Volkswagen’s incubator program: six startups move into the Gläserne Manufaktur

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Six new startups have been selected for the founders’ program in the Future Mobility Incubator at Volkswagen’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden.

The fourth founders’ class competition attracted 114 startups. The winners of the final pitch were: Aviloo from Vienna, Kopernikus from Berlin, Naventik from Chemnitz, Visualix from Berlin, home-IX UG from Stuttgart and LiGenium from Chemnitz. They started work in the Gläserne Manufaktur in May 2019, and will develop their ideas for market readiness, supported by Volkswagen and the business development team of Dresden.

The winners will develop diagnosis solutions for batteries, new vehicle navigation systems, innovative image processing, smart-home solutions for cars, and retrofit kits for autonomous driving.

“We were very impressed by the wide range of ideas. We intend to develop the ideas for new mobility solutions and prepare them for the market with our experts in Wolfsburg, Berlin and Dresden”, said Marco Weiß, head of future mobility and innovation at the Gläserne Manufaktur.

The startups are working on a range of projects. Aviloo is developing a diagnosis system for batteries for electric vehicles, home-iX specializes in smart living solutions, and Kopernikus develops solutions for automated driving. LiGenium develops, manufactures and sells machine elements, machines and complete systems using renewable materials; Naventik is active in satellite navigation for highly automated and autonomous driving; and Visualix is an expert in image processing, enabIing accurate mapping and localization on standard smartphones.

Established in August 2017, the Incubator in Dresden is aimed at students and researchers interested in establishing new projects. Each startup receives financial support of up to €15,000 (US$16,750) as part of the Incubator program.

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