Techstars launches Smart Mobility Accelerator in Turin, Italy; with focus on startups developing transformative smart mobility technologies
Techstars, in partnership with three Turinese foundations, announced the launch of its Smart Mobility Accelerator, the first Techstars accelerator in Italy. Based in Turin, Italy, the Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator is focused on transformative smart mobility technologies with a concentration on smart infrastructure and smart cities. The program is supported by partners Compagnia Di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center and hosted at the Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR) in Turin.
The Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator is part of a series of innovation and entrepreneurship-focused events and programming through a Techstars, Compagnia Di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center partnership that will build new opportunities for Italian and European entrepreneurs throughout the Turin ecosystem over the next three years.
The Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator will be hosted at the Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR) in Turin, a historic building recently transformed by Fondazione CRT into a center for contemporary culture and innovation. The program will be led by Martin Olczyk, previous managing director of the METRO Accelerator for Hospitality powered by Techstars in Berlin, and most recently, Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for the Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator, Powered by Techstars located in Amsterdam. Olczyk brings over a decade of startup mentorship and early-stage tech investment to the program, having invested, co-founded and advised dozens of companies and entrepreneurs over the years.
“We are in the middle of a mobility revolution, and smart mobility is a new and revolutionary way of thinking about how human beings, data and goods get around in a cleaner, safer, cheaper, more efficient and convenient way,” said Olczyk. “Turin has developed a thriving startup scene in the last few years, and with the support of institutions, successful entrepreneurs and corporations focused on innovation, there is a unique level #GiveFirst culture throughout the community that makes this an ideal locale for this program. We are excited to help founders, entrepreneurs, and startups build successful and impactful businesses right here in Turin.”
Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,900 companies with a market cap of $22 Billion. Applications for the Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator are open now through October 13, 2019. The program will run from January 2020 through April 2020. Startups interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to visit https://www.techstars.com/programs/smart-mobility-program/ to learn more.