Rob van Gijzel appointed as Chairman of EIT Urban Mobility’s Supervisory Board

EIT Urban Mobility has achieved a substantial milestone: The General Assembly appointed Rob van Gijzel as the first independent Chairman of the Supervisory Board. We are therefore pleased to welcome and introduce our new Chair.

Mr. van Gijzel has extensive experience in the management of public institutions, public administration, the intersection of society and politics as well as a track record of promoting open innovation in Europe. He served two terms as Mayor of the municipality of Eindhoven and earlier was an elected Member of Parliament. During his political career, Mr. van Gijzel was engaged in the development of transport, traffic and infrastructure, and helped develop regional cooperation in innovation and promotion of entrepreneurship at Brainport Eindhoven, one of Europe’s prominent high-tech regions.

Mr. van Gijzel enters the role of Chairman of Supervisory Board of EIT Urban Mobility with significant experience of senior leadership in the fields of infrastructure, energy, public transportation, reintegration and housing. Besides his knowledge in the area of urban mobility, expertise on pan-European level and his proven capability of working in the knowledge triangle, he is contributing with his knowledge in the field of international exchange on topics such as smart cities by acting as World President of the International Community Forum Foundation (ICFF) in New York. 

With entering his new position, Mr. van Gijzel states that “the EU is facing major societal challenges due to energy and climate issues, demographic developments and technological possibilities. There is still much to discover and develop. We are doing this in the interest of our European citizens and also in a unique way. European way, namely on the basis of cooperation between the business community, knowledge institutions and government, a powerful combination that makes it possible, as the European Commission has set itself the goal, to be at the forefront of important social and technological developments. This joint process, the triple helix, also creates new desired and necessary collaborations at regional level as well as interregional. In this way, European integration no longer only becomes a cooperation between governments, but also allows connections between people at local / regional level, in short an integration of at the bottom. One of the big challenges is realizing effective urban mobility in combination with the improvement of liveability. It is precisely in this area that the KIC Urban Mobility wants to challenge and support parties to jointly give substance to that new urban future.”

The EIT Urban Mobility community is delighted to have Rob van Gijzel as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and is looking forward to the fruitful collaboration.

Our Scale-up Hub completes its first steps with a focus on 15 selected startups

Scale-up Hub is part of our Business Creation programme and its aim is to promote startups working on the development of urban mobility solutions. Its task continues with the support of 15 selected startups in the launch of their business projects.

Despite the limitations due to the COVID-19 crisis, the programme has maintained its work schedule. Face-to-face events have been replaced by online meetings. Activities began in May with a selection process. The last part of the selection process was a Bootcamp that took place on 26 and 27 May. It brought together representatives of 21 selected startups from a total of 144 applicants, including projects from Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and Israel.

How the 15 startups were selected

Through Zoom, the entrepreneurs participated in intense training and pitching sessions led by several mentors and six speakers. They received training and expert advice on business ideas, financing, social media and marketing, among other aspects.  During the sessions, the startups had the opportunity to participate in an excellent work environment to improve their professional skills. After this training process, all teams refined their proposals with the aim of raising funds, through an itinerary in which startups had to work on their portfolios and on the ability to transmit their business idea, innovative proposals, scalability and the ability to obtain benefits from their development. Finally, a jury comprised of EIT Urban Mobility, City Club members and mobility experts selected the final 15 startups that will continue in the Scale-up Hub programme.

Next steps

The programme has an interesting agenda that includes new online events combined with face-to-face meetings.

The next step of the Scale-up Hub is an event that will be held in Hamburg on 16 July, where the 15 startups will virtually participate to present and defend their projects in front of more than 200 potential investors.

The 15 selected startups

The 15 startups that passed the first phase of the programme are: Veomo, GLEAM Technologies GmbH, RideBee UG, ParkDepot GmbH, TravelAi Ltd, Geovelo, HOP Ubiquitous (HOPU), Urban Radar, EVIO – Electrical Mobility, Last Mile Team, eParkomat (City Smart Parking s.r.o.), NÜWIEL GmbH, Breeze Technologies, ChargeX GmbH and Ottopia. Click here for more information.

Their projects are built on innovative mobility solutions and range from intelligent parking management to electrical solutions for travel and transportation, geolocation and tracking applications, and shared vehicles, among others. Each startup has a complete programme of activities that includes training, networking, professional presentations and access to financing, as well as participation at the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress, scheduled for November.

Before the Scale-up Hub concludes at the end of 2020, the three best proposals will receive up to € 50.000 to test their respective proposals in pilot projects.

Partners organising the Scale-up Hub programme

The Scale-up Hub programme is organised by a multidisciplinary, international consortium led by CARNET (coordinated by CIT UPC) and comprised of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), UnternehmerTUM, Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and PowerHUB.