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Tailored moves

Online platforms help students and people with physical limitations to plan foreign stays. Now a Hamburg-based startup is helping businesses to relocate recently hired international talent to their new place of work. Once an online profile has been created on their platform, step-by-step instructions for employees follow. Tailored to individual destinations, these include advice on documentation required by local...

Portable independence

Cycling, running and playing tennis are not just beneficial for our health. A new portable wind turbine designed by a Canadian startup, which focuses on sustainable research and development, also supplies electricity. Depending on the strength of the wind, the 1.3kg turbine can generate up to 40 watts. An aluminium tripod with tensioning cables keeps it firmly planted in...

Sustainable distance

Drones equipped with defibrillators can help save lives. Innovative air travel solutions are needed to revitalise our environment. A startup from Holland is aiming to create the first all-electric commuter aircraft by 2030. Their 44-seater plane is powered by 8 propeller engines, takes off thanks to an output of 8700 kW and has a range of 550km. Rapid recharging...

International space

With the right search engine, people with disabilities can check their holiday destinations in advance. A Spanish startup is helping Erasmus students find accommodation during their year abroad. Their platform saves students from potential language difficulties and issues with local processes, as well as the need to find trustworthy contacts on the ground. Users can search for a flat,...

Reserved recreation

Towable tiny houses make for a good night’s sleep. Across Germany every day, some 120,000 truck drivers spend their legally stipulated breaks somewhere near the motorway, often in their vehicle. Hotels are expensive and hard to find. Enter a Duesseldorf startup, which is converting shipping containers into sleeping accommodation, complete with shower and WC. Four rooms constitute a unit,...

Lone hand

Oh, to be James Bond. Just once. In ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, Pierce Brosnan drove his car using a cell phone. Now a mobile home manufacturer has launched the concept of a remote-controlled trailer. Equipped with batteries and wheel hub motors, the trailer can be moved around by app. Makes hitching, unhitching and parking a cinch. While travelling, the electric...

On the right track

Paris is known as the city of love and luxury, but its reputation needn’t be restricted to stationary pursuits. A startup from France is building a set of trains that offer the elevated comfort of a boutique hotel. All compartments are private with high quality beds and ensuite facilities. Guests are spoiled with seasonal, handpicked culinary products, available through...

Floating your boat

We know about the benefits of intergenerational living. Renting your flat out to holidaymakers is easy too. Now, a startup from the Netherlands is applying the same principle to sailboats. Using their website, part-time skippers can rent a boat to, say, explore Amsterdam’s canal system or take a romantic cruise along Europe’s coastline. Boat owners, meanwhile, can upload information,...

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