23.03.2016 | News & Interviews

Driving the extra mile

Over the next three months, seven start-ups in the fields of “Industry 4.0 & Smart Services” will team up with mentors from established companies and EY. They will form seven ‘acceleration families’ which are strongly committed to drive digital change and help corporates overcome innovation barriers. We have asked Raphaël Gindrat, BestMile, Dr. Jürgen Sturm and Dr. Alexander Graf, ZF, and Dr. Adrian Reisch, EY, about their reasons for joining the EY start-up-challenge in Berlin.


Raphaël, what are your expectations on the challenge?

As co-founder and CEO of BestMile, I am passionate about everything that has to do with innovative transportation, which is a crucial sector of our future economy and society. Our start-up is specialized in developing smart, cloud-based solutions for autonomous mobility, and I am really eager to draw upon the experience of well-versed professionals such as Jürgen & Alexander from ZF and Adrian from EY. It is my aim to significantly developing my knowledge of entrepreneurship here in Germany, which is a key location for our industry.

Speaking of knowledge, what will be your contribution to the program, Jürgen and Alexander?

We think it can be very fruitful for us to work and exchange with start-ups like BestMile. We are a traditionally innovative company in the fields of motion and mobility, realizing the potential of smart e-mobility and solutions for automated driving. As the ZF’s CIO (Jürgen) and a member of ZF’s IoT Lab (Alexander), we look forward to getting inspiration on how we can further explore new avenues towards innovation. I hope to find new, surprising answers on most pressing questions of mobility. How can we create solutions for smarter mobility? And how can we develop more sustainable product lifecycles?

Adrian, what do you think the most pressing issues are?

I strongly believe that innovation is more about than just technology, but about creating added value along the supply chain. We have to find answers to questions such as how can mobility be innovated along the whole value chain. In the last decades, I have been putting a strong focus on supply chains, PLM, and IoT. I am very happy to share my experience with promising start-ups like BestMile and support them on their business journey to further growth.

BestMile is an innovative Swiss start-up which develops technology for urban mobility. As a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), BestMile provides a fleet management platform, designed to operate and optimize any fleet of autonomous vehicles. BestMile’s cloud technology leverages the full potential of autonomous vehicles to tackle urban mobility challenges.

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