Gazprom Neft is expanding its partnerships with Russian and international start-ups in developing and deploying new digital solutions for the ecosystem surrounding the fuel industry. Having launched its own accelerator programme — StartupDrive — the company is seeking to engage with specialist developers specialising in producing mobile services in logistics, cargo transportation, online services for drivers, car-sharing, gas station infrastructure and retail technologies.
Sixteen projects, from Russia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, were involved in the StartupDrive accelerator on its launch in 2019. As a result of two “accelerator programmes” three services — CarTaxi vehicle recovery, Rent-a-ride car hire, and Ucar valeting — have now been integrated into the Gazprom Neft filling-station mobile app. Thanks to these solutions the time taken in providing these additional specialist services to clients has been cut to just
In the corporate sector, an online filling-station fuel-payments system for professional taxi drivers has been developed in conjunction with start-up company Mozen. An IT solution unique to the Russian mobile market has also been made available through the StartupDrive accelerator — “ridesharing” — involving a digital “Carporate” car-pooling service allowing colleagues to find companions for journeys to and from work.
“We study the non-domestic innovations market extremely closely. Having our own accelerator programme means Gazprom Neft can engage with young technology companies creating unique digital products, and expand the functionality of the digital fuel ecosystem. These start-ups, in turn, get the opportunity to fine-tune their product and roll it out, as well as attracting attention from venture funds.”Alexei Borbov Head, Client Solutions Department, Gazprom Neft
Gazprom Neft launched its first StartupDrive accelerator programme in April 2019. The finalists included six Russian start-ups engaged in developments in cargo transportation, taxi services, car-sharing, vehicle recovery and insurance. Gazprom Neft continued collaboration with two of these — Cartaxi and Rent-a-ride. The second accelerator programme was launched in February 2020, with 10 start-ups from Russia, the UK and the Netherlands taking part.
Concurrently with its second accelerator programme, the company has also launched a start-up competition in Israel, with companies offering market-ready products in transport, logistics and retail competing in the Israel Start-up Challenge for the chance to run a pilot project together with Gazprom Neft, in Russia. Three start-ups made it through to the final — a client-analysis system based on smartphone data, an equipment monitoring centre operating on electricity-current data, and an engagement- and gamification-driven driver-oversight system.