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New Mobility World @IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018Hanover, September 20-27, 2018
New Mobility World

NMW Lab18 Winner

By Editorial Team on September 26, 2018

The day finally came where our jury had to choose a final winner for the New Mobility World’s startup track, the NMW Lab18.

The Jury

The NMW Lab18 jury consisted of the following experts: 

  • Christian Ziach, Investment Manager at HTGF
  • Dieter Becker, Global/EMA/German Head of Automotive and Global Account Lead Partner at KPMG Deutschland
  • Karima Delli, Member of the European Parliament
  • Steven Quaak, Head of Strategy, Fleetboard
  • Gitte Bedford, VP at Robert Bosch Venture Capital

The Startups

1. The team at Enway is building a technology platform that enables the autonomous operation of speciality vehicles such as street sweepers or waste trucks. 

2. Foresight Automotive, which hails from Israel, develop advanced systems for accident prevention with the help of a multi-spectral vision solution that is based on visible and infrared sensors. 

3. Bleenco is building intelligent software solutions for enhancing in-vehicle experience and preventing crashes. Since a great majority of accidents are a consequence of human mistakes, Bleenco’s use of applied AI, human-machine interaction and software engineering aims to prevent most of these mistakes in future.

4. Blickfeld develops the next generation of LiDAR sensors for autonomous mobility and IoT applications. The Munich-based startup’s mission is to enable the mass-market adoption of LiDAR-technology.

Read up on them in our past blog posts here and here

The Competition

After a short welcome by our host Suzanne Newman of Startup Sesame, Bleenco, Blickfeld, Enway and Foresight each had three minutes to pitch their ideas to the jury, who then had two minutes to ask the important questions. Afterwards, the jury had 20 minutes to debate who the final winner would be. 

The audience was treated to a discussion hosted by t3n magazine’s editor-in-chief, Stephan Dörner, during the Fireside Chat entitled Dangerous Liaisons: Who Wins When Startups and Corporates Collaborate? Here Philip Gneiting of Daimler, Ashley Cashion of what3words and Gerrit Dumstorff of HELLA Fast Forward elaborated on their experiences relating to the topic. The argument was made that startups choose investors such as Daimler or HELLA because they bring more to the table than VCs: They have access to fleets, clients, supply chains, and an in-depth knowledge, thus being a gateway to the entire automotive ecosystem. 

Dangerous Liaisons: Who wins when startups and corporates collaborate?

The Winner

Finally, the time came to announce the winner. The jury unanimously picked…

Blickfeld! 

And the winner is… Blickfeld!

Blickfeld receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the IAA 2019 and an exhibition booth, as well as a 3-month Innovation Hub Membership at Factory in Berlin, and a mentoring workshop by the VC Redstone

Additionally, Foresight Automotive was picked by TechCode for their Future Mobility Startup Trip to China, and Bleenco and Enway also received memberships to the Factory’s Innovation Hub.

The winners

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to our Lab18 partners KPMG and EIT Digital

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