Scale-up programme

[Call 2022 closed]

The programme aims to support startups in the introduction of their solutions to the market through two different paths:

  • Travel voucher of 2.500€ per team
  • Participation at internal and high-level startup events such as Start-up World Cup & Summit in Prague or Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress in Barcelona
  • Coaching and mentoring by industry experts and experienced founders
  • Up to 25.000€ worth of support services provided by programme partners
  • Support by the strong EIT Urban Mobility network to scale sustainable mobility
  • Increased visibility via presentation on events, EIT Urban Mobility website, startup and social media activities
  • Access to investors via VC networking and pitches
  • Access to EIT Urban Mobility investment initiatives and funding instruments
  • Pilot project together with cities or industry partners to tackle a given challenge (Only for path B)
  • Personal support during the pilot project phase by EIT Urban Mobility network (Only for path B)
  • Optional financial support up to 50.000€ during the pilot project phase in exchange for equity or equivalent (Only for Path B)

Why join?

EIT Urban Mobility Scale-up identifies the 12 most promising startups with solutions for sustainable urban mobility. Their product should be in a mature state, which means a technological readiness level (TRL) of 7-9. The programme provides for the selected teams support for their international growth phase. One core offering of the programme is the implementation of pilot projects. In total, seven pilots shall be conducted to tackle challenges provided by industries, cities and regions across Europe.

The programme will host twelve disruptive startups between the two paths offered:

  • The offering for the 5 selected participants for Path A will be a travel voucher of 2.500€ per team, as well as dedicated mentoring and learning sessions and events both external an internal (such as TomorrowMobility 2022).
  • The offering for the 7 selected participants of Path B will be conducting a pilot tackling one of the challenges raised by the selected cities and industry, personal support during the pilot project phase by EIT Urban Mobility network, optional financial support up to 50.000€ during the pilot project phase in exchange for equity or equivalent plus the benefits included in Path A.

City challenges

Detailed information of the pilot and complementary offering is described in Guide for applicants.

1. Hamburger Hochbahn AG: Real time information about occupancy of busses and trains

Push the transport revolution by offering customers information about the occupancy of public transport vehicles in real time by analysing the videos of security cameras.

2. City of Tampere: Traffic Management

Learn how to use and utilize drones automatically in traffic management and traffic jam situations.

3. Prague 1 Municipal District: Digital regulation of mobility services

Find a harmony between promoting active clean micro-mobility in cities and operating these sharing services in a way that is consistent with other users of the area.

4. City of Munich: City Logistics Marketplace

Gather insights and develop a digital B2B marketplace that brings together operators of private or commercial spaces.

5. Prague 1 Municipal District: EV Charging infrastructure

Develop evidence-based decision-making support tool aiding with the placement of new charging infrastructure while monitoring and evaluating their use.

6. City of Madrid: Secure bicycle parking

Implement safe and secured bicycle parking with the possibility of charging e-bikes, located in strategic points.

7. Prague City Hall: Logistics Optimization

Reduce the negative impacts of urban logistics on public space, reducing the number of vehicles parked on sidewalks.

8. City of Helmond: Autonomous vehicles

Advance the technologies for AVs Status quo by solving one of the detailed challenges in the support documentation.

9. City of Madrid: Parking and docking stations for micro-mobility

Implement parking and docking stations for micro-mobility (bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters) of private customers or sharing companies that need users to park or charge their devices.

Industry challenges

Detailed information of the pilot and complementary offering is described in Guide for applicants.

10. Wolfsburg AG: Mobility as a Service (parking)

Increase user experience and reduce parking searching times by working on reservation feature connected with indoor navigation to pre-reserve parking lots, based on existing parking sensors (RFID).

11. IDIADA: Charging Infrastructure / Digital product

Design a system to be installed between the charging station and vehicle that will allow data collection, viewing, evaluation and validation of the charging process.

12. TUSGSAL: Mobility patterns based on data collection

Evaluate the feasibility, time, cost, risk and performance of an automated passenger counting system in a bus line operated by TUSGSAL.

13. DB Station&Service AG: Positioning System

Solve GPS location inaccuracies of micro-mobility vehicles, especially present at railroad stations due to overhead wires.

14. TUSGSAL: Monitoring electric buses

Test an innovative solution into a sample of TUGSAL’s electric vehicle to provide insights into the state-of-charge of the buses.

15. Prazska energetika, a.s.: Optimization charging infrastructure

Optimise the output of charging points in shared garages in residential areas.

Eligibility criteria

The following criteria must be fulfilled to be eligible to become part of the programme:

  • A clear, scalable business idea
  • Duly justified, minimum TRL 4, preferably TRL 7 – 9*
  • Startup incorporated in EU or EU associated countries according to the official list of countries by the European Union and third countries associated to Horizon Europe
  • Startups should have received less than 1 million EUR revenues (accumulated over last fiscal year)
  • No more than 5% of your shares are held outside of the eligible countries (no detailed cap table needed)
  • A team with at least 3 FTE (NOT a single founder): minimum 1 team member pursuing the startup fulltime (not necessarily connected to monetary compensation)
  • FIT with EIT Urban Mobility Scale-up Programme: Teams will be asked to elaborate how they will engage and contribute to the Scale-up programme
  • Applicants who participated in Scale-up Hub (2020) or ScaleTHENGlobal (2021) are NOT eligible for Scale-up call
  • Contribute to any of the EIT Urban Mobility’s challenge areas for products (goods or services) or processes launched on the market:
    • Future Mobility
    • Active Mobility
    • Sustainable City Logistics
    • Mobility and Energy
    • Public Realm

*According to TRL definition from Horizon Europe – Work Programme 2021-2022 General Annexes B – Elegibility (page 10)

Important moments of the programme

9 May 2022

Call opening

26 June 2022

Call closing

4-6 July 2022

Online pitch session

20 July 2022

Communication of results

July 2022

Onboarding event (online)

1 August – 16 December 2022

Running of the programme
(pilots may be extended during 2023)

7-8 September 2022

Future Mobility Summit 2022 (Berlin)

10-11 October 2022

Startup World Cup & Summit (Prague)

15-17 November 2022

Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (Barcelona)

Partners

CARNET – UPC Technology Center
Future Mobility Research Hub initiated by VolksWagen Group Innovation, SEAT and UPC. (Spain)
Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg
International network, aiming to connect corporates, startups, research and education in one place as part of the Germany-wide de:hub initiative.
Fraunhofer
Is one of the leading organizations for applied research in Europe. With more than 70 institutes all over Germany.
Hamburg
Hamburg's aim is to use the opportunities offered by digitalization and to transform into a model city for future, sustainable and integrated mobility and logistics
NFF
Interdisciplinary Research Centre around Mobility.
PowerHUB
PowerHUB is a Research & Innovation Industrial Center has an excellent track record with ICT Development, IT Platform, Urban Planning, in IT development of Big Data solutions and with citizen engagement applications.
UnternehmerTUM (UTUM)
UnternehmerTUM is Europe's largest entrepreneurship centre. With 240 experienced entrepreneurs, scientists and investors, UTUM offers a complete service: from the development of an initial idea to IPO.

FAQs

Frequently
asked questions

How do I apply to the Scale up 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 Scale-up Programme and the application process?  Please contact: business.creation@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

Can I be selected to Path A ( Programme WITHOUT pilot) of the programme if I applied for Path B (Programme WITH pilot)

The programme will be composed by 5 selected participants of Path A and 7 of Path B. When applying for path B you can choose to be selected among candidates of Path A if not selected in Path B.

How many challenges can I apply to?

Please be aware that an application should be submitted for every challenge selected with a maximum of 2 submissions per startup.

Where can I find detailed information about the Challenges to be solved by implementing pilots in Path B?

Detailed description of each of the 15 challenges briefly presented can be found in the Guide for applicants of the programme.

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 Scale up programme and what are the criteria for startup selection?

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

  • A clear, scalable business idea
  • Duly justified, minimum TRL 4, preferably TRL 7 – 9,*
  • STARTUP incorporated in EU or EU associated countries according to the official list of countries by the European Union and third countries associated to Horizon Europe
  • Startups should have received less than 1 million EUR revenues (accumulated over last fiscal year)
  • No more than 5% of your shares are held outside of the eligible countries (no detailed cap table needed)
  • A team with at least 3 FTE (NOT a single founder): minimum 1 team member pursuing the startup fulltime (not necessarily connected to monetary compensation)
  • Founders and employees (e.g. Employee Stock Option Programme) should preferably still own more than 70% of total shares
  • FIT with EIT Urban Mobility Scale-up Programme: Teams will be asked to elaborate how they will engage and contribute to the Scale-up programme
  • Applicants who participated in Scale-up Hub (2020) or ScaleTHENGlobal (2021) are NOT eligible for Scale-up call.
  • Contribute to any of the EIT Urban Mobility’s challenge areas for products (goods or services) or processes launched on the market;
    • Future Mobility
    • Active Mobility
    • Sustainable City Logistics
    • Mobility and Energy
    • Public Realm

*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)

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 consortium partners will run adapted programmes to minimise impact of European restrictions due to COVID-19 to selected start-ups. 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.

Please be aware that the programme includes participation in high impact external events that may be modifying at the organizations’ discretion.

Process & Contact


For more information, reach out to:  businesscreation@eiturbanmobility.eu