The Mission V:
MOBILITY - Be Urban!

3-month venture program starting in February 2021!

Overview

Round five! This time, we're diving deep into the topic of urban mobility together with our main project partner SEAT.

Join us for a three-month sustainable innovation project starting next February in Frankfurt. Five entrepreneurial teams, five amazing ideas, one goal - to make urban mobility modern, green and efficient. Learn more and apply!

Premium Partner

Project Partners & Initiators

Are you ready to build the sustainable future of Urban Mobility?

Heavy traffic influx, congestion, traffic accidents, and air and noise pollution are just some problems cities currently face regarding micro and urban mobility. These developments will have far-reaching implications for the urban and transport mobility management of the future and call all stakeholders involved to find new ways for future mobility.

Therefore, we have started The Mission V with one of the pioneers of the automotive industry when it comes to urban mobility: SEAT has already developed various new solutions for micro-mobility and wants to take the e-revolution to the next level by focusing on urban mobility. For example, their already existing fleet of modern and electric urban vehicles, like the SEAT Mó, is the perfect starting point for defining new ways of mobility. Be part of that transformation by joining our joint project!

So for what solutions are we looking for? Urban Mobility touches more than the private consumer mobility journey (B2C), which, for example, describes how humans commute within a city. Additionally, it includes business/corporate mobility (B2B) and logistics, as these sectors shape urban traffic massively. In this project, we are looking for new customer journeys that redefine urban mobility and the mentioned fields to make it more customer-friendly and sustainable.

Now that is why we ask for your ideas to address the following challenge statement:

How can we shape the future of urban mobility by developing new journeys for consumers, business and logistics?

Urban Mobility Map

“This map illustrates some of the important topics, features (e.g. vehicles) and problems of urban mobility that can be taken as food-for-thought when developing your ideas.”

B2C MOBILITY JOURNEY

The mobility of people for all kind of reasons (Work, Leisure, Duties, etc.).

  • Tackling the desires and needs of the mass market of private customers
  • Journey and experiences from departure to arrival should be optimized and simplified
  • Integrated journey, including all forms of mobility.

B2B MOBILITY JOURNEY

The mobility addressing special needs and requirements of businesses:

  • New commuting solutions for employees
  • Corporate Mobility Management as integrated solutions
  • Location-specific solutions tailored to the corporates’ needs

LOGISTICS JOURNEY

Transportation of goods (e.g. parcels) from production/storage to the end-customer.

  • Time and locations specific delivery for the last mile
  • Linkage between logistic hubs and end-points (recipient)
  • New means of transportation, e.g. robots, drones, etc.
HOW YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR IDEA
  • Choose one journey (B2C, B2B or Logistics) and totally or partially redesign. What would be innovative about it?
  • Use the urban mobility map as your playing field: Which ways would this new journey take and what problems would it solve?
  • Develop a sustainable solution: How would your idea positively impact our lives? Environmentally, socially, and/or economically.

Our Program

The Mission is a series of 12 innovation projects aiming to bring sustainability into different fields of the industry. Futury connects market leaders of each industry with young talents ready and willing to challenge the status quo. In an intensive three-month entrepreneurship program, teams of talents and corporate partners co-create and collaborate on innovative concepts, products and services that have a social, economic and/or environmental impact on society. On that journey, Futury equips you with everything you need to succeed:

  • Direct access to corporate partners,
  • Extensive workshop and training curriculum for your soft and hard skills
  • A chance to make a real impact with your sustainable, innovative ideas
  • Office space in TechQuartier in Frankfurt
  • Monthly financial support for you and your idea

Think of it as an all-inclusive entrepreneurship experience with endless opportunities!

Application & Admission

  • Apply individually or with your team of co-founders. Applying alone? We’ll match you with a dream team later in the recruiting process.
  • To apply, fill out the application form below with your CV and your first idea draft (optional).
  • Your idea should be a concept, product, or service that clearly addresses the project’s challenge statement. Use the Ideation section of this page for inspiration and guidelines.
  • Your team will consist of diverse talents from different backgrounds. We make sure every team has every skill needing to succeed.
  • You are studying or have already graduated. We are open to all backgrounds: Engineering, Marketing, Tech, Business Development, Product Design… every skill is needed in this project!
  • Please note that all of you must be available to participate in the project full-time in Frankfurt! Scroll down for the project timeline.

Selection

We will select the best 20 applicants (i.e. 5 teams) from all over the world who bring the highest motivation and the best ideas to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for future sustainable urban mobility. Each team will work on one innovative idea. Beginning on the 15th of February 2021, for three months, the teams will work on their ideas in a co-working space in Frankfurt and will have the opportunity to collaborate with all our corporate partners intensively.

OnBoarding

We will welcome you with an intensive onboarding week full of methodological workshops, like Design Thinking & User Research, as well as expert lectures in Frankfurt to put you and your team directly on the right track. Afterward, you will prepare your initial pitches for the first milestone event - the Kick-off - where you will present your innovative and sustainable ideas and get to know all project partners for the first time.

Check out our Blog to see how the previous Onboarding Weeks went 😉

Working Phase

From then on, the teams start turning their ideas into reality. All project partners will support the teams with their know-how, industry insights and best practices. Through regular exchanges and on-sight visits at the corporates, we ensure a co-creational approach. Besides the Premium Partner SEAT and the Initiators Futury, Bain & Company, Deutsche Bank, PreZero and Handelsblatt Media Group, further partners who play a huge role in urban mobility will join the project and help the teams in developing their ideas. These partners will include energy providers, mobility service providers, city transport operators, etc.

All teams will be accompanied by Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading strategy consulting firms, who provide helpful advice, methods and tools. Futury gives access to any other expert needed: user research, prototyping, business modeling and testing specialists... and get exposed: The Handelsblatt Media Group will give you great reach through their media channels!

Final Pitch

After three months of intensive work, you will present your prototypes and business models to all partners. This could be the first step towards your own start-up or direct career access to one of the partners. How far you want to reach simply depends to your commitment on the project. It is totally up to you!

See here what was the result of the first three Missions:

The Mission IThe Mission IIThe Mission III

Project Timeline

I.
November 30th, 2020
Application Deadline
II.
Beginning of December 2020
Announcement of the Participants
III.
February 15th, 2021
Kick-Off
IV.
February- May 2021
Project Phase
V.
May 6th, 2021
Final Pitch with all Corporate Partners
Annabell Hillenbrand, Manager, Bain & Company

In The Mission, you have motivated and driven young talents on the one side and big established companies on the other side. Bringing them together creates an incredible microcosmos where you can really change things.  

Niklas Schäfer, Futury Alumni

Besides an energizing team spirit, you become part of a potential new start-up in a setting incomparable to anything else. Or can you think about a place where you get all the freedom you need to be creative and being paid for creating your own company?

Application Form

Apply In 3 Quick Steps

1.

Fill out the application form. Applying as a team? Ask your team-mates to apply individually and enter the same team name - be creative ;)

2.

Attach your CV (in English or German)

3.

OPTIONAL: Attach your idea. Use the idea form below or feel free to use your own template.

Idea Form
Questions? Read the FAQ or get in touch with me!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Futury support me financially?

Absolutely. We pay our teams a monthly salary. Moreover, we cover all project-related costs, like traveling to partners during the project as well as the costs for the prototype.

I am still a student, can I participate in the project?

As long as you can commit to the project full-time! For you to get the best out of this experience, we recommend applying after having finished at least 5 semesters of your Bachelor studies. If you feel like you're ready anyway - give it a try!

How close do I work with the corporate partners?

Very close! We involve the partners already in the Onboarding Week and organize at least one mandatory weekly debrief with them. Each team gets at least one contact person in the partner companies for all their questions and requests.

Can I apply with my friends as a team?

Absolutely! But please be aware that each team-mate must apply individually. Follow the instructions in the application form. A dream team would normally consist of a Project Manager, a Software Engineer, a Product Designer and a Sustainability Expert. But there is no standard formula - it always depends on the idea.

When do I get the final result of my application? 

Not before the application deadline. To make sure we give every applicant the same chance to be part of the project, we take our time to screen and process every application. The final-final results usually come 4-6 weeks before the project starts.

How do you put the teams together?

We match talents based on their skills and their background, to make sure that everyone can contribute to the outcomes in a different way. Because there is no innovation without diversity!

Do I have to be in Frankfurt for the project?

Yes. Our projects take place on-site, meaning that we expect you to come to your office in TechQuartier at least 4 times a week. Bonding with your team-mates and learning and growing together is an experience worth moving to Frankfurt for. And it's a nice city! 

Can I participate in the project and attend my university classes at the same time?

We don't recommend multitasking. The participation in the project means you are 100% committed to your idea and your team and don't have any other occupations. 
As exception can be made for those students who will not have to attend classes during the project but only have to write a final thesis instead. In that case, we expect you to put your main efforts into the project and write your thesis in the evenings/on the weekends. 

Questions? Contact me!

If you have any questions regarding the projects or the application process just send me an e-mail or give me a call:

+49 160 5759901
laura@futury.eu

What is the possible outcome of my participation in the project?

From finding your next big job to creating your own start-up - it's up to you what you get out of this experience! 

Can I apply without an idea?

You can apply without an idea. During the application process, we will help you to develop one or we match you with other participants who are still searching for team members but already have an idea.

Why is this not a conventional internship? 

Because you're your own boss! In the project, you and your team decide on what idea you work on and how you develop it. We give you a platform to create and grow, the rest is up to you. Sky's the limit!

Does the program get affected by COVID-19?

Just like every other company, we comply with health and safety regulations of the state of Hesse. Since the state allows us to work on-site, we expect our Talents to be in Frankfurt for the duration of the project and participate on-site. A remote participation in the project is not possible. 

Do I have to come to Frankfurt for the interviews? 

Our recruiting process is entirely online. The first interview is just a phone call. The second interview is a video-chat. Should you pass the second interview, we will invite you to an online recruiting event. The first day you have to be in Frankfurt will be the Kick-Off Day on 15. of February.

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Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 51
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 – 348 750 53
E-Mail: info@futury.eu