Collaborate with Hyundai Motor Group and KIA Corporation to Accelerate the Future of the Automotive Industry

Proof of Concept project, Impactful Collaborations & Funding Deadline passed



After a successful previous edition, Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation (HMC & KIA) envision a new future where human dreams come true.
Once again, Accelerate the Future Challenge is looking for visionary ventures worldwide, to partner up.




Together we can work towards a global-sized impact. You can apply to one of the challenges for Smart Factories, Smart Mobility, Robotics and Advanced Automotive Technology and take advantage of everything that Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation can offer. The best solutions will get a chance in a proof-of-concept or pilot program with HMC & KIA and one of their business units!


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This platform is an open call for startups and scaleups worldwide, who have practical solutions to our specific challenges within the domains of Smart FactoriesSmart MobilityRobotics and Advanced Automotive Technology and are as committed as we are to our society and our planet.
We are looking for equal partners, to revolutionize these industries and improve the future living experience for everyone.
We want to see your proof of concept ideas and explore the potential for future collaborations and/or strategic investment.


The domain of Robotics is seeking to develop the next generation of intelligent autonomous robots through the integration of software, hardware and sensors for applications in industrial environments.

Smart Factories

Within this domain, solutions are sought that holistically comprise the factory of the future also known as industry 4.0. Some key technologies that will accelerate the transition to this new era of manufacturing are long-range wireless charging of machinery or AI for defect detection.

Smart Mobility

The domain of Smart Mobility seeks to create a user-centric experience when moving across various platforms, this is achieved by mobility solutions that are able to change their form and function to service user needs.

Advanced Automotive Technology

This domain targets Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation core business of automotive manufacturing. Therefore the main target startups are innovative component suppliers, sensor manufacturers and new manufacturing technology providers.

What's in it for you
  • Potential for PoC or pilot project with one of the business units.

  • Working with HMC & KIA will give you access to a worldwide network and to a deep expertise and knowledge of the industry.

  • Learning opportunities through discussions with skilled teams allowing important insights on your solution

  • The possibility of strategic future collaborations and/or funding.

Additional requirements

  • The solution should be at the working prototype stage or further

  • The solution should be at a relevant technology level

  • Be willing to work with Hyundai and KIA business units on the implementation of your solution

  • Be willing to travel for the PoC collaboration in South East Asia


July 17th, 2022

Application Deadline

August, 2022

Selection & Finalist Announcement

August/September, 2022

Introduction Interviews

September Onwards

POC / Pilot

Deadline passed

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges