With a new EIT Digital Challenge edition just around the corner, we get in touch with past winners that have since made it big. In their answers to our 5 questions, the CEO’s of Europe’s most innovative startups tell us what the startup life has brought them, and where the future will bring them. Today: Rolf-Dieter Lafrenz, CEO of Cargonexx, about expanding throughout Europe, new funding, partying and winning the EIT Digital Challenge.
Optimizing transport, reducing CO2 emissions
Hamburg-based startup Cargonexx has set out to become the largest truck transport network in Europe. By connecting shippers and transporters and using machine learning algorithms and deep neural networks they are able to combine shipments and tours in advance. This not only makes trucking cheaper and more efficient for all involved. It also greatly reduces empty runs, which means less traffic and less greenhouse gas emissions. Up until last year, Cargonexx raised $6 million from private investors and won numerous prestigious awards all over Europe, besides the 2018 EIT Digital Challenge. Their CEO is Rolf-Dieter Lafrenz.