Modena

Best known to sports car fans and foodies, Modena is commonly called the land of slow food and fast cars. It is a land of tradition that opens its doors to find a delicate balance with modern innovation.

In the heart of the Motor Valley, birthplace of some of the most notable sports car brands in the world, Modena is home to the first Italian mobility and automotive accelerator: Motor Valley Accelerator.

Motor Valley Accelerator

Motor Valley Accelerator is a custom program that invests a pre-seed ticket every year to eight to ten early-stage startups in the industry.

The Motor Valley Accelerator is an initiative formed by CDP Venture Capital, Unicredit, Foundation of Modena, CRIT, and powered by Plug and Play to provide a unique financing and business opportunity for automotive startups to thrive in the Italian ecosystem.

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Focus areas:

  • Vehicle Electrification
  • Connectivity and Digitalization
  • Autonomous, Human Centered Mobility
  • Performance and Motorsport
  • Materials and processes for sustainability and circular economy
  • Enabling technologies for Smart Cities
  • New business models (maintenance, in-cabin, …)

Founding Partners

  • Unicredit
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Corporate Partners

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  • Marelli
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MVA Batch 2021

  • Reefilla Logo
    Reefilla
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    Reefilla
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    Reefilla offers its service through some enablers: -Platform: Consinst of an IT system that is connected to the hardware via API to monitor the fleet and predict the needs via AI -Portable Chargers: Swappable batteries enabled simple and quick charge -Stationary Charger: DCFC is up to 8x Faster than AC and includes an easy set-up and relocation, Especially second life batteries are used for their service Reefilla wants to increase the charge opportunities in urban areas, with easily accessible services when needed or where infrastructure is yet to come through. They offer an integrated ecosystem-based battery powered portable device that is connected and optimized by an IoT Platform.
  • Hexadrive Engineering Logo
    Hexadrive Engineering
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    Hexadrive Engineering
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    Hexadrive has the goal of facilitating the large-scale deployment of digital twin technology. With digital twin you can monitor, predict, optimize, reduce risk, identify problems, collect data, all aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing costs. Motor-TWIN is a software to quickly and automatically develop digital twins of electric motors. The software uses a hybrid approach, relying heavily on system physics and optimizing model parameters by means of AI. It is an easy-to-use product that provides digital twins characterized by unprecedented computational simplicity and model accuracy. The potential of digital twins is disruptive, but designing mathematical models that can replicate in real time, or even predict the physical behavior of a certain asset, process or product, is not easy. It requires expensive tools, highly skilled personnel, and time. These, the reasons why large-scale deployment of digital twins is still lacking. A vertical software product that can create digital twins of platform assets, such as electric motors. This allows for a wide range of markets, with a specialized product customized for a single device or category of devices, which can implement digital twin technology easily, quickly and guaranteed.
  • Carchain Logo
    Carchain
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    Carchain
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    With Carchain, current and future owners can build a chain of trust around a car using data relating to its history, integrity, and life, all embedded in an NFT that its owner can share, sell, and transfer. Our ecosystem of blockchain solutions provides transparency for buyers and sellers when advertising, trading, and investing in classic, modern and collector cars. In addition to the classic & collector car market, all types of the 1.4 billion cars on our roads along with motorbikes, planes, and other vehicles, can be digitised and preserved via our platform.
  • Green Independence Logo
    Green Independence
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    Green Independence
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    Green Independence is a startup committed in developing disruptive energy technology solutions, gradually leading the transition to a sustainable zero-emission world powered by renewables. Its core business is the strategic and synergic use of different renewable sources in order to provide an innovative energy production and storage system with a very low enviromental impact. Green Independence’s main technology is the NewArtificialLeaf (NAL). NAL makes possible the transformation of combustion’s waste products, CO2 and water (sea water, river water, waste water), into renewable and profitable resources. NAL is a stand-alone-device, inspired by nature, that recycles CO2 emissions while solving the solar energy storage problem by producing "solar fuels". NAL is a new breakthrough technology that is able to efficiently store solar energy into chemical bonds, similarly to what happens in natural photosynthesis, converting water into Green-Hydrogen and/or recycling CO2 into Syngas.
  • Ohoskin Logo
    Ohoskin
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    Ohoskin
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    Ohoskin is a vegan and sustainable leather-like material made with the byproducts of oranges and cacti. With their production capacity and bio-based composition, they can grant vegan leather with high quality, making Ohoskin suitable for luxury brands. Problem solved: Around 80% of leather worldwide is tanned using chrome, a highly toxic process the impact workers‚ health and the environment. Brand and consumers of luxury goods feel torn between keeping enjoying what they love and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Solution: The company patented a bio-based material that they can process and tan as leather with no environmental and social costs. Vision: They want to make Ohoskin a brand that adds value to luxury goods and makes the company that produces them a symbol of a new luxury that is sustainable and fair to everyone.
  • Novac Logo
    Novac
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    Novac
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    Novac supercaps are completely solid, thanks to the usage of innovative materials and procedures. The absence of liquid prevents explosions, leakages or evaporations which usually limit the number of possible applications of supercaps. The high safety and the wide temperature range are their most important competitive advantages. Problem solved: At the moment the integration of supercapacitors into vehicles leads to different problems, all deriving from the presence of a liquid in their structure. They have a standard and bulky shape (this brings to constraints on the application fields), are unsafe, and work in a very limited range of temperatures. Solution: Novac solves these problems by developing a new generation of supercaps completely solid, using innovative materials and procedures. Furthermore, this supercap is completely mouldable. Thanks to this feature, it is possible to adapt it to different surfaces, reducing the encumbrance and easing the design of the vehicle. Vision: The vision of Novac is to revolutionize electric mobility coupling batteries or fuel cells with safe and high power density systems, perfectly integrated to satisfy structural functions, increasing the life and performance of the battery pack.
  • 2electron Logo
    2electron
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    2electron
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    2electron is an engineering company. Core mission: providing Innovation and high-tech engineering services, E-Mobility device/system development, turn-key projects for the automotive sector. The automotive User Experience in the future in term of FUN TO DRIVE. In ICE vehicles, the sound, the vibrations and the gear-shifting, are the soul of driving. EVs are characterized by a direct/single speed transmission and complete lack of engine noise and vibrations, which results in a much plainer and less appealing driving. Patented McFly technology, has been invented to provide real-time driving interactions (we change the performance) and enabling a wide range of UX (such as sounds, vibrations, driving sensations, dynamics of a real gear-shifting, i.e.). Offer new and branded UX will be one of the most important challenges in the Future of Sustainable Mobility.
  • Invisens Logo
    Invisens
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    Invisens
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    A family of 4D radars for automotive L2/3 and L4/5 applications. They are based on off-the-shelf parts and novel low-level software processing. It is not an imaging radar, but along with cameras covers almost any scenario. We also think of open radar processing libraries and datasets later on. Problem solved: Automotive radars are black boxes developed by a limited amount of suppliers. It happens because, unlike cameras, radars implement either complex high- and low-level processing on the unit due to legacy constraints. Dependency on the limited amount of radar suppliers also disadvantages those who develop sensor fusion systems. Solution: Eliminate bottlenecks in the radar architecture caused by conventional high-level processing. It is now split between a sensor fusion system a new low-level engine on the radar. It has consistent data processing rules that fit a sensor fusion system. The approach shows its best on custom radars but works for radar-on-chip as well. Vision: A company that develops radars based on its IP and promotes the automotive radars idea in general. To make money we want to strategically partner with automotive suppliers/manufacturers.

MVA Batch 2022

  • HMDrive Logo
    HMDrive
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    HMDrive
    HMDrive has developed an innovative and patented solution for the real-time localization of Head Mounted Display (HMD) or AR glasses inside moving vehicles. HMDrive is the best existing technology for creating in-vehicle Augmented Reality experiences through wearable holographic glasses. HMDrive product is constituted by an hardware unit which is connectable to the vehicle and the HMD. The unit includes the software package and patented system for the creation of effective AR contents inside the vehicle (e.g. cockpit locked) or outside (world locked). AR on vehicles can be used for creating unique driving experiences or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). In the context of off-road industrial vehicles, around 35M accidents occur due to visual recognition errors which cause 161k deaths, besides the related high direct and indirect costs. The AR ADAS developed by HMDrive can reduce the risk of accidents by more than 80%. On the other hand, AR in the field of sports cars can be the key technology for the creation of immersive and entertaining on-track experiences, like ghost-cars or braking points seen by the driver as on the track. HMDrive could be the enabling technology for "Metaverse motorsport competitions" where real drivers on real cars compete on-track against
  • INVENTIO.ai Logo
    INVENTIO.ai
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    INVENTIO.ai
    INVENTIO.ai: Artificial Intelligence for Industry Made Simple (https://www.inventio.ai) Our solution is software: industrial apps integrate cutting-edge AI (machine/deep learning) and modern Web UI/UX technologies and designs. Our apps run completely at the edge, and we are strongly involved in hardware, since we are working hard to be completely hardware agnostic in our proposals. They can also run in hybrid and cloud environments. We solve industries and manufacturing shop floor challenges at the edge, such as inspection, grasping proposition, anomaly detection and others. We provide “industrial-app” as products, focused on specific scenarios and custom solutions tailored on the customer’s business needs. We build our AI core on the latest research outcomes.
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    Racing Teams app
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    Racing Teams app
    As startup being established, it is the first and only professional platform dedicated to all team members involved in Motorsport world: relevant features are now all in one! Main topics (cross platform): 1. Vehicle data management - Sessions planning and tracking, - Automatic mileage update, - Continuous driver connection; 2. Team and Personal logistics - Synchronized acceptance calendar, - Customized inventory, - Job offers and shop; 3. Championship interface - Track procedures automation, - Database system, - Forums section.
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    RECARBON
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    RECARBON
    Management of waste from carbon fibres is becoming a significant societal issue. For decades, the most popular disposal methods were landfilling and incineration; significant economic losses were incurred from not recovered fibres. These methods have led to increasing environmental awareness to recycle carbon fibres into a valuable resource and prevent the cumulating wastes. Currently the focus is on manufacturing wastes (prepreg offcuts, obsolete moulds, faulty parts, etc). However, given the ever increasing utilization of carbon fibres in various industry applications, end of Life wastes are expected to exceed manufacturing wastes by 500%. RECARBON offers ready to use intermediate materials and has developed a functional approach for manufacturing products from rCFs in the form of Organosheets and Prepregs. Prepregs, cores and organo-sheets targets are high-performance applications in the aircrafts, sport & leisure, industrial and automotive sectors.
  • Vizen Analytics Logo
    Vizen Analytics
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    Vizen Analytics
    Vizen’s demand planning solution aids automotive parts manufacturers and food & beverage companies improve their supply chain performance by pro-actively predicting raw material lead times, labor utilization and product demand. The Empowered-AI™ platform connects forecasting results to business KPIs by applying the right external data modeling to counterbalance dynamic market conditions including Covid, socioeconomic & political impact patterns that affect SKU shortages and future buying behavior. *Increase Forecasting Accuracy by > 15% *Improve Margins & EBIDTA *Prevent Plant Shutdowns *Reduce Food Waste
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    Fast Charge Engineering
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    Fast Charge Engineering
    FCE customize the powertrain and the Energy Storage systems with the customer requirements. The best work is done on liquid cooled Energy Storage Systems: Increase the performance of these systems without damage the cells. This innovation has a patent request.
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    DG TWIN
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    DG TWIN
    DG Twin S.r.l. is an Innovative Startup, Spin-off of the National Research Council, supplier of highly specialized systems for the optimal energy management both in propulsion and stationary field. DG Twin is a developer of advanced software components for virtual prototyping and rapid decision support, highly customizable, able to increase the economic and environmental sustainability in the micro-mobility and energy sectors.

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