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Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation, with the support of Unknown Group, are launching an open innovation accelerator program for future shaping technologies in the Smart Factory, Smart Cities, Logistics and Mobility sectors. To realize their innovation goals, HMC (Kia) are teaming up with startups and scaleups towards a potential proof of concept or pilot design with one of their business units.

Unknown Group is proud to bring this Accelerate The Future challenge to life today. Hendrik Halbe, CEO at Unknown Group said: “We are excited to support HMC (Kia) in their daring drive to continuously challenge new frontiers and realize the dream of mankind. With this program we bring forward like-minded founders from all over the world to successfully bring their innovations to the market together with HMC (Kia).”

As strategic investments and startup collaborations are central to realize their innovation goals, with this Accelerate the Future challenge, HMC (Kia) aim to launch business-impacting collaborations. Dr. Yunseong Hwang, VP of Open Innovation Investment Group at Hyundai Motor Company said: “We are glad to be working together with Unknown Group on our latest Global Acceleration Program. We look forward to discovering amazing startups within Smart Factory, Mobility, Smart City or Logistics sectors and foster potential innovative partnerships together.”

Startups and scaleups from all over the world with solutions ready to be adopted by the market can apply for Accelerate the Future HERE.