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Become a significant part of the New Mobility Paradigm - Start your valuable collaboration with Schaeffler!

If your start-up bears innovative solutions in fields of data value creation, advanced sensor technology or autonomous systems - then you’ve come to the right page! Take the chance and win Schaeffler, one of the most successful automotive and industrial suppliers worldwide, as partner, customer or investor.

Submissions are open until 19 March 2017

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Technology Focus Areas

Do we have the perfect fit? Schaeffler is looking for solutions in 3 Technology Focus Areas.
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Collaboration Opportunities

What’s in for you? Learn about the different collaboration opportunities with Schaeffler.
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Participation Requirements

Does your start-up have what it takes? Please read our participation requirements.
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Application and Registration

Please submit your application before 19 March 2017. Click here for more information on the application and registration process.
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Collaboration opportunities

Why should you participate? Your collaboration opportunities with Schaeffler are such as:

  • R&D cooperation
  • Partnering on developing products and services
  • Building customer-supplier relationships
  • Minority equity investment

Technology Focus Areas

Schaeffler is looking for start-ups with outstanding technologies and strong innovations across divisions and regional borders that help shape the Mobility for tomorrow.
As a global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is particularly looking for sensor technology and advanced data analytic solutions and solutions for autonomous systems

Sensor Technology: We are looking for smart, energy self-sufficient and robust sensors with high measuring accuracy for

  • Automotive and industrial applications
    • Engine, transmission, chassis, e-mobility
    • Railway, wind power, mechanical and plant engineering
  • Production processes and in-plant logistics

Advanced Data Analytics/ Data value creation: Embedded solutions providing real-time insights and availability of data in the cloud in

  • Automotive:
    • Inside car and outside car
    • Engine, transmission, chassis, e-mobility
  • Smart Factory/ Industry 4.0/ Industrial Services

Autonomous systems: Multi-Sensor Data Fusion based on

  • Software: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, etc.
  • Hardware: Sensor technology: LiDAR, Radar, etc.

Participation Requirements

We are looking for you if your company fulfills one or more of the following requirements:

  • Your solution provides a unique and excellent innovation in terms of technology and / or business model
  • You are beyond the business idea already and the technical maturity of your solution can be proven in form of a functioning prototype and / or minimum proof of concept
  • You are at least in first business contact with partners and customers
  • Your company is about to generate sales revenues in the near future and counts with realistic above-average growth expectations
  • The management team of your company has a high level of technical know-how, market expertise and leadership experience

Application & Registration Process

The Schaeffler Venture Forum is a two-day event that takes place on 22 and 23 May 2017 in Herzogenaurach, Germany at the Headquarters of Schaeffler.

During the first day, all participating start-ups will get an individual briefing. They will be coached individually on potential synergies and their company presentation, tailored to the audience on the following day. The day closes with a get-together with representatives from Schaeffler. This is an excellent opportunity to informally discuss and network with them. The second day is the official presentation day with start-up pitch presentations and one-on-one meetings with Schaeffler decision makers. The official conference language is English.

Step 1: Application

Please use our application form to apply for the Schaeffler Venture Forum. We ask that you submit your contact details as well as a detailed description of your products, services and applications. Please also specify how you envision your cooperation or synergies with Schaeffler.

Applications for the Schaeffler Venture Forum will only be accepted until 19 March 2017.

Step 2: Registration

A Schaeffler steering committee will review the applications and select the most interesting technology companies. You will be given feedback by 03 April 2017 whether your company succeeds or not. If your company belongs to the finalists for the event, you will receive a direct invitation. Additionally, at that point it is needed that you sign a binding registration form. You participate free of charge! You will only have to cover your travel and accommodation costs.

The application and registration process is managed by our cooperation partner Munich Network.

About Schaeffler

In 2016, the Schaeffler Group generated revenue of around EUR 13.3 billion. With approximately 86,600 employees, over 170 locations in more than 50 countries, and a worldwide network of production sites, research and development centers, and sales locations, the Schaeffler Group is one of the world’s largest family-owned companies. As a global development partner and supplier, Schaeffler cultivates stable relationships with customers and suppliers that are built to last.

Our strategy “Mobility for tomorrow” sets the course for future sustainable and profitable growth of the Schaeffler Group. The strategy addresses four essential megatrends of our time: climate change, urbanization, globalization and digitalization. Based on these megatrends, four focus areas have been identified, on which the Schaeffler Group will concentrate in the future, in keeping with its competency profile as global automotive and industrial supplier: (1) eco-friendly drives, (2) urban mobility and (3) interurban mobility, as well as the optimization of the (4) energy chain.

Top quality, outstanding technology, and exceptionally innovative spirit form the basis for the continued success of the company. By delivering high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications, as well as rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications, the Schaeffler Group is already shaping “Mobility for tomorrow” to a significant degree.


As a leader in technology, we combine a passion for innovation with the highest standards of quality to shape the future of mobility – for a world that will be cleaner, safer, and smarter.

About Munich Network

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Munich Network.
Catalyzing innovation.

With a broad-based backbone in technology and industry, Munich Network is an independent, not for profit, thus neutral organization geared to promote innovation through collaboration.

Munich Network links the different groups in the innovation ecosystem by connecting parties in search of innovation (‚innovation consumer‘) with parties that offer ground-breaking solutions (‚innovation provider‘) and parties who enhance innovation (‚innovation enabler‘).

Munich Network accelerates innovation by networking and bringing together these worldwide relevant players with an exclusive focus of helping all players to achieve their goal.

In this role as a ‚Matchmaker‘ among the different parties, Munich Network is furthermore personally and directly connected with many of the most important technology centers in Germany, Europe and internationally.

Strong global companies and established medium-sized companies put trust in Munich Network‘s innovation competencies, just like ambitious new technology ventures. Furthermore investors, consulting firms, lawyers, research establishments and NGO are members in the Munich Network.

Do you want to get in touch with us?

Munich Network - Netzwerk München e.V.
Katharina Hickel, Project Management
Rosenheimer Straße 145 i, 81671 Munich

Phone: +49-89-63025342
Fax: +49-89-63025310


Schaeffler advises you that it will not enter a nondisclosure agreement during the first application stage (step 1: application). Any written or oral information of any kind that Munich Network - Netzwerk München e.V. receives from you will be regarded as general knowledge/public property and will therefore be forwarded to and used by Schaeffler and Munich Network without restriction. In your own interest, we recommend that you do not include any secret or confidential information in your initial application.

If Schaeffler is interested in receiving more detailed information regarding your innovation as part of the second application stage (step 2: registration), you will have the possibility to stipulate a written nondisclosure agreement governing the provision of additional information exclusively to Schaeffler. The personal and corporate information you submit with your application or registration will be collected by Munich Network - Netzwerk München e.V. and will be used exclusively for the purpose of organizing the Schaeffler Venture Forum. Your data will not be forwarded to third parties outside Schaeffler.


Do you want to get in touch with us?

In case of any questions regarding the Schaeffler Venture Forum please contact our cooperation partner Munich Network.

Munich Network - Netzwerk München e.V
Katharina Hickel, Project Management
Rosenheimer Straße 145 i, 81671 Munich

Phone: +49-89-63025342
Fax: +49-89-63025310


Munich Network - Netzwerk München e.V.
Rosenheimer Strasse 145 i
80538 München (Munich)
Phone +49 89 630253.0
Fax +49-89 630253.10
E-Mail: info(at)
Twitter: MunichNetwork

General Manager: Curt J. Winnen
Chairman: Oliver Gajek
Tax ID Number: DE 194584095
Register of Associations Number: 11158
Amtsgericht München (Local District Court Munich)

Conception, design and implementation:

Creativestyle GmbH
Ganghoferstr. 68 a
80339 München

Phone: +49-89-5480-7604

Schaeffler Venture Forum

Please note that the application due date for the Schaeffler Venture Forum expired on 19th March 2017.
If you want to get in touch please do not hesitate to contact us:

Munich Network - Netzwerk München e.V.
Katharina Hickel, Project Management
Rosenheimer Straße 145 i, 81671 Munich


Thank you very much for your application for the Schaeffler Venture Forum. Schaeffler will evaluate your application as part of the selection process and may ask you to provide more details about your company. You are given feedback by 03 April 2017 if your company belongs to the finalists for the event.


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