It is no easy task for a startup to raise funding. This is particularly true for those startups who are less focused on exponential growth and a million-dollar exit. These startups also known as Zebras who unlike your typical Unicorns, are characterised by those businesses that aim to tackle societal problems while still remaining profitable, tend to have fewer financial incentives for investors.
This programme which is led by Sharkbite Innovation in partnership with MotionLab.Berlin, kicked off their very first batch in April this year. Participating are five exciting early-stage Zebra mobility startups that were carefully chosen according to strict criteria. For one these startups must fall within the mobility sector and two, they must intend to work towards the crucial 17 Sustainability Development Goals.
During this programme and unlike most accelerator programmes, these startups are not only supported from a business know how perspective but also immersed in the zebra stream which includes the very successful ‘make-me-better’ sessions and exciting monthly Zebras in Mobility meetups. Additionally, the accelerator participants receive regular coaching, business and hardware mentorship as well as full access to the Imagine 2030 MotionLab.Berlin MakerGarage and machine park.
The programme will end off with the highly anticipated Imagine2030 Mobility Demo Day – the day where you will hopefully get to meet the five startups in person. This is foreseen to take place on the 3rd of September. But for all of you wanting to get a sneak peek of the current five startups prior to the Demo Day, let me introduce you to:
Akkio: is part of the movement that aims to better the mobility options to-and-from the German countryside. This the two founders hope to achieve by making use of unused railway tracks and developing a new rail-transport system.
Flowr: Is developing a sustainable, battery-supported high-performance charging system for e-vehicles by combining charging infrastructure with battery storage capabilities.
Velofracht GmbH: enables sustainable logistics by designing and manufacturing cargo bikes and accessories for commercial use. Their products allow for the productive use of cargo bikes for the most diverse purposes, from the simple tarp roof for weather protection to a coffin transport bike for funeral processions.
PANTOhealth: attempts to disrupt pantograph and catenary maintenance, using real-time condition monitoring system and machine learning data analysis to enable predictive maintenance 4.0. Thereby they will reduce the cost of maintenance and delays due to problems in the catenary or pantograph.
HumAIn Hybrid: is developing an improved sustainable delivery solution, based on semi-autonomous navigation technology. Their solution comprises of delivery vehicles which will be navigated based on an optimised route.
I don’t know about you, but I sure am excited to see these pioneering Zebra startups at the Demo Day on the 3rd of September.