Next Shed Innovators‘ Challenge in Summer 2020

Last Mile Mobility

With the next round of the "Innovators' Challenge", Next Shed encourages people interested in founding once again to submit innovative business ideas. As the incubator and venturing arm of the Eberspächer group, we are convinced: Right now, new business ideas are more important than ever! 

Rethink the concept of last mile with us
The future is not only about cars, but about mobility in general.  „Last mile mobility“  is one particular trend that we at Next Shed have defined as an interesting search field for Eberspächer: this refers to the last stretch of a passenger’s journey. It means to go beyond cars and public transport by walking, bike-sharing or micro-mobility vehicles. Especially in urban areas where transport is a growing challenge, new and flexible solutions are needed in order to satisfy demanding consumers and to meet the challenges of pollution and congestion.

Solutions we are looking for are:
- last mile logistics to transport goods
- small last mile vehicles for people
Which potential solutions come to your mind that Eberspächer could provide in the future? Your idea can either be innovative systems solutions or components for a safe or comfortable last mile experience.

Take action with your business ideas
Why should you be part of this challenge? The best teams are rewearded with a voucher for a BBQ boat trip on the Lake Constance. By the time that such excursions are possible again you will be able to celebrate your success. Plus: you get the chance to present your idea to the Eerspächer top management. If you convince the jury, you will get financial and other support by a professional startup coach and the network of the Next Shed team. So chances are that you will actually bring your idea to life.

Submit your idea until June 23, 2020 – via e-mail, video or audio message to
The Next Shed team is looking forward to your idea. We suggest you use the pdf form linked here. When you participate in this idea challenge you accept our terms and conditions and additional data privacy policy (in German).
You need support in maturing your business idea? Participate in our Online Coaching!
You are not quite sure which features your product should have or who exactly is your customer? In addition to the Innovators' Challenge, Next Shed is offering a free 4-week online coaching program starting June 15, 2020: you will systematically work on your idea together with professional business design coaches. This gives you the best chance to present your business idea to the top management of Eberspächer. In order to participate in the online coaching program, you have to submit an idea for the Innovators‘ Challange via our pdf form. Then you can register for the coaching by e-mail: