Startup Day

How can research enable startups and innovation in logistics?

February 07, 2020

Startup Day at Kühne Logistics University

After the great success of the previous Startup Day we are happy to announce the next Logistics Startup Day on February 07, 2020! This year, we want to discuss what the core innovations in the logistics area are, how startups incorporate these into their business, and especially how research can contribute to that.

Up to 80 startups, 200 students and 100 practitioners are expected to participate during the day. There will be a dedicated 90min session for each logistics area. The sessions will be moderated and prepared by students and researchers, so that we are looking for a discussion well beyond the usual pitches. After these sessions, participants can meet in the market place to exchange ideas individually.

New startups are created everyday all over the world and it’s exciting to observe a digital transformation of the logistics sector. As a student you can become a part of this process on the Startup Day or even get inspired for your own business idea. The Startup Day will be open to all KLU students, external students and practitioners interested in the topic.


Thursday, February 06

19:00 - 19:30Arrival of Participants (Golden Auditorium)
19:30- 21:00

Key Note and Experts Round Table on “How can research enable startups and innovation in logistics”

Key Note Speaker:

  • Prof. Dr. Lorant Tavasszy (TU Delft)


  • Prof. Dr. Lorant Tavasszy (TU Delft) 
  • Dr. Ralf Belusa (Managing Director Digital Business and Transformation, Hapag-Lloyd AG)
  • Janis Bargsten (General Manager Germany, Flexport)
  • Livia Toth (Venture Director, Plug & Play Hamburg)
  • Dr. Ashkan Kalantary (Partner für KPMG Venture Services, KPMG)
21:00 - 22:00Get Together

Friday, February 07

08:00 - 09:00Welcome   
09:00 - 09:15Opening   
09:30 - 11:00

Software Providers

  • It's my Cargo
  • TNX Logistics

Maritime I: Transport and Containers

  • Freighthub
  • Freightos
  • Container Xchange

Trucking I: Forwarding FTL

  • Cargonexx
  • Instafreight
  • Uturn

Food Logistics

  • Fliit
  • RecycleHero
11:30 - 13:00

Data Analytics

  • Prowler
  • Nexogen
  • Transmetrics

Maritime II: Support Services

  • Searutes
  • Closelink
  • Shipstock
  • Threatspan

Trucking II: Technologies

  • Tracks
  • Einride
  • Cargometer

E-commerce Support

  • odc
  • Shipcloud
  • SuperTech
  • Mysupply
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break   
14:00 - 15:30

Supply Chain Tranparency

  • Evertracker
  • nxtBase
  • Chainstep
  • Ginkgo Analytics

Alternative modes

  • 4PL Intermodal
  • Optimiz
  • Dronamics
  • Synfioo

Trucking III: Forwarding LTL

  • Carry Picker
  • Saloodo
  • Pamyra


  • Pulpo WMS
  • Doks Innovation
  • Fizyr
16:00 - 17:30

Monitoring and Tracking

  • Virtenio
  • MotionMiners

Last mile and Finance

  • Annanow
  • Stuart
  • Marvest

Transport planning

  • Smart Monkey
  • Graphmasters
  • Priojet
  • Trufi Association

Industrial and Robotics

  • Sea Machine Robotics
  • Blickfeld
  • sHYp B.V.
18:00Get together   
In the eveningAfter Show Party at Sovereign Speed   


Partners & Sponsors

Media Partners

Conference fee*

  • External students and KLU students: free
  • KLU Members: free
  • KLU Alumni: 125 € (reduced price)
  • Companies and other institutions: 250 €

*includes VAT

KLU staff and students

Please register via e-mail:


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Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich

Assistant Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Marina Odnokonnaya

Student MSc in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

Supportive Faculty

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Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich

Assistant Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Prof. Dr. André Ludwig

Associate Professor of Computer Science in Logistics

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot

Professor of Marketing and Innovation & Dean of Programs

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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In review - Startup Day 2019

With 300 attendees in 2019, KLU’s Startup Day has been growing every year. In three words, what has made the event so successful?

Hanno Friedrich: Atmosphere! There was a very friendly and open atmosphere. Students are really into startups and innovation, and they really wanted to understand their approaches. The second one would be a network effect, also among the start-ups. And thirdly, there was a mix of different participants, especially people from start-ups and students. Many professionals have also started coming to the event.

Carla Soriano: Sticking with three words, networking is a big one to me. Also, it was a dynamic event because it is moving and changing. This is also how logistics and supply chains work. The last one is openness. Everyone was reachable; you felt no sense of hierarchies. Everyone was on the same level, and you had the chance to approach anyone you were able to.

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