GEFCO partners with Techstars

20 March 2018

GEFCO, a global provider of complex industrial supply chain services and European leader in finished vehicle logistics, announced today a partnership with Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, with experience in over 1,000 international start-ups. The association, a first for GEFCO, marks an important milestone in the Group’s strategy with an objective to boost shared innovation with new ecosystems.

A first international partnership to promote innovation

This collaboration represents a unique opportunity for GEFCO to leverage the expertise of Techstars team in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation, and its industry know-how to the programme.

The partnership will enable GEFCO to:

  • Collaborate with highly promising start-ups, that are driving major industry transformations, on concrete user cases and disruptive business models
  • Amplify transformation already initiated on work models and group culture through start-up pilots and start-up accelerator programme
  • Access a network of talented entrepreneurs, industry and innovation experts.

GEFCO is focused in boosting new ideas and accelerating project execution to bring major evolutions in the logistics and transport industry. Start-ups involved in the following fields are encouraged to apply to the Techstars Paris program:

  • Route or flow optimization analytics that increase asset utilization rate
  • Distributed block chain software that can bring paperless e-services to the logistics ecosystem
  • New intelligent trackers and connected sensors that can bring new services or improve operations efficiency.

“We are very pleased to partner with Techstars, an accelerator with an exceptional track record in supporting growing start-ups. Thanks to our agreement, GEFCO will have a unique opportunity to connect with dedicated entrepreneurs around the world to explore and invest in the supply chain of the future. We look forward to contributing GEFCO’s expertise and tapping into Techstars’ entrepreneurial ideas and creativeness,” said Luc Nadal, Chairman of GEFCO’s Management Board. In addition, GEFCO will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to run pilots in select countries and provide resources to test ideas

Through this association, GEFCO also partners with the international start-up campus Partech Shaker, a place where tech companies from all over the world can grow in the best possible conditions.

“At Techstars, we are in the business of helping entrepreneurs succeed and we are able to do with the support of active partners like GEFCO,” said Scott Ford, Techstars General Manager. “GEFCO will be able to guide and mentor entrepreneurs throughout Techstars network, specifically through the Techstars Paris mentorship-driven accelerator program.”

About Techstars

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, and the Techstars Venture Capital Fund.