Can your solution revolutionize deliveries?


About the Future Logistics Challenge

This is the startup challenge that reimagines the future of the last mile. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Hermes Europe teamed up with betahausX to find innovations that will simplify the job of Hermes couriers through connected commercial vehicles and integrated software solutions.

We got you interested? Apply now and be one of up to 10 startups which will be invited to Berlin to present your solution to the jury of experts from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles & Hermes Europe at betahaus at the 5th of November. We look forward to seeing you there!


Proof of Concept + Up to 125.000€

The two most promising startups will win the chance to develop their solution into a proof of concept along with up to 125.000€ from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Hermes Europe.

Can your solution revolutionize deliveries?


Who can apply?

Startups or teams with a prototype, or already developed solution, who can attend the event in Berlin on the 5th of November and implement the PoC in Germany.

For more information, check out the handbook.

Startups may have solutions from the areas listed below:

Delivery Driver

  • Predictive Analytics
  • Multi-modal Networks
  • Digital Workflow Management
  • AI / Machine Learning
  • Data Visualisation
  • Process Automation
  • Communication Optimization
  • Fraud Prevention
  • Interactive Driver Apps

Smart Delivery

  • IoT / Connected Sensors
  • In-car & around the Car Infrastructure
  • Supply chain / Logistics Analytics
  • Sustainable Delivery
  • Connectivity Services
  • Enabling Services for 3rd Parties

Key Dates

Previous events of betahausX

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

As a stand-alone brand within the Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is globally responsible for the development, construction and sales of light commercial vehicles, producing the Transporter, Caddy, Crafter, and Amarok ranges. In consultation with its customers, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles draws up appropriate vehicle concepts, telematics and logistics solutions for the sparing use of resources at the highest possible level of efficiency. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles employs over 24,000 people globally.

Hermes Europe

Hermes is an international trade and logistics services provider based in Hamburg and part of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and a partner of numerous distance sellers, multi-channel retailers and online retailers in Germany and abroad. The range of services offered by the companies operating under the Hermes brand covers the entire retail value chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfilment, home deliveries, two-man handling and global e-commerce services. In the 2018 financial year, the Hermes Group increased its total revenue to 3.20 billion euros. Hermes employs roundabout 15.500 people and is present in the most important European e-commerce markets with its own parcel companies.



betahaus X

head of startup relations



Chief Operating Officer

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betahaus X

Chief Executive Officer


betahaus x

Startup Manager


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Head of New Business Development


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Project Lead Venturing and New Business Development


Hermes Europe

Head of Group Innovation


Hermes Europe

Senior Innovation Manager



Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Executive Board Member for Sales & Marketing

Mr. Löw joined the Executive Board of VW Commercial Vehicles forSales and Marketing at the beginning of 2018. Prior to this position, Mr. Löw has been Director of Sales & Marketing at MAN Truck & Bus AG for 5 years and held various executive international executive roles for sales and marketing at Renault trucks for almost 15 years.


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles


Mr. Grünitz is the CTO (Chief Technical Officer) autonomous driving and vice president development chassis and electric / electronics of Volkswagen commercial vehicles. Prior of this position, Mr. Grünitz was the head of development of braking, steering and driver assistance systems of Volkswagen commercial vehicles for almost two years.


Otto Group

Member of the Executive Board

Kay Schiebur is, in his position as Otto Group Executive Board Member, Services, responsible for steering the Group’s national and international logistics activities.The Hamburg-born manager is a trade- and logistics-expert with digital expertise. From 2002 until 2018, Schiebur played a major role in shaping and further developing logistics at the international convenience wholesaler Lekkerland – nine years as Executive Board Member, from 2013 onwards as Chief Supply Chain Officer. Schiebur is a Member of the Advisory Board of the German Federal Logistics Association (BVL) and a Member of the GS-1 Supervisory Board.



COO Chief Operations Officer

Marco Schlüter can look back on many years of professional experience in the field of logistics, including career milestones at Danzas GmbH, DHL, the Bauer Media Group and CEVA Logistics GmbH.He joined the Hermes Group in 2012. Schlüter began his career at Hermes Transport Logistics GmbH, where he headed the International Road Transport division. In 2015, he became General Area Manager for the Hanover region at Hermes Germany. On December 1st, 2018, Marco Schlüter was appointed Managing Director Operations.




Jens-Philipp Klein is Partner at Atlantic Labs, one of the most active early-stage venture capital funds based in Berlin. He has more than 10y experience in building and supporting technology-driven companies and is particularly excited about transformative mobility and automotive tech startups. Jens-Philipp Klein currently serves on the board of Cluno (Car subscription), Vimcar (Fleet tech), Enway (Autonomous city service vehicles) and Wandelbots (Industrial robot teaching technology). Prior to Atlantic Labs, Jens-Philipp co-founded Phonedeck (Mobile phone CTI) and Jacky Media (Mobile affiliate network, acquired in 2016).

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