Corporate accelerator OJSC “RZD” has determined the best start-UPS


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:

  1. “Apeiron” — a monitoring system of the rolling stock
  2. “Titan Power Solution” — hybrid energy recovery systems
  3. “Twager” — wireless short message network with ultra-long coverage area
  4. “Mr control system according to the actual state of equipment — optimal control of the technical condition of the rolling stock
  5. “Goodwill” is a comprehensive universal protective coating
  6. “SmartMaintenance” — predictive Analytics for rolling stock
  7. “Imredi” — digital-transformation of personnel management and development processes
Roman Koshelev, head of the corporate accelerator of OJSC RZD (JSC VNIIZHT»)
This year has made adjustments to the acceleration program and the events are held online. At the same time, it shows that the process does not stand still and we are also developing. The main focus of the acceleration program in 2020 was on working with functional customers. More than 70 joint meetings were held, the main task of which is to confirm the positive effects of the potential implementation of solutions. The winning projects of the program will be supported by the RZD Accelerator at a further stage — the Accelerator team will organize support for startup projects after the Demo day in accordance with the road maps. JSC VNIIZHT will create conditions for carrying out the necessary tests and provide a resource for organizational interaction with the parent company, being a subsidiary of OJSC RZD.
Ekaterina Petrova, Director of corporate accelerator GENERATIONS
Demo day is the most important defining part of any accelerator. Today, the winners of the acceleration program, which started in July of this year, were determined. The experts of OJSC RZD, the official partners of the accelerator and the projects did a tremendous job to prepare for the Demo day, which determined the further path of many startups. For GENERATIONS, the experience of working with such a large company as OJSC RZD, a leader in its industry, is significant and valuable from the point of view of deep immersion in the direction and competence building, which is one of the most important qualities for each accelerator. At the selection stage, we were able to find strong and competitive solutions and we hope that the projects selected today by the expert jury will be able to demonstrate the full potential of their solutions and prove the positive effect of their implementation, thereby opening up the possibility of long-term cooperation with leading companies in the transport industry.

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.

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On the Corporate accelerator of OJSC RZD

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.

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