Start-up Zone | IT-TRANS

Start-up Zone

Sharing the future of mobility

Visit the Start-up Zone and learn more about the latest technological innovations and meet young mobility innovators. The start-ups in the IT-TRANS Exhibition will come from all segments of the industry. They include IT companies, mobility service providers, equipment manufacturers and developers.

Around twenty start-ups will be showcasing their products on a communal space – the Start-up Zone – at IT-TRANS. The start-ups come from China, Israel, Japan, Canada, Russia and the USA, as well as from Germany and other European countries. Participation by new German companies is being subsidised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and its support programme “Junge Innovative Unternehmen” (Young Innovative Companies).

Start-ups at IT-TRANS

Start-ups as mobility innovators

Urban mobility systems are at a tipping point. Tech-driven start-ups have become a new vehicle for innovation. While disruption is often associated with new business models and opportunities, nothing guarantees the unfolding urban mobility system will serve overarching societal goals. New innovations trigger progress in unpredictable environments, producing deliverables that are immediately tested by users who automatically become contributors. We will examine how public transport authorities and operators collaborate with new players to lead the urban mobility systems of the future to a sustainable path.

Future Mobility Award

For the very first time, a prize for start-ups is to be presented at IT-TRANS: the Future Mobility Award, which acknowledges outstanding sustainable mobility solutions for public transport. The award will be presented by German trade journal Nahverkehrs-praxis, the Automotive Engineering Network and Messe Karlsruhe during the Karlsruhe Networking Night on the second evening of the exhibition. On the previous day, applicants will have had the opportunity to pitch their ideas, concepts and projects in the Start-Up Zone at the exhibition. A panel of experts from business and local government will be evaluating the submissions. Start-ups can sign up to take part up until 15 February – participants do not have to be exhibitors at IT-TRANS.

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