The second round of the Next Logistics Accelerator (NLA) is now underway after its premiere in June. Five fledgling logistics companies from Germany, Spain and Switzerland have secured places in the Startup Acceleration Programme. More than 100 applications had been received from all corners of the globe. The winners will spend the next six months working on their business models, building up a network, acquiring their first customers and approaching investors about the next growth step.
Batch #2 of NLA start-ups
Conlog.io from Berlin
Moritz Dassing and Martin Orthen, founders from Berlin, have set up a platform for the paperless release of containers with data analysis, forecasts and payments in real time. Conlog.io aims to make the container release process as simple as online freight bookings. The platform will replace conventional processes and automate manual processes to save time and money.
Luckabox from Switzerland
The Luckabox start-up, founded by Aike Festini and Maite Mihm from Winterthur, Switzerland is offering a cloud-based platform for deliveries on the so-called last mile. Luckabox connects dealers with select on-demand delivery services and co-ordinates them in real time. An intelligent algorithm selects the optimal courier for each requirement, thus ensuring secure and fast delivery within a freely selectable time window of 1-2 hours.
Tracks from Berlin
Track, a start-up founded by Jakob Muus, is offering a so-called platooning service for trucks. The service allows drivers to connect up with each other via a digital clutch and to spontaneously form tightly moving columns. This reduces wind resistance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Tracks wants to enable matchmaking in real time, calculate joint fuel savings and share the benefits among the participants. The aim is to make truck traffic safer, cleaner, more efficient and fair.
Closelink from Hamburg
The Hamburg natives Philippe Lavarde, Tobias Schumacher and Eike Lawatsch have set up Closelink – an online shopping platform for maritime lubricating oils. Their start-up gives shipping companies transparency and comparability about offers within an extensive global supplier network. The aim is to take equal account of price, availability, delivery and payment modalities.
Supertech from Spain
Juan Rivero and Alberto Benbunan are the brains behind Supertech. The two founders are offering an SaaS solution for centralized control of express retail deliveries. Plug-and-play technology automates order scheduling, commissioning and delivery. By integrating behavioural data, Supertech aims to optimize both the customer shopping experience and operating efficiency.
Batch #3 of the Next Logistics Accelerator is expected to launch in March 2019. Start-ups in the logistics sector that would to take part have until January 31, 2019 online to apply.
Industry-specific accelerator programs
Various industry-specific accelerator programs from media to aviation and logistics are available in Hamburg. The NLA was founded in 2017 by the Hamburger Sparkasse, Logistik-Initiative Hamburg and New Time Ventures as an industry-specific multi-corporate accelerator. In the same year, the Next Commerce Accelerator was launched modelled on the proven format Next Media Accelerator. The recipe for success is based on a shareholder structure that includes established companies.