Accelerator programmes

Is your startup helping to create liveable urban spaces? Become part of an EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator and get unique access to cities, mobility players and investors.

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerators consist of five thematic EU-funded programmes implemented through partners to take early-stage mobility startups to the next level. We are looking for early-stage startup-teams with business ideas that reduce congestion and increase efficiency in the transport system. With innovative approaches to make commuting faster or more enjoyable. With concepts to accelerate the transition to low- or zero-emission forms of transport – and with all other possible ideas that help to solve mobility-related problems.

Selected startups receive

30.000
worth of support services

6-month uniquely designed
Accelerator programme

Enjoy 6-month office
space
(in selected locations)

Direct access to “living labs” and cities for the creation of new products and services

Who should apply?

We are looking for early-stage startups from EU plus EIT participating countries (incl. RIS countries) with a properly validated, clear, scalable and innovative business idea that solves a mobility-related customer problem.

Eligibility criteria

To participate in the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme you need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • Startups should have generated less than € 1 million revenue (accumulated over startup lifetime).
  • No more than max. 5% of your shares are held outside of the eligible countries (no detailed cap table needed).
  • Startup must be incorporated in EU or EIT Urban Mobility participating countries. The registration certificate will be required to participate in the program.
  • A team with at least 2 FTE (not a single founder): minimum 1 team member pursuing the startup fulltime (not necessarily connected to monetary compensation).
  • Founders and employees (e.g. ESOP) should preferably still own more than 70% of shares.
  • A clear, scalable business idea.
  • Duly justified TRL 4-7 (more information here).
  • Fit with the thematic accelerator scope (defined in the dedicated guide for applicants).
  • Full submission of application including all required fields.

Selected startups from our batches

The Application Process:
The 4 Steps to your successful future!

2

A panel of qualified evaluators will review your application

3

Preselected startups will be
invited to pitch in front of
a jury
in their region

4

The best teams will join the
Accelerator program in July

To learn more about our current accelerator programmes and the direct links to apply, visit the dedicated pages:

FAQs

Frequently
asked questions

How do I apply to the Accelerator programme?

Click here.
You will get redirected to the application platform of EIT Urban Mobility.

You will need to register and validate your account if this is your first time accessing the platform. If you have already created an account, you will need to log in.

Once logged in it is as easy as starting a new application and selecting the program.
During your application you will have to fill in all compulsory fields.

You can save and edit your application until the deadline. Make sure to submit your application before the call is closed.

Who can I contact in case of questions?

Do you have general questions related to the Accelerator Programmes and the application process?  Please contact: accelerator@eiturbanmobility.eu

Do you need more information about EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hubs or would you like to get involved as a partner? Please contact:

I have a question regarding your application platform. Who do I contact for troubleshooting?

Please make sure to provide all required information during your application, including that related to your profile and the profile of the startup.

For any technical questions or processes regarding the EIT Urban Mobility application platform please use the chat function or contact business.creation@eiturbanmobility.eu

Which type of acceleration services does each Partner offer?

If you are selected for the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme you will receive 5.000€ equity-free funding for your startup, regardless of which Hub and Partner you have been assigned to. Other acceleration services offered by the Partners are:

  • 6-month Accelerator programme
  • 1-on-1 Business Coaching/ Mentoring
  • Startup Workshops and masterclasses
  • 6-months of Co-working Space/ Office Space (only in selected locations)
  • Direct access to “Living Labs” and Cities

The spectrum of acceleration services offered by the individual Partners varies. For details of the individual acceleration activities by Hub and by Partner please check FAQ What are Innovation Hubs for Acceleration? Who can I contact in case of questions? 

Which countries are “Eligible”?

Below you will find a list of eligible European countries:

  • Southern Europe: Albania, Armenia, Cyprus, France (South), Italy, Kosovo, Malta, North Macedonia, Portugal, Spain
  • Central Europe: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany (South / West), Italy, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey
  • Northern Europe: Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany (North), Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland (North), Sweden
  • Eastern Europe: Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany (East), Hungary, Israel, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine
  • Western Europe: Belgium, France (North), Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom

Am I eligible for the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme and what are the criteria for startup selection?

To participate in the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme you need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  • Startups should have received less than 1m EUR revenue (accumulated over startup lifetime).
  • No more than max. 5% of your shares are held outside of the eligible countries (no detailed cap table needed).
  • Startup must be incorporated in EU or EIT Urban Mobility participating countries. The registration certificate will be required to participate in the program.
  • A team with at least 2 FTE (NOT a single founder): minimum 1 team member pursuing the startup fulltime (not necessarily
    connected to monetary compensation).
  • Founders and employees (e.g. ESOP) should preferably still own more than 70% of shares.
  • A clear, scalable business idea.
  • Duly justified TRL 4 – 7 (* more information here).
  • Minimum €1bn addressable market.
  • Fit with EIT UM Challenge Areas:
    1. Active Mobility
    2. Future Mobility
    3. Sustainable City Logistics
    4. Mobility and Energy
    5. Public Realm
  • FIT with EIT UM Accelerator programme and full submission of application

*according to TRL definition in Horizon Europe – Work Programme 2021-2022 General Annexes B – Elegibility (page 10): wp-13-general-annexes_horizon-2021-2022_en.pdf (europa.eu)

Where can I find the guide for startups on the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerators eligibility and selection process?

You can find the guide for startups on each of the dedicated accelerator pages and at the EIT Urban Mobility application platform.

If we are not allowed to travel and to participate in face to face events due to the current COVID-19 situation, how is the programme structured to solve this?

All Hubs and accelerator partners will run adapted programmes to minimise impact of European restrictions due to COVID-19 to selected startups. Programmes will include digital offerings, virtual workshops, networking events and demo days that can be joined via video-calls and networking tools. Programme management will plan the programme and curriculum accordingly based on the published and applicable local and international policies and guidelines.

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