swb stands for energy, drinking water, telecommunications and technology services for private households and businesses in the state of Bremen. With the startup initiative “kraftwerk city accelerator bremen”, swb supplements its activities in the design of the energy revolution in the region. Close cooperation with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, kraftwerk strives to find innovative and strategic business models for the future. kraftwerk also contributes significantly to the profile and desirability of Bremen as a business location.

swb as initiator of kraftwerk
“kraftwerk – city accelerator bremen (CAB) is a startup initiative of the swb Group for the support of business concepts dealing with the “city of tomorrow”. With the Smart Tech Trophy competition, swb endeavours to find committed startups in order to usher them into an economically positive future in various ways. Current partners in this project are the Mercedes-Benz Bremen Plant and EWE AG.“

Dr. Torsten Köhne,
CEO swb

partner-mb-logo Mercedes-Benz Bremen Plant
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen is the biggest private employer in the region with more than 12,500 employees and a product portfolio of ten different models. In 2015, the plant was rewarded as “Factory of the Year” in the category large-scale production. As lead plant of the C-Class, Bremen directs the worldwide production of the highest-volume model series. The assembly of the GLC is also directed by Bremen as the main production site. By the end of the decade, vehicles “Made in Bremen” will cover the entire range of intelligent drives – from combustion engines to plug-in hybrids to fuel cell and electric vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz Bremen Plant as sponsor of kraftwerk
“Bremen embraces internationalism, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit – an ideal environment for creative types and which provides kraftwerk’s sponsoring programme with a terrific action platform. As the largest private employer, we want to make an active contribution and spur on the innovating power of the region as a location for economic and scientific activities. At the same time, we naturally also hope to see new innovation from the region’s own startups. We rely on fresh ideas and viable concepts, particularly in the areas of mobility of the future, energy supply, transport concepts and recycling.”

Peter Theurer, Site Executive Officer
for Mercedes-Benz Bremen Plant

EWE strives to be the leading energy company in northern Germany. To achieve this goal EWE is consistently orientated to its customers in order to be more that just a provider of electricity and gas. EWE therefore focuses its business on people and their need for energy, IT, telecommunications, energy systems and mobility. With more than 9,000 employees and around 7.5 billion euros in revenues, EWE is one of the largest energy companies in Germany.
EWE AG as sponsor of kraftwerk
“We gladly support kraftwerk – city accelerator bremen, as we also need strengthened young startups and innovations outside of our company. In our business we are becoming increasingly reliant on innovative ideas in order to react to new market developments more quickly. We look forward to the many new perspectives from which we can develop new business ideas together.”

Michael Heidkamp,
Board Member of EWE AG