On October 30th 2018 Capsula started its newest accelerator season with a Startups Festival, organized as part of the Smart Mobility Summit with the support of Fuel Choices & Smart Mobility Initiative. Participants included guests from OEMs, Tier 1 companies , VCs and automotive industry experts.
Just before a new batch of startups entered the accelerator, the event focused on information geared towards new companies in the smart mobility space. A presentation by Capsula director, Julia Shteingart, introduced the Capsula model and smart mobility opportunities for new companies. A panel of CEOs and CTOs of Capsula alumni answered questions for early stage startups including how accelerators help startups; how to work with automotive and mobility companies to build your company; and how to cooperate with academia and government to leverage available assets. The panelists also spoke about the value of Capsula's Customer Validation process, and how it helped them raise funding and partner with automotive companies.
The mobility ‘festival’ began as Capsula alumni and early stage startups, including candidates for the next round of the accelerator, presented their innovative ideas in a pitching format. The event was capped off by a networking session with the audience and all the participants.