Four fledgling logistics companies from Germany and a start-up from California have qualified for the six-month accelerator programme by the new Next Logistic Accelerator (NLA). The NLA will help the start-ups to develop their digital and innovative business models and prepare them for the next phase of growth. The companies will also make important contacts to the industry via the accelerator.
Real-time monitoring of deliveries
More than 100 logistics companies from Germany and abroad applied for the accelerator programme. The successful qualifiers include the Hamburg-based start-up 25ways. Founded by Henrik Zölzer and Vincent Oswald, the duo has developed a corporate mobility platform to “rethink mobility” with researcher Steffi Schubert. Cloud-based technology allows employees to improve their own means of transport e.g. on the daily commute to work. The platform analyses various factors such as weather, traffic and parking space situations and develops individual recommendations based on the company and public transport offers.
The other qualifiers include nxtBase Technologies in Potsdam. The start-up has developed a platform on which production, logistics and service can be visually guided and voice-controlled using smart watches and data headsets. A Munich-based qualifier, Smartlane, is working on a cloud-based SaaS solution for dispatching and route planning on the last mile based on a self-learning process optimization. The inclusion of the California-based SensorTransport indicates the programme’s international appeal. The start-up monitors the real-time delivery of goods using a fully integrated app based on a cloud system.
Media, commerce and logistics accelerators
Accelerator Programmes are examples of how growth can be accelerated. As well as professional coaching resources and seed finance, they also offer valuable networks. In Hamburg, every industry of the future now has its own accelerators. The first round of NLA, an industry-specific multi-corporate accelerator, is getting underway soon following its launch in 2017 by the Hamburger Sparkasse, the Logistik-Initiative Hamburg and New Time Ventures. The Next Commerce Accelerator also launched last year and modelled on the successful Next Media Accelerator. The sixth edition of NMA is now underway in Hamburg and based on a shareholder structure consisting mainly of established companies.