On January 24, 2017, Air Cargo World reported that the 2017 Accelerator would include U.S.-based technology co-working firm RocketSpace and Spanish logistics firm Kaleido, Fiege, Ingram Micro, Lufthansa Cargo and MAN Truck & Bus, who will provide logistics guidance, mentorship and business expertise for the participating startups.
Unlike early-stage accelerators, the Logistics Tech Accelerator works with funded startups that have a product that is in market or ready to launch, and are not required to give up equity to participate in the program. The accelerator helps these fledgling companies scale their products and services by collaborating with others in the industry.
2017's Logistics Tech Accelerator, is based on an “open-innovation, pilot-led model,” RocketSpace said, and will focus on three emerging technology themes: smart warehouse, smart transport and smart commerce and trade.
The following startups in these three sectors were selected based on the strength of their teams, their product/service maturity and their corporate partnership potential:
- Equivvy (Amsterdam) is an equipment rental and sharing platform for the supply chain industry.
- GetVu (Bengaluru) uses “augmented reality” technology to streamline supply chain processes, offering more accessibility to real-time data, optimized workflows and improved automation.
- IAM Robotics (Pittsburgh) makes autonomous mobile robots to handle materials in logistics and manufacturing.
- Mycargorates (Cologne) is an online transport management system and booking portal for logistics.
- OBUU (Madrid) is an advanced stock optimization software that enables users to shape and fully customize stock to their fleet, and model future scenarios for strategic analysis.
- Optiply (Amsterdam) is the first fully automated inventory optimization solution for e-commerce.
- Sennder (Berlin) offers same-day and 12-hour logistics.
- Stowga (London) is a network of high quality warehouses available to provide pay-as-you-go logistics services.
- Trackersense (London) develops and deploys parcel delivery and asset tracking technology to drive supply chain efficiencies worldwide.
- Undagrid (Amsterdam Schiphol Airport) optimizes logistical processes and creates new services around (non-powered) assets, via an autonomous communication network, innovative sensor and tracking technology.
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