RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) and GenerationS have launched a joint accelerator to find innovative solutions for the transport industry.
The gathering of applications for the new accelerator will be opened until August 30. The most attractive projects will have the opportunity to collaborate with RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) in the long term.
RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) began to search for innovative solutions together with the corporate accelerator GenerationS. The project's central task is to find promising, competitive technologies that can improve the safety, efficiency of operation, and management of rolling stock.
Start-ups that develop solutions in the following key areas can take part in the selection:
- Locomotive complex;
- Motor car complex;
- Railroad car economy;
- High-speed communication;
- Special rolling stock.
Each direction includes from 7 to 11 solutions related to the technical aspects of the transport industry, as well as aimed at various digitalizing processes, including:
- saving fuel and energy resources;
- improving the technical characteristics of rolling stock;
- optimization of conditions for repairs and time costs for various operations;
- implementation of solutions in the field of robotics;
- development monitoring systems;
- use cases for artificial intelligence and AR / VR technologies.
A complete list of directions is available on the accelerator website:
To fully satisfy the needs of RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) within the framework of this thematic section, the program partners will be the leading manufacturers of rolling stock and companies that carry out repair and maintenance.
Start-ups not only from Russia but also from the CIS countries can participate in the selection. Gathering of applications will last until August 30. The assessment of projects is scheduled in mid-September. The most promising projects will present their solutions to the executives of RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) and the partners of the Holding at the Demo Day. They will get the opportunity for long-term cooperation.
Ekaterina Petrova, Director of the GenerationS Corporate Accelerator
For us, a project with such a strong and significant player in the transport industry as RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) is a new critical stage in the development of corporate innovations. Within the framework of the project, the key areas for scouting innovative projects focused on digital solutions were identified. We believe that thanks to our experience in the transport industry, we will be able to find worthwhile projects that will get the opportunity for long-term productive partnership and will help the RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) holding not only reach a new technological level but also solve many essential tasks that the company sets for digital transformation. For start-ups, small and medium-sized business, it is now especially crucial to find a reliable customer, together with whom they can not only contribute to solving post-crisis problems but also change the transport industry, making it more flexible and innovative.
Aleksei Lokhmatov, Head of the Corporate Accelerator of RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways)
In July 2020, RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways) announces the second enrollment in the corporate acceleration program in the rolling stock sector to be organized in conjunction with the GenerationS corporate innovation development platform.
The program's principal objective is to find solutions aimed at reducing expenses associated with the operation and repair of rolling stock, improving it, and increasing the safety of all types of rail transport and ensuring a new level of passenger comfort.
We plan to attract partners to participate in the program to satisfy their requests in the search for new innovative solutions. The experience of the first acceleration program will significantly speed up the process of piloting start-up projects and successfully implement technologies in the work of the Holding and its partners.
Last year, seven start-up projects became winners of the program. At present, their products are being tested, and one start-up project is being prepared to supply products to RZD, OJSC (Russian Railways).