Welcome2Europe – Global outreach programme for international startups

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme, developed by the EIT Urban Mobility has opened a new call for participants. A total of 5 startups will be selected from around the globe to take part in the activities, which will promote global outreach for urban mobility startups based outside the European Union.

Welcome2Europe will host 5 international startup companies targeting Europe, and will give them the opportunity to be introduced to investors and local hub partners. This activity will foster engagement between startups, small and medium-size enterprises, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, public administrations and potential investors. Preparation workshops will facilitate the selected startups to boost their future presentations and networking with potential customers.

We offer:

  • Participation in networking events (online due to COVID) with key stakeholders (such as startups, SMEs, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, potential investors, and public administrations) for the urban mobility startups participating.
  • Participation in workshops and mentoring sessions with international experts.
  • Access or participation to Smart City Expo World Congress
  • Introduction to the local ecosystem
  • Access to the EIT Urban Mobility network and ecosystem.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 August 2021

The ideal city of the future

Episode 6 of Conversations in the Park, sparked an insightful discussion about the ideal city of the future. Our guests offered their hopes and vision on what the ideal city can look like. Anna Clark, President of Women EIT, describes it as somewhere greener, cleaner, quieter. Augustin Friedel, Corporate & Sustainability Strategy VW Brand at Volkswagen AG, sees it as a city where mobility is more diverse, a mixture between shared and personal transport modes and hopefully more active mobility. Mouchka Heller, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility Lead at World Economic Forum, stresses the importance of a human-centric approach.

So what is the ideal city of the future and how do we build it?

report by the European Commission outlines these steps in making our cities smarter and greener. 

  • Reliable, affordable and safe public transport is a key to sustainable mobility. Rather than focusing on low fares, agencies should develop an incentivising, time-varying pricing scheme. Like the one in Singapore.
  • Introduction of Mobile navigation apps, so users can have data on the best way to get from A to B, such as Barcelona’s LIVE platform.
  • Initiating dialogue with major employers to introduce more flexible working hours, so traffic does not coincide with home-to-work and work-to-home trips

Many are citing Paris as an example city of the future, with its 15 Minute neighbourhood initiative. Essentially the idea is to provide everything a person would need within a 15-minute walking distance; hence reducing the need for cars and vehicles and relying more on walking and cycling. Such an initiative would improve citizens’ health, both because of more movement and the reduction of harmful pollution from fossil fuels. And, of course, there are the general environmental benefits of fewer carbon emissions. On a different scale, reducing the need for cars would improve equality, as it becomes cheaper to move around. The initiative has proven very effective among Parisians and in 2019 alone, Paris managed to reduce car traffic by 8%

It’s not a secret that the pandemic dramatically changed the way we move and what we need from our cities. Most of us worked from home, reducing the morning and evening commute and hence traffic. Mouchka Heller describes how our cities are currently designed around the typical 9-5 worker, which excludes many. With everyone re-thinking when and how they work, that raises the need to re-think mobility infrastructure. The NYC challenge is one example of that.

Augustin Friedel talks about the importance of tailoring solutions to the specific city, rather than using a copy-paste approach. The abundance of new mobility modes which have grown rapidly over the past five years, from e-scooters to ride-sharing, means cities can adopt an à la carte approach, and incorporate what does – or doesn’t – work best for them. Mouchka Heller also highlights that our approach has shifted from owning a mobility solution to needing a service to get from A to B and then B to C and onwards, resulting in a multi-modal journey. In the above article, Imogen Pierce, Head of City Engagement and Integration at ARRIVAL, says “We’re starting to see a fundamental shift where public transport operators are not viewing other modes of transport as competitors, but more as critical elements of the overall transport system that they need to work closely with.”

There is certainly a lot to be discussed about the future of urban areas and what we want them to be. The pandemic only accelerated this process by giving us a different perspective and shifting our needs and priorities. It is now up to us and the ‘designers’ of our cities to turn that vision into a reality. 

In the podcast episode our speakers discuss baby steps that need to be taken, as well as some challenges to achieving this vision. They also discuss whether there is good or bad mobility and will the car ever be made completely redundant? 

Hear what they have to say: 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6FONMKe273hFJUBQpiFHsx 

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/future-of-mobility-in-the-uk/id1546360284?i=1000526031145 

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The EIT Urban Mobility is taking the MUV challenge!

Science proves that endorphins have always been the best remedy for body fatigue and stress, and we do also believe in their magic power! That’s why we decided to take this challenge ourselves at the beginning of July. Several teams from our staff were competing in the MUV challenge, and we were reporting how we were doing on a weekly basis. If you missed our periple through the EIT Sustainable Mobility Challenge, check it out now in this article.

The EIT Urban Mobility and MUV, an Italian startup providing gamified experience to boost active and sustainable mobility, joined forces to run a pilot for its employees. This pilot experience last 4 weeks and apart from pursuing environmentally friendly commuting, we aimed to improve physical and mental health thanks to the power of regular exercise.

The MUVment has almost 50 members on board ready to challenge themselves and to motivate each other with the team-based dynamic gameplay. How it works? By leaving your private car in the garage and choosing more sustainable way of commuting, you are collecting points by registering the trip via the app. The more active way you move, the more points you can get contributing to the final score of your team.  The algorithm rewards also for regularity, weather conditions and on the basis of the current traffic the participant is reducing thanks to the conscious choices. 

Week 1

The first Monday of the MUV Challenge made the teams accelerate in their pursuit of victory. After the successful kick-off, dozens of trips were recorded across the EU, covering all the EIT UM locations. In parallel to the point counter, the number of users also grew as two new teams on-boarded to the MUV app. Improving our health and reducing our carbon footprint is our motivation and the numbers confirm the high awareness of its importance. Although the leaderboard seems to be dominated by three teams running head-to-head, everything can happen as long as the countdown is activated. The Hoppers must watch their backs because who knows what the next sunrise brings…

Week 2

Playing with mobility-related phrases that we all love, hop-on hop-off is the one that best fits the brief summary of the second week. Over the last seven days, there were three teams simultaneously taking the lead in the dynamic competition where finally, opponents did allow the Hoppers to keep their pole position, recovered as late as Sunday afternoon. With holidays around the corner and the off-season already happening in some parts of Europe, commuting still remains the backbone of the scoreboard. However, it seems that outdoor activities will soon take over to be a main booster for the weekly performance. And the hot summer will surely affect the temperature of the competition during the upcoming week. So do not hesitate to hop on your bicycle and MUV with seven teams from the EIT Urban Mobility!

Week 3

Consistency has always been mentioned among the virtues that pave the way to the success and once again its strength has been proved. Mesmerizing team spirit and commitment of employees let the company hit the highest – so far – number of points registered in a week time. The virtual counter with over 550,000 points may amaze, but it becomes truly magic when expressed in the equivalent of CO2 saved. After the third sprint, team Move & Shakers is closer to the glory than ever with a serious challenge for the Hoppers who were leading the first half of the game. Nevertheless, all the teams that have significantly increased the mileage traveled in a sustainable way, deserve an applause. It seems that new routines will stay for longer.

¨Although it takes some time getting used to adding all journeys, I think MUV is an awesome initiative that helps encourage people to be more active and to add a bit of a challenge within the company while simultaneously bringing all of us from different hubs to work together to win! – said Charlotte, one of the participants.

Also, for Sarah, the choice is now simple: ¨Thanks to the MUV app, I now almost always opt for walking or cycling instead of taking the metro or bus to get around Barcelona.¨

There was still time to shine in the last week of this first episode! Let’s see what happened next!

Week 4

While all good things are usually coming quickly to the end, we believe that good habits can stay with us for longer. This is the finish line of the EIT Sustainable Mobility Challenge, a 4-week pilot experience that, with fun, brought more understanding to how we commute and move around the European cities. The Hoppers rushed the last straight to the undisputed victory but shared their glory with all those who decided to face their unsustainable practices. The unrevealed relationship between the environmental and health aspects coupled by Active Mobility seems to be the key takeaway for more than 60 employees who experienced a win-win situation. And although the virtual points counter stopped at the stroke of midnight,  the game continues. The future mobility of cities and our health are in our hands.

We have the winners!

Thank you, dear reader, for being with us. To satisfy your curiosity, and to better understand our behaviors, we will publish a more detailed analysis once the data will be available. Stay tuned and keep MUVing!  

Active Mobility can be your choice, so do the first MUV today!

23 pilot projects selected by EIT to unlock higher education’s innovation potential in Europe

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is pleased to announce 23 winning consortia for the EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education Pilot Call for Proposals. 135 Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and 140 non-academic organisations from 32 countries will benefit from the EIT’s HEI Initiative and will see up to EUR 27.5 million of funding supporting their innovation capacity.

This new initiative will support HEIs with expertise and coaching, funding and access to the EIT’s innovation ecosystem, Europe’s largest innovation network. The Pilot Call for Proposals invited HEIs and local partners across Europe to design institution-wide action plans to improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity across all institutional levels. By supporting such activities, this new EIT initiative will create systemic impact, empowering HEIs and fostering sustainable growth and jobs across Europe.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said: “This new initiative will support HEIs with expertise and coaching, funding and access to the EIT’s innovation ecosystem, Europe’s largest innovation network. The Pilot Call for Proposals invited HEIs and local partners across Europe to design institution-wide action plans to improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity across all institutional levels. By supporting such activities, this new EIT initiative will create systemic impact, empowering HEIs and fostering sustainable growth and jobs across Europe.”

64 consortia representing nearly 750 organisations from across Europe applied to the Pilot Call that closed in May 2021. As a result, 23 projects involving 135 HEIs and 140 non-academic organisations (companies, research centres, public authorities and associations) from 32 countries will benefit from this first call with funding of up to EUR 27.5 million available. Organisations involved in the selected projects include the Medical University of Plovdiv (BG), University of Pardubice (CZ), Robert Bosch GmbH (DE), Foundation Startup Wise Guys (EE), Universidad de Zaragoza (ES), University of Eastern Finland (FI), Athens University of Economics and Business (GR), University College Dublin (IE) and Confindustria Trento (IT). More details on the selected projects can be found here.

Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board added: The selected projects will benefit from the expertise and coaching of Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, the EIT. We are delighted that the EIT could broaden participation of HEIs in our activities and look forward to more European universities becoming regional engines of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Each selected pilot project can be awarded a maximum of EUR 1.2 million with up to EUR 400,000 for Phase 1 (July – December 2021) and upon successful completion a conditional EUR 800,000 for Phase 2 (January 2022–July 2023). Projects can focus on several themes, including:

  • fostering institutional engagement and change;
  • strengthening partnerships between higher education, business and research organisations;
  • developing innovation and business support services;
  • enhancing the quality of entrepreneurial education;
  • creating and disseminating knowledge.

A second call for proposals will be announced in late 2021 for projects that will start in 2022. The initiative aims to reach 550 higher education institutions by 2027 to boost European innovation in higher education and support the twin transition towards a more sustainable, digital and competitive Europe.

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator South Programme welcomes its Batch #3 participants

From over 100 applications from all over Europe and associated countries, EIT Urban Mobility selected the 25 most-promising startups to be part of the third cohort of this 6-month Accelerator Programme. Out of these, five will be participating in the South Programme, kicking-off officially on 12 July.

The selected companies will benefit from financial support, mentoring, training, expert workshops, free office space, access to local ecosystems, and infrastructure, and a lot more provided by the acceleration partners in the five Innovations Hubs.

All the teams and their dedicated founders are solving mobility-related problems with innovations that make our lives easier and happier. Learn more about the startups from Innovation Hub South and how they are transforming urban mobility to adapt it to society’s needs.

Participants – Innovation Hub South

  • Volvero (Italy)
    Volvero is an app for sharing vehicles that connects owners with people who need one, saving time and money. Through AI and advanced technologies, they improve quality and security. Built to be Airbnb for vehicles, the app brings a significant social and environmental impact. Volvero is a game-changer in mobility as it targets several problems faced by society and our digital-only solution allows for a full and unlimited scalability. Learn more
  • Pendel Mobility (Spain)
    Pendel enables Public Transport Operators (PTOs) to offer travellers a more accessible, sustainable and safer mobility option. They do this by providing the next-gen of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service through integrating electric, intelligent, automated shuttles (AS). Learn more
  • Inteligg PC (Greece)
    Inteligg P.C. develops products, provides services, and engages in research in the fields of energy, transport, environment and rural applications, focusing on social innovation, sustainable mobility and economy, environmental impact assessment, energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as ICT solutions, aiming to become a global player in Smart Cities solutions in the next few years. Learn more
  • Deeptraffic (Greece)
    As traffic, congestion, safety and the environment pose ever increasing challenges for urban and highway road networks, the technology offered by deeptraffic, is envisioned as the new paradigm for the effective management of traffic, in view of today’s increased vehicles’ connectivity, as well as of the upcoming increased vehicles’ automation. Learn more
  • MinervaS (Italy)
    MinervaS provides a suite of integrated solutions for smart & future mobility, from driving advisors (TruckY) to fleet management tools, all tailored to the vehicle and size of the customer’s business. TruckY is the ADAS plug&play device capable of increasing the environmental sustainability of heavy-duty vehicles thanks to its patented method, offering a reduction in fuel consumption up to 10% and the containment of the related polluting emissions. Learn more

We are looking forward to six months of intense collaboration and support to these teams that solve urban mobility related problems affecting citizens across our cities, that will conclude in December with our Demoday event.

The programme, financed by the EIT Urban Mobility, is developed by the acceleration partners from the Innovation Hub South: UPC – Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, CARNET, CTAG and UPF.

Discover more information about the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme here.

ScaleTHENGlobal – Open Call for Cities

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme (Business Creation) has launched today an Open Call for Cities to collect proposals in the form of city challenges. Interested cities should fill in a brief online questionnaire clearly describing their city challenge to be solved by the 15 startups participating in the programme.

The ScaleTHENGlobal is a EU-funded programme with pan-European dimension implemented through EIT Urban Mobility partners that supports startups in scaling-up their business in Europe, driving growth and going international. On 15 June, some of the most promising emerging companies in the field of urban mobility were selected as the next participants in the ScaleTHENGlobal Programme. For the next months, they will benefit from financial support, mentoring, coaching, expert workshops, access to local ecosystems, participation at key European events, and services valued at more than €20,000 provided by the programme partners, such as access to the 5GLabBraWo Lab (Brunswick, Germany).

Among the activities of the programme in 2021, ScaleTHENGlobal will support the 3 best pilot projects with 50k€ by matching city challenges and innovative solutions of the 15 startups engaged in the programme. The programme has now launched an Open Call for Cities to collect the city challenges as the first step of the selection process.

By offering themselves as living labs or test beds, cities support the startups in testing and validating new challenged-based solutions aimed at improving citizens’ quality of life, decarbonising transport, and making Europe’s economy more competitive. Besides, by getting involved in ScaleTHENGlobal, cities can attract the best innovators and offer them opportunities to adjust their innovative product or service to further customer requirements, local circumstances, cultural differences, and regulations.

Find out more about the EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation programmes here.

Two webinar sessions for the new RIS Call for Hub Activities in Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey

Do you want to be our next RIS Hub? Join one of our webinars and clear your doubts up!

The Call for Proposals for EIT Urban Mobility Hub activities of the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) for Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey is open until 2 August 2021. During the webinar, in each of the two sessions offered (6 or 20 July), you will have the opportunity to know more about the new RIS HUB Call and clarify all your doubts. Bence Huba, our RIS Manager will make an introduction about the timeline for the call, all the requirements and particularly about the different work packages. Also, during the webinar technical support on how to hand in the RIS proposals will be delivered. The last part of the event will be a Q&A time with the audience, who will be able to directly ask questions to the RIS team. The zoom link to connect to the webinar will be shared with participants after their registration.

Agenda
Introduction and main explication by Bence Huba, RIS Manager (1h)
Q&A with the audience (30mn)  
  

We are offering two dates for this webinar:

6 July, 2021 10:00 CEST Madrid. Register in advance for this webinar

20 July, 2021 01:00 PM Madrid. Register in advance for this webinar

Two webinar sessions for the new RIS Call for Hub Activities in Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey

Do you want to be our next RIS Hub? Join one of our webinars and clear your doubts up!

The Call for Proposals for EIT Urban Mobility Hub activities of the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) for Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey is open until 2 August 2021. During the webinar, in each of the two sessions offered (6 or 20 July), you will have the opportunity to know more about the new RIS HUB Call and clarify all your doubts. Bence Huba, our RIS Manager will make an introduction about the timeline for the call, all the requirements and particularly about the different work packages. Also, during the webinar technical support on how to hand in the RIS proposals will be delivered. The last part of the event will be a Q&A time with the audience, who will be able to directly ask questions to the RIS team. The zoom link to connect to the webinar will be shared with participants after their registration.

Agenda
Introduction and main explication by Bence Huba, RIS Manager (1h)
Q&A with the audience (30mn)  
  

EIT Urban Mobility starts sponsorship of podcasts powered by Y-Mobility

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with Y-Mobility on ‘Conversations in the Park’. ‘Conversations in the Park’ is a podcast platform that provides insightful and meaningful conversations in a relaxing environment relating to the mobility space. Our first sponsored podcast episode powered by Y-Mobility is on “The impact of mobility on our cities”.

In the following months we will be working together on three episodes exploring central mobility issues and topics, such as the impact of mobility in urban areas, mobility solutions, the start-up journey in the mobility sector, smart cities and more.

Following some discussion between our two organisations, we realised there is a lot of synergy between the values and goals of the EIT Urban Mobility and Y-Mobility’s podcast. So we decided to join forces and create meaningful conversations together. 

The series of podcast episodes will include a diversity of guests, from industry professionals to innovative entrepreneurs, cultivating a multi-sided discussion. We will not just focus on Europe, but look at mobility on a global scale. The episodes will aim to provide deep industry insights while focusing on the mobility challenges of this age, continuing the EIT Urban Mobility’s initiative of boosting urban mobility. 

Podcast on the Challenges and advancements of mobility in urban areas published.

Also available in Google Play

Innovation and urban mobility: a European perspective

An article by Dr. Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility (This is the courtesy translation of an editorial originally published in the French review “Mobily-Cités”, on 21 June 2021. The review is in open access (editorial on pages 6 and 7).

While the overall European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 22% between 1990 and 2018, with a 23.1% increase over the same period, the transport sector appears as an exception. In addition, poor air quality causes the premature death of more than 400,000 European citizens each year, and congestion represents an annual cost to society of 100 billion euros.

Therefore, urban mobility is at the crossroads of local and global challenges. The European political and legislative agenda for the next 18 months, coupled with unprecedented resources for the recovery and resilience of Europe, could be a game-changer.

From this perspective, the challenges around urban mobility represent a tremendous opportunity for its innovation ecosystem, which EIT Urban Mobility supports by accelerating the transformation towards more sustainable forms of mobility across Europe.

The European Green Deal: an innovation catalyst

Since the arrival of President Ursula von der Leyen at the head of the European Union’s executive, the political priority is crystal clear: to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Set in motion by the European Green Deal presented in December 2019, this is the new growth strategy of the Union. While the pandemic could have overshadowed this vision, the European Commission doubled down. With a minimum objective of 37% of investment for the ecological transition in the recovery and resilience plans of the Member States, the European Green Deal is a pillar of the European recovery effort.

This ambition requires the profound transformation of our socio-technical-economic structures, in a holistic and systemic manner, and constitutes a tremendous catalyst for innovation. Conversely, the European Green Deal will only be possible with technological innovation (incremental and breakthrough), as well as social and behavioral innovation. Thus, EIT Urban Mobility intends to fully contribute to the achievement of this ambition.

In July 2021, the Commission will propose the revision of most of the European legislation related to energy and climate issue, in the “Fit-for-55” package. This should enable a 55% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, and put Europe on the path to climate neutrality by 2050. Hopefully, this will also send a strong signal to market players, contributing to create a demand shock for innovative solutions.

Among the numerous files that will be revised, we can notably highlight the directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, and the regulation, setting CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and for new light commercial vehicles.

Urban mobility: a European matter as well

Beyond the “Fit-for-55” package, mobility has also been at the heart of the sustainable and smart mobility strategy published in December 2020 by the Commission. This strategy sets the policy framework paving the way to align the transport sector with the European Green Deal ambition, which notably implies a 90% reduction of the transport related GHG emissions by 2050. In particular, the Commission presents an action plan made of ten flagship initiatives representing 82 measures (legislative and non-legislative) to be implemented by the end of the mandate of the current Commission (2024).

One of the ten flagship initiatives is to make interurban and urban mobility more sustainable and healthy, which notably includes the revision of the Urban Mobility Package of 2013, expected by the end of 2021. Although urban mobility is mainly a competence of local authorities, the European Union is also active on this front, especially by developing a methodology and facilitating the exchange of good practices around Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

In addition, the European Union is playing a growing role for cities through its Research and Innovation (R&I) policy. With a budget of 95.5 billion euros over the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe is its cornerstone, and constitutes the largest transnational R&I programme in the world, made of instruments ranging from the support to basic research to breeding of future European “unicorns”.

More specifically, among the main novelties of Horizon Europe is the concept of the Missions, inspired by the Apollo mission: to use a bold, inspiring, clear, easy to relate for citizens, time-bound, measurable and impactful objective, to lead R&I efforts. The Commission will decide in the coming weeks which one(s) of the five proposed Missions will be implemented as part of Horizon Europe’s programming, one of which being to have 100 climate neutral cities by 2030 in Europe.

Beyond the possible Mission for cities, EIT Urban Mobility is one of Horizon Europe’s European instruments available to cities to innovate in terms of mobility.

EIT Urban Mobility: a European initiative for innovation in urban mobility

Launched by 48 organisations in 2019, EIT Urban Mobility is founded on the concept of accelerating innovation by integrating the knowledge triangle (research centers – universities – companies) and cities.

Our role is to strengthen the European innovation ecosystem of urban mobility to support cities towards more liveable urban spaces for all. This involves reskilling and upskilling academic and professional staff to bolster the entrepreneurial mindset, accelerating and incubating start-ups and scale-ups (more than 80 start-ups in 2020, such as Fluctuo or Vianova), supporting pilots and the market uptake of new mobility solutions (more than 30 projects in 2020), and the scaling up of innovative solutions.

Thanks to the support of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) of approximately 350 million euros by 2027 and supported by an ecosystem of more than 260 players to date, EIT Urban Mobility intends to become the largest innovation community for urban mobility.

Creating urban spaces that are more liveable for all citizens and enabling cities to reclaim public space from cars, this is our mission.

ASIMOB wins the first edition of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards 2021! Second and third prizes for OTIV and BIA POWER

ASIMOB is the winner of the first edition of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards 2021! This means the direct nomination of ASIMOB to the regional final of Startup World Cup & Summit, provision of office space in Prague during that event, and technical and media support. Second and third places go to OTIV and BIA POWER respectively. OTIV and BIA POWER will be rewarded with two tickets for the Startup World Cup & Summit, provision of office spaces in Prague during that event and technical and media support as well.

Learn more about the winners!

  • First prize: ASIMOB – With Artificial Intelligence and IoT, ASIMOB helps to keep roads in safe conditions, both for human drivers and future AVs.
  • Second prize: OTIV – Teaching railway vehicles in complex environments to drive autonomously.
  • Third prize: BIA Power Inc. We optimize and simplify electric vehicle charging for the cheapest and greenest charge, smoothest loads, and lowest battery degradation.

Out of the 25 startups, ten finalists made it to the first edition of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards. Citizens’ votes decided five of the finalists, and the other 5 were selected by local juries from each Innovation Hub of EIT Urban Mobility.

Additionally to the pitch winners, EIT Urban Mobility offered five Investment Readiness Programme packages to ASIMOB, OTIV, BIA POWER, GORDIAN and PEREGRINE.

„It is amazing to witness to how the startups have grown withing this six-months period. The level of commitment and development has been outstanding and we are very proud to say that we have helped them shine even more through the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Programme“, says Fredrik Hanell, director of Business Creation at the EIT Urban Mobility.

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards has been the silver lining to the batch 2 of the EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation Accelerator Programme, running from 1 January to 30 June 2021. Within these six months, 25 startups have been enrolled in the acceleration activities run by our partners in our five Innovation Hubs (Prague, Helmond, Barcelona, Munich, and Copenhagen).

During the event, the 25 startups and our partners had a booth to showcase their products. All of them had visibility during the final event of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards 2021 hosted by the Streavent platform and conducted by the EIT Urban Mobility‘s Digital Communications Manager, Jezabel Martinez-Fabregas and Karolína Krámková, project leader from Power Hub.

Did you miss the session? Don’t worry! Watch it now!

Launch of Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus Call for Proposals for Citizen Engagement

The New European Bauhaus initiative (NEB) is an environmental, social, and cultural initiative that complements the European Green Deal and combines aesthetic experience, sustainability, and inclusivity. For this Cross-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) NEB activity, EIT Urban Mobility will capitalise on existing citizen-centred engagement programmes aligned with the NEB mission. 

The aim of this Cross-KIC NEB Call for proposals is to work on activities where citizens and end-users are not only asked to identify relevant challenges of their city, but also empowered to co-create together potential solutions in an ideation process.

The Cross-KIC group proposes to develop activities in cities and regional areas to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between people across Europe and to create interdisciplinary projects addressing sustainability, quality of experience and inclusiveness. With this approach, some topics have been identified as Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus Challenges for this call

Green transition through architectural, cultural, and historic sites:

  • Natural building materials and energy efficiency, including refurbishment of existing, historic buildings. (EIT Climate-KIC)
  • Sustainable alternatives for hardscapes as urban spaces, naturalisation of degraded public areas, green areas, biodiversity, green and blue infrastructures, and urban furniture as assets promoting active mobility, improving citizen well-being, and mitigating heat island effects. (EIT Urban Mobility)

Urban farming and regenerative agriculture to reduce emissions and foster the relationship between city and farmer. (EIT Food)

Towards circularity and urban resilience:

  • Enhancement of public realm, accessibility, and interconnection through active mobility modalities, to mitigate air pollution and improve physical and mental health. (EIT Urban Mobility)
  • Circular economy through actions sticking to the principles of the food waste hierarchy and efficient reutilization of bio-products and bio waste, achieving emissions and waste reduction and fostering the second life of products. (Includes tech solutions on safe ‘clean packaging’, smart waste management system). (EIT Food)

Ensuring affordability and accessibility to all:

  • Energy communities to ensure comfort living at affordable prices through multi-disciplinary retrofitting teams. (EIT Climate-KIC)
  • Universal mobility as a key enabler for social inclusion. Everyone should be able to move freely within cities regardless gender, race, beliefs, or disability (barrier free access). (EIT Urban Mobility)

The Call aims to select one proposal for each of the above identified challenge areas, thus awarding seven projects in total. Each successful proposal will be awarded up to €15,000. The KICs reserve the right to fund more than one proposal under a specific challenge when the number and/or quality of proposals received across the range of challenges do not meet the necessary criteria. Challenges are aimed to be holistic and cross-sectorial, however each challenge will be led by the KIC with the most relevant expertise as indicated in brackets above.

Details of Cross KIC NEB Call:

Call document with all the details available below:

List of documents to be submitted     Application form (available below)

Budget allocation                              €15.000 per proposal, up to a maximum of 7 proposals

Evaluation criteria                               

  • 30% Overall quality of application   
  • 40% Expected impact of the project  
  • 20% Innovative aspects of the proposal
  • 10% Expertise and previous experience
  • Based on ranking, the geographical spread within the European Union will also be considered. 

Dates                               

  • Call opening: 21 June 2021 
  • Call info session: 1 July 2021 at 10:00 CET (register here)
  • Closing call: 20 August 2021 (23:59 CET)
  • Eligibility and admissibility check: 23 – 24 August 2021
  • Evaluation: 25 – 30 August 2021
  • Communication of results to the participants: 31 August 2021
  • Start of project: 10- 15 September (latest)
  • Finalise project: 25 November 2021 (latest)

Please email your proposal: