Toyota Startup Accelerator Bootcamp selects 5 winning startups
- 9 finalist startups innovating in the fields of Mobility for All and Sustainability completed the Toyota Startup Accelerator 2 bootcamp
- Mix of entrepreneurs, C-level executives and Toyota experts offered an intense learning experience to support startups in the next stage of their development
- 5 winning startups selected after the bootcamp will receive funds and support from Toyota to develop a Proof of Concept towards June 2022
Brussels, 14 January 2022 – Kicked off in July 2021, the second edition of Toyota Motor Europe (TME)’s Toyota Startup Accelerator reflects our Beyond Zero commitment to go further than reducing CO2 emissions by helping to build more inclusive, sustainable societies around the world. The focus of this edition is on the fields of Inclusive Mobility, Carbon Neutral, Circular Economy and Life Cycle Footprint Assessment. The 9 best startups, selected out of over 140 applications from 42 European countries, completed the bootcamp.
The bootcamp is the first part of the intense learning experience designed to help the startups hone their business projects. Toyota, together with its partner ISDI (Digital Business School), fostered a hands-on, interactive and engaging learning experience in different areas including agile product design, working with corporations, talent scouting, Intellectual Property Rights, internationalisation strategy and more. A mix of entrepreneurs, C-level executives and Toyota experts interacted with the participants sharing their knowledge and insight.
Comments from participating startups
During the startup roundtable session, experienced entrepreneurs gave good, honest explanations of common startup issues and challenges.
The talent scouting session was inspiring. Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Communications are important values for a leader. When you lead by example, you can create a productive, thriving business with happy, loyal employees.
The startup roundtable was particularly relevant and insightful. The entrepreneurs shared openly their experience including failures and dead-ends.
It was very helpful and motivating to see successful startups in front of our eyes. I especially liked their explanations of what they would have done differently.
To explore collaboration opportunities that could generate the best shared value for the startups and TME, the Toyota experts also shared insights into Toyota’s operations in Europe such as product planning, Toyota Production System and R&D development processes.
After several selection rounds, 5 winning startups were chosen to enter the final 6-month acceleration phase. These startups will receive funds and develop their projects into a Proof of Concept supported by business mentors and Toyota guides. The 5 winners will pitch their Proof of Concept at the Demo Day in June 2022. TME may offer the opportunity for further cooperation.
The 5 winning startups
|1||Revolve Wheel (Germany) innovated the world’s first active wheelchair that fits the standards of cabin luggage|
|2||HySiLabs (France) developed an innovative solution to facilitate hydrogen transportation by charging and releasing hydrogen in a unique liquid carrier called HydroSil|
|3||PurCity (Denmark) aims to improve air quality by turning buildings into large scale CO2 air capture facilities|
|CargaTuCoche (Spain) proposes a platform for residential electric mobility charging infrastructure that allows for sharing charging points with others|
|Microwave Solutions GmbH (Switzerland) accelerates circular carbon economies by recycling plastics, rubbers and carbonaceous materials into critical and advanced materials such as graphene|
Other participating startups
|1||Sideways (Spain) builds fleets of self-driving vehicles for indoor spaces to make indoor transportation radically more efficient|
|Biel Glasses (Spain) develops smart glasses that improves mobility for visually impaired people by recognizing and signalling obstacles, changes in surface and traffic lights|
|3||Breeze Technologies (Germany) is a technology leader in air quality sensors, data and analytics. Their solution leverages the internet of things and artificial intelligence to help cities and businesses create better clean air action plans and a more liveable environment|
|4||Tresoil (Romania) aims to convert plastic waste into hydrogen to support the growing hydrogen economy in Europe|
ISDI press contact
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Toyota Motor Europe
Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts and accessories, and Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations. Toyota directly employs around 27,000 people in Europe and has invested over EUR 10 billion since 1990. Toyota’s operations in Europe are supported by a network of 29 National Marketing and Sales Companies across 53 countries, a total of around 3,000 sales outlets, and nine manufacturing plants. In 2020, Toyota sold 993,113 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe.
Toyota believes that when people are free to move, anything is possible. In the pursuit of "Ever Better Mobility for All", Toyota aims to create more inclusive and sustainable mobility, a society in which everyone can challenge their impossible. With the aim of contributing to global environmental sustainability, Toyota has developed the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 to address key global environmental issues. For more information, visit www.toyota-europe.com.
ISDI Accelerator was born in 2014 with the objective of channeling the entrepreneurial interest of the ISDI (Digital Business School) students and to boost and professionalize the startup market in Europe. Their first startup acceleration programme, IMPACT, marked a milestone on the continent thanks to the collaboration between public entities, corporations, educational entities, investors and, of course, startups. Since then they have developed dozens of incubation and acceleration programmes, they have created, trained and accelerated hundreds of startups, and thousands of companies have already applied to our programs.
All this has led ISDI Accelerator to be recognised as one of the most important accelerators in Europe. One of their programmes, IMPACT Connected Car, was named the best startup acceleration project of 2019 by the European Commission. ISDI Accelerator has been supported by its parent company ISDI, as well as hundreds of mentors, teachers and experts, best investors in Europe, its corporate and institutional partners and colleagues from other acceleration programmes.