28 startups announced for New European Bauhaus accelerator programme

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is an EU-backed initiative that calls on all Europeans to shape an alternative future for the continent – built on the core principles of sustainability, inclusivity and aesthetics. Along with partners EIT FoodEIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Climate-KIC leads the EIT Community NEB, whose role is to support on-the-ground projects that embody the values of the NEB movement.

In a business landscape where profit margins often outweigh societal impact, the Catalyse NEB startup accelerator programme is an example of positive change. Launched last week at a special event in Leuven, Belgium, the programme features a record-setting cohort of 28 funded startups and represents a collaborative effort to support entrepreneurship that prioritises societal well-being alongside economic prosperity.

Integral to Catalyse NEB’s mission is its emphasis on nurturing startups that align with its core principles. In particular, the recognition of aesthetics and design beyond functionality allows the programme to highlight the beauty within innovation – making it more accessible and engaging for all.

With support services worth a total of €50,000, each of the 28 startups will benefit from a range of resources tailored to boost their growth and impact during the one-year acceleration programme. From programme-specific training based on the core NEB principles to leadership coaching, business mentoring and access to a vibrant innovation community, Catalyse NEB offers a fertile ground for startups seeking to become international game changers in an increasingly competitive market. 

The journey for this year’s Catalyse cohort is set to be an exciting one, full of opportunities for learning and collaboration. From forecasting their climate impact to refining their communication strategies, the programme offers a wealth of opportunities for growth and development.

Perhaps the most anticipated event on the calendar is the Smart City Expo in November 2024, where all 28 startups will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations on a global stage. Through the programme, each member of the cohort will receive support to attend the event, further amplifying their visibility and impact.

Meet the new Catalyse NEB cohort

From producing sunglasses made from fallen leaves to connecting consumers with local food producers, this year’s cohort spans 15 countries and is as diverse as it is innovative. Below, you can find links to each startup’s website, as well as brief descriptions of the projects.

Austria

  • Freyzein: Plastic-free clothing using a unique, 100% cellulose-based fabric.
  • Vienna Textile Lab: Producing textile dyes using naturally occurring microorganisms.

Belgium

  • ToGatherHomes: Next-generation housing that reduces cost, time and carbon footprint.

Denmark

  • Naviblind: Empowering the visually impaired to move independently.
  • Urban Tree: Innovative greening solution that combines nature with social interaction.

Estonia

  • WasteLocker: Informed and structured in-house waste management.

Finland

  • Ekotekt: Robotic 3D printing system to produce precast concrete elements.

France

  • Istya: Customisable sensors to monitor indoor air quality.

Germany

Hungary

  • SpaceCrop: Improving farming using satellite data and artificial intelligence.

Israel

  • Maygia: Producing electricity and treating water using air and hydrogen.

Italy

  • Coffeefrom: Producing thermoplastic materials from used coffee grounds.

Portugal

  • Hortee: Online marketplace connecting consumers with local food producers.
  • Seenergy: Eco-friendly household items designed to harness and store energy.
  • SuperSave: Price comparison app for Portuguese supermarkets.

Romania

  • Bluana: Food-tech start-up creating a plant-based seafood alternative.

Spain

  • Comunitaria: Healthy and balanced nutrition for vulnerable families in the community.
  • Remonda: Creating bioplastics using the waste products of fruit.
  • Volupte: Bespoke interiors that celebrate individuality and sustainability.
  • Waisense: Set of physical and digital solutions to save water across sectors.

Netherlands

United Kingdom

  • Alga: Researching sustainable seaweed cultivation for nutrition.
  • Boldr: Smart technology for lower domestic energy use.
  • Eyeleaf: Plastic-free eyewear, innovatively crafted from fallen leaves.
  • farmz2u: Supply chain management for agricultural value chains.
  • IONA: Creating efficient delivery networks with drones and robotics.

As the new cohort of Catalyse startups begins their NEB journey, we invite you to follow their progress on the EIT Climate KIC LinkedIn channel, and we look forward to sharing updates later in the year!

Request for proposals: Development of an EIT Alumni financial sustainability strategy

EIT Urban Mobility is part of the Strategic Education Cluster, an EIT Community, pan-European project that represents an unprecedented endeavour in the EIT Education Ecosystem to integrate, systematise and leverage education activities from different KICs, create joint offerings and open new opportunities for raising EIT’s profile and for market penetration. Among other things, the Cluster hopes to further connect all KICs’ education offer to the current and future needs of the labour market.

One of the ambitions of the Strategic Education Cluster is to strengthen the value creation, existing service offer, diversification, and long-term sustainability of the EIT Alumni Community. Crucially, the Cluster will support the EIT Alumni Community in the co-creation of a long-term strategy for revenue generation, according to the community’s needs, and the delivery of a financial sustainability play book.

The objective of this RfP is to select a vendor that, in close collaboration with EIT Urban Mobility and the EIT Alumni Community, will help identify opportunities for revenue generation for the EIT Alumni Community, and consolidate them into a financial sustainability playbook.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 10 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Request for proposals: Competence Hub Consulting Services (E-Learning and LMS)

By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility (hereinafter being referred to as “EIT UM”) is aiming to identify a supplier that can offer consultancy for overseeing projects related to the technical management and the stabilisation/development of Competence Hub’s e-learning platform, aligned with the EIT Urban Mobility’s mission of generating positive environmental and social impacts.

It is expected that the selected supplier achieves so by securing a dedicated Project Manager with the necessary technical expertise, project management skills, and collaborative capabilities to support us in:

  • Development of WordPress based e-learning solutions, including its technical aspects, such as: LMS platform management, e-learning content management, database management and web development.
  • Sourcing, managing, and coordinating external subcontractors involved in the improvement and development our LMSs’ capabilities and features.

The selection of the suppliers will be based on their highest score.

Awarded bidders will have a fixed price per order, which does not guarantee a minimum order per bidder.

All orders will be conducted on demand by the assigned contact in EIT UM.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 7 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Call for Expressions of Interest: Selection framework for hiring ‘Quality Assurance External Expert Reviewer(s)’ for Academy’s non-degree courses

In order to achieve our goal of ensuring that our learning offer follows the highest quality standards of education and training, and with the aim of expanding the number of EIT-labelled courses in our portfolio, the EIT Urban Mobility Academy wishes to secure via the current call for expression of interest, support from Quality Assurance External Expert Reviewer(s) to undertake the review and assessment of the courses. Through these reviews, the Reviewer(s) will assess the alignment and compliance of a given course with the aforementioned requirements and criteria of the EIT Label Quality system for non-degree education and training. 

Check the Call for Expression of Interest here.

To apply, send a completed and signed Expression of Interest form.

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2024 at 23:59h (CET)

Request for proposals: Project Management Software

By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility (hereinafter being referred to as “EIT UM”) is aiming to identify a supplier who is capable of providing access to a collaborative work management platform with the main purpose of allowing the Academy’s team to manage their workload and projects in an online and collaborative way.

It is expected that the selected supplier:

• Is an expert in project management software;

• Provides an easy to use and ready to implement solution;

• Provides licenses for 30 team members, with possibility of increasing the number of licenses according to team needs.

The RFP seeks a project management software supplier to provide a solution with robust features for task management, time tracking, and collaboration, easy to implement and customize to fit our workflow, with available user support, and stringent compliance and security standards.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 6 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Request for proposals: Sponsorship of European Women in VC report 2024

EIT Urban Mobility has the dedication to narrow the startup gender gap and foster an inclusive ecosystem. Venture Capitals lack gender diversity globally with most investment committees being all-male and a minority of VC partners being female.

For this reason, EIT Urban Mobility is supporting initiatives to encourage asset flow into venture capital and growth space, with a particular emphasis on female representation and mixed and diverse teams. The aim is to catalyse the LP community (family offices, UHNWI, pension funds, corporations, and other institutions) to encourage investment into Fund of Funds and Venture Funds, with a focus on Europe and in particular with a diversity angle.

A research initiative, followed by a report, will identify, and analyse trends, growth indicators and recommend steps that need to be taken to help close the funding gap. The key objective is to develop highly credible, empirical research based on thought leadership to drive influence and change within the European VC market.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 6 May 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Pre-qualification notice: EIT Community Officer of the EIT Community RIS Hub in Türkiye

By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility is aiming to identify a provider/contractor who can deliver services as an EIT Community Officer of the EIT Community RIS Hub in Türkiye. The role of a EIT Community Officer is to run and coordinate the EIT Community RIS Hub.

As EIT RIS is receiving a stronger mandate and additional resources under the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda (SIA) 2021-2027, the EIT has published a set of minimum standards and guiding principles for the EIT RIS Hubs to serve as a common strategic approach, which underpins the establishment and operation of all EIT RIS Hubs from 2023.

At the core of these minimum standards and guiding principles there is a framework which encourages and facilitates the gradual launch of EIT Community RIS Hubs to cover all EIT RIS eligible countries and territories by the end of 2025. Each EIT Community RIS Hub will be run and coordinated by an EIT Community Officer chosen by the EIT Community Strategic Regional Innovation Cluster.

Check the Pre-qualification Notice here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Letter of Interest Application Form.

New deadline for submissions: 13 May 2024, 16:00 CET

Request for proposals: Copywriter expert for Competence Hub

EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L. (hereinafter referred to as “EIT Urban Mobility”) is initiating a procurement procedure to enlist the services of a qualified copywriting expert (hereinafter referred to as the “Supplier”). The primary aim is to secure copywriter to support the efforts of the marketing team in crafting compelling content for both awareness and conversion purposes. This content will facilitate the expansion of the current learner base of the EIT Urban Mobility Academy’s Competence Hub e-course learning platform, known as Urban Mobility Course (UMC), accessible at www.urbanmobilitycourses.eu. It’s important to note that as of mid-Q2 2024, Urban Mobility Courses will operate under the name Urban Mobility Explained (UMX) (hereinafter referred to as “UMC/UMX”).

The Competence Hub is dedicated to bridging the knowledge gap in the urban mobility sector, with a focus on fostering a more efficient and sustainable future. Our mission centres around capacity building and skill development to drive the transformation of urban mobility. Through the UMC/UMX e-learning platform, we provide urban mobility professionals with a wide array of high-quality, current online courses, enabling them to learn at their own pace.

Consequently, we are seeking a Supplier capable of generating engaging content to stimulate awareness of our learning catalogue. This Supplier will assist in copywriting for marketing and communication activities associated with the Competence Hub. The Supplier’s copywriting activities include but are not limited to researching, writing, and editing blog posts, creating social media (both paid and organic posts) and Google campaigns copy; developing white papers; crafting email marketing campaigns; refining web copy; preparing presentations; enhancing SEO and scripting videos.

To be considered, Suppliers must provide a comprehensive CV showcasing their relevant expertise and experience in copywriting, particularly within the education and/or urban mobility sector. Furthermore, Suppliers are encouraged to include any additional pertinent information they deem relevant to the objectives outlined in this Request for Proposal.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 29 April 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Request for proposals: Educational consultant to update and integrate Deep Tech solutions into a Girls Go Circular online module

EIT Urban Mobility requests support from an educational consultant to update and integrate Deep Tech elements into the online learning module ‘Sustainable Mobility for Circular and Inclusive Cities’ of the EIT Youth project Girls Go Circular (GGC).

In line with the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, more specifically Action 13: Women’s participation in STEM, the EIT Community Girls Go Circular project aims to equip schoolgirls aged 14-19 across Europe with digital and entrepreneurial skills through an online learning programme about the circular economy and deep tech.

The programme’s objectives are to achieve systemic impact in terms of:

  1. Attracting more women to STEM and ICT. By increasing interest and knowledge in these fields at the secondary school level, the project contributes to closing the existing gender gap.
  2. Introducing youth to the circular economy and emerging societal challenges.
  3. Introducing youth to deep tech and its necessity for a more globally competitive Europe.
  4. Driving thematic content important to EIT and the KICs into the curriculum.
  5. Providing teachers with resources and training to incorporate challenge-based learning and innovative thinking into their classrooms.

At the core of the project, there is a Moodle-based learning platform “The Circular Learning Space”. Through this platform, students work individually and in groups during online and in-person sessions. The platform includes several modules of different lengths and levels of difficulty, exploring the circular economy from different angles.

The methodology of Girls Go Circular is based on a learning-by-doing approach that engages students in activities such as online research, entrepreneurial role-plays, or challenge-based exercises. The skills developed align with the EU Digital Competences Framework 2.2 (DigComp), the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp), and the European Sustainability Competence Framework (GreenComp). The following students’ skills are developed:

  1. Evaluating and managing data, information, and digital content
  2. Interacting, sharing, and collaborating through digital technologies
  3. Managing digital identities
  4. Developing digital content
  5. Entrepreneurial and leading skills
  6. Green skills and sustainability-driven mindset
  7. Familiarising with deep-tech topics
  8. Societal problem solving
  9. Critical thinking

In 2024, in line with its improvement plans, the Girls Go Circular project is planning to refine the learning modules developed between 2020 and 2022. These modules will be updated to incorporate the latest information relevant to their respective subjects while also integrating deep-tech solutions relevant to the field. Furthermore, the project aims at updating the teacher guidebook, a vital resource designed to support educators in navigating the platform effectively. This guidebook serves as a comprehensive tool, providing insights into each module, topic, and digital exercise and offering guidance to teachers in their preparation for facilitating classroom sessions.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 29 April 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

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Request for proposals: Marketing campaign management and implementation for Urban Mobility Courses (UMC) platform

EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L., (hereinafter referred to as “EIT Urban Mobility”), is initiating this procurement procedure to engage a qualified individual or company (hereinafter referred to as “Supplier”) capable of providing a marketing campaign management and implementation through their own networks and platforms for the EIT Urban Mobility Academy’s Competence Hub e-course learning platform, Urban Mobility Course which is accessible at www.urbanmobilitycourses.eu. As outlined in Section 1, from mid-Q2 2024 Urban Mobility Courses will operate under Urban Mobility Explained and for the purpose of this proposal, it will be presented as Urban Mobility Courses/Urban Mobility Explained (hereinafter referred to as “UMC/UMX”).

The Competence Hub is committed to addressing the knowledge gap in the urban mobility sector, fostering a more efficient and sustainable future. Our mission revolves around capacity building and skill development to propel the transformation of urban mobility. Through our UMC/UMX e-learning platform, we offer urban mobility professionals a diverse range of high-quality, up-to-date online courses, allowing them the flexibility to learn at their own pace.

The urgent need to accelerate change in the urban mobility field demands swift upskilling of its workforce. Traditional outreach methods may fall short in reaching the critical mass of professionals required for substantial change. Therefore, we are in search of a Supplier capable of driving growth in our learner enrolment and engagement through their marketing expertise and extensive connections within the urban mobility sector.

Our marketing objectives

Our key objectives are to significantly amplify UMC/UMX´s brand visibility, expand our learner community through lead generation, and improve engagement and conversions for our courses.

  • Accelerated Growth: Significantly increases UMC/UMX´s learner base by reaching a broader audience and attracting new segments of urban mobility professionals.
  • Enhanced Brand Awareness: Elevate UMC/UMX´s visibility across various online platforms where urban mobility professionals engage and establish ourselves as a leading provider in the field.
  • Improved Course Engagement: Drive user registrations and course completions through targeted marketing initiatives and engaging content.

The Supplier will be required to develop and execute multi-channel marketing campaigns. These campaigns must resonate with the Competence Hub’s target audience segments and effectively communicate the value proposition of UMC/UMX courses. Additionally, the Supplier will leverage their existing platforms, networks, and channels to foster a vibrant online community for UMC/UMX learners, encouraging interaction, knowledge sharing, and ongoing engagement. The Supplier will also track and report on the key performance indicators (KPIs) to demonstrate the impact of marketing campaigns on UMC/UMX´s growth goals and engagement metrics. The Supplier will implement the following marketing tactics;

  • Advertisements: Utilise their own platforms and channels´ advertising tools to promote UMC/UMX to their audience; including but not limited, to leaderboards, MPUs, and educational listings etc.
  • Email Marketing: Disseminate UMC/UMX´s value proposition and services via sponsored newsletters and dedicated e-blasts to their own subscribers.
  • Social media: Run targeted promotional campaigns across own social media channels to drive users to the UMC/UMX platform.
  • Webinars: Host and manage the start-to-end logistics of webinars, including post-event analysis.
  • Ad Hoc: Design, develop and implement additional formats and channels based on expertise to help accelerate Competence Hub’s marketing goals, such as podcast, sponsored articles, virtual round tables, etc..

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 23 April 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Request for proposals: Digital communication channels support

By the present procurement procedure, the EIT KIC Urban Mobility S.L. hereby being referred to as “the EIT UM” or as “EIT UM” is aiming to identify one digital agency capable of:

  • Supporting the technical and strategic maintenance of the main EIT UM website: In Q2 2024 a revamped website of EIT Urban Mobility will be launched. To ensure a proper implementation and quality of the revamped website, external support is needed. The provider will closely work with the EIT Urban Mobility communications and marketing department focusing on the maintenance of the new website of EIT Urban Mobility and monitoring the performance of the website, creating exhaustive reports based on the analysis done of the content strategy put in place and providing recommendations for improvement – Work Package 1.
  • Support the EIT Urban Mobility communications & EU affairs department on the maintenance of the marketing automation tool – Work Package 2.

Check the Request for Proposals here.

To apply, please send the completed and signed Tender´s Submission and Declaration Form.

Deadline for submissions: 16 April 2024 at 16:00h (CET)

Europe more than ever in need of more EU budget for transport

43 European transport organisations, representing the key spectrum of Europe’s transport network, are again joining forces in a campaign to urge the Council and the European Parliament to increase the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget for transport in the upcoming review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.  

The transport sector is of strategic importance in responding to Europe’s geostrategic, environmental and capacity challenges. Recent and ongoing crises have proven once again that only with a strong, adaptable and innovative transport sector at its core, Europe will be able to respond effectively to massive disruptions and safeguard its supply chain sovereignty. If Europe is to strengthen its resilience, be a leader in the shift to net-zero and finally complete the Trans-European Transport Network, it must translate its words into deeds and reflect these ambitions in the new EU budget for transport. 

The massive oversubscriptions of the current CEF transport budget underline once again that the ambitions and challenges of the transport sector are high, yet are not met with the necessary EU support.  

Cities and regions need additional support to implement innovations that enable multi-modal solutions that respond to the challenges they have: road safety, air pollution or congestion. 

EIT Urban Mobility fosters a vibrant mobility ecosystem of cities, research institutions, industries, and startups. We call for enhanced investment in multimodality and innovation to elevate new and market ready solutions to wide scale deployment. EU grants play a key role in closing the initial investment gap for pioneering transport ventures that are rich in innovation and offer substantial eco-societal benefits” – Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility. 

The take-away for European leaders and policymakers should be clear: this is the moment for Europe to reverse the trend of continued underfunding of the transport sector and set the bar high. A strong CEF instrument for transport is the best guarantee to deliver high EU added value, foster a level playing field across Europe and enable no regret investments.  

The leaflet of the transport campaign for the review of the next EU budget is attached and available here.