- Siemens Topic Areas
- Siemens Innovation Fields
- Siemens Material Clusters
- Process description
Siemens Start-up Interchange Campaign
Welcome and feel free to apply for the campaign and interchange with Siemens. We are looking forward to getting to know you.
Sebastian Dreßen, Corporate Technology, University Relations, Siemens AG (firstname.lastname@example.org; +49 172 2762673)
Christina Mertsch, Entrepreneurial Manager, RWTH Innovation (email@example.com; +49 241 8096603)
- Future of Automation
- Autonomous robotics
- Software systems and processes
- Distributed energy systems
- Connected (e)mobility
- Power electronics
- Energy storage
- Additive manufacturing
- Cyber Security
- Simulation and digital twin
- Data analytics and artificial intelligence
- Connectivity and edge devices
- Blockchain application
Future of Automation
To "automate the automation", we focus on capacities that facilitate the intelligent behavior of a plant. This is achieved by the use of open, pre-fabricated modularized units with integrated and cloud-based operating systems. In this way, machines begin to learn, understand, interpret their environment and make decisions within defined limits. The use of already available technologies makes it possible to add new functions to the automation system without impeding its operation or endangering its security. We are talking about apps like those available for our open, cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere.
Enabled by digitalization and rapid progress in various fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomous robots will change the world of production fundamentally. This means that machine building and robotics will begin to merge more and more. Siemens invests in R&D and collaborations with its suppliers to boost technologies for autonomous robots. Fields of application are for example industrial applications, autonomy as a system-level property, robot control platforms, machine learning for autonomous robots or engineering tools and digital twins that are seamlessly compatible with existing software toolsets. We also scout and integrate advanced adjacent technologies, such as smart drivetrain, enhanced human-robot collaboration and artificial intelligence, which may shape the robotics market in the future.
Software systems and processes
The current market dynamics lead to a rapid development and increasingly complex software architecture. Software is an important key driver for digital transformation by smart and self learning solutions. Therefore, true innovations and new concepts that bring more tangible added value are needed for the development of digitalization software. We aim to be a leader in shaping digitalization software for automation systems, power plants, traffic solutions or facility management by exploring and building the necessary tools and methods.
Distributed energy systems
The energy landscape is changing from a centralized, large-scale power generation to a network of often independently owned and operated power producers. The shift towards decentralization is characterized by the deregulation of markets, a decrease in renewable energy prices and the departure from carbon-based fuels. Siemens meets this trend by delivering customer-specific applications and services. We specifically address customer needs such as energy efficiency, grid fee reduction, autonomy, resilience and reduction of CO₂ emissions. Our solution scope ranges from single turnkey projects to an entire outsourcing of our clients' energy operations. Advanced "energy as a service" business models are also an offer to help reduce complexity and risk for our customers. A key success factor in this highly distributed, global energy landscape will be to efficiently and effectively design, commission, operate and maintain the respective facility.
Siemens provides integrated, sustainable transportation solutions that optimize existing infrastructures – not just with high tech hardware but also with smart management systems such as connected (e)mobility and innovative business models to link electrified assets and digital mobility technologies and services. Furthermore, Siemens provides a full range of fully automated and interoperable low AC and 50-300 KW DC charging solutions and offers innovative communication solutions. This enables our clients to get access to travel information and coordinate their intermodal transportation services. A growing network with external partners boosts sharing ideas and solutions.
Material technology is a key technology for many Siemens products and has a crucial effect on their competitiveness. The objective of our research activities with suppliers is to ensure our products' functionality, guarantee a longer service life and provide a higher performance. Increased efficiency for gas turbines with highly specialized metal alloys and ceramic protective coatings, cost savings due to the reduction of material usage in generators with new insulating resins, lightweight designs for turbine rotors, electrical vehicles and aircraft or the electrical and magnetic performance with new materials. Products like these are just a few examples for how we foster our steady innovative capacity. Digitalization of material technologies offers new opportunities in R&D processes with our business partners. Digital 3D models increase the flexibility and quality of manufacturing components not only in 3D printing.
The future energy supply will consist of millions of small and large generation units. This will increase complexity and consequently the demands placed on the energy infrastructure. Ensuring innovations in traditional fields, not only in power transmission – for example to direct-current systems. The trend is heading toward electronic grids, that means an increased use of power electronic components in the supply of electricity. Power electronics offers hardware which links the physical to the digital world for power and information. We aim to drive functionally integrated systems in for example industry automation, electrical drives, motion control, power supplies, renewable energy systems, energy management and smart grid. In nearly all business fields, we collaborate with our suppliers from the basic research up to assembly processes. Innovation proposals will be allocated as follows: - low voltage application - vertical Integration, next generation assembly - simulation and virtual prototyping, topologies, thermal management - smart PE: local analytics, RTOS, app development and cloud connection.
Storage technologies are differentiated according to the amount of energy and the length of time it can be stored. While batteries are examples for short term period energy storages, hydrogen produced as an energy vector is used for long term and flexible mass storage. Siemens works on the development of various storage technologies and focuses on three main areas: - hydrogen electrolysis and proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells - carbon monoxide electrolysis exploits the potential of hydrocarbon storage - conversion of nitrogen and hydrogen into ammonia.
Additive manufacturing (AM) might have a greater influence on product designs and the value chain than other innovations in the future. Siemens provides a comprehensive portfolio for a seamless digital chain to customers. Together, we have made breakthroughs in maximizing gas turbine efficiency using AM. We are working with external partners on various technology fields: - product lifecycle management software for 3D printing - leading-edge simulation tools - development of next-generation products - engineering and printing services - new materials for 3D printing.
Cybersecurity is a top priority for Siemens. We hold ourselves accountable to the highest cyber security standards and want to lead by example. With three cyber defense centers, Siemens monitors its own systems and supplies secure products and services to customers for e.g. utilities, power grid operators, virus protection for tomographs and other imaging products.
Simulation and digital twin
The digital twin concept is located at the center of digitalization, linking all models and data related to products, production and operations, and providing them to designers, engineers, operators and service technicians across vertical domains. Technologies like generative and probabilistic design, system simulation and model transformation are the basis for these intelligent models. They combine virtual models and real life data and create "hybrid models". Siemens provides digital twins paired with fast simulation technology for fluid dynamics, electro magnetic or acoustics, planning of commercial, industrial and public buildings and real time simulation mirrored in a cloud-based environment on MindSphere.
Data analytics and artificial intelligence
Siemens has been active in data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) for 30 years, continuously advancing technologies. Data analytics and AI represent an enormous business potential for Siemens in two ways: First, we are able to utilize such techniques internally to supply new medical technologies or provide services for operators of power plants, wind farms or rail routes. Second, we integrate our customers' manufacturing processes into digital platforms that enable them to boost efficiency by means of networked systems and self-learning machines.
Connectivity and edge devices
Whether in factories, rail and traffic management systems or decentralized power distribution systems: the trend is toward single networking devices with entire systems. All the same – factories, traffic networks and utility grids – are way more complex than smart phones and tracking bracelets. In this multifaceted innovation field, we collaborate with our suppliers from the basic development of components to system architectures and infrastructures. Innovation proposals will be allocated as follows: - industrial wireless connectivity - smart field devices - industrial edge computing stack - distributed computing - IoT device and system management.
A current research focus at Siemens is peer-to-peer financial and legal transactions on decentralized databases across corporate boundaries. We provide solutions for digital trading electricity and services or managing smart contracts. Other applications are tracking assets, such as vehicles in an autonomous mobility system. Furthermore, we focus on their billing across an entire life cycle or level, conditional transactions ranging from commercial transactions (both financing or decision-making) to operations monitoring. From design to decommissioning, industrial facilities must comply with a large number of rules and regulations and prove their compliance. They must be able to demonstrate their conformity to external bodies like technical standards agencies, supervisory authorities or insurance companies.
Products to generate, distribute and store electrical power. Electric drives, lighting, signaling and wireing. E.g. Power supplies, Transformers, Switchgears, Cables, Cable Assemblies, Connectors, Motors, Installation Material, Automation, Security and Lightning Techn., Road-, Rail- and Airport Infrastructure.
Electronic and IT Hardware
Products for Electronic and IT Equipment. E.g. Semiconductors, Passive Components, PCBs, Displays (LCDs), Relays, Sensors, IT Communication and Media Technology.
IT Software and Services
IT Software Products and Services. E.g. IT SW Licences, Operational-, Application- and Infrastructure IT Services, Software Engineering.
Engineering and Technical Service, Temp Labor
E.g. Engineering-, Installation-, Maintenance- and Repair Service, Outsourcing of Production, Temporary Labor, Construction and Interior Works (Real Estate), Disposal / Recycling.
Non-Technical Service, Logistics and Travel
Non-Technical Service, Logistics and Travel.
Office Equipment and other expenditures
E.g. Fleet, Factory and Office Supplies, Energy, Renting and Leasing, Fees, Financial Transactions.
Pure metal parts (unmachined) and semi-finished goods (Fe- and Non-Fe). E.g. Castings, Forgings, Bars, Rods, Tubes from Steel and Non-Fe Metals, Magnets.
Other Materials (e.g. Stone, Glass, Wood)
Other Materials from mineral or organic substances. E.g. Building Materials, Ceramic Parts, Glass, Wood, Paperboard, Textiles.
Chemicals and Gases
Goods based on the transformation by a chemical process and the formation. E.g. Plastic Resins, Rubber, Films, (Bio-)Chemicals, Technical Gases.
Manufactures from plastic or metal (machined). E.g. Machined-, Sheet Metal Parts, Plastic Parts (injection molded or machines), Large Steel Fabrication, Standard and Catolog Parts, Filters.
Machinery and Transport Equipment
Machine and Plant Engineering, Shop Floor- and Transport Equipment, E.g. Bearings, Measuring Instrumentation, Tools, Machines, Hydraulics, Drive Techn., Automation, Vehicles, Brakes, Turbines, Heat- and Cooling Systems.
Medical Technologies and Accessories
Products for Medical Appliances, Instruments, and Engineering. E.g. Diagnostic Instruments for Square Parts, Equipment for Laboratory Automation, Cooling Systems, Healthcare Accessories.
Siemens Start-up Interchange Campaign Aachen
Process of the campaign
Siemens Start-up Interchange Program
Two phases of the program
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Siemens Start-up Interchange Program and the Siemens Start-up Interchange Campaign?
The Siemens Start-up Interchange Program is our initiative to connect start-ups and tech-teams with the operating and strategic companies of the Siemens AG. The program will last approx. 3 months where the start-up and Siemens will connect on a regular basis to exchange about business models, technologies and customer segments. Please see the Process tab for a more detailed explanation.
The Siemens Start-up Interchange Campaign is our way of finding the perfect match between Siemens experts and the start-ups. Over the course of the next weeks, start-ups get the chance to submit their idea/business model here and be matched with a Siemens representative. The Siemens representative will have a similar technological background so that you can discuss at eye level. The real challenge will take place during the CKI Conference on November 21, 2019 in Aachen, where 4-6 start-ups may pitch their idea in front of an audience from Siemens and RWTH. The winners will then start the Siemens Start-up Interchange Program with a Siemens representative. Please see the Process tab for a more detailed explanation.
Who can participate?
Research and project teams who are planning to found their own business as well as start-ups from the Aachener ecosystem. This includes: RWTH Aachen University, FH Aachen, UKA, Fraunhofer Institutes in Aachen, digitalHUB Aachen and start-ups that are located in the Aachen Area.
Your idea/project/start-up has to either fit with one of Siemens Topic Areas or provide a completely new approach to Siemens businesses. This means that virtually all technologies and business ideas can apply.
What do I have to do to submit my start-up?
Click on the “Submit Idea” Button on the first page of the campaign. You will have to enter a few information about you and your idea as well as categorize your start-up into the Siemens Topic Areas, Innovative Fields and Material Clusters. This helps to find the perfect match for your start-up.
After you filled out all needed fields, your start-up will appear as a tile on the “Siemens Start-up Interchange Campaign” page. Use the opportunity to upload a picture (e.g. your logo) so that you and other participants can easily navigate to your business.
Who can see my start-up?
All registered members of the Siemens Innovation Ecosystem, who accepted the Project terms, can see your start-ups and all information provided. This includes other start-ups as well as Siemens representatives who signed up for the Siemens Start-up Interchange Program. This can be Siemens employees from any operating or strategic company and business areas of Siemens. Please make sure to only upload non-confidential information.
Who will choose the matches and the winners that will then pitch their idea during the conference?
As soon as one Siemens representative is interested in your start-up, we will be notified and put you on our shortlist (not visible). Between Nov. 8 and Nov. 14, we will choose the start-ups that will get a pitch slot during the conference. The selection will be based on the following criteria:
- Innovativeness: Incremental or disruptive innovation. Clear use and solution for real-world problems.
- Feasibility: Degree of technical and/or economic feasibility
- Potential: Fit to Siemens processes, technologies, products and markets or completely new approaches for Siemens aside from the core businesses
- Implementation: General implementation efforts (Business model in place, Time to market, R&D costs, etc.)
- Interchange: Beneficial interchange for both parties and creation of synergies
Comments, votes and/or evaluations (as the case may be) of you indicate the community attention solely; only for the sake of clarification, these don't have any binding influence on decisions of the Siemens experts.
Can I open the Siemens Start-up Interchange Campaign on a mobile device?
Yes, just login with your email and password using this link:
How can I adjust notifications?
How can I make changes or upload new documents?
There you can also attach more files. Pictures (as jpegs) will automatically be added into the gallery, documents (pdf) will be shown at the top of your proposal.
Can I retract my start-up?
In general, you can work on your start-up profile any time. If it does not work or you encounter other issues, please contact
All questions with respect to the Siemens Start-up Interchange Program as well as the Campaign can be directed towards:
Start-ups: Christina Mertsch, Entrepreneurial Manager, RWTH Innovation (firstname.lastname@example.org; +49 241 8096603)
Siemens employees: Sebastian Dreßen, Corporate Technology, University Relations, Siemens AG (email@example.com; +49 172 2762673)