That was the Alpine Tech Innovation Sprint 2021

Ten startups, three companies from the mobility industry and 48 hours to develop future-oriented solutions: This year’s Alpine Tech Innovation Sprint took place from 17 to 19 June at Werkstätte Wattens.

Tyrol as a global pioneer for sustainable solutions in the Alpine region

This is the vision of the Alpine Tech Innovation Hub, founded in 2019 and located in the international business and creative center Werkstätte Wattens. The Alpine Tech Innovation Hub, an initiative of Lebensraum Tirol Holding, sees itself as an industry meeting point and competence network that brings together established companies from a wide range of industries with diverse technology needs with experts and startups, and is being driven forward by the Standortagentur Tirol together with the Werkstätte Wattens.

One of the innovation formats of the Alpine Tech Innovation Hub is the ATI Sprint, which took place for the third time this year with the focus on “Alpine mobility”. Ten selected startups worked on specific solutions for the challenges of the local industry. The declared goal was, as usual, in addition to the development of initial solution prototypes, the initiation of possible longer-term cooperations between startups and established companies.

It wasn’t just the warm temperatures that kept heads spinning at this year’s sprint – it was above all the challenges brought along by the participating companies SWARCO, SUPERMOBILITY – SUPERTRACKER and MAGENTA TELEKOM that demanded full commitment, a lot of creativity and expertise from the participating startups from Austria, Portugal, Italy, Finland and Germany (EMPATIC UX, Peter Park, Solarbikes, ItConcept, Volvero, ummadum, maptionnaire, Changers, Siwego and Tier).

The joint kick-off on the first day was followed by 48 hours of intensive work on solutions, the first ideas were validated before prototyping began. A final outdoor programme strengthened the team dynamics and showed the international participants Tyrol from its most beautiful side.

Finally, the results were presented to representatives of the participating companies that had brought in the challenges, as well as to alumni of the programme. An interesting novelty in 2021 – the challenges of the companies were not worked on individually by the participating startups, but in part also in a team structure consisting of up to three startups. “The ATI Sprint 2021 was a great experience. We got to know many exciting companies and people and were able to test our skills. My personal highlight was probably our challenge team. We harmonised really well, had a lot of fun and came up with a really innovative solution!” says Josef Mayerhofer from EMPATIC UX, one of the participating startups.

Kick-off of further cooperations

“The aim of the ATI Sprint is to initiate longer-term cooperations between startups and companies. Synergies want to be used and competences bundled,” explains Alexander Koll, COO of Werkstätte Wattens. This goal has probably already been achieved with the ATI Sprint 2021 – the kick-off to clarify details of a possible long-term cooperation between two of the participating companies and startups took place directly after the programme. Follow-up dates have already been set.

The next Sprint is planned to take place in Spring 2022. Stay tuned!

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