Volkswagen ERL Technology Accelerator

Submission Deadline: October 7th, 2013


The focus of joint development in the following areas:

  • Speech Recognition
  • Seamless connectivity solutions
  • Infotainment applications (Navigation, Media, etc.)
  • Driver Assistance/Drive distraction management
  • Sensor technologies
  • Data Mining and analytics
  • Social media/Recommendation Engines
  • Gamification
  • Augmented Reality / digital reality
  • Mobile device integration
  • Mobility/Parking applications/detection
  • Location based services
  • Discovery - where to go? What to do? Etc.
  • Advanced visualization
  • Virtual intelligence and personalization

Volkswagen Group of America Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) has teamed up with Plug and Play to accelerate and collaborate with startups to transfer technology from many industries into the automotive domain.

In this program, companies will receive access to hundreds of investors, corporations, and mentors within the Plug and Play network, exposure at its events, regular educational seminars, and office space.

Benefits if Accepted:

  • Streamlined access to Volkswagen Group engineers for mentorship and development
  • Access to the Volkswagen Group ERL facility (vehicles, lab, tools, etc.)
  • Opportunity to access vehicles for joint development and technology/product integration purposes
  • Potential technology/product integration in vehicles with Volkswagen ERL support
  • Three months free office space at Plug and Play
  • Entry to Plug and Play University, an educational workshop designed to introduce various aspects the Silicon Valley ecosystem straight from the people who have built it
  • Business Plan Coaching
  • Fundraising Opportunities – introduce start ups to potential investors
  • Business Development – explore business development, licensing , and strategic investment opportunities with Plug and Play’s corporate network
  • Networking Events
  • Professional Service Partners
  • Executives in Residence Advisory Services – one session at no charge; separate arrangement with proper compensation to be arranged between the start up and EIR
  • Opportunities to demo and possibly pitch at Plug and Play’s flagship event: EXPO
Please submit your proposal from the following application form:
Submission deadline: October 7th, 2013