Together with the innovation platform Startup Autobahn, the Esslingen-based automotive supplier Eberspaecher is systematically expanding its future fields and looking for innovative, young technology companies to partner with. The supplier is looking to expand in the areas of automotive components that conserve resources and the environment while also keeping driving comfort and safety in focus.
The cooperation between Eberspaecher and Startup Autobahn started on Nov. 1.
Professional working environment for joint projects
Eberspaecher will specifically identify suitable startups through the existing Startup Autobahn network. At the Esslingen headquarters, a team of creative minds named Next Shed advises internal and external venture teams and offers the necessary industrial infrastructure, networks and expertise to the contacts established through Startup Autobahn. The family-owned company is actively open to creative solutions. The opportunities for cooperation with the young technology companies can range from pilot projects and co-development through to investments.
“We are committed to a strong long-term partnership to find innovative solutions and creative startups on the market,” said Edgar Müller, vice president of Next Shed by Eberspaecher. Next Shed bundles the activities of the Esslingen-based automotive supplier into defined fields of the future and systematically searches the market for new technologies. For Müller, the sound experience of the innovation platform founded by Daimler, the Plug and Play Tech Center, the University of Stuttgart and ARENA2036 in May 2016 was very important as the basis for this partnership.
It creates an optimal interface between industry-leading companies and young technology companies. “We aren’t a typical startup accelerator, but rather offer a complete ecosystem for successful cooperation,” said Sascha Karimpour, managing director at Plug & Play Germany, who is operationally supporting Startup Autobahn. The common goal of the partner companies is to find marketable, production-ready solutions to shape the mobility of tomorrow while fulfilling, today, the future requirements of end customers and legislators.
Open to innovation by tradition
As a traditional company with a company history spanning 150 years, Eberspaecher has always been open to new technology, new markets, and new challenges. “Our company history shows how we have very successfully reinvented ourselves time and again over the years,” said Heinrich Baumann, managing partner of the Eberspaecher Group and initiator of Next Shed. The work fields extend beyond the automotive supplier’s core areas of heating and cooling. They are on the lookout for partners for innovative mobility solutions and mobile energy storage systems. Intelligent acoustic systems and approaches to improving air quality belong to their field of activities, in addition to autonomous systems.
More information on Next Shed by Eberspaecher is available here.