PRESS RELEASE: Technical readiness of artificial intelligence, lack of investments, and insufficient data quality slow down EU businesses in global AI race.
Madrid, Spain, 21 September 2021 – A new report by EIT Urban Mobility  reveals businesses in the EU need better data collection and processing capabilities to reap the full benefits of artificial Intelligence (AI). 60% of experts surveyed for the report identified the lack of technical feasibility – the ability of AI solutions to competently carry out tasks – as the biggest barrier to AI solution deployment, followed by poor data availability and quality (50%).
According to industry experts, budget constraints (30%) is the next most important barrier to the development and deployment of AI in Europe, which confirms an earlier analysis by the European Investment Bank stressing the lack of investments in AI at EU level. Targeted investments to improve collection and processing of data by European businesses are crucial to catch up with AI leaders China and the US.
Main barriers for deploying AI solutions are lack of technical feasibility, lack of data availability, poor data quality & integrity, and budget constraints.
The report was launched today at the Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence event in Madrid by EIT Urban Mobility, in collaboration with Siemens Mobility and with the participation of Maria José Rallo, General secretary of Transportation and Mobility at the Spanish Ministry of Transportation, Mobility, and Urban Agenda and Torsten Klimke, Head of Innovation and Research Unit of DG MOVE at the European Commission.
The report builds on a survey of more than 60 European experts in the fields of urban mobility, climate, manufacturing, and health. In the mobility sector, AI applications are mostly used for user-centric mobility services, traffic and logistics forecasts, on-demand bus services, vehicle tracking on transport networks, or self-driving car technologies such as automated valet parking.
In the wake of AI’s rapid uptake in recent years, industry experts identified cybersecurity (73%), compliance (55%), and personal privacy (55%) as the three top risks arising from AI development and deployment. To face these risks, European businesses need competent staff equipped with the necessary AI knowledge and skills. One in five experts think their company needs to invest more in AI talents and training.
Dr. Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: “The Recovery plans are a unique opportunity to strengthen EU´s efforts to leverage the vast opportunities of artificial intelligence, and to upskill the workforce. EIT Urban Mobility looks forward to supporting policymakers and business leaders in accelerating AI uptake to provide better, citizen-centred mobility services.”
In addition to the Next Generation EU recovery package that will assist Member States’ green and digital transformation, the European Commission proposed in spring 2021 a harmonization of rules for AI, and launched a new EU funding instrument of up to €150 million to support AI early and growth companies in Europe.
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Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility: Get your mobility solution funded and implemented in Barcelona.
- Funded by EIT Urban Mobility, the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Institute of Technology for the Habitat, DGT, and Fira de Barcelona, the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility was created to boost the implementation of innovative urban mobility projects.
- The first challenge offers an allocation of 200,000€ in prizes plus the chance to implement the solution in the city of Barcelona.
Barcelona, a world-renowned city for its beautiful architecture, culture, and stunning views, is now making strides in the world of urban mobility. Funded by EIT Urban Mobility, the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Institute of Technology for the Habitat, DGT, and Fira de Barcelona, the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility was created to boost the implementation of innovative urban mobility projects.
The Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative is the perfect opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs looking to develop and implement their solutions for more efficient urban transportation. To attract the most disruptive solutions, the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility has just launched its first challenge, offering an allocation of 200,000€ worth of prizes plus the chance to implement the winner’s solution in Barcelona.
The Challenge: How can Barcelona reduce motorbike accidents while increasing the safety of both motorcyclists and pedestrians?
The challenge is open to all innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups with a solution that can help to improve urban mobility in Barcelona. Examples of solutions that are eligible for the challenge include, but are not limited to, solutions for optimizing traffic flows, solutions for improving public transportation, solutions for improving air quality, and solutions for reducing emissions.
In addition to the 200,000€ in prizes, the challenge also offers the opportunity for the winner to implement their solution in Barcelona. This is an incredible opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs, as it will provide a chance for their solution to be tested in a real–world environment and potentially have an impact on the lives of Barcelona residents.
The deadline for applications to the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility challenge is 1 March 2021, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.
Get your mobility solution funded and implemented in Barcelona! APPLY HERE
CHILDFY: Improving mobility in the city of Cascais.
The city of Cascais, Portugal, has recently implemented the innovative CHILDFY project, funded by EIT Urban Mobility. The project focuses on providing new mobility solutions to students and young children, with the aim of creating a more sustainable urban mobility system in the city. The CHILDFY project has been designed to specifically address the needs of students and young children, ensuring that their trips to and from school and other destinations are as safe and comfortable as possible. The project is centred around mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), which involves creating a comprehensive platform upon which users can access a wide range of transport options.
The CHILDFY project has enabled the city of Cascais to become more connected and create more efficient transport networks that are better suited to the needs of its citizens. This is a crucial step forward in Portugal’s transition towards a new model of urban mobility that is more sustainable and efficient. The project has also highlighted the importance of providing safe, affordable, and accessible transport options to students and young children, allowing them to move around Cascais more freely and easily.
The CHILDFY project is part of a larger initiative in Portugal to transition towards a new model of urban mobility that is better suited to the needs of its citizens. This new model strives to improve the quality of life for everyone living in urban areas, with a focus on providing safe, affordable, and accessible transport options to users. Overall, the CHILDFY project is a notable example of how Portugal is working towards a new model of urban mobility that is better suited to the needs of its citizens. This project has not only improved the quality of life for users in Cascais, but it has also highlighted the importance of providing safe and affordable transport options to students and young children. The success of this project is a testament to the potential of new mobility solutions to improve the lives of citizens in urban areas.
CHILDFY was in pilot testing at Fernando José dos Santos School and Salesianos de Manique. “One of our biggest problems has to do, exactly, with traffic at the entrances and exits of the school. As it happens, we’ve been looking for solutions for some time. The proposal that the Municipality of Cascais made to us through this app is exactly to find a solution along these lines”, explained Bernardo Correia, Pedagogical Director of the Salesianos de Manique.
CHILDFY is a tested project via EIT Urban Mobility’s RAPTOR programme. More info.
About the CHILDFY platform
CHILDFY is a new app that promotes sustainable mobility in school transport. It is a community for families and schools looking to save time and reduce the flow of cars that every morning fill the school gates.
Through the app, parents can combine and offer transport with other parents for their children, ensuring they get to school efficiently and safely.
Through the CHILDFY platform, users can access information on the various transport options available, such as public transport, shared mobility, and on-demand services. The platform also includes an online booking system, allowing users to book their preferred mode of transport in advance. Additionally, the platform provides real-time updates on the availability of transport services and the estimated time of arrival.
The app promotes car sharing between parents of the same school, having several mechanisms to ensure the safety of students: “All the data of the parents enrolled, we validate it through our internal computer system, which makes it more secure, because there is no parent who joins the programme whose validation does not go through our computer system and that gives security”, concluded the director.
More information about the CHILDFY project: https://movilidadparafamilias.com/
The art of acceleration – why is it needed?
On 20 February, EIT Urban Mobility will launch the call for applications for its thematic accelerator programmes. This year, EIT Urban Mobility expanded its portfolio of programmes with three new themes: Future Mobility, Inclusive Mobility and Smart Mobility. They complement the four continuing programmes: E+ Mobility, Energy & Public Ream, Sustainable City Logistics and Urban Air Mobility.
The accelerator programmes are run by different consortia of partners, each with their own unique combination of expertise, variation in pan-European locations and networks. The thematic programmes offering to early-stage start-ups includes their participation in Living Labs and business coaching as well as urban mobility-specific expertise such as technology or market validation, product-market fit or market entry strategies. Ultimately, the six-month long accelerator programmes are intended to be a funnel to the EIT Urban Mobility investment arm for the top performers of each programme.
Scope of the programmes…
Being linked to most of daily activities and routines of inhabitants, mobility is one of the most complex topics and end-to-end journey requires seamless integration of various components and close cooperation between different stakeholders.
Due date, the following programmes have been actively helping entrepreneurs to validate their ideas, strengthen business models, and equip them with soft skills for successful commercial kick-offs:
(1) Sustainable City Logistics Accelerator – urban logistics is a hot topic in mobility agendas worldwide. The rapidly increasing e-commerce demand and pressure to limit traffic in cities to meet climate goals contribute to this. To meet sustainability goals, new goods transportation methods must be developed and implemented. UnternehmerTUM GmbH, along with an international consortium of partners with experience in logistics, support start-ups with resources to develop and implement innovative freight transportation and management interventions.
(2) E+ Mobility Accelerator – a rapidly growing sector that is changing the way we move around, providing us with alternative, sustainable, and affordable transportation options. This programme has a specific focus on mobility & energy, micro-mobility, and shared mobility thematic fields. Given the importance of the topic with mobility being tied to global energy markets, strong consortium of TIER 1 industry players, research centres and SMEs led by Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) is supporting selected start-ups.
(3) Energy & Public Realm Accelerator – as cities become increasingly dense and populated, it is important to consider how energy is used and how public spaces can be made more efficient and accessible. This acceleration programme led by Zone Cluster seeks start-ups to contribute to better living spaces by addressing energy and mobility related aspects. Thus, addressing social and environmental well-being. The aim of the accelerator is to work closely with local communities to define and embrace the most frequent bottlenecks.
(4) Urban Air Mobility Accelerator – involves the use of vehicles that are able to fly and are powered by electricity or alternative fuels, as well as systems supporting their operations. This type of transportation offers the potential to revolutionise the way people commute and has the potential to greatly reduce the amount of time spent commuting. It could also reduce overall transportation costs, traffic congestion and pollution, and provide access to remote areas. With the advancement of technology, urban air mobility is quickly becoming a reality and is gaining a lot of attention from the public, industry, and government. Toulouse Metropole with its well-established Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem became an EIT UM hub for this acceleration programme.
…and new Thematic Accelerators at EIT Urban Mobility
Thanks to the continuous evaluation of market trends as well as demand side monitoring, EIT Urban Mobility decided to launch dedicated programmes and focus on three new verticals, namely:
(1) Future Mobility Accelerator – with the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles, the potential to better manage traffic flows, reduce emissions and improve the overall quality of life in cities is huge. This programme is open to all cutting-edge and high-impact technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI)-driven platforms, blockchain, 5G, vehicle-to-everything (V2X), Internet of Things (IoT) or edge computing that could be applied to the sector and leverage on their advantages. Led by North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency, cooperation will be stretched over 3 countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia) with 5 more partners: VEFRESH, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency, Innovation Centre Nikola Tesla, ABC Accelerator, LMT, and Poslovna Inteligencija.
(2) Inclusive Mobility Accelerator – increasing awareness of inequalities embedded already in urban design, high-level planning and systemic solutions makes public debate shifting nowadays towards identification of mobility patterns that should be re-designed to serve the whole society. To address range of the existing issues as well as to ensure that developed innovations are inclusive, Impact Hub Vienna as a lead partner, together with Ocean Strategy Unnipessoal Lda and Punkt vor Strich GmbH, will be working with entrepreneurs with the aim to create a frontrunning incubation center for inclusive mobility.
(3) Smart Mobility Accelerator – implementation done in close cooperation with ecosystem stakeholders is pivotal for any innovation to succeed and grow exponentially in its first phase. Following that belief, EIT Urban Mobility is delighted to host an ¨accelerator of accelerators¨ – a consortium founded by 3 leading start-up accelerators: DriveTLV in Israel, MobilityXLab in Sweden, and Start-up Autobahn powered by Plug and Play in Germany. The consortium will create an impactful transcontinental collaboration between leading mobility stakeholders and start-ups thanks to proven and in-house tested methodologies, and with access to facilities, experts, and direct channels of engagement with key corporations and investors.
Outlook for 2023
All seven Thematic programmes will be launched on 20 February, with the deadline of 21 April. All the submissions should be delivered via AwardsForce. If you would like to be reminded of the call opening, please fill in the following form.
Request for Proposals: Event management services for a 2-day Partnership Community event
EIT Urban Mobility consists of a network of over 250 partners, who are Europe’s leading companies, research and education institutions and cities. They all support outreach, are actively engaged via the Innovation Hubs and cover the complete value chain from vehicle and traffic technologies to urban planning, data services, energy, retail, financial services, and engineering.
The main objective is to gather all EIT Urban Mobility partners from different European locations under one roof and organise a 2-day event designed just for them. Besides a Partners Day, EIT Urban Mobility wants to organise a Matchmaking Day in order to tailor EIT Urban Mobility´s offering to their proposals.
Events are an important component of EIT Urban Mobility’s communications strategy and play a pivotal role and channel for disseminating the success and impact of EIT Urban Mobility´s activities.
By the present procurement procedure, EIT Urban Mobility is seeking professional support for the planning, organisation, and execution of this event, which will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, over the course of two days, respectively on 28 and 29 of March 2023
EIT UM aims at reaching the following objectives with this event:
- Reinforce the strong feeling of community and belonging to the EIT Urban Mobility community for all our partners.
- Create awareness of how powerful our community is.
- Exclusivity event – only for our partners – only for the selected.
- Hook event; to transform potential leads to become EIT Urban Mobility partners. Some of our ready-to-be partners will also be invited to the event.
- One exclusive day for our partners dedicated only to matchmaking for their proposals for EIT Urban Mobility opportunities.
All information, including the detailed scope of work, deliverables, and terms & conditions can be found in the Request for Proposals.
Deadline for submissions: 12 February 2023 at 16:00 Central European Time.
Call for proposals 3 for HEI Initiative
The third Call for Proposals for the HEI Initiative (Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education) will remain open until 28 February.
This call aims to increase the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity in higher education by bringing together HEIs in innovation value chains and ecosystems across Europe.
The call will select up to 16 consortia, who will receive a maximum of EUR 750 000 with up to EUR 350 000 for Phase 1 (May−December 2023) and up to EUR 400 000 for Phase 2 (January−July 2024). This call for proposals is open to all types of stakeholders. For the first time, the call is open to both new organisations and existing partners from the Pilot Call and the second call for proposals.
The selected consortia should show how they will build innovation capacity through the integration of deep tech talent-fostering activities. They must also demonstrate how their applications align with the Deep Tech Talent Initiative and contribute to deep tech innovation.
The goal of the Deep Tech Talent Initiative is to develop and offer pan-European talent and skills development programmes to skill, re-skill and up-skill at least 1 million talents in the coming next three years (2023-2025). In this way, the Europe’s labour force is expected to be expanded in high growth companies working in deep tech fields, encompassing advanced materials and manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, blockchain, robotics, aerospace, photonics, electronics, quantum computing, sustainable energy and cleantech. The Deep Tech Talent initiative is led by EIT under the new European Innovation Agenda adopted by the European Commission in 2022.
Consortia must submit their applications until 28 February 2023, by 17:00 CET. The selected projects will be announced in May 2023.
Networking and Matchmaking platform
For organiations that would like to apply to the initiative but are missing participants for creating a full cohort, the initiative has a Conversation Starter platform available exclusively for this Call 3. Register in the platform to meet and match with other organiations whose HEI proposal concepts are aligned.
Further details and supporting documents
The HEI initiative is an activity part of the cross-KIC portfolio. The KICs participating in the HEI initiative are: EIT RawMaterials, EIT Health, EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Climate-KIC.
- For further details about the HEI Initiative 3 Call: HEI Initiative website
- For general questions about the call, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. EIT HEI Call 3 text
- Frequently Asked Questions
- EIT HEI Initiative List of KIC partners
Request for Proposals: Investment Readiness Accelerator (IRA)
EIT Urban Mobility is seeking professional support and training services to prepare European impact mobility ventures for investment.
Fast-growing companies need to acquire the necessary capital to scale fast. With few exceptions, entrepreneurs are unable to recruit key employees, implement marketing initiatives, and develop products and services without the right funding strategy in place.
The Investment Readiness Accelerator (IRA) is designed to prepare entrepreneurs to receive funding from early-stage investors and other sources of capital. It targets ambitious entrepreneurs as they contribute to solving pressing social and environmental challenges across Europe.
The IRA has the ultimate goal to improve the Investment Readiness Level (IRL) of the participating companies.
The general objective of this Request for Proposals (RfP) is to scout, provide training and recruit a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 impact mobility companies per cohort, in three different cohorts, in 2023.
The aim of this tender is to appoint one supplier that will scout, recruit and provide training services to a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 EU impact mobility ventures to the EIT Urban Mobility’s community.
All information, including the detailed scope of work, deliverables, and terms & conditions can be found in the Request for Proposals.
Deadline for submissions: 27 February 2023 at 16:00 Central European Time.
First Innovation Small Call for the BP2023-2025
The Innovation Small Calls is a new pilot mechanism for EIT Urban Mobility in 2023. Around 600K€ has been allocated to the Small Call’s mechanism. Given the small calls process is a pilot mechanism, awardees will be closely monitored through the implementation process until the successfully closure of their project by 31 December 2023. Additionally, support will be given on the management of specific EIT processes and reporting procedures linked to the new mechanism.
The Innovation Small Call is a mono-beneficiary type of call addressed to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Each entity awardee will receive a total EIT contribution of the 70% of the total project budget, with a maximum amount of 59,500 € per project. The wider goal of the pilot mechanism is to provide new pathways into wider co-operation with the EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem and create new partnerships with a lighter touch procedures and processes.
Proposals submitted to this call for proposals must support EIT Urban Mobility’s vision and mission and substantially contribute to tackling our strategic objectives (SOs). Proposals need to demonstrate how the activity will contribute to specific SOs, as stated in the Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 (SA).
Call Main Features
|Call for Proposals Main Features1|
|Key dates of the call calendar||Call opening: 25 January 2023 |
Call closing (submission of completed application): 25 March 2023 by 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: End March 2023
Evaluation of proposals: End March 2023 – first half of April 2023
Remote Panel Hearing: Second half of April 2023
Communication of results: End of April
Tentative start of the projects: May 2023
|Total estimated EIT Funding allocated to this call and co-funding rate||595,000€ (10 projects to be implemented out by 10 different legal entities, each with an EIT funding allocation of 59,500 EUR). All proposals must have a minimum co-funding of 30%. Co-funding above 30% will be positively assessed during the portfolio selection.|
|Project duration||This call is open to proposals with a project duration of up to 8 months.|
|Submission portal||The AwardsForce Link. |
See document “Guide for applicants” for further details
|List of documents to be submitted||Application form is available on the AwardsForce platform Legal incorporation documents and VAT number|
|List of documents to take into consideration||Call Manual |
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
Eligibility of expenditure
Handbook Template of the Financial Support Agreement
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement (specifically Articles 16 and 17)
List of KPIs
|Short summary of the topics to be addressed||The Challenge Areas cover three main topic: Energy, Logistics, Future Digital ( (See Section 1.3.1). Within these calls, products/solutions/services could address, but not be limited to, the following sub-topics: Artificial Intelligence/Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, CarOS, V2X, Last Mile Brokerage Services, Physical Safety & Security, Cybersecurity, Mass Transit User Experience, Software Defined Mobility, ITS, MaaS, Mobility Interchanges, Asset Management & Monitoring, Billing/Ticketing, LTE Connectivity.|
|Evaluation criteria||For the Strategic & General Fit evaluation: |
Meet the Strategic
Fit product/service solution definitions
Comply with Innovation
Small Call general fit requirements
For the full proposal evaluation:
Excellence, novelty, and innovation,
Impact and financial sustainability,
Quality and efficiency of the implementation
Info sessions and contact details
Recorded webinars and contact details are available to guarantee the maximum support to the applicants during the proposal’s preparation process.
To help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals, EIT Urban Mobility will host one live Call Info Day. It will be focused on the call content, the challenges as well as on the submission and evaluation procedures and the financial aspects. Please find the calendar and the link to register in the table below:
|Type of event||Topic covered||Date and time (CET)||Access to platform|
|Webinar||Call Info Day: |
Call calendar, evaluation, scope and challenges of the call, KPIs, EU registration numbers (PIC number), evaluation process, contribution to EIT Urban Mobility financial sustainability, end client role, tips to applicants
Webinar available here
In parallel to the call information sessions, all applicants may contact EIT Urban Mobility to resolve any concerns or doubts on the general/technical procedures and call content. These are the key contact details of the EIT Urban Mobility team for questions related to this call:
UPPER: EIT Urban Mobility working to unleash the potential of public transport in ten European cities
EIT Urban Mobility is proud to contribute to the implementation of UPPER, a new EU- funded project working to strengthen the role of public transport as the backbone of mobility in cities.
UPPER (Unleashing the Potential of Public transport in EuRope) is a 48-month project funded under the Horizon Europe Programme of the European Commission. The project aims to strengthen the role of public transport as the flagship of sustainability and innovation of mobility in cities. To achieve its ambitious goals, the project brings together organisations representing all key actors of the public transport ecosystem.
Why we need a public transport revolution
Cities play a pivotal role in achieving the European Green Deals ambitions of climate neutrality by 2050. To accelerate the transition towards climate neutrality in cities, UPPER is facilitating cooperation among public transport authorities, operators, and users by offering a physical and digital environment to test measures, update existing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), and optimise public transport offerings. The overall goal of participating Living Labs and Twinning Cities is to increase the use of public transport by > 30 % and the user satisfaction by > 25 %, leaving nobody behind in the process. The project is strongly linked to the goals of the Cities Mission in supporting the transition towards zero-emission mobility.
Implementing 84 measures in 10 cities
UPPER will implement a combination of measures looking to push people out of private cars and to pull them closer to public transport. These measures will increase the share of public transport and cover different market segments. A big spotlight in UPPER will be on participative governance and involving citizens, ensuring decisions are made based on the needs of different target groups using public transportation.
Gareth Macnaughton, Innovation Director at EIT Urban Mobility: “In our current Climate Crisis, we take seriously that 20% of global GHG emissions come from transport. Electrification of private vehicles is not enough to contribute to climate neutrality. Convincing people to change habits and ditch private cars for shared mobility should be about making the entire experience as dependable, positive, safe, and comfortable as possible.”
Thus, the 84 pull and push measures will act on different levels to enable the shift from private to public transportation:
- Mindset and culture
- Urban mobility planning
- Mobility services ecosystem
- Road network management
- Democratic governance
The measures will be tested in the UPPER Living Labs (Valencia, Rome, Ile de France, Oslo, and Mannheim) and the UPPER Twinning Cities (Lisbon, Leuven, Hannover Region, Budapest and Thessaloniki) across Europe and will be adapted to the local context and objectives. While in Rome, UPPER will test the inclusion of new mobility services in multimodal interchange nodes; in Île-de-France (one of) the measures will focus on promoting the use of public transport in large events; in Mannheim UPPER will establish participative governance and dialogue formats to address special needs of citizens.
The UPPER measures will be supported by the UPPER Toolkit (U-TWIN, U-SIM, U-NEED, U-GOV, U-KNOW, U-TRANSFER and U-SUMP), seven IT tools combining social and technological innovation that will be demonstrated in the UPPER Living Labs and Twinning sites.
EIT Urban Mobility will contribute to a successful replication and transferability of the project’s results by developing a business strategy that will allow participating partners to make use of UPPER’s results in the long-term.
Who is part of the UPPER project?
The project gathers a strong consortium of 41 partners from across the public transport sector. It is coordinated by UITP and will run over the course of four years.
Read the full press release here: https://www.uitp.org/news/unleashing-the-innovation-potential-of-public-transport-as-backbone-of-urban-mobility-upper-project-launches/
Closing the knowledge gap in mobility innovation and entrepreneurship
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EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, runs two Master Programmes to address skills gap challenges in the mobility sector. Europe and the EU are seeing substantial investment levels in cities’ economies to improve their mobility schemes and make them more sustainable. With significant development and changes in mobility patterns in the past years, enabled by digital technologies and innovation, new cohorts of trained professionals are a necessity for Europe.
The EIT Urban Mobility Master School offers programmes designed with innovation and entrepreneurship at their core. The programmes focus on tackling urban mobility’s main challenges: sustainable urban mobility, and the use of technology and data science in urban mobility. The double degree master’s programmes bring together leading European universities to provide high-quality education, giving the students a chance to study at two different universities and explore different learning paths. These master-level programmes are provided by Politecnico di Milano, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Eindhoven University of Technology, Aalto University, Ghent University, and the University of Tartu.
Sustainable Urban Mobility is one of the main challenges facing cities in the EU and a matter of concern for many citizens. Road transport is one of the leading causes of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas, and the costs of congestion to society are around €270 billion a year.
The aim of the master programmes is to offer students the tools and know-how to explore more innovative solutions to emerging mobility challenges, enabling them to launch their ideas and supporting them with startup creation. EIT Urban Mobility believes that it is vital to invest in education programmes that foster students’ skills and entrepreneurial mindset, in order to equip them to navigate an ever-changing technological environment while tackling complex challenges. With the year 2023 being declared the European Year of Skills, the EU is putting a strong focus on reskilling and matching people’s aspirations and skill sets to the job market. In line with this approach, innovation and entrepreneurship comprise a significant component in the EIT Urban Mobility Master School curricula.
Throughout their studies, students engage with and tackle real-life challenges, and complete a two-week challenge-based Summer School in two different European cities. Students also gain access to the EIT Urban Mobility’s community and benefit from their collaboration with leading industry partners, mainly through internship placements that bridge the academic-praxis gap and help students develop their practical knowledge.
“Our goal is not simply to educate, but to equip; equip with skills, know-how, and connections. These are the tools we need to prepare upcoming generations for an ever-changing future, and we need more innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit to make tangible change happen” – Martin Vendel, director of EIT Urban Mobility Academy
With the European Green Deal, the EU is striving to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, this is to be delivered by a smart, competitive, safe, accessible and affordable transport system. More information
Driven by EIT’s commitment to investing in future generations of innovators and entrepreneurs, the EIT Urban Mobility Master Programmes follow the ‘EIT Label’ – a certification of excellence and quality assurance for innovation in education, bringing together business, education and research -the so-called knowledge triangle. The EIT Urban Mobility Master School started in 2020 and has received a growing number of enrolled students from different international and professional backgrounds.
Learn more about the EIT Urban Mobility Master Programmes here.
The Finnish start-up Bout uses the Seine to sail away in France
Thanks to the collaboration between EIT Urban Mobility and the Moove Lab, Bout, a Finnish start-up specialising in nautical mobility, settles in Paris to tackle the French market.
Founded in 2018, Bout is a platform that connects people looking for boat trips and those who offer them through an app (Mobility-as-a-Service). The platform makes it possible to centralise the fragmented market of water taxis and large boats into a single service; simplifying the purchase process on the customer side and increasing the efficiency of sales and operations on the service provider side.
During 2023, Bout will offer its service to towns located along the Seine, a river which connects Troyes, Paris, Rouen and Le Havre. By using the Seine as a circulation channel, the objective is to improve the mobility of people based in the cities bordered by this river, centralising the local offer of river transportation.
By settling in Paris, Bout is targeting an important river market which is still little exploited while having high numbers of tourists and inhabitants to tap in. For Peik Lehtonen, co-founder of Bout: “Paris has an excellent balance between tourists, citizens, underused waterways and service providers. Many river towns have wonderful services, but they are hard to find. By using modern technologies and a central platform, our goal is to help service providers find customers and sell their services through one single app.”
The expansion of Bout to France takes place within the framework of the collaboration between EIT Urban Mobility and the Moove Lab (reference accelerator for mobility start-ups located at Station F in Paris).
For Peter Vest, Senior Investment and Portfolio Manager EIT Urban Mobility: “The Nordic countries are famous for their beautiful archipelagos. With its origin in Helsinki, Bout is a good example of what this type of environment can bring in terms of river innovation. Within EIT Urban Mobility, we see great potential for mobility by water, which makes it possible to transport people and goods in busy urban environments, such as rivers, lakes and ports.”
Bout is also preparing the ground for nautical mobility in the run-up to the 2024 Olympic Games. Utilising water mobility can allow traffic to flow more smoothly in Paris and have people avoid being subject to traffic jams.
Discover more about Bout.
The 5 European start-ups in electric mobility to keep in mind in 2023
Transport and mobility services are an important part of the EU economy, accounting for at least 5% of total value added and employing approximately 10.5 million people. As transport transitions to climate neutrality, it will continue to be the base of Europe’s economy. EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, invested in more than 60 start-ups in 2022 alone. By funding solutions with a variety in mobility subsectors, European regions, and team diversity, EIT Urban Mobility accelerates the innovation needed to reach climate neutrality.
As a result, passenger mobility is undergoing major changes and shifts to new paradigms and there is growing concern about the long-term sustainability of major transportation systems, particularly those in cities. Ride hailing (23%), and ridesharing (12%)1 are the most used new mobility services in Europe in 2022, while the electric vehicle market still a much smaller sector, is exploding. The Electric Vehicles market in Europe is projected to grow by 17.05% (2023-2027) resulting in a market volume of US$332.80bn in 2027.
Fredrik Hånell, Impact Ventures Director: “Europe leads not only in green and green-digital innovation, but also in innovation overall. To keep this up, EIT Urban Mobility boosted its investments to fund these 60 early-stage start-ups, which not only create a possible financial return but allows for us to also push for a strong focus on team and regional diversity, and environmental and social impact. European start-ups need to consider diversity and impact, to keep ahead of the curve, and defend our worldwide advantage.”
A closer look at 5 start-ups that are making an impact across Europe in electrical mobility:
- Elonroad’s disruptive technology is the ﬁrst electric road with a ground level feeding system tested in an urban environment with a city bus and other vehicles in the city of Lund. Their solution is enabling the reduction of the vehicles batteries size, making electric vehicles more sustainable and accessible and creating the most significant impact in the direct reduction of GHG emissions.
Circu Li-Ion (Luxembourg)
- By 2030, the EU will become second in demand for batteries worldwide yet increasing the number of new batteries isn’t a sustainable option. Circu-lion is upcycling batteries for the mobility sector and maximizing the value of each lion cell and consequently reducing the need for new batteries production. Not only does their solution have a positive environmental footprint, but they are also creating a significant impact on the circular economy in the battery industry.
- Waybler is accelerating the Electric Vehicle adoption and its infrastructure. By having an intelligent load balancing and phase distribution technology, they are directly creating a positive impact in energy savings and efficiency.
- Chainge is replacing diesel vans with electric cargo bikes in last mile logistics. Due to the decrease on the number of vehicles around the city (no road congestion) and consequently massive reduction of hazardous emissions produced and air pollution, their product has a positive environmental impact.
Inbalance Grid (Lithuania)
- Inbalance grid is focusing on electric vehicle charging with the goal of making charging available everywhere. Their cloud balancing solution improves energy efficiency as well as reduces environmental impact of cities in terms of air quality by indirectly contributing to the reduction of GHG emissions. At the same time, their solution promotes the adoption of clean technologies and reduces the material consumption/waste due to extending the grids’ lifetime.
More information about these start-ups, and our other 33 start-ups working on electrical vehicles, and the complete EIT Urban Mobility portfolio can be found: Portfolio – EIT Urban mobility
In 2022, a staggering 87% of all VC funding in Europe continues to be raised by male-only founding teams, while the proportion of funding raised by women-only teams has dropped to 1%, according to the State of European Tech. Within EIT Urban Mobility’s portfolio, 40% of the total funding is assigned to female-led and co-led start-ups.
By focusing on investing in all European regions, EIT Urban Mobility supports innovation to improve urban mobility and the creation of livable cities for all European citizens. Examples of these new geographical investments are Estonia (Lightcode and Fyma), Hungary (M3ter and FolderGo) and Lithuania (Walk15 and Inbalance Gri). In 2022, EIT Urban Mobility also diversified its portfolio with investments in new verticals, e.g. ConTech (Propergate), InsurTech (GoCleer), Hydrogen (Digas) and Water Mobility (Hyke and Zeabuz). Mioo Cycling solution enables easy access to bicycle repair and maintenance, which creates a positive impact on people’s health and safety. By encouraging active mobility, they are also contributing to a positive environmental impact. EIT Urban Mobility keeps looking for the most prominent entrepreneurs to disrupt the European mobility industry. The next open call for investments will open in March. Sign up to receive a notification when the call opens.
Supporting socially conscious innovators: introducing the new European Bauhaus Booster 2.0
Five Knowledge & Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are launching today the New European Bauhaus Booster 2.0.
On a mission to foster the New European Bauhaus transformation, EIT Digital, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility are looking for the most innovative ventures developing solutions that make Europe more sustainable, inclusive and improve citizens’ quality of life, to support their business growth and help them become international gamechangers.
European startups or scaleups driving sustainable change for cities, industries, climate, food, wellbeing and overall quality of life are encouraged to apply.
The 20 best companies will receive acceleration support services worth a total of 1 million Euro (€50,000 each). They will benefit from business coaching, mentoring, internationalisation- and fundraising support as well as access to the vast network of the most prominent innovation community in Europe.
Applicants must demonstrate the social and economic impact of their solution and how it embodies the three core principles of the New European Bauhaus:
- sustainability, from climate goals, to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity
- aesthetics, quality of experience and style, beyond functionality
- inclusion, from valorising diversity, to securing accessibility and affordability
Initially announced by President Von der Leyen in her State of the Union address and launched by the European Commission in early 2021, the New European Bauhaus, or ‘NEB’ in short, translates the European Green Deal into a tangible, positive experience in which all Europeans can participate and progress together.
The EIT Community is ideally placed to support implementation of the NEB as it has created Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem with over 2,000 partners (business, research, education, cities) cooperating in over 60 hubs across Europe.
By engaging with European innovators and civil society at large, the community is promoting business through startup creation and growth, as well as contributing to citizens’ education and engagement.
Join the New European Bauhaus Booster 2.0 and let your innovative solution contribute to the realisation of a carbon-neutral, digital, circular, and inclusive European society!
Applications are open until March 13, 2023. Click here to learn more and apply