26. October 2023 | Press release
DPD UK selects five companies for EcoLaunchpad
DPD UK has today announced the five finalists they have chosen to participate in the first DPD EcoLaunchpad programme. Those selected following the recent Pitch Day will go on to work closely with some of DPD's senior leadership team and experts to trial their solutions in a live environment.
This programme invited companies worldwide to apply for the opportunity to present their forward-thinking technologies and solutions in the following areas:
Carbon Emission Reduction in Buildings
Carbon Emission Reduction in Collection & Delivery
Carbon Emission Reduction in Transport
Wildcard: Robotics and Digital Twins
From the initial global applicant pool of over 100 companies, a select group of 15 companies were invited to pitch their business and vision to DPD. The finalists will now take part in an intense ten-week process to refine and adapt their solutions. The finalist companies that have been selected for the EcoLaunchpad programme are:
Resync Technologies (Carbon Emission Reduction in Buildings)
Resync Technologies, based in Singapore, has developed an AI-driven intelligent energy cloud solution that helps businesses to be more energy efficient.
me energy (Carbon Emission Reduction in Collection & Delivery)
me energy, based in Germany, has created the world's first-ever grid-independent and mobile fast charging stations for EVs. Their charging stations use biomethanol or ethanol to create C02-neutral electricity.
ZOOZ Power (Carbon Emission Reduction in Collection & Delivery)
ZOOZ Power, based in Israel, has developed the ZOOZTER™-100", the world’s first kinetic (flywheel-based) Power Booster, enabling ultra-fast charging for electric vehicles.
Deus Robotics (Wildcard)
Deus Robotics, based in Boston, is a technology company that develops advanced robotics technology and software systems that support companies to more efficiently store, manage, and distribute products in a warehouse environment.
Robco, based in Germany, has created the world's first and only modular robot. Robco's plug-and-play technology provides flexible automation solutions that increase efficiency, support employees, and can be easily integrated into existing systems.
Tim Jones, Director of Marketing, Communications & Sustainability DPDgroup UK commented,
“We’ve been really impressed with the quality of applicants throughout the programme, which made for a hugely stimulating and competitive pitch day. As a company we have a strong track record of integrating innovation in our operation, as seen most recently with the national roll-out of autonomous DPD robot deliveries. So, we are absolutely delighted to confirm the final five today and move into the next phase, where we get to work together to see how these future innovations could help us on our journey to Net Zero by 2040.”
“It was great to be back at DPD’s Superhub in Hinckley for Pitch Day,”
said Daniel Saunders, CEO of L Marks.
“With so many innovative companies having applied to be a part of DPD EcoLaunchpad, this event enabled us to finalise on the best solutions for DPD. Five amazing companies from across the globe have been selected to join the programme, where they will tackle some of the key challenges facing the parcel delivery industry. I look forward to seeing what each company will achieve over the ten weeks.”
About DPD UK
DPD UK is a member of Geopost, a European leader in parcel delivery and solutions for e-commerce. Part of the La Poste Groupe, Geopost generated a €15.6 billion revenue and delivered 2.1 billion parcels worldwide in 2022.
The company operates more than 10,000 vehicles in the UK from 84 locations and delivers over 400 million parcels a year.
In 2018, DPD opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel delivery depot in Westminster. DPD currently has over 3,500 EVs in the UK and has announced plans to deliver to 30 of the largest towns and cities in the UK with zero and low-emission final mile delivery vehicles, by the end of 2023.
Details of all of DPD UK’s sustainability initiatives can be found on its dedicated green website: green.dpd.co.uk/
About L Marks
L Marks is a leading global innovation specialist which has created over 90 programmes with its partners in Europe, Asia, and North America. Founded in 2014 with a presence in the UK and the US, L Marks has developed and delivered results-driven corporate innovation solutions, trusted by world-leading brands including BMW, Lloyd’s of London, and United Utilities. Through their award-winning Innovation Labs, L Marks’ partners have worked with over 400 startups with a successful deployment rate of over 70%. The L Marks New Ventures unit supports its clients to create and develop new revenue-generating businesses through its Venture Studio, and transform their corporate culture within their Intra-Lab. To learn more, visit lmarks.com.