Transparent Factory. Their teams will have to present initial results after three months. If these results are convincing, the start-ups will be able to develop their ideas to market maturity in Dresden. In the fall, five further companies will move to the Transparent Factory.


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.


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