The role of higher education has changed dramatically in recent decades. In addition to education and research, there is an increasing emphasis on the market utilization of research results, ie technology and knowledge transfer, the expansion of social and corporate collaborations, and last but not least, the support of startups. University incubators, accelerators and innovation centers give impetus to emerging Hungarian students
Out of the 15 startups included in the BME incubation program, Rollin is a startup developing wireless charging systems, the technological solution of which is mainly for electric scooter manufacturers and provides a solution for service companies as well as industrial parks. Compared to the solution currently available on the market, Rollin’s automated charging technology can reduce charging costs by nearly 60 percent. This is what Computerworld Déri Huba asked:
CW: Why is it important to participate in such a program?
Huba Déri: I think that it is very important, especially as a young career starter, because it is possible to acquire “skills”, methodologies, in a relatively short time, which teach us and our company to operate as a startup. We learn to react quickly to problems and look at things from a different perspective. In addition, it gives the team, which consists mainly of engineers, an insight into business thinking, which is essential. In addition, with the help of mentors, many teams pivot (adapting an existing product to demand) as they receive inputs that allow them to see the project from a different perspective. We also pivoted, from the idea of a charging station e-roller sharing service to the development of a charging station.
CW: What gave you the idea to develop the given solution?
DH: The basic idea was to share and lease scooters to companies. That’s when I delved into the subject and then I ran into e-roller sharing services that allow street people to rent e-scooters using their phones. It wasn’t present in Europe yet, so I thought we’d do it. Then the team was formed and we changed the direction of development within the framework of the program.
CW: Which companies do you cooperate with in this?
DH: We currently have a Hungarian manufacturing partner, Melior Laser, which manufactures the docking frame and metal parts for us. We have been working with them since the beginning, so they are given professional advice at any time and there has been a joint consultation on the design more than once.
DH: More and more service providers are expected to emerge, as the e-scooter is one of the best urban transport device, but at home there is not yet a well-developed bicycle road network. It is extremely good in terms of the efficiency of e-scooter transport. It uses barely 10% of the energy invested in movement to move its own weight.
Charging stations are essential for an ideal urban operation, as the current form of operation is a huge cost to collect, charge, dispose of or replace discharged batteries.
CW: What are the further plans
DH: Our further plans are the existing induction charging stations development, smartening circuits and increasing charging power.
We want to assemble the circuits to the smallest possible size, and the most important thing is to create the best possible manufacturability and assembly for the next period.
A more a study of more than 150 university incubators and nearly 900 companies found that businesses created and cared for in higher education institutions generate more jobs and more sales than new business initiatives developed outside universities. Thanks to the global trend, many universities are working to enhance their entrepreneurial and innovation capabilities, with notable programs such as MIT (delta v), Stanford (Y Combinator), UC Berkeley (SkyDeck), Harvard (Innovation Lab) ) and Georgia Tech (CREATE-X). UBI Global, an international organization of university business incubators, also ranks higher education business development centers.
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