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Step up, Start up, Accelerate – No Limits.

Hard work, hardware.

1886 – a milestone in the history of mobility. The car was a disruptive invention that continues to change the world to this day. An innovation with incomparable appeal. Daimler AG connects the origin of this culture of invention with present-day challenges.

With its innovation platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN, it is giving pioneering start-ups the chance to make their visions of future mobility come true. The German art of engineering meets the developer culture of Silicon Valley – connected and supported through Plug and Play. Register your start-up now.

“In contrast to the software-focused approach of Silicon Valley, Start-up Autobahn will concentrate not only on software, but also, above all, on hardware-oriented projects. We extend a warm welcome to both international and local startups.” – Thomas Weber, Member of the Board, Daimler AG

Limitless networking.

USA, China, India and Germany – business angels, inventors, developers, and game changers are at home around the world. STARTUP AUTOBAHN brings them together. The innovation platform in Stuttgart is the new home for founders. It is an innovative melting pot that also benefits regional companies and medium-sized world market leaders.
With strong partners like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, ZF Friedrichshafen, BASF and Porsche, it creates an exceptional environment where start-ups can develop their potential to the fullest. STARTUP AUTOBAHN opens the doors to new customers and valuable cooperative projects. Here, expertise is exchanged on equal footing. We know no speed limits. Disruptive innovations speed from the drawing board to reality with no limits. The name says it all.
“We are exploring new terrain and will be breaking new ground in our culture of innovation with the additional impulses from the startup scene.” – Wilfried Porth, member of the executive board of Daimler AG.

Lab? Check. Equipment? Check.

Many start-ups lack the proper equipment. In cooperation with ARENA2036, STARTUP AUTOBAHN provides not only workshops and tools. It is a first-class co-working space and a peerless hardware lab. Top talent from the founder scene can run riot on 1,500 square meters with no limits. 3D printers, software for creating prototypes, small series production – no problem. Experts and exclusive mentors – including executive board members like Dr. Dieter Zetsche – are also there to provide support. They unite the start-ups with investors and potential customers. That’s successful networking. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the platform where founders meet partners from economics, research, and politics.

Join us!

The first STARTUP AUTOBAHN program ended in February 2017 with Expo Day, which is when the start-ups presented their products in front of 800 visitors. The second program is currently underway, but the application phase for the next round has already been opened. Start-ups from around the world are invited to apply for STARTUP AUTOBAHN right now. After the application phase, about 35 start-ups will be invited to Selection Day, where a jury will select the participants for the program. After that begins an intensive phase that lasts three to six months and during which the start-ups work together with corporate partners on joint pilot projects. They also receive support from mentors and through coaching sessions – everything they need to help shape the future of mobility.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN is living proof of how corporate research and business innovation ought to go hand in hand: we unite future-oriented technologies and innovative business models. Are you a start-up with functioning prototypes, business models, or services? What are you waiting for? Upload your pitch and get started!