Understanding 5G’s Impact on Energy and Transportation Solutions


Verizon and Newlab created the 5G Studio to support next-generation industry applications of 5G technology to transform healthcare, mobility, energy, and industrial automation.

With an on-site, ultra wideband 5G (mmWave) test bed at Newlab, teams selected for the Studio will build applications that transform how we approach and deliver solutions in a range of sectors.

Our Thesis

Opportunity Spaces

The 5G Studio’s second cohort is seeking startups working in transformative technology that can leverage 5G to create applications that disrupt industrial automation, energy, and transportation. 

Industrial Automation

Startups seeking to enable the next industrial revolution by making smart factories a reality, redefining production, supercharging workforces, and dramatically changing supply chains to quickly and sustainably deliver products to market.


Reimagining the energy equation in factories, vehicles, cities, suburbs, and isolated locations. From electric vehicle charging to grid management and new means of building construction to the creation of a new green standard for buildings.


Fundamentally transforming how the world moves—from how goods are operated and delivered across land, sea, and air to new long-haul and last-mile transportation alternatives.

Are you a startup addressing these challenges?

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Are you an industry leader, government, or investor looking to accelerate your R&D?

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Are you building technology, systems, or services that address these challenges?

Who should apply?

The Newlab 5G Studio program is designed for startups that envision leveraging 5G to revolutionize their industries. The ideal candidates should have applications that can be further enhanced by the advent of 5G.

Ideal candidates in Industrial Automation demonstrate innovation in smart factory technologies, integrating AI, IoT, and collaborative robotics to optimize production processes, enhance workforce efficiency, and revolutionize supply chain management.

In energy, we are interested in solutions spanning electric vehicle charging infrastructure, smart grid management, renewable energy sources, energy-efficient building construction, and the establishment of new green standards for buildings.

Transportation companies may focus on pioneering advancements in autonomous vehicles, drone technologies, logistics optimization, or sustainable transportation alternatives.

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About the Partner(s)

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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Investment & Exposure

Grant funding pool divided among participating companies to support pilot development and offset associated costs; no equity taken.

Pilot Design Support

  • Structured strategy and support from Newlab to advance your pilot concept and solicit feedback and input from key stakeholders to enable customer discovery, uncover technology requirements, meet compliance requirements and launch pilot projects.
  • Ongoing support from the Newlab team, Mercado Libre and a network of relevant stakeholders to navigate the integration of technologies that advance the future of low carbon logistics.
  • The project team will work closely with companies to determine appropriate sites, facilities, permits and timeframes for pilot projects in Latin America. We will work with startups to design pilot projects in detail and connect teams to potential partners based on commercialization progress, business model and go-to-market strategy.
  • Applicants will benefit from the project teams’ deep industry knowledge. Our team has mobility experience and local insight to provide intelligence around operational scenarios and potential for technology scale-up.

Community Membership & Newlab Infrastructure

  • Access to the Newlab flagship location in Brooklyn, NY and our new location in Detroit, MI with over $5M in on-site prototyping resources and product realization teams; over 300,000 sq ft industrial work space, and peer community of 250+ companies scaling transformative technology.
  • Engagement with leading industry, venture, and academic experts through curated programming and office hours.
  • Access to testbed infrastructure across Newlab pilot locations including the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard, Detroit’s Michigan Central Campus, Uruguay and more.


Our point of view

Verizon and Newlab Unveil Results of 5G Studio’s Second Startup Cohort
5G Studio, now in its second year, enables leading innovators to leverage Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network and Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) at Newlab to develop transformative technologies applied to industries such as mobility, energy, and industrial automation.

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