Automotive: these start-ups that could change your daily life

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During its seventh edition, on April 24, the Grand Prix Automobile Club de France Autotech, in partnership with Capital, will honor the most innovative start-ups in mobility.

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– The ACF Autotech Grand Prix was created in 2018 to reward the most innovative start-ups in the automotive field.

Electric, connected, autonomous cars… The automotive world is experiencing a profound transformation, both economic and ecological. Manufacturers are working at full speed to offer you the best mobility solutions, with the lowest impact for your wallet and the environment. But they are not alone, “little hands” work in the shadows.

Since 2018, the ACF Autotech Grand Prix has highlighted them by rewarding the most innovative start-ups in the use, marketing, manufacturing and design of automobiles. This is an international competition organized by the Automobile Club de France and the Essec Automobile Club, with the support of the manufacturer Renault, the equipment manufacturers Forvia and Plastic Omnium, the lubricants and engine oils specialist Motul, the consulting firm Fidal lawyers, and the Crédit Agricole bank, a competition of which Capital is a partner.

Six start-ups finalists for this automobile grand prix

As part of its seventh edition, the organizers received 94 applications from 19 countries, including 13 from France. After auditioning these candidates, the jury selected six young companies eligible to go to the final, which will take place on Wednesday April 24, at 7 p.m., at the Automobile Club de France, in Paris. Three start-ups are competing for the ACF Autotech Grand Prix, which will reward the most mature companies, and three others for the ACF Pioneer Prize, which will honor the youngest start-ups. And like every year, a third trophy, of honor (GreenTech), will be awarded to the company whose product contributes the most to environmental needs.

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Here are the candidates:

For the ACF Grand Prix

-Genomines (France, Paris), which optimizes the natural biology of plants to transform them into nickel.

-Cylib (Germany, Aachen), which created a technology for recycling lithium-ion batteries with a circular economy in mind.

-Stellar, (France, Bordeaux), which improves the internet connectivity of cars via satellites.

For the ACF Pioneer Prize

-Entroview (France, Saint-Martin-d'Hères), which develops cutting-edge battery diagnostic software for gigafactories, software which uses entropy variations to know the battery charge level in real time.

-Clhynn (France, Besançon), which offers new fuel cell technology, based on hydrogen.

-Diamfab (France, Grenoble), which is working on a diamond synthesis process for the semiconductor industry, in order to provide superior electrical performance in terms of efficiency and compactness.

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What will the two winners win? 200,000 euros each, including a check for 35,000 euros, personalized financial and legal support and connections to create partnerships with decision-makers in the automotive, entrepreneurship and finance sectors. Since participating in this competition, some winners have come a long way, such as HiFlow (which simplifies automobile delivery), Proovstation (an automated platform for vehicle inspection and damage recognition) and Carjagger (a community platform for purchasing or sell old cars).

The final and awards evening will bring together some 250 guests and will be broadcast live on YouTube. You can register on the Grand Prix ACF Autotech website to follow the event live and vote for your favorite start-up.

The 7th ACF Autotech Grand Prix ceremony Thomas Raffoux

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