Daimler acquires ESA business incubation start-up
The start-up was founded in 2010 and hosted at ESA Business Incubation Centre Darmstadt for two years to develop their business idea, launched in 2011.
The award-winning flinc platform organises short journeys dynamically according to offers and requests, all door-to-door. Today, it has around half a million registered customers.
As the first ridesharing service, flinc has been integrated into free-floating carsharing platforms, local public transport apps and app-based navigation systems in Germany. Many well-known companies use flinc’s corporate ridesharing solution to secure and improve employee mobility.
“With flinc, we are taking on an extremely well-coordinated team that brings valuable experience in the field of short-distance ridesharing,” said Jörg Lamparter, Head of Mobility Services at Daimler.
“Transport options are just as varied as the mobility demands of our customers. Whether flexible carsharing, ride-hailing or door-to-door ridesharing, with our mobility services we are able to provide the ideal solution.”
flinc is becoming part of Daimler Mobility Services, which already offers other mobility services such as car2go, moovel and mytaxi. The flinc GmbH company will continue to operate independently headed by the founders Klaus Dibbern, Michael Hübl and Benjamin Kirschner.
ESA Business Incubation Centres have supported more than 500 new start-ups throughout Europe. More on the ESA initiative here.