Innovation will always be an integral part of my life
Miki Zsigó, Founder
´Design Terminal is an excellent catalyst between the world of startups and big corporations.´
Head of MP Plant
When he graduated from high school almost twenty years ago, Attila never dreamed of becoming the head of a factory complex with 1,700 employees. But today this is exactly the case. In the meantime, he graduated in engineering and as plant manager of Knorr-Bremse Budapest he is constantly looking for new opportunities to boost meaningful innovation.
The 110-year-old Knorr-Bremse is the world’s largest brake system manufacturing company, with an annual sales of 6 billion euros. Knorr-Bremse also manufactures the brake system of the Japanese high speed bullet train, the Shinkansen.
Design Terminal recognized that connecting the Knorr-Bremse team with promising startups could be the perfect match to solve the company’s challenges.
As a result of our global recruitment campaign, more than eighty businesses applied from all over the world. From these, the twelve most promising teams were hosted at a three-day bootcamp event in Budapest, which also allowed for an unusual, flexible tendering procedure. Knorr-Bremse took advantage of the special format and involved forty specialists from its senior staff in dialogue with fresh startups. Knorr-Bremse has launched concrete pilot projects with the teams presenting the three most useful solutions. Design Terminal recognized that implementation of the startups’ innovatons can only be successful with the support by colleagues of Knorr-Bremse who are trained internal entrepreneurs, or intrapreneurs. Therefore during workshops and mentoring, a team of Knorr-Bremse professionals were trained by Design Terminal in how to support the integration of innovative solutions from the selected startup.
Design Terminal is an excellent catalyst between the world of startups and big corporations. They have a wide range of social capital around the world, helping to choose the best startups and making the integration of the selected solutions more effective.