As a leader in innovation, we have our eyes on the future and are always on the lookout for good ideas. Partnerships and cooperation are an integral part of our corporate philosophy. For this reason, we support and foster start-ups and accompany them on their way towards industrial practice. Since 2014 we have been working together with several promising start-ups that benefit from Festo’s industry expertise.
Our partner programmes
Festo is a partner in the TechFounders Accelerator programme
The TechFounders Accelerator is a 20-week-long programme in which technology start-ups and established partners from the industry are put together. With the help of various mentors and their networks, the start-ups prepare their business idea with the aim of producing initial applications in the form of pilot projects. Besides Festo, BMW, Bosch, Linde and Miele are involved in the Accelerator programme.
Festo is a partner in the M.Tech Accelerator – Engineering the Future of Mobility
The M.Tech Accelerator is a key platform for technology start-ups in the south of Germany, providing new impetus for the development of the engineering and mobility region of Stuttgart. The programme is supported by the state capital, Stuttgart, as well as by bwcon GmbH, TTI GmbH, wizemann space and the business development agency for the region of Stuttgart. After the application phase, 25 start-ups are taken into the accelerator programme all year round and looked after for 12 months. The M.Tech Accelerator supports individuals and founding teams with innovative products or business models from the fields of mobility, manufacturing and engineering which are in the (pre-)formation phase.
New ideas from the start-up scene
Festo regularly organises start-up pitch events. The founders and team members of the invited start-ups can present their business model, service and product ideas there and exchange ideas with Festo experts.
Watch the video for insights into a Festo start-up pitch:
Our current cooperations
Simple networking of various interfaces, appliances and machines – this is the objective pursued by the Stuttgart start-up aucobo. The two-person founder team started its work at the beginning of 2016. Their smart systems, for example a smartwatch, enable information to be easily exchanged between employees and machines. Processes in production are thereby optimally networked with each other.
Pilot project at Festo
The mobile machine operation is already being used at the Scharnhausen Technology Plant. The production workers can use the smartwatches to make adjustments in a flexible manner. Status changes and machine faults are sent directly to the employees on their smartwatch. It is also possible to ask for support from other facilities. The solutions increase machine availability and reduces unnecessary walking by the employees in production.
The Austrian software developer, Holo-Light, focuses on Industry 4.0 solutions with augmented reality devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens. The user of such devices can enhance their real surroundings with additional information digitally. Holo-Light develops intuitively usable mixed reality software products for a wide range of industry applications, such as data glasses during production or at trade fairs. The start-up was founded in April 2015.
Pilot project at Festo
The HoloLens data glasses are being tried for the first time in a pilot project at the Festo plant in Rohrbach. The technology helps with typical, repetitive processes, for example during employee orientation processes. Instead of working directly on the machine in the factory, the assembly process is projected in a training room via the data glasses.
With the help of holographic images and voice instructions, the operating procedures, including all the necessary details, can now be learnt virtually step by step. Practising assembly processes, getting to know products and providing important conduct and safety training courses: with the data glasses, these training stages can take place without interrupting the production flow. The HoloLens application thus helps to save costs and time as well as to produce well-trained employees.
The sharing economy goes industry!
V-INDUSTRY enables an economic and transparent commissioning of external production. The V-INDUSTRY platform makes it quick and easy to find suitable machines for a production order as well as available machine capacities. The start-up from Ostfildern thus optimises the commissioning of contract manufacturers and sustainably streamlines administrative processes in the value stream.
Pilot project at Festo
The V-INDUSTRY platform is used in the construction of Festo’s production facilities in Scharnhausen. With the help of the tool, orders can be placed more quickly and more flexibly. Now it is possible to make these work steps more efficient and automated: V-INDUSTRY takes a holistic approach to digitisation/Industry 4.0, which results in considerable potential for optimisation of administrative processes.