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Let's build a strong network around fuel cell systems!

Deadline: November 07, 2021

You want to shape the future of fuel cell systems?
--> Your product or solutions is patented or has a clear USP?
--> For your next steps you are searching for an investment?
With your team, you have invented a hardware component of the fuel cell system - and now you are searching for a strong partner?

Next Shed, the investment arm of Eberspächer Group, is looking for innovative solutions and systems to make them successful and contribute to a more emission-free economy.

We offer extensive support and experience in scaling businesses, deep understanding of the mobility market and venture capital.

Apply now
Deadline: November 07, 2021

Let's build

a strong network

around fuel cell systems!


Next Shed is the investment arm of the Eberspächer Group. With this challenge, we are looking for innovative teams and companies working on sustainable and profitable fuel cell solutions and systems, such as

- H2 Loop (anode path)
- Air Loop (cathode path)
- Powerelectronics behind the fuel cell systems
- Sensorics and measuring in fuel cell systems

We are also searching for teams and companies working in the area of systemsimulation and -modellation.

What we are not searching for:
- Control unit and application software for fuel cell systems
- Thermal management for fuel cell systems
- Stack itself

With this Challenge we are searching for founder teams, spin-off-teams, teams from universities and institutes as well as established start-ups and companies.

About Next Shed

Benefits

Founders & Early-Stagers

- Joint pilot projects
- Possiblity to pitch directly to the Eberspächer top management
- Extensive network
- Deep expertise to further develop your solution together

Requirements

Founders & Early-Stagers

- You are a founder team or Early-Stager with a team of at least 2
- You want to work together with a strong partner to further develop your solution and business model
- Ideally, you already have first users or sold to first paying clients
- Clear idea of what you need from Eberspächer for your next step

Benefits

Growth Stage Start-Up & More Advanced business

- Individual agreements either for a cooperation and/ or an investment
- Joint pilot projects
- Possiblility to pitch directly to the Eberspächer top management
- Expertise in scaling and extensive network
- Market access

Requirements

Growth Stage Start-Up & More Advanced business

- You are an established start-up or company with a well-rehearsed team
- You already sold your product to first clients
- You are searching for collaboration in the area of fuel cell systems
- Clear idea why Eberspächer would be a good fit for you

Apply now
Deadline: November 07, 2021

Timeline

  • November 07

    Applications deadline

  • November 08 - 14

    Qualifications

  • November 15 - 28

    Pitch preparations

  • December 02

    Innovation Council -> Pitch Day

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Testimonial

Power Up

"I truly enjoyed pitching to the committee. The highlight of the session was presenting my company's solution to one of the veterans in the RV and automotive industry."

Ivar Krusenberg
Founder and CEO

Testimonial

Nüwiel

"Next Shed is a very approachable and engaged team. They have supported us a great deal during the whole process of closing the investment round, even in not-so-easy times. We are very much looking forward to shaping the future of urban mobility together with Eberspächer!"

Natalia Tomiyama & Fahad Khan
(Co-Founders of Nüwiel)

Apply now
Deadline: November 07, 2021

FAQ

All answers to your questions

Yes and no. As a venture unit of the Eberspächer Group, we see ourselves as both a strategic partner and an investor. We go beyond shareholdings to cooperate with startups in the form of pilot projects, co-developments, license agreements and partnerships.

FAQ

All answers to your questions

  • What are the criteria to qualify for the challenge?

    You must be a team of at least 2 people. Your product or solution is already a prototype that you are about to test. Ideally, you already have first users or sold to paying clients. With this challenge, we are looking for innovative business models around fuel cell systems such as - H2 Path (Anode path) - Air Path (kathode path) - Powerelectronics of fuel cell systems - Sensory and measuring in fuel cell systems Make sure to articulate clearly your next step and why Next Shed is a good fit to support you with that.

  • Who can apply?

    With this Challenge we are searching for founder teams as well as established start-ups and companies. You should be a team of at least 2 members. In this round, we are focusing on business models around components of fuel cell systems such as H2 path (Anode path), Air path (Kathode path), Powerelectronics of fuel cell systems, Sensory and measuring in fuel cell systems. If this is not for you, please follow us on LinkedIn. We conduct challenges two-three times a year, so maybe your topic is next rounds theme?

  • What makes an application successful?

    First of all: You as a team or company! It is important that you have strong people on the team reflecting the skill set needed to make a business model successful. Secondly, check: Do you bring the necessary competences and motivation? Does your pitch convince with a clear proposal on what you are searching for and do you express clearly why Next Shed by Eberspächer is a good fit? Do you solve a clear and relevant problem with a concrete solution? Showcase the market potential and scalability of your business model.

  • What does the pitch deck for the application need to look like?

    You can add an introduction video or a pitch deck to your application. In general, we recommend you to cover: Your motivation and competences, description of your product and business model, target group and potential market size. Which next steps do you want to achieve and how can Eberspächer support you?

  • What is the Innovation Council?

    The Innovation Council consists of our board members Martin Peters, Dr. Thomas Waldhier and Dr. Jörg Schernikau, our head of Corporate Strategy & Development Ulrike Wörz. In addition, we will nominate two additional guests depending on the topics that will be presented. They are experienced managers who are eager to invest in promising business models and supporting them to be successful.

  • Is the pitch in person or online?

    We are generally holding the pitch with the Innovation Council at our headquarter of Eberspächer Group in Esslingen. However, last time we organized a virtual event due to the current situation. We will inform the qualified teams in time.



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Zeppelinstraße 100
73730 Esslingen am Neckar
Germany
Phone: +49 711 939-00
Fax: +49 711 939-0634
nextshed@eberspaecher.com

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