CAF Group is an international leader in designing and building integrated mobility systems. More than a century dedicated to supplying comprehensive transit solutions positioned at the forefront of technology for high value added sustainable mobility. CAF’s core operating areas are design, manufacturing, and maintenance.
The company is a leader of the railway industry offering one of the most comprehensive and flexible arrays of products in railway related markets, such as rolling stock, components, infrastructure, signalling and services (maintenance, refurbishing, project finance, digital services, etc.).
It is also one of the leading European bus and trolleybus manufacturers through its subsidiary Solaris Bus & Coach.
CAF Group has its Headquarters at Beasain (Spain), the company’s birthplace. It comprises over 100 companies and more than 13.000 employees worldwide, committed to enhance customer satisfaction and create value for our shareholders.
CAF Startup Station is the Venture Client unit of CAF – a leader in the future mobility industry. CAF Startup Station is part of the CAF Group.
In a standardized process, CAF Startup Station supports startups with integrating and validating their product, service or technology in a real CAF use case. We also support CAF teams looking to purchase the startup’s solution in testing how well the product and team fit the requirements, which orchestrates the decision process which follows. After a successful pilot, this can result in various forms of partnerships, including but not limited to supplier-buyer relationships / JDA.
CAF Startup Station functions as an independent third party that keeps all information disclosed confidential. Startups retain their IP, gain CAF as a client and validate their solution in a real setting, while their partners at CAF become early adopters of high-potential technology.
CAF Startup Station is the Venture Client unit of CAF. This means CAF becomes a startup’s client when it is still in the venture stage, because the solution and company are not yet as mature and stable as incumbent partners. We buy a first unit of a startup’s product, service, or technology; we do not invest. Through this relationship, startups obtain supplier status and receive a supplier number, a purchase order, and revenue.
Working with CAF Startup Station is a great step for a startup toward succeeding in the global, railway and bus industry. Our model involves a no-strings-attached partnership to integrate and validate a startup’s product, service, or technology, as well as a beneficial pairing of entrepreneurs with top engineers and managers. We do not invest, i.e. we do not ask for shares or equity.
CAF Startup Station focuses on startups that help the CAF organization to solve critical challenges across all business areas and functions.
Your solution (product, service or technology) has a compelling use case to solve a critical challenge at any CAF business division: R&D, services, manufacturing, IT, sales & marketing, HR…
2. Product maturity
Your startup has a functional prototype or working product. Prototypes must be mature enough to be tested in a CAF division.
3. Funding status
Your startup has graduated from an equity accelerator or has funding from a professional venture capitalist.
4. Full-time team
The main positions (CEO, CTO, CMO, etc.) in your startup are held by full-time employees.
5. Legal entity
Your startup must be a legal entity.
No, we are a Venture Client for leading startups.
As a Venture Client, we focus on validating startups’ solutions, helping them learn about the future mobility industry, and connecting them with decision makers for business development. Startups work directly with our engineers and managers on real business projects. They get a supplier number and purchase order, and they invoice us for their work and expenses.
In contrast, accelerators help entrepreneurs get their businesses started, for instance by building first prototypes and business models, establishing a legal structure, identifying target clients, and raising seed funding.
We are always looking for great startups. We have no deadlines.
Please leave information about your startup here.
There is no deadline.
After the successful validation of your solution, CAF aims to become a long-term partner of your startup.
Usually, your solution has to be developed further following the pilot project before it can be applied. You will negotiate further development and supplier agreements directly with your client business unit and our purchasing department. These negotiations will ideally start during the pilot project.
If applicable, we connect you with our established suppliers for industrialization.
CAF Startup Station becomes an early client, not your shareholder. Once you join, you will receive a supplier number and a purchase order.
You will receive payment for the pilot. How much we pay depends on the complexity of the pilot project.
All costs related to the integration and validation of your solution are covered. This includes materials, travel, working hours, etc. You can propose a budget based on our requirements.
We are in Beasain because that is where CAF’s global headquarters is located. This is where all key decisions are taken, such as whether to apply and roll out your solution globally.
You do not have to relocate your company to Beasain. However, members of your team will need to travel to Beasain for meetings, adaptation work, networking and to learn about the future mobility industry.