You rarely think companies like METRO Group can be interested in startups and in driving  the HoReCa sector to the next level of innovation. You are wrong. METRO may look like quite conservative wholesale retailer but actually a big transformation have happened to make the company ready for the digital age and make it profitable and sexy again.

Techstars METRO Accelerator is not yet another accelerator sponsored by big corporation. It’s a genuine effort to learn from the brightest and greatest of the digital nomads generation, a call for ideas that can get support by the massive body of 230 000 employees in 30 countries and even more business partners.

“Digital change has an impact on the business models of many independent entrepreneurs in restaurants and hotels. Digital solutions will fundamentally change the hospitality industry,” says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG.

Applying Digital

The application of digital solutions to optimize business operations is currently still rare, even if the consequence of their use creates great opportunities for independent entrepreneurs to be even more successful. With the development program Techstars METRO Accelerator for start-ups, METRO has established the world’s first technology accelerator that specifically focuses on the hospitality sector. “We want to contribute intensively to this upcoming change by identifying the best ideas that create added value for our customers and by helping start-up entrepreneurs on their way to establishing a sustainable business. We envision enormous potential for this industry with the digitalization of the hospitality sector,” says Koch.

Metro Demo Day

 

Eleven startups has been accepted into the program starting in October 2015 with the ambitious goal to use METRO’s customer and suppliers networks to validate their business model and growth it into sustainable business. The companies come from the USA, France, Estonia, Austria and Germany and have received up to EUR 120 000 as equity to participate in the program.

ZenChef

The easiest marketing and booking system for restaurants. Manage your bookings, reviews, database and emailing all in one place

Coffee Cloud

A solution for coffee producers, roasters and distributors to optimize their business

Flowtify

Android workflow management system with focus on HACCP reporting for the HoReCa and franchising businesses

Gastrozentrale

State-of-the-art B2B online marketplace for restaurant and hotel supply products

GroupRaise

GroupRaise helps restaurants host large groups of customers, typically 20-200+, in exchange for donating a % of sales to a charitable cause

Journy

Food & travel experts recommend only the best handpicked sights, restaurants, and activities

Lunchio

Pay and pre-order your lunch in advance from anywhere

PoshPacker

Affordable travel booking site, providing the world’s leading directory of POSHTELS, and other creative and hip hoteliers

Roomatic

Roomatic is helping hotels handle guest requests, maintain excellent service and tap into new sources of revenue

Rublys

Branded scratch cards on the mobile phone, allowing marketers to reach new customers and capture real-time audience feedback

Wynd

Wynd digitalizes physical stores through connected businesses