Kapsch TrafficCom

About Us

About Us

Kapsch TrafficCom launched Factory1 as part of its open innovation strategy. The program plays an essential role in the strategic push to catalyze the mobility industry and provides an opportunity for Kapsch TrafficCom to identify disruptive technologies early while forging strategic partnerships with high-potential startups. Factory1 is an acceleration program for startups which are building ground-breaking technologies in Kapsch TrafficCom’s strategic areas (Connected & Autonomous Driving, Data Analytics & Deep Learning, Smart Mobility, Security & Privacy, Infrastructure and Payment & Transaction Processes). If you would like to get to know more about the Factory1 Program and the startups download the official brochure here

Qualified startups are evaluated through a multi-phase selection process that evaluates the viability of their business plans, the merits and competitive differentiation of their technology, the strength of their teams and their alignment with Kapsch TrafficCom’s strategic focus. Startups selected for Factory1 receive the tools and resources necessary to build successful proof-of-concept projects and strategic partnerships with Kapsch TrafficCom. Examplarly program benefits: financial support and strategic funding of global proof-of-concept projects, introduction to industry experts, innovating with global Kapsch TrafficCom executives, expert mentoring sessions, global industry events and fairs, PR and marketing support.

Behind every accelerator you need a strong team to plan and execute the program. Meet the seven individuals who are working hard on making Factory1 a success.

Heinrich Schmid-Schmidsfelden Program Lead
Sara Aiello Program Manager
Events & Marketing
Gregor Appeltauer Program Manager
Process Analytics
Mathias Schubert Program Manager
Startup Responsible
Katharina Rynesch Program Support
Mentor Management & Internal Communication
Theresa Stadler Senior Program Manager
Innovation Consultant
Thomas R. Werner Project Lead
Innovation Consultant

What do the startups think?

“Being a winner of the Factory1 - Kapsch TrafficCom Startup Accelerator, we get the opportunity to combine our innovative video analysis with the broad product & service portfolio of one of the biggest players in the traffic industry. This half year does not only bring us co-development to realize a joint proof-of-concept project, but also allows us to upscale and improve our value proposition with the Kapsch experts to create an optimal fit to the market needs.”

Christopher Geelen, Product Manager ViNotion

“BroadBit is pleased and honoured to be working with such a visionary and professional partner as Kapsch TrafficCom. For a start-up still in R&D, it is important to have a strong and stable partner to help us enter the market. We are looking forward to a long a fruitful collaboration.”

David Brown, CEO BroadBit Batteries

“The Factory1 Program is a 6 month fast track to understand if collaboration between Kapsch and Quantoz is a fit in terms of vision, strategy and customer needs when it comes to payments in IoT. We love the getting things done mentality and the drive for innovation that's at the heart of the program.”

Bjorn Wamelink, CEO Quantoz

What do the mentors think?

“It is an inspiring experience to deep-dive into the exciting world of international startups! To become acquainted with hundrets of possible business ideas, to meet these utmost engaged and courageous entrepreneurs in person and to work on an innovative project together iss an exciting opportunity. Being lead mentor of mobiag not only allows me to pass on my experience but also to broaden my horizon in the mobility sector. I am grateful and proud to be part of the program and even more, to be part of a company which makes this acceleration program possible.”

Cornelia Wolf, Lead mentor mobiag

“Our customers expect Kapsch TrafficCom to prepare them for the future of mobility and road transport. Know-how about cutting edge technology and innovative solutions helps me build trust with our customers. Factory1 felt like a glimpse of the future delivered directly into our offices, the selection of startups was custom tailored to our business needs and the level of engagement from both sides was intense.”

Oliver Brandl, Lead mentor i4drive