It’s official: The German carmaker chose Tel Aviv, to set up an innovation center, named “Konnect” last week. Israeli Minister of Economy, Mr. Eli Cohen, was present during its inauguration.
For what purpose? In a press release, Volkswagen announced that this innovation center will “provide local partners and start-ups close and direct access to the Volkswagen Group and its many brands”. The campus will carry mentoring and consulting activities as well as encourage business collaboration with the high innovation tech scene in Israel.
Stephanie Reimman who will be at the head of “Konnect”, explained that the latter plans to work hand in hand with 41 start-ups involved in various fields of mobility. The aim is to identify innovative concepts within the Israeli ecosystem in order to emerge “future mobility solutions”. Examples could include autonomous vehicles, news mobility services or tailor-made solutions…
This project represents a step forward in expanding their activities in Israel, believes Peter Harris, Chief Customer Office, Volkswagen Group. Moreover, it will allow Volkswagen to attain its objective of being “one of the global market leaders in sustainable mobility”. In fact, he emphasized the Israeli market’s potential in terms of technological innovations.
The Group Campus Tel Aviv “will provide complementary innovative solutions in various fields, including Sensors, Simulation, Connectivity, Smart Navigation, Cyber Security, E-mobility and Big Data.“ added Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group.
On 23rd May 2018, the German carmaker displayed “Konnect”’s activities and services at the “Ecomotion” conference in Tel Aviv. At this occasion, the Group challenged Israeli start-ups to illustrate their idea in front of a professional Jury of VW experts, who will select one winning start-up.
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