STMicroelectronics has become the first semiconductor company to join as an Anchor Partner of Startup Autobahn, which is powering innovation in the automotive sector by introducing selected dynamic new companies to established technology corporations.
Startup Autobahn is created and managed by Plug and Play, the accomplished Silicon Valley accelerator and investor that historically has introduced over 35,000 startups to more than 400 corporations.
Anchor Partners in Startup Autobahn include major car brands and vendors of diverse automotive technologies. ST’s support, with its strategic emphasis on smart mobility, boosts opportunities for new companies with innovative ideas for electrification, e-mobility, and smart, connected driving to take part in the program.
Welcoming ST to the program, Sascha Karimpour, Managing Director Plug and Play Germany, said, “This partnership fits perfectly into our existing ecosystem, covering the automotive value chain. The semiconductor industry is currently enabling powerful innovations in automotive technology and will play a major role as software and IT become increasingly important in the car of the future.”
Alessandro Cremonesi, Chief Innovation Officer for STMicroelectronics, added, “Joining Startup Autobahn extends our broad commitment to nurture the technologies that will define tomorrow, and in this case, the automotive world, by making transport safer, greener, and more connected.”
Startup Autobahn organizes events throughout the year to bring corporate partners and selected startups together. The diverse platforms include deep-dive presentations, one-to-one introductions, cross-collaboration days, and private meetings between partners and shortlisted startups. Twice-yearly expos showcase the results of collaborations, combined with keynote speeches and presentations from various industry leaders and invited guests.
The program has already successfully connected startups with established brands to activate powerful new concepts in areas such as battery charging, supply-chain and materials management, smart mobility, efficient manufacturing, recycling, and enterprise CO 2 reduction.