Press release

100 international start-ups share their thoughts on the future of mobility

Berlin/Munich, August 01, 2023

100 international start-ups share their thoughts on the future of mobility

  • IAA MOBILITY is rapidly increasing
  • Special matchmaking offers
  • Mobilitython: Start-ups provide solutions for global challenges at IAA MOBILITY
  • Focus on artificial intelligence, charging infrastructure, autonomous driving, circular economy, and more

In addition to the world’s largest mobility and tech companies, 100 international start-ups will also be presenting their ideas for digital and climate-friendly mobility at IAA MOBILITY 2023. They will have the opportunity to present between leading companies in the industry. IAA MOBILITY is the ideal platform for all topics pertaining to the mobility of tomorrow.
The start-ups are an important part of the IAA Summit, held from September 5-8 on the convention grounds in Munich-Riem and solely geared toward trade visitors (B2B). The IAA Summit is the most important international B2B forum for mobility that brings trade experts, industry representatives, journalists, and community leaders together in one place. All start-ups benefit from special events, such as “Founders Day” on September 7.
For the start-ups who have registered for IAA MOBILITY, it’s the perfect place to share their innovative technology, business models, and products with the industry. These companies come from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Artificial intelligence (AI), digital solutions, charging infrastructure, autonomous driving (AD) solutions, recycling, and circular economy will be very highly represented.
Number of participating start-ups increasing rapidly, seeking new international contacts at IAA MOBILITY
Compared to IAA MOBILITY 2021, there will be 33% more start-ups at IAA MOBILITY 2023. The concept allows for up to 100 start-ups to present. “These start-ups increasingly want to present their products and solutions at the event, not just digital concepts,” says Jan Heckmann, Head of IAA at VDA.
“The start-ups are presenting in the direct vicinity of bigger names at the IAA Summit on the convention grounds in Munich-Riem. This means that direct communication with international decision makers and investors is nearly guaranteed,” says Christine von Breitenbuch, IAA Director of MOBILITY at Messe München. “A survey of start-ups‘ expectations showed that they are primarily looking for international contacts within their industry and adjacent sectors. They also want more and better access to investors, as well as contact with scientific institutions or developers.”
Test run for start-ups – the IAA Mobilitython 
What is the “Mobilitython”? It’s quite simple: Established companies give a small group of start-ups a real-world development assignment that these start-ups have to complete. It’s a win for both sides, because the company doesn’t have to wait a while for an internal solution or find an external provider, and the start-ups gain valuable experience and contacts, and – ideally – will get follow-up assignments.
The had the idea to create this type of platform, as the initiative seeks to serve as a sort of marketplace for companies and start-ups: One is looking for a solution, the other for work. Clemens Pompeÿ and Christian Schweizer founded the During his time as a founder in Silicon Valley, Pompeÿ often wondered whether the solutions of today are compatible with the challenges of tomorrow.
The IAA Mobilitython and partnership with the commenced during IAA MOBILITY 2021. For IAA MOBILITY 2023, two renowned companies will have assignments for these ambitious start-ups: TÜV NORD and Robert Bosch GmbH. Both companies will present questions they are facing and that they want to implement with the best teams following IAA.
“With our partnership with, we’re underlining our work in the area of position sensors and the associated business models so that we can advance the growing market for micromobility robots. I’m looking forward to the teams’ innovative ideas and to actively contributing to the future of this burgeoning market,” says Niklas Appel, Head of Sales Non-Automotive & New Business, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket.
Challenges posed by sensors for robots/autonomous driving and reporting systems, as well as further information on how to register, can be found here:
Up to 5 start-ups will be able to work on one assignment.  
Deadline for registration is August 18, 2023.
The assignments will then be presented to the start-ups during a digital kick-off, and the solutions will be shared with the clients at the IAA Summit. This will give the participating teams more exposure and allow them to network further. The team that wins the follow-up order will be named on site. Follow-up orders are usually worth between 50,000 and 150,000 euros.


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Hannes Schumann

IAA Press Spokesman