Congratulations to our winners of the ENTRANCE 1st Open Competition!

The EIT Urban Mobility is partner of ENTRANCE, a project under Horizon Europe which is designed to mobilise financial resources and boost sustainable innovations in the transport and mobility sectors. To do so, the partnership will create an environment for the promotion of solutions to find buyers or investors.

The goal of the ENTRANCE open competition was to attract and connect innovators, buyers and investors. The ENTRANCE project received a huge ammount of great and innovative ideas, so it was difficult for the jury to make a selection.We want to present our 5 winners of the first ENTRANCE open competition with their great innovative solutions in the transport and mobility sector!

  • CONTAI
  • SpotVessels GmbH
  • Alterkraft
  • Last Mile Team S.L.
  • PEOPLE

The winners of the competition:

  • receive personalised funding advice from the heart of the ENTRANCE ecosystem suitable for funding from 100.000 up to 10.000.000 euro.
  • get the opportunity to pitch their innovative solution during upcoming ENTRANCE events in the future and
  • get the opportunity to demonstrate their solution to dozens of potential funders and partners on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform

Our special congratulations of the prize challenge go to CONTAI, who won the financial prize of 5.000 euro and a meet and greet with a potential investor! A big thank goes also to Centrals I Infraestructuras per a la Mobilitat Logistiques SAU (CLIMALSA), that has been sponsored this monetary prize!

The entire ENTRANCE team is looking forward to working with you in the near future to solve the 21st century transport & mobility sustainability challenges together!

Read here the winning solution descriptions. Furthermore, you are welcome to watch the respective videos of the winners’ innovations to get a visual impression of each of those fantastic ideas! We hope you enjoy it!

“Imagine a circular and sustainable urban logistics ecosystem, where logistics needs in your city are bound together by a simple, yet elegant platform, like the USB interface.

CONTAI has not only imagined this but built such a universal urban logistics interface where everything fits together.

CONTAI offers a comprehensive platform for diverse last mile logistics in urban and rural area as vital part of the collaborative Physical Internet.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: CONTAI – Ground for the Last Mile (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT8eSqQcHI8 

“SpotVessels is a B2B platform based on intelligent infrastructure, enhancing the performance and shrinking the complexity of inland waterway business, on which companies interested in moving frights on inland waterways can find a fast, convenient, and low-cost solution. We link shippers and carriers directly, providing transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness on the inland waterway markets. Our business model reorganized existing value chains and facilitates more efficient use of resources.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: SPOTVESSELS (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgpTBI5kfdI

“Alterkraft specializes in the design and development of in-flight and cargo aeronautical equipment based on honeycomb cardboard. This material is extremely innovative because of its incomparable weight compared to the best current technologies made of carbon or composite materials. The benefits are high both in terms of fuel savings and carbon footprint for airlines.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Organisation: Alterkraft Lab SAS (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG5zlRnu6CQ

“Its road transport-specific Artificial Intelligence core enables cities and companies to build, risk and investment-free evaluate Digital Twins of fairer, smarter and greener urban logistics and last mile delivery business models. Its additional modules build an enterprise-level order to cash application capable to manage the selected business model daily operations optimization, track, trace, real-time management and information sharing with all stakeholders. Is built to easily integrate other deep-tech solutions in Cognitive Systems, Big Data & Analytics, Predictive Models, Smart Contracts and other Blockchain applications, etc.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: Last Mile Digital Platform (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfu7p6zv6LA

“PEOPLE proposes to the world a green solution that concerns all of us. It combines lightweight technology, IoT and Advanced Analytics that will revolutionize the standards of global freight transport by:

  • Saving 205 million trees
  • Reducing by 65 million tons CO2 emissions annually
  • Saving over 20,5 billion liters of fossil fuel yearly
  • Moving 40 million tons of cargo at no additional cost and CO2 emissions every year

Everything that moves consumes energy. All the energy consumed has a cost, a cost for our planet and an economical cost. PEOPLE provides solutions to optimize global movements of goods.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: Container2.0 (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVt1RTkhsR0

Delivers.AI, the first autonomous grocery delivery of the mobility Sandbox in Madrid

Have you imagined the city of the future with a robot that will deliver your groceries?

Madrid Futuro with the City Council has presented the first autonomous delivery robot pilot, Delivers.AI that will be tested in the Villaverde mobility Sandbox, a unique opportunity to position Madrid in the top 10 Smart Cities in the world. Delivers.AI begins with a first phase, before the official implementation starting in January 2022. During this initial phase, the City Council will grant a specific license to test Delivers.AI in Goya location in Madrid with 2 delivery robots delivering Daily 50 orders autonomously.
 
As Ángel Niño, councilor for innovation and entrepreneurship of the Madrid City Council points out, “authorizing proof of concept in a limited area in a few weeks will make us a very attractive point for the delivery robot from all over the world to establish themselves in Madrid”. The company, he continued, “will create jobs and promote the economic development of the district and the entire city.”

Autonomous Robotic Delivery Service from Glovo, Goggo, and Delivers.AI

“Delivers.AI self-driving robotic delivery company has already automized thousands of orders in Europe with its unique autonomous driving and navigation technology. We appreciate the support from Madrid Futuro and together with Glovo and Goggo Network we will explore the opportunities to bring the advantages of contactless delivery to Madrid’s daily life.”
 
“Automated last-mile delivery demand continues to grow across Europe. Not only online order platforms but also smart cities have now taken a great interest in self-driving delivery services. Autonomous delivery has huge potential to improve the life of people in smart cities while helping online order platforms optimize their last-mile logistics and cut down the delivery costs” said Ali Kutay Yarali, Founder & CEO of Delivers.AI
 
For her part, Elisa Caballero, Global Head of Engineering Strategy and Operations at Glovo, assures that “technology and the digital economy represent a great opportunity, especially when they are promoted from public-private collaboration. At Glovo we are proud to be able to join the Madrid Futuro project as a technological partner ”.
 
The Autonomous Robotic Delivery Service will be the first autonomous technology pilot in Spain, designed for city centers. It is a sidewalk autonomous robot, fully electrical, that will move along the sidewalks of the streets within a certain area at the speed of a pedestrian. Once an order is received, the robot will go autonomously to a designated supermarket where it can deposit the order. From there, the robot will make its way to the customer’s building, which will be able to check its position at any time. Once it arrives, the customer will be notified to collect their order.
 
Glovo and Delivers.AI have partnered with Goggo Network. It is one of the last ‘startups’ set up by Martin Varsavsky, who rose to fame as the founder of Jazztel and who is now a well-known investor and entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Goggo Network in multiple areas such as technology, telecommunications, and even assisted reproduction and fertility. Despite being a very young company, this has not prevented it from raising funding from some of the largest funds in the world. In 2019, he closed a round of 44 million euros which was led by two giants such as the Japanese firm Softbank and the German Axel Springer.
 
Delivers.AI expects to reach 1500 delivery robots at the end of 2022 in Europe and the UK.
GLOVO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJbs9PhkMFE&ab_channel=AliKutayYarali
Hepsi Burada in Istanbul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hMk-uVvB0g&ab_channel=AliKutayYarali
Goggo Network in Goya, Madrid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YrEjts4knI&ab_channel=AliKutayYarali

Delivers.AI is a startup that has received the support from the EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation programmes.

City Demo Officer

ABOUT EIT URBAN MOBILITY

EIT Urban Mobility, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
The primary responsibility of the City Demo Officer is to lead agile development and testing of city demos. SMEs/ Start-ups with innovative solutions play a key role to driving modal shift in personal, micro, electric, shared/mass, active mobility, and urban logistics. EIT Urban Mobilty plans to ensure better access for cities to leading innovators with close to market solutions. Cities need help managing the communications and risks around working with innovate early-stage SME/start-ups. The Officer supports our cities and SMEs/Start-ups working together to develop and then test solutions in an agile manner. The officer will set realistic expectations, facilitate cooperation, monitor progress, and troubleshoot for, and between, the cities and the SME/Start-ups. The end objective of our Agile Programme is to test Minimum Viable Product in situ.
The primary focus will be to ensure successful implementation of city demo projects This includes the following tasks:

Working with SME/ Startups and agile innovation
Coordinating in cross functional team (Innovation, Legal, Finance).
Monitoring the SME/Start-ups in their 3–4-month development sprint.
Monitoring monthly progress in city sprints
Ensuring cities provide the agreed upon access to staff, infrastructure, data.
Sitting on selection and assessment panels for new city sprint projects.
Troubleshooting
Co-operating with industry mentors and sponsors
Identifying and flagging high value SME/Start-ups
Embedding innovating thinking within public administration and drive knowledge sharing
Organising and facilitating workshops

KEY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
 
At least 3 years of project management (industrial not research)
Worked with agile innovation and SMEs/Start-ups
Understanding of climate change and impact on cities and urban society.
Experience of working with city administrations, private sector organisations and the non- governmental sector.
Work to timelines and financial control and reporting.
Experience from working in a multi-national multi-cultural environment, a European perspective is considered a plus.
Versatile in teamwork on all organizational levels and experience from working in a matrix organization.
Motivation to work in fast-moving, innovative, and sometimes ambiguous environments.
Team player who can work independently.
Organized and structured, pro-active and hands-on
 
ELIGIBILITY

General Conditions:

By the closing date of this call candidates must:
be a national of an EU Member State or have a working permit valid in Spain;
enjoy their full rights as citizens;
have fulfilled any obligations imposed by national laws concerning military service; and meet the character requirements for the duties involved.

Education:
§  Completed Master’s Degree in Innovation/Business Management, Technology (or similar)3.
§  Written and spoken English (C1) and one additional European language is an advantage.

 
JOB AND CONTRACT TYPE
Spanish permanent and full-time contract.

LOCATION
Barcelona in EIT Urban Mobility Headquarters.
No relocation expenses are assigned.
Immediate start.


APPLICATION PROCESS
EIT Urban Mobility is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. To build a strong digital Europe that works for everyone it is vital that we have diverse range of skills, knowledge, and experience in the sector. Therefore, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the above criteria and encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented groups.

To apply for this position, please download the application template from EIT Urban Mobility website.

Complete the four elements of the application:
1) Personal contact details;
2) An essential criteria checklist;
3) A Cover Letter demonstrating how you match the skills defined in the job description – examples
should be given.
4) A curriculum vitae.

Follow the naming process detailed below:

Format: Save your completed application form in one single file in either PDF or Word format.
File name: Name the file according to the model “EITUM_first name_last name”. For example,
Joanna Smith would name the file, EITUM_Joanna_Smith.
Email title:The subject field should read “City Demo Officer. HR080-2022”.
Send to: Send your completed application to: recruitment@eiturbanmobility.eu.

Deadline for Applications: 19 January 2022

Data Protection Disclaimer
Your personal data will be processed with utmost care by the EIT KIC URBAN MOBILITY, S.L. or its subsidiaries.

The said processing will allow us to manage the recruitment of the offered positions, and more specifically:
·       to enable you to submit your CV to apply for specific jobs;
·       to match your details with the job vacancies and to eventually contact you;
·       to retain your details and notify you about future job opportunities similar to the specific role for which you have contacted us;
·       to answer your enquiries.

You can exercise your data protection rights, writing to recruitment@eiturbanmobility.eu.

You may find further information in the full GDPR Compliance privacy note for applicants available here.

Apply now to Start for Future!

Entrepreneurs and startups, today is the day to join the most impact-driven, Pan-European incubator: START FOR FUTURE. This 2-month (from 29 January 2022 to 25 March 2022) pre-acceleration programme matches the most promising future entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to boost their way to scale.

Start for Future supports early-stage startups and entrepreneurial spirited individuals looking to join a startup in its early days. It provides members with expert coaching and startup development. Eventually, you will have the chance to join one of our top 18 partner incubators.

In Start for Future, we are addressing the most pressing SDGs. We are working on the challenges of:

Manufacturing

Sustainable Urban Mobility

Circular Economy

Time is ticking. Join us now to design and build a better future within this community. Apply NOW until 26 December 2021.

Open Call Flyer for more Information: https://cutt.ly/0TWY4fS

APPLICATION LINKS

Teams and startups: https://cutt.ly/ETn4owg

Individuals/Talents: https://cutt.ly/eTn4doX

// Start for Future is a co-developed programme initiated by European Universities, reinforced by the EUAcceL and Tandem+ Consortium and EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing.

This initiative is brought to you by the 20+ partners in the Start for Future Alliance.

New EU Urban Mobility Framework to spur transition to safer and more sustainable urban mobility

The European Commission has released today its new Urban Mobility Framework, delivering on the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy Action Plan released in December 2020. The framework is part of the Package for Efficient and Green Mobility which includes a revision of the TEN-T regulation, ITS Directive and an action plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail services.

Transportation determines how cities look like, how liveable, equitable and healthy they are.  If recommendations are taken on board, the new communication can foster more sustainable urban mobility and is a welcomed push for more action from Member States.

Notably, the Commission plans to strengthen the role of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) and  publish  by the end of 2022 a recommendation to Member States on the national programmes to support regions and cities in the roll-out of effective sustainable urban mobility plans that would help achieve EU goals. Further work will be done to refine comprehensive indicators for urban mobility data collection (SUMI), improve zero emission logistics (including data collection) and the safety of micro-mobility devices.

The amended TEN-T Regulation proposes to improve urban mobility in urban nodes as Member States have to ensure better connectivity and multi-modal hubs among others. SUMPs (or an equivalent “long-term, all-encompassing integrated mobility plan for the entire functional urban area,” including indicators and targets to measure progress) will be required for all urban nodes by 2025. The number of urban nodes will also increase, as all cities above 100 000 inhabitants (or capitals of an NUTS2 region) on the TEN-T will be considered an urban node if the proposal is adopted (raising the number of urban nodes to approximately 400 from the initial list of 88). According to the new TEN-T Regulation, urban nodes should also be able to collect data covering at minimum greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, deaths and serious injuries caused by road crashes, modal share for all modes, and access to mobility services.

Welcoming the package of measures, Dr Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility said, “The new urban node approach is a long-awaited one that finally puts the urban dimension at the centre of the TEN-T. Only by tackling local transport we can arrive at the ambitious 90% emissions reduction in 2050. As urban areas grow, they will continue to generate substantial traffic volumes. It is key to be proactive and pre-empt and curb bottlenecks by improving first and last mile connectivity through sustainable and innovative solutions for both freight and passenger transport.’’

The measures needed to achieve the decarbonisation of transport in cities like fleet electrification, modal shift, encouraging more active modes and better mass transit can raise costs and need step wise investments. An EIT Urban Mobility study modelling the urban mobility transition towards the Green Deal goals estimates that European cities need extra investments of € 86bn in sustainable urban mobility compared to business-as-usual, leading to net benefits of up to € 177bn by 2030. Of these net benefits, cities have the potential to generate € 79bn in saved health costs linked to externalities avoided such as pollution and traffic accident fatalities. On average, each euro invested in the transition can generate up to € 3,06 by 2030 (i.e. up to €2,14 in revenues, and € 0,92 in externalities savings).

Y-Mobility Podcast – Conversations in the Park Episode 9

Episode 9 of Conversations in the Park Podcast discusses in depth the role of citizens, through the city’s culture and technology adoption, and what’s the best approach from technology developers to make their projects successful in a society of diverse people.

Y-Mobility and the EIT Urban Mobility collaborated to invite guests that can offer their take on the subject.

Paddy Latorre, the head of strategic partnerships at Humanising Autonomy, a company which focuses on understanding the movement patterns and how to improve safety & efficiency by understanding the behaviour of people and vehicles. In her role, Paddy works to engage international partners and customers in achieving Humanising Autonomy’s mission to become the global standard for human interaction with automated systems. 

Julianne Chen, our citizen engagement and programme Manager at EIT Urban Mobility. Julianne works with problems like citizen engagement and the interaction between end users, start-ups and big companies. The Citizen Engagement and Programme Manager is part of the City Club and Living Labs team and has a key role in development and design of citizen engagement activities, bringing cities and regions and EIT Urban Mobility partners together in interactions such as workshops, calls and webinars to collaborate.

Nick Reed, founder of Reed Mobility and as of recently Chief Road Safety Adviser at National Highways. With a psychology degree from the University of Cambridge followed by a DPhil and postdoctoral work in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and Head of Mobility R&D at the world’s largest automotive supplier, Nick created ReedMobility as an independent expert consultancy for future mobility topics.

The core of the conversation on the podcast episode, brings the question: How to incorporate and engage citizens’ perspective in mobility?

Our guests discuss the role of citizens as a part of the creation of new mobility, and how they connect with technology developers. The city’s perspectives and culture are based on people’s beliefs and desires. In order to bring any kind of new system (or adaptation of a current one), the new proposal has to embed their needs and views in order to be successful. Besides, it is critical to understand the people’s behaviour, and that it might change from region to region. Diversity creates more complexity, so to step up and be up to the challenge, our guests suggest we need to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together and give importance to citizen’s participation.

Julienne Chen maintains that there’s a lot of hidden complexity around behaviours, beliefs, desires and needs. That we need to understand diversity and at the same time collective vision. Paddy Latorre poses her focus on bringing a friendly user experience to citizens and she explains how accurate the understanding of people’s behaviour must be in order to push the adoption of  new technologies. Nick Reed proposes that meeting people’s expectations when providing a mobility system cannot rely on technology developers only. Their strategy must include input from all parties affected by the product.

And they go much deeper into the topic during the podcast episode, which we were proud to sponsor. You can hear the full discussion on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, as well as anywhere else you find your podcast.

On this ocassion, we wanted to focus on Citizens’ role in Mobility

Watch our last podcast below!:

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-citizens-role-in-mobility/id1546360284?i=1000544261323 

Launch of Call for Proposals for #ChallengeMyCity

Available now! Recording of the Info Webinar. Check the link to the recording at the end of this publication.

General Introduction

Urban mobility has gone through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community, and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that make our cities the economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and innovative beating hearts of our society.

It has been an unforgettable year that has shaped our thinking on where EIT Urban Mobility needs to go. We learned we could move fast and innovate at a pace. We learned that the right thinkers and doers are there – you just need to find them. We learned that innovation can be financially beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth and sustainability in cities and territories.

In 2021, we launch a call for the Factory programme 2022 focused on different challenges that two of our Core Partners’ cities have developed and proposed to find solutions to improve their mobility systems, and especially their mobility hubs such as stations.

We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2022.

Main features of the call (aim and segments)

The overall purpose of the Factory programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.

The Factory programmes helps all type and size of enterprises grow their successful business ventures and scale up their products and services. It does so by providing co-funding and opportunities for networking.

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, Financial, Administrative and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu
Content of the Callfactory@eiturbanmobility.eu

Events-Webinars

Here you can find the link to the Info Day webinar that will take place on the 17/12: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/info-day-call-for-proposals-eit-um-challenge-my-city-tickets-217944195957

Call for proposals for Factory for #Challengemycity: Main features

Dates Call opening: 9 December 2021
Call closing: 8 February 2022 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: Beginning of February 2022
Evaluation of proposals: February-March 2022
Communication of results: End of April 2022
Total EIT funding allocated to this call Up to 150,000 EUR
Total EIT funding allocation per challengeChallenge A (Toulouse): Up to 60,000 EUR Challenge B (Milan): Up to 60,000 EUR Challenge C (Milan): Up to 30,000 EUR
Link to the submission portalThe PLAZA platform will be available as of 9 December 2021
List of documents to be submittedApplication form template
At least one letter of recommendation from the city or client where a prior pilot was carried out (To be attached to the Application Form in PDF)
A note of load descent and load distribution (showing an overload <20 KN/m2) (only for challenge A) (To be attached to the Application Form in PDF)
List of documents to take into consideration    Appeal procedure
Application form
Call-Manual-2021-2022-Factory
Call Manual 2021-2022- Factory (Amendment 1) (IMPORTANT: this amendment contains a change made in the point 3.2.2.1 concerning to the pricing applying to the the Challenge B in Milano)
Eligibility of expenditure
Guidelines for applicants
List of KPIs
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
Implementation Handbook (To be published in the following days)
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed#ChallengeMyCity The #ChallengeMyCity call provides innovative mobility solutions with the opportunity to perform a pilot in a city’s urban environment in real conditions. For the first release of this call, the cities of Toulouse and Milan are participating. They present specific mobility challenges that need to be addressed and will be hosting the pilots to tackle these challenges. During the implementation of the activities, the pilots will take place in parallel. The pilot implementation will be co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and administratively supported by the cities (and public service providers, where applicable). The impact of the pilots will be evaluated to assess the potential success of a long-term implementation of the tested solutions.
Evaluation criteriaFor the Strategic Fit Evaluation: The proposal fits and is aligned with one of the specific challenges defined in section 3The Lead Partner can demonstrate market readiness documented by at least one previous successfully implemented pilot of the same proposed solutionThe proposal is in line with the Vision and Mission of the EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda and the SO1  

For the Full proposal evaluation: Excellence: novelty and results-focusImpact and financial sustainabilityQuality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management

Recording of the Info Webinar available

Did you miss the Info Webinar that took place on 17 December? Watch it now and get all details!

Click to access the webinar recording HERE.

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EIT Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus launches Ideation – Deadline extended

EIT Climate-KIC has launched a call for ideas on sustainable, inclusive and aesthetic solutions for New European Bauhaus challenges. Open to EU teams participating in the 2021 Climathon and other hackathons of EIT Climate-KIC, EIT DigitalEIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, the call will be open from 25 October to 31 December 2021 and will offer prizes of up to 10,000 in seed funding.

Led by EIT Climate-KIC, the Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus is engaging with European innovators to overcome fragmentation in the European innovation landscape, increase collaboration with universities to identify challenges and solutions, and ensure the engagement of civil society in the movement. The initiative will directly support the European Union’s New European Bauhaus (NEB), announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address, that aims to create beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive places, products and ways of living. 

The initiative is now calling out to EU-based teams participating in the 2021 Climathon and other hackathons of EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, to submit ideas that address one or more NEB challenges.

New European Bauhaus challenges include: 

  • Green transition through architectural, cultural and historic sites: 
  • Green roofs, green walls and other green infrastructure to reduce the heat island effect, enhance air quality and advance new aesthetic value in the urban environment. 
  • Urban, regenerative agriculture to reduce emissions and foster stronger relationships between city dwellers and farmers. 
  • Towards circularity and urban resilience:
  • Enhancement of the public realm, green areas and biodiversity, as well as their inclusiveness, accessibility and interconnection through active mobility, to improve physical and mental health. 
  • Circular economy actions based on the principles of the food waste hierarchy and efficient reutilisation of bio-products and bio-waste, achieving emissions and waste reduction and fostering the second life of products. 
  • Ensuring affordability and accessibility to all:
  • Energy communities to ensure comfortable living at affordable prices through multi-disciplinary service models. 
  • Digital open data platforms to ensure transparency and reliability of data. 

The NEB Ideation awards will offer an excellent opportunity to join a network of stakeholders making the New European Bauhaus’ ambition a reality on the ground, and enable actors to connect and collaborate on key issues. This will in turn contribute to the EU NEB strategy and enable participants to join a pipeline of ideas that will be shared with the European Commission and used in future Cross-KIC activities.  

Winning teams will be announced on 15 February 2022 and will get the chance to win €10,000  in seed funding to implement their idea in 2022. Other prizes include up to €3,000  and a NEB study visit to attend the in-person award session in March 2022three Jury Awards (€3,000 , €2,000  and €1,000) and one Audience Award (€1,000).

How to apply? 

  1. Download the NEB Ideation Awards guidebook to access more details on the call. A short factsheet is also available here.
  2. Download and carefully read the application form here. We will be accepting applications from 25 October to 31 December 2021, 18:00 CET. 
  3. Fill in the application form and record a video of maximum three minutes pitching your idea. The video can be the same as the one used at your local Climathon or hackathon, or a different one. Design of the video is free style.  
  4. Send both the application and video using the file-sharing platform Wetransfer to XKICNEB.IdeationAwards@climate-kic.org 

Download the NEB Ideation Awards Factsheet

If you have any questions please contact Natalia Vera, Cross-KIC NEB Project Manager at EIT Climate-KIC: natalia.vera@climate-kic.org. 

Business Plan 2022 calls report

EIT Urban Mobility launched  6 main Calls for Proposals in March 2021 covering 6 strategic thematic areas: Academy, Business Creation, Citizen engagement, Innovation, Public Realm and Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS).

The overall purpose of these calls was to resolve societal, technical, educational and operational challenges facing European cities by foresting knowledge, collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship activities as well as transforming public spaces to create sustainable mobility for liveable urban spaces for all citizens.

Cities and regions, industry, NGOs and higher education and research organisations from European and associated countries were invited to submit their project proposals to support the development of innovative solutions and activities in the areas of applied education, training portfolio, active mobility, sustainable city logistics, energy and mobility and future mobility, to name a few.

In this first edition, 124 proposals were submitted across the 6 areas. Forty-six projects representing 175 entities from 24 EU and Associated Countries and requesting a total of 13,88M€ of EIT funding were pre-selected. These pre-selected projects were included in the Business Plan 2021-2022 for EIT approval. The approval by EIT will determine the start of the implementation of these projects in 2022.

The 46 pre-selected projects bringing together the key players across the whole value chain of mobility cover a wide range of topics and were allocated to each thematic call as follows:

  • Academy Call “closing the knowledge gap”: 13 projects were pre-selected with an EIT funding request of 1,691,711 €
  • Innovation Call “from research to application”: 12 projects were pre-selected with an EIT funding request of 7,165,993 €
  • Business Creation Call “turning innovation into business”: 6 projects were pre-selected with an EIT funding request of 2,094,486.00 €
  • Citizen Engagement Call “co-creating with citizens”: 5 projects were pre-selected with an EIT funding request of 719,966 €
  • Public Realm Call “improving and transforming streets and public spaces with tactical urbanism”: 3 projects were pre-selected with an EIT funding request of 297,945€
  • RIS Call “Connecting and supporting innovation talents in Europe”: 7 projects were pre-selected with an EIT funding request of 1,905,397 €

The breakdown of the results per call topic is shown in this Report on Calls 2022:

The next main Calls for Proposals are expected to be launched in Q1 2022 for activities to be implemented in early 2023.

Read more


Highlights 2020-2021 projects report

We are happy to release our first Highlights 2020-2021 projects report, which offers a snapshot of our 2020 and 2021 projects and an overview of the start-ups that EIT Urban Mobility has invested in.
These projects and start-ups are providing solutions in the areas of multimodal transport, green city logistics, active mobility, human-friendly urban environments, and energy solutions. Our 2020 and 2021 project highlights and start-ups all contribute to the EIT Urban Mobility mission to: accelerate the transition towards sustainable urban mobility and more liveable urban spaces.


Download our Highlights 2020-2021 projects report here and have a glimpse into the diversity of activities run by the thrilling EIT Urban Mobility community!

EIT HEI Initiative launches a new call for proposals

On 18 November, the EIT’s HEI Initiative launched its second call for proposals – EIT HEI Call 2. Through this call, the initiative aims to help higher education institutions (HEIs) to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity.

Consortia of eligible HEIs are invited to apply and take this opportunity to unlock their potential for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Applicants’ activities can focus on several themes:

  • Fostering institutional engagement and change;
  • Strengthening partnerships;
  • Developing innovation and businesses;
  • Enhancing the quality of entrepreneurial education;
  • Creating and disseminating knowledge.

Up to 40 consortia will be selected, and each selected project will be awarded a maximum of EUR 1.2 million. Funding Phase 1 will run from July to December 2022, and projects will be awarded a maximum of EUR 300,000 during this period. Upon successful completion of Phase 1, Phase 2 funding of up to EUR 900,000 will follow for the period from January 2023 to June 2024.

The initiative is also organising online info sessions to present the EIT HEI Call 2 in more detail and answer your questions. The webinars will cover eligibility requirements, evaluation, administration, and guidance on how to define an Innovation Vision Action Plan.

Select your preferred date and register for one of the free info sessions before the deadline.

In addition, on 13 December 17:00−18:15 CET, the HEInnovate Team will run a webinar to help potential applicants with the use of the HEInnovate website. This webinar will focus on the use of the website and the self-assessment instrument. The webinar will be recorded and later published on the HEInnovate website.

Earlier this year, the initiative’s Pilot Call funded 24 pilot projects, including 142 HEIs. The total maximum budget per pilot project was €1.2 million, broken down as follows: €400,000 for Phase 1 (July−December 2021) and €800,000 for Phase 2 (January 2022−July 2023).

Visit the EIT HEI Initiative website to learn more about the EIT HEI Call 2, including deadlines and eligibility criteria.

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