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Volkswagen has launched the application phase for the coming 2019 summer session in Volkswagen’s “Future Mobility Incubator” in Dresden. With its start-up program in the Transparent Factory, Volkswagen is supporting start-ups that want to push ahead with their innovative business ideas for the mobility of the future.

Together with the city of Dresden’s business development team and the Ideation:Hub of the Volkswagen Group IT, Volkswagen is looking for companies from the future fields of Mobility on demand; Convenience Services; Smart Infrastructure; Auto & Infotainment; and Industry 4.0.

The aim is for the start-ups to develop their ideas to market maturity directly in the Transparent Factory. Applications can be submitted immediately at www.glaesernemanufaktur.de/en until 22 March.

Ten selected startups will present their ideas for the mobility of the future at a pitch on 12 April in the Transparent Factory. A panel of experts will select the best ideas and teams for the 2019 summer session. The selected founders will move into the Transparent Factory for six months from 6 May. After three months, the teams will have to present their first results. If the results are convincing, the startups are to develop their ideas to market maturity in Dresden.

The Future Mobility Incubator is a complete success. We continue to work together with 10 of the 17 start-ups in the Group to date. This underscores the fact that Volkswagen gives even more potential to innovative ideas. And that’s why we now want to continue with Class #4 in Dresden.

—Marco Weiß, Head of New Mobility & Innovations at the Transparent Factory

The incubator in Dresden is aimed specifically at students and scientists who are willing to start a business. Part of the incubator program is a financial support of €15,000 per start-up. The incubator has been in existence since August 2017.

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