Kapsch TrafficCom

Factory1Accelerating with Kapsch TrafficCom

Factory1 – Kapsch TrafficCom Startup Accelerator

Put your startup on the global map for future intelligent mobility solutions.

5 startups wanted. 6 months of business development. 5 proof-of-concept projects. Financed out of a EUR 150.000 fund. Equity-free accelerator participation. 5 continents. 125 years of expertise In course of a six-month mentoring program, Kapsch supports startups in the field of mobility in achieving their next level business goals.

Are you working in one of those 6 fields?

& Autonomous Driving

  • Vehicle to vehicle and infrastructure communication
  • Safety and efficiency use cases

Big Data Analytics & Deep Learning

  • Mobility data analysis and utilization
  • Predictive analytics
  • Video analytics
  • Traffic simulation modelling

Smart Mobility

  • Mobility as a service
  • Intermodal mobility
  • Shared mobility
  • New modes of transportation

Security & Privacy

  • Increasing security use cases
  • Mobility surveillance
  • Enforcement
  • Data security & privacy


  • Sensing technologies
  • In-vehicle devices
  • Road-side systems
  • Smart mobility IoT

Payment & Transaction Processes

  • Business model innovation
  • Transaction processing
  • Blockchain

What does Factory1 offer?

…on a global scale in one of the 6 innovation fields with relevant customer and market traction.

Your proof-of-concept project will be financed out of our EUR 150.000 proof-of-concept fund and by the way it is equity-free (i.e. we do not take equity for participation)!

In more than 20 mentoring sessions (remote & on-site) Kapsch experts accompany you and support you with their long-standing and innovative know-how in business and technology to create scalable business potentials.

See our mentors here

Gain access to the knowledge pool of innovative mobility solutions and business expertise from a global network of industry leaders.

Participate in the Kick-off Bootcamp and Acceleration Days in Vienna and Berlin and present your startup in front of our international customer and partner network at the final Demo Day at “ITS World Congress” in Montréal (Canada). All travel and accommodation costs are covered by Factory1.

Get started!

All travel and accommodation costs for the program are covered by Factory1.

10 April Application Deadline (23:59 CEST)
10 April 2017

Application Deadline (23:59 CEST)

It takes approximately 30 minutes and two steps to present and register your startup

The applications are closed. We are currently evaluating the applications and will announce the finalists soon. Stay tuned to find out who will be part of Factory1 – Accelerating with Kapsch TrafficCom!

10 – 21 April Finalist Selection
10 – 21 April 2017

Finalist Selection

Top 30 startups will be chosen to present to an international jury via remote audio-/video conference (15 minutes)
8 – 12 May Winners Selection at Kick-off Bootcamp
8 – 12 May 2017

Winners Selection at Kick-off Bootcamp

  • CEO and CTO of Top 15 finalists invited to headquarters in Vienna (cost free)
  • Participate in 5 days Kick-off Bootcamp:
    • Feedback and guidance from international industry leaders in workshops and Q&A sessions
    • Present and pitch your startup to become one of the 5 winners for the Factory1 2017 Accelerator
    • Kick-off event with „5 winners-on-stage“ ceremony in front of an international audience
13 May -12 July Acceleration Program: Proof-of-Concept Definition
13 May -12 July 2017

Acceleration Program: Proof-of-Concept Definition

  • 5 winner teams focus on proof-of-concept / project definition and validation
  • Weekly business and technology feedback and guidance sessions with mentors (remote)

See our mentors here

On the road to success.

Experience our six-month-long global acceleration program that will take your startup to the next level.

All dates and information shown may be subject to change.

18 – 22 June ITS Europe Strasbourg
18 - 22 June 2017

ITS Europe Strasbourg

  • Proof-of-concept / project deep dives with international experts
  • Present your startup at ITS Europe (4.000+ visitors) and get additional customer exposure
8 - 23 July Proof-of-Concept / Project Building
8 - 23 July 2017

Proof-of-Concept / Project Building

  • Validation and potentially customer involvement
24 – 27 July Vienna Acceleration Days
24 – 27 July 2017

Vienna Acceleration Days

  • Discover the Kapsch Group's global network and market connections
  • Discuss joint innovation projects with Kapsch customers
  • Improve your B2B Sales Methodology and develop your technical product roadmap
  • (and enjoy a summer G‘spritzter drink with us ;))
28 July - 10 September Proof-of-Concept / Project Execution
28 July - 10 September 2017

Proof-of-Concept / Project Execution

  • Engage customers (internal/external) for proof-of-concept / project execution and use Kapsch distribution channels for your sales activities
11 - 15 September Vienna Acceleration Week
11 - 15 September 2017

Vienna Acceleration Week

  • Learn how to manage investor relations and get significant feedback from global VCs
  • Pitch your startup to the CEO and define future cooperations
  • Join the „125 years of Kapsch“ festivities in the famous Viennese concert hall
16 September – 28 October Proof-of-concept / Project Evaluation & Enhancement
16 September – 28 October 2017

Proof-of-concept / Project Evaluation & Enhancement

  • Evaluate your business potentials and plan a joint roll-out for a successful long-term partnership
29 October – 2 November International Demo Day in Montréal (Canada) at „ITS World Congress“
29 October – 2 November 2017

International Demo Day in Montréal (Canada) at „ITS World Congress“

  • Present your startup at the world-leading ITS event in front of global customers

About Kapsch TrafficCom

Kapsch TrafficCom is a leading global provider of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The end-to-end solutions of Kapsch TrafficCom cover the entire value creation chain of its customers as a one-stop shop, from components and design to the installation and operation of systems. As part of the Kapsch Group, an Austrian family-owned technology group founded in 1892, Kapsch TrafficCom is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has subsidiaries as well as branches in 30 countries.

  • Annual revenue of EUR 526 million.
  • 4.600 employees worldwide.
  • EUR 57 million invested in R&D every year.
  • Projects in 44 countries on all continents.
  • Stock-listed since 2007.
  • Investments in 5 startups.

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