Startup collaborations: industry know-how meets new ideas

Startup collaborations

Industry know-how meets new ideas

As an innovation leader, we have to keep an eye on the future and are always on the lookout for good ideas. Partnerships and collaborations are an integral part of our corporate philosophy. This is why we support and sponsor startups and accompany them on their way to industrial practice. We’ve been working with several promising startups already since 2014, who are profiting from Festo’s industry know-how.


Festo is a partner to the TechFounders Accelerator program.

The TechFounders Accelerator is a 20-week program during which technology startups are brought together with strong partners from industry. With the help of various mentors and their networks, the startups prepare a business idea with the goal of implementing initial applications in the form of pilot projects. In addition to Festo, other companies including BMW, Bosch, Linde and Miele are also involved in the Accelerator program.

M.Tech Accelerator

Festo is a partner to the M.Tech Accelerator – Engineering the Future of Mobility.

The M.Tech Accelerator is a key platform for technology startups in southern Germany, providing new impetus for the development of the Stuttgart region as an engineering and mobility location. The program is supported by Stuttgart as Baden-Württemberg’s state capital, bwcon GmbH, TTI GmbH, the wizemann space and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation. After the application phase, 25 startups are accepted to the Accelerator program for an entire year and are accompanied over a 12-month period. The M.Tech Accelerator program supports individuals and founding teams with innovative products or business models from the fields of mobility, manufacturing and engineering, who are in the pre-founding or founding phase.


Festo is a partner to the Peakzone innovation platform.

Peakzone networks midsized companies with startups and supports them in meeting the challenges of the digital transformation in the industrial setting. The core task of the accelerator program located in Munich is to bring companies together with startups from the fields of robotics and the Industrial Internet of Things for an 18-week pilot project. In addition to Festo, Wacker Chemie is also one of the program’s initial partners.

Our current collaborations



The Soley startup located in Munich is specialized in innovative analysis solutions such as automated product portfolio analyses. The core offerings of the business model involve software in the field of smart data analysis. Large volumes of data, for example within the context of product portfolio analyses, can be systematically evaluated in this way. This assures quick and reliable results. The founder team consists of four mechanical engineers and software developers.

Festo pilot project

Festo is currently testing Soley’s smart data solution for product phase-out planning. Thus far, it has been necessary to manually combine bills of materials for phase-out products, identify dependencies and ascertain consequences for modules and individual components. This was then followed by compilation in the form of lists. Now it’s possible to set up these work steps more efficiently: with the help of the tool, consequences can be detected more quickly and all consequences can be taken into consideration as a whole. Large projects will be more manageable in the future as a result. The project team is currently working on a planning tool with which the consequences of new products for component inventories and requirements can be simulated at an early stage.

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ProGlove start up

ProGlove develops wearables for industry – computer technologies you can wear on your body. After winning the “Make it wearable” competition held by Intel, the company was founded by engineers and innovation consultants in Munich in December 2014. “Mark” is the startup company’s first product – an intelligent glove with integrated scanner which improves and simplifies production and logistics processes.

Festo pilot project

“Mark” is being used by Festo in the logistics department at the Scharnhausen Technology Plant. Tugger train drivers scan goods to be transported out the assembly workstations with the glove, which is significantly faster than using a handheld scanner. The work process is more ergonomic and provides the user with more freedom of movement.

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ProGlove startup


aucobo startup

Simple networking of various interfaces, devices and machines – this is the goal pursued by the aucobo startup in Stuttgart. The two-person founder team began work at the beginning of 2016. Their smart systems, for example a smartwatch, make it possible to exchange information very easily between employees and machines. As a result, production sequences are networked with each other ideally.

Festo pilot project

Mobile machine operation is already being used at the Scharnhausen Technology Plant. Production employees can implement flexible adaptations with their smartwatches. Status changes and machine errors are transmitted directly to the employees’ smartwatches. Support from other systems can also be requested. The solution increases machine availability and reduces unnecessary legwork for production employees.

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aucobo startup


Holo-Light startup

Austrian software developers Holo-Light focus on IoT solutions for augmented reality devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens. Users of devices of this sort can digitally supplement their actual environments with additional information. Holo-Light develops intuitively operable mixed reality software products for a great variety of industrial applications such as data goggles for use in production or at trade fairs. The startup was founded in April 2015.

Festo pilot project

HoloLens goggles are being tested by Festo for the first time in Rohrbach within the context of a pilot project. The technology supports typical, repetitive processes, for example employee training. Instead of working directly at the machine in the plant, the assembly process is projected via the data goggles in a training room.

With the help of holographic images and verbal instructions, the operating sequences, including all of the necessary details, can be trained virtually step by step. Practice assembly processes, become familiar with products and receive important conduct and safety training: with the help of the data goggles, these training tasks can be implemented without interrupting the flow of production. And thus the HoloLens application contributes to time-savings and cost reductions, as well as well-trained employees.

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Holo-Light startup


inveox startup

The goal of inveox is to develop a fully automated pathology laboratory. Attention is focused on the preparation of human tissue specimens in order to standardize cancer diagnostics. The startup is also pursuing new approaches to increasing efficiency in the laboratory and, at the same time, assuring processes for which mix-ups can be ruled out. inveox is developing an intelligent specimen container to this end, as well as a system with which the handling of tissue specimens can be automated in the laboratory.

Festo pilot project

Within the context of a pilot project, Festo is testing an automated system for pathology applications by means of which containers with tissue specimens from patients can be handled. The containers required as consumables for the laboratory process are produced by means of injection molding technology.

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inveox startup

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Are you developing a promising technology in the field of automation for which you’re seeking an implementation partner? Get in touch with us. We can provide you with support in implementing your idea.

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