Universal Robotics Software Company BOW selected for first British-German high-tech accelerator in Stuttgart

BOW, the universal robotics software company that empowers any software developer to become a roboticist, has been chosen to participate in the inaugural UK-Germany Tech Accelerator programme in Stuttgart. This accelerator, launched by the British government and supported by the Baden-Württemberg government, will run from September 2024 to January 2025 and be hosted at CODE_n, a notable innovation hub in Stuttgart.

BOW is among six start-ups selected from nearly 50 applicants after presenting their market-ready innovations to a panel of British and German judges. The accelerator offers the companies access to start-up support packages and introductions to venture capitalists and corporations such as Bosch, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and ZF Friedrichshafen. Additionally, participants will receive a fully-funded office space at CODE_n for the programme’s duration.

Stuttgart, recognised as a leading European hub for global companies, is strategically chosen for the accelerator. The city is located in Baden-Württemberg, which boasts an economy comparable in size to Sweden’s and is Germany’s largest exporter. Centrally located in Europe, Baden-Württemberg spends approximately €30 billion annually on Research & Development, the highest intensity of anywhere in Europe.

BOW’s software is transforming the status quo for the robotics field, making it easy and straightforward for them to build sophisticated robotics applications with tools and languages they already know, in turn significantly reducing development timelines and nurturing a shared robotics software ecosystem.

Chris Barton, British Trade Commissioner for Europe, on the choice of Baden-Württemberg as a location: “This exciting partnership with Baden-Württemberg underlines our shared commitment to producing world-leading technologies and creating future-oriented economies. Similar to Germany, the UK has a thriving middle class with innovative and fast-growing exporters. With this in mind, it is very fitting that our winners represent five of the nine UK regions. This shows how well distributed the UK’s $1 trillion tech sector is and the value of supporting the growing interest in bilateral business partnerships.”

Nick Thompson, CEO of BOW said: “We are excited to have been selected for the first ever UK-German high-tech accelerator, which is a testament to the potential of BOW’s transformative robotics software platform, which will democratise robotics for all software developers – not just roboticists. We look forward to exploring fruitful opportunities within CODE_n and the wider Baden-Württemberg ecosystem, which will allow us to foster a marketplace where developers can trade common robotic skills and applications, enriching the ecosystem with shared innovation and expertise.”