Seven projects will conduct pilot tests of their solutions on the infrastructure of OJSC RZD and, if successful, will have the opportunity to further scale their solutions on the railway network.
The corporate accelerator of OJSC RZD in the structure of JSC VNIIZHT together with GENERATIONS summed up the results of the acceleration program in the direction of “Rolling stock”, which was launched in July of this year.
Its finalists were 20 technological projects in the field of improving the efficiency and safety of rail transport, which passed a multi-stage selection of more than 600 applications. Within two months, the finalists refined their solutions together with functional customers on the part of JSC RZD, as well as official partners of the accelerator, studied the technical requirements for products and project Economics, test methods and other aspects of interaction with the company.
As part of the Demo day, 14 finalist teams presented their solutions and the expected effects of their implementation to the management of OJSC RZD and accelerator partners represented by major transport companies, such as LLC Gazpromtrans, PJSC First Cargo Company, JSC Sinara-Transport Machines, etc. The members of the jury selected 7 most promising startups — they will sign Road maps for further tests, following which a decision will be made on further scaling of projects on the railway network and the organization of long-term cooperation with JSC RZD.
Winners of the corporate accelerator of OJSC RZD:
In total, more than 600 applications were submitted to the acceleration program of OJSC RZD in 2020, of which about 200 projects underwent detailed examination. Not only Russian, but also foreign startups from Kazakhstan, Israel, Belarus, Latvia, Germany, USA, Singapore, Uzbekistan, France and Estonia took part in the selection. The partners of the accelerator included “First cargo company”, Transmashholding, TransContainer, “Sinara-Transport machines”, Gazpromtrans, etc.
Detailed information on the progress of the accelerator is available at: https://accelerator.rzd.ru/
Corporate accelerator JSC “Russian Railways” is created on the basis of JSC “VNIIZHT” in 2019 as part of an integrated system of innovation and work with startup projects, formed the company by decision of the General Director — Chairman of the Board OJSC RZD Oleg Belozerov. In July 2020, JSC VNIIZHT opened a special platform for the Corporate accelerator, public events and co-working space. According to the RBC Agency and the Barometer research project, for the period from June 2019 to June 2020, OJSC RZD is among the 10 largest Russian companies that work most effectively with innovations.