Best of The Baltics | sTARTUp Days

EIT Urban Mobility was thrilled to be in Estonia last week mingling with the best of the Baltic’s (and beyond) start-up scene. The three-day event is the largest one in the region bring together the start-up ecosystem in the city of Tartu, Estonia.  

Our Partners, the University of Tartu were one of the key organisers of the festival contributing to an inspiring programme of talks, workshops seminars and mingling events. At one seminar organised by the University, Peter Vest and Anna Burgués of EIT Urban Mobility presented Liveable Cities: Investment Opportunities from EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Urban Mobility. 

EIT Urban Mobility joined EIT Manufacturing in the Demo Area, a space where start-ups, investors and organisations in the ecosystem could mingle, present their product/service, and learn more from each other. It was great to meet with the ecosystem and see how they got creative with our Lego build a bike challenge!  

Friedrich Kaasik from the University of Tartu said, “It’s all about Making Innovation Happen! I think the participation in sTARTUp Day has been very successful! Especially when you think about the number of startups and scientists that have dropped by to talk to us here. Hopefully there will be more activities related to EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility, but also that start-ups or people with a start-up-mindset, will find the EIT Jumpstarter, for example.” 

It was fantastic to support several mobility start-ups to attend the event and look forward to seeing their businesses develop. Below are some images of a warmup event co-hosted by the University of Tartu. It was an opportunity for mingling amongst mobility start-ups and investors.

“If you want to do something big, this is the event to come to!”  

Käroliin Jääger – Project Manager at University of Tartu Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

Nordic Female Founder Series | Copenhagen & Gothenburg

In June, EIT Urban Mobility hosted two events to identify female founders in the Nordics, within urban mobility. The events are part of an effort made by EIT Urban Mobility and Position99 to both identify more female founders in the region and, to help them get access to venture capital through increased visibility and match making.  Read more here about the collaboration. 

The first event was hosted by our partner Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg, a hub for innovative projects with a focus on mobility for tomorrow.  

The second event was hosted at Bloxhub, the Nordic hub for sustainable urbanization in Copenhagen, Denmark. The theme was liveable cities, innovation and gender.  

Both events brought together a diverse mix of female founders, funders and potential innovators to discuss the gender imbalance in entrepreneurship in the region and to discuss what we can do to improve the ecosystem for female entrepreneurs. 

Anna Branten, the initiator of Position99 presented her research on innovation and gender, and then facilitated an inspiring and lively discussion amongst the participants. 

During the Copenhagen event a few of the participants shared some key messages that they took away from the discussion. 

EIT Urban Mobility is looking forward to continuing these discussions and uncovering and supporting more female founders in Urban Mobility.

If you are or know of female founders in the Nordics looking for funding – then sign up for or share the Position 99 List with them!

Sustainable City Logistics – Workshop & networking for building winning Horizon consortia 

In late May EIT Urban Mobility’s Action and Impact Group together with the Innovation Hub North organised a community building workshop on the challenge area of Sustainable City Logistics. The purpose of the workshop was to support partners and other relevant stakeholders to exchange ideas, ideate, and to start forming winning consortia for upcoming topics of interest under Horizon Europe calls related to Sustainable City Logistics. 

The Royal Norwegian Embassy of Denmark hosted the event at the residence of the Norwegian Ambassador. It was fantastic to see over 50 actors from different sectors across the Nordics, Baltics & Spain come together in this space. The event built on a previous event in September 2021 on Electrified Urban Freight transport hosted at the same venue. EIT Urban Mobility is looking forward to a continuing collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy of Denmark, bringing Nordic and pan-European stakeholders together to tackle the shared challenges facing our cities. 

The workshop 

The event started with an introduction and welcome note from the Norwegian Ambassador, EIT Urban Mobility’s director of Innovation, and the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation team. To share the newest trends and developments within the sustainable city logistics challenge area, three different speakers presented their work and perspectives on this dynamic field.  

Nikolaj Sveistrup, CEO of Urban Agenda and associate partner of Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, facilitated this expert panel, comprised of Allan Larsen from DTU- Technical University of Denmark, focused on digitisation and automation, Eva Errestad from SAMS Norway focused on maritime solutions and Emil Sigbrand from Smart Innovation Norway focused on the importance of social innovation.  

Following this, the participants split into three theme based groups to ideate on potential collaborations on the topics of interest for upcoming Horizon Europe calls related to City Logistics. 

It was great to see such a high level of engagement from all the participants and we look forward to seeing how these kickoff discussions develop. This event was part of the AIG community building event series and will be continued after the summer focusing on the challenge areas of Future Mobility and Mobility and Energy. 

Check out the video below where several participants share their thoughts from the day.

Rethinking our future cities at Nordic Edge Expo

The question for cities is shifting from How many cars can we fit in and around the city? to How do we build cities which support functioning transport systems, reduce the reliance on the private car and create livable and healthy spaces for the citizens?

As part of the Nordic Edge Smart Cities Expo in Stavanger Norway, EIT Urban Mobility together with Bloxhub Urban Partnership hosted a full day workshop on values based urban mobility.  

The participants

Participants were a mixture of Nordic universities and municipalities, researchers and professionals working in the urban mobility field. A good cross section of those researching the issues and those implementing plans to combat the issues that cities are facing! 

The case studies

Pia Fischer from Nordic Edge presenting the case of Stavanger West

We heard from three presenters who addressed the question How do we build cities which support both functioning transport systems, reduce the reliance on the private car and create livable and healthy spaces for the citizens?

Robert Martin from JAJA Architects presented an example from Copenhagen of how we can rethink parking houses. Both how we build them and how we use them. They should be more than just a place to house cars.

We then heard from Pia Fischer, COO of Nordic Edge about the case of newly developing district of Stavanger Vest and challenges the development faces in terms of mobility. Helene Olsen Beck from K2 Bolig, a housing developer in the same district, explained how through one housing project they play a role in shaping urban mobility.

Key learnings

In the final discussion there were a number of key learnings that emerged for the group.

  1. Understanding and supporting diverse mobility needs of individuals
  2. Balancing our focus between technical and nudging/low tech solutions (e.g.  mobility coins vs car free zones)
  3. Finding ways to bridge friction points between various stakeholder groups that shape the mobility landscape (e.g. citizens demands via planning around development vs housing that sells successfully)
  4. Combatting the issue of limited resources for bike infrastructure, by thinking on a strategic level (e.g. broader economic impacts of increased active transport) and looking to PPP as a potential solution to the resource gap.
  • Trondheim, Norway – Car sharing as a kind of public transport
  • Bogota, Colombia –  food insecurity was linked to the buildings and mobility options
  • Stockholm, Sweden –  successful case of implementing congestion pricing.