Tomorrow, the Logistics Tech Accelerator is concluding its inaugural cohort with a Demo Day on RocketSpace’s tech campus in San Francisco. During the event, each startup and corporate partner is showcasing specific problems they’re solving together and their future partnership roadmap.
The Logistics Tech Accelerator launched in April to challenge the “closed door” approach of traditional corporate accelerators and, as a group, rethink the future of logistics. An open innovation model aimed to maximize the combined expertise of disruptive startups, industry mentors and multiple global corporations - including Lufthansa Cargo, Ingram Micro and the program’s founding corporate partner - Kaleido Logistics. The first cohort of startups, hailing from Germany to Kentucky, represent emerging industry tech sectors like smart warehouse, smart transport and smart commerce/trade.
Startups kicked off in June with a 5 week “bootcamp” and then transitioned into the product validation stage of the program, where corporate partners and individual startups worked on validating collaborative pilot projects with a focus on go to market solutions.
Tomorrow, these startups will step on stage to present alongside their new corporate collaborator:
- CargoSteps (Frankfurt, Germany) offers real-time track and trace software that allows different logistics companies of every size to easily work together.
- OTTO Motors (Ontario, Canada) provides self-driving vehicles and software that are designed exclusively for material transport.
- Eurosender (London, UK) is an online booking engine for international door-to-door shipping service.
- Logyc (San Francisco, USA) is Data Intelligence as-a-Service.
- Newport Trade Services (Newport, Kentucky, USA) helps manage global trade technology solutions by creating tailored solutions through project management and process controls.
- OrderCircle (San Francisco, USA) brings Shopify's ease of B2C order acceptance and management to B2B wholesale orders.
- SLiCK (Antwerp, Belgium) offers a cloud-based Logistics Control Tower to manage order collaboration, communication and transport management.
- Skuchain (Mountain View, USA) develops blockchain-based products for B2B trade finance and supply chain finance.
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Applications for the next cohort open tomorrow, Sept. 9, and close on Oct. 24. Interested startups and corporations can learn more about qualifications for the Logistics Tech Accelerator here. No equity is required of participating startups.