The mobility of the future - brought to life in Essen. At the Business Metropole Ruhr Innovation Day, ten candidates from the nationwide Innovation Call 2018 competition presented their solutions and innovations for the mobile life of tomorrow.

The ideas at the final pitch in the Sanaa building at the World Heritage Zollverein (Tariff Union) were all prize-worthy. There were two winners: In the prototype category, the Charge X team secured first place. The startup from Munich is developing a modular charging infrastructure for e-mobility in the private and public sector where a new load management reduces the costs per charging point and installation. Oxo – also from Munich – was in the lead in the "Concept" category. At the heart of their idea is an algorithm that uses commuter routes to provide profitable routes for bus companies. The prize money, totalling 9,000 Euro was provided by the Initiativkreis Ruhr (Ruhr Initiative Group).

"When it comes to setting up new ventures the Ruhr Metropolis is leap ahead. This is where start-ups can find everything they need for successful growth – space, partner networks, and financing. With the Innovation Day, we bring together founders with established companies such as thyssenkrupp, BMW and VW, as well as medium-sized companies. In this way we sustainably strengthen the economy as well as the start-up activities in the region," says Rasmus C. Beck, Managing Director of the regional business development Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH.

"Overloaded roads and city centre emissions show how urgently we need creative, digital mobility solutions. That's why I am delighted that the Ruhr Metropolis is bringing promising start-ups together with innovative entrepreneurs and scientists to exchange ideas about new concepts and reward the best ideas. The business ideas of the founders show what the mobility of the future can look like," says NRW Minister of Economic Affairs, Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Pinkwart.
The pitch final was the highlight of the three-stage competition and an exciting day in the SANAA building. At the "Innovation Slam", experts put mobility trends in a nutshell – demonstrating, for example, how electromobility can be attractive to all users, and right next door there were new products to discover in the Trend Corner.

"The competition helped us to intensively review and improve our product and provided us with valuable contacts to companies," said Jan Lubitzsch from karmaticket in Bochum. For his app, which connects holders of monthly tickets with co-passengers, the young entrepreneur achieved second place in the prototypes category.

The event was supported by Initiativkreis Ruhr, NRW-Bank, Gründerfonds Ruhr and Technologiezentrum Dortmund.
More information about the competition can be found at

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