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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 [1] 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.

[1] The report can be accessed here

Press Contact Details:

Yoann Le Petit, Business Development Manager ‐ E: yoann.lepetit@eiturbanmobility.eu ‐ T: +49 176 63615408


Looking for 99 female entrepreneurs in the Nordics to increase funding opportunities

Are you a female founder of an urban mobility startup? Did you know that of the €3.2 billion of venture capital (VC) invested in the Nordic countries 6% went to mixed gender founded teams, and only 1% to founding teams made up entirely of women? And these numbers are not new, they have been this low for years. Through years of experience, the founders of Position99 know that female founders are out there, they want to raise capital, and have an enormous potential to help solve our societal challenges. 

Aiming to be the reference in the market for supporting and funding gender-balanced startups, EIT Urban Mobility has recently partnered up with Position99, to identify 99 female founders in urban mobility in the Nordics and help them get access to venture capital through increased visibility and match making. 

Over the next months, EIT Urban Mobility and Position99 will give several workshops in Sweden, Denmark, and Estonia to bring more awareness about the topic and to introduce the list of 99 female founders. Follow our journey via https://www.linkedin.com/company/eit-urban-mobility  Become part of the list and apply via https://www.position99.com/en 

Research show that female founders are perceived differently, and that the VC-world is full of outdated cultures and norms. It is also a question of communication and investors seldom have the time or will to change their own perspectives. This is unfortunate since it is our firm belief that without a gender diverse innovation scene, we will not be able to solve the climate crisis”. Something which got confirmed by the theme of the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”. 

Anna Branten, initiator of Position 99

During the last two years, EIT Urban Mobility has made gender-balance a key objective when selecting startups to invest in. Since this active focus, the number of female-led ventures in the EIT Urban Mobility portfolio has grown from 16% to 27%. At the same time, the share of gender-balanced startup investments has improved from 28% to 52%. 

With this partnership we are taking the next step to give female founded startups better chances to receive funding. More than half of our investments last year were in gender-balanced startups. Although good, this is not enough, and initiatives like this will lead the way to changing the investment scene by improving visibility for female founders and the deal flow for investors“. 

Fredrik Hanell, Business Creation Director at EIT Urban Mobility

The Scale up programme is looking for 12 urban mobility startups

The Scale up programme, financed by EIT Urban Mobility, opened up a call to identify the 12 most promising startups with solutions for sustainable urban mobility. The programme aims to take the selected startups to the next level by helping them find funding and partnerships through attendance at major European events, giving them visibility to potential investors, and bringing them closer to implementing their solutions in real environments. The application period is open until 12 June 2022.

The programme supports the startups in the introduction of their solutions to the market through two different paths.

Path A: will provide international growth to startups with attendance at high-impact events, networking opportunities, increased visibility, and additional services valued at 25.000€ to 5 selected startups.

Path B: includes the benefits of path A and aims to implement seven pilots with industry and city partners with the opportunity of being funded up to 50.000€ by EIT Urban Mobility.

When applying for path B, participating startups have the opportunity to solve one of the 15 challenges raised by top European cities and industry companies from the urban mobility sector. The startups will get support from the public authorities and organisations that have raised the challenges, and from the consortium members developing the Scale up programme.

The Scale up programme is led by CARNET, with the collaboration of PowerHub, Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, UnternehmerTUM, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and the City of Hamburg, Xpreneurs, UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility.

For more information about the Scale up programme, the description of the challenges, and to apply for the programme, visit https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/business-creation/scale-up-programme/


MoU signature

Signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between EIT Urban Mobility and the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda

The MoU establishes an agreement to jointly work together in the development of standards and solutions to promote urban mobility and sustainable solutions in Spanish cities, and expresses the common intention to join forces to meet shared objectives.

Madrid, Spain, 5 May 2022 – EIT Urban Mobility and the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA, Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The collaboration among both entities will enable strong cooperation in a wide range of initiatives to solve the current (and future) urban mobility challenges of Spanish cities.

The signature took place in the Spanish Ministry of Transport during an event chaired by María José Rallo del Olmo Secretary General for Transport and Mobility at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and Ms. Rocío Baguena Rodríguez Director of the Division of Transport Studies and Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South director, was responsible for signing the agreement on behalf of the entity.

This agreement formalises the mutual interaction and strengthens the existing relationship between both entities and creates a unique platform to identify synergies between key players of the Spanish urban mobility ecosystem from the public and private sectors and foster innovation projects across Spain. It will also allow the monitoring of initiatives, projects, developments, the application of innovative technologies and the dissemination of innovation through conferences, events, reports, and articles.

The memorandum reinforces the commitment made by the Spanish Government to take the lead in the decarbonization of the economy and strengthens the role of EIT Urban Mobility as an enabler in the implementation of the Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility Strategy 2030, conceived as a guiding document for MITMA’s mobility policies until 2030. The roadmap that will guide the actions of the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda (MITMA) in the field of transport and mobility over the next ten years.

Ms. María José Rallo del Olmo Secretary General for Transport and Mobility at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South director, during the signature of the agreement.  


Opportunities for Startups

EIT Urban Mobility innovation Hub South Partner, BGI, presents its two acceleration programmes dedicated to supporting tech startups in validating their business and scaling it.

BGI Accelerator: Acceleration programme of 10 months, dedicated to startups from all over the world in the areas of Medical Devices and Health Care; Smart Cities and Industry 4.0; Blockchain Applications and AI; and Water Economy. The startups benefit from two national boot camps, a mentorship programme and an immersion programme in Boston.

More information is available here.

Get in the Ring: Startup competition, sponsored by EIT Urban Mobility and Vodafone Portugal, dedicated to supporting startups from RIS Countries in the areas of smart mobility, big data, XR Solutions, and Automation and Gamification. Startups benefit from one physical event to pitch their idea, access to Vodafone Power Lab and an award of up to 20k€.
More information is available here


The second issue of our Solutions Catalogue has been released

The second issue of our Solutions Catalogue has been released, with over 10 new innovations added from the previous issue that are now part of our EIT Urban Mobility community! In this latest edition of the catalogue, we can find new solutions tackling various areas, from urban design solutions for bike safety to traffic management and data collection. 

Our latest solutions serve different phases of urban innovation. For instance, our co-design tool ModelMe3D serves the early stages of urban planning, allowing citizens to participate and have a say in the design of public spaces through a digitalised co-creation process.  Aris is another early-stage solution that supports the construction process by facilitating remote surveys of urban buildings’ assets thanks to an autonomous, unmanned, aerial system device. In contrast, the latest traffic management software Deeptraffic allows transport authorities to start taking advantage of vehicle connectivity to create a dynamic traffic management system. It accumulates and uses road network data to optimise traffic according to the user’s needs. 

Several new solutions for urban planners 

We also provide solutions for planners to exploit real-time mobility and infrastructure data: DASHBIKE enables the collection of anonymous data on cycling infrastructure, traffic and incidents to inform city officials of urban areas requiring attention. Urban Radar offers a series of planning solutions, such as FRET dedicated to logistic activities within industrial parks, Urban Logistics – optimising delivery patterns and trends within cities, or Citizen Needs creating more liveable cities by giving urban planners insights on the goods and services in a given neighbourhood that answer to citizens’ needs. 

New modes of mobility 

Our mobility services WYZE and Giravolta allow citizens and employees to access a wide range of vehicles for various occasions, from last mile deliveries to digital vehicle sharing or even corporate fleets. This makes it easier for individuals and groups to move around in a more sustainable manner.  

If you want to discover the latest available solutions that can help your city shift towards a more sustainable model, then you can’t miss our second issue of the Solutions Catalogue!  


Raptor pilot 2 programme – now open for applications

Cities from Regional Innovation Scheme countries are searching for startups and SMEs to help them solve critical urban mobility issues over a six-month period in the second half of this year.

Through the Raptor Pilot 2 programme , Riga, Tallinn, Bratislava, Cluj-Napoca, Prague City District 6 and City District 7 will work with the winners to implement agile solutions. Applicants are sought from EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated states.

Each of the cities identified specific challenges that can be addressed in a short period of time. Applicants are invited to help the cities to:

  • promote active mobility while combating the effects of climate change
  • improve the reliability of public transport
  • make micro-mobility more attractive in winter
  • design and test wearables for kindergarden-aged children to monitor their movements and increase safety;
  • improve the regulation of e-bikes and scooters to reduce safety risks to pedestrians

EIT Urban Mobility will support the awardees financially, technically, and commercially, to develop and test their solution from July to December 2022. A maximum of six awardees, one per city challenge, will be selected to work on delivering their solution.

The winners will be awarded a prize package worth up to €50,000 to support the development and in-situ testing of their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) solution.

The total package includes cash funding of up to €30,000, technical and business mentoring, and support to market and promote the project. 

Previous winners prove success with Raptor Pilot 1

Winners from the Raptor Pilot 1 programme, which is coming to an end, spoke about their experiences and their partnership with EIT UM.

“We applied for the programme because as an emerging startup in the mobility space, we had been looking for opportunities … to pilot our solution in a city context. The Raptor Pilot 1 programme was the perfect opportunity for us to do this,” said Marco Filippi, chief executive officer and founder of Volvero, who worked with Tour and Taxis in Brussels.

“One of the main challenges we encountered [was] lack of funding and concrete stakeholder support from municipalities … EIT UM, through this pilot programME, has been able to provide us with the needed funding, collaboration with major stakeholders, and the exposure that the affiliation with the Raptor programme brings,” he added.

EIT Urban Mobility also helped to coordinate with municipality partners and to finance ASIMOB, a tech startup that monitors the conditions of road infrastructure, who used their prize to trial their pilot in the seaside town of Cunit in Catalonia, Spain. They tested the viability of their idea in a small municipality and learned how to work with various government departments to overcome issues. “We had some technical challenges due to the installation of the system in police vehicles that required adaptation of some automated processes … [that] required a specific development [sic] by us,” said Ibon Arechalde, chief executive officer and co-founder.

Meanwhile, Ossana Tanachian, co-founder and operations manager at Cédrat Conseil, Toulouse, France, said EIT Urban Mobility had been vital in setting the milestones and KPIs for the project as well as redesigning the scope of the pilot to fit the timeframe and budget, and emphasised funding from EIT Urban Mobility was crucial to achieve their objectives. Cédrat Conseil worked with Toulouse Métropole to solve waste management issues and improve last-mile garbage collection.

To learn more about the Raptor Pilot 2 programme, how to apply, and conditions, please contact raptor@eiturbanmobility.eu. The deadline is 27 May 2022.



First Call for RIS Education for the Business Plan 2023-2025

The overall purpose of the EIT Urban Mobility education activities is to close the knowledge gap within urban mobility, enabling the development of mobility for liveable urban spaces. This includes fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills in a lifelong learning perspective. The education activities focus on three main fields: The Master School, the Doctoral Training Network and the Competence Hub, our professional school targeting lifelong learning.

Call for Proposals for RIS Education Main Features
Dates
Call opening: 28 April 2022
Call closing:  28 June 2022 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: First half of September 2022
Total Budget allocated to this call 
Up to approximately 800,000 EUR
Link to the submission portal
The PLAZA platform will be available as of the first week of May 2022
List of documents to be submitted
Application form available on the PLAZA platform
List of documents to take into consideration
Call for proposals Manual
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
Capacity building Activities that support knowledge transfer from universities to industry and beyond, and help universities leverage relationships to improve knowledge generation, upskilling, and financial sustainability goals. The interventions should be sustained by investment in skills that support this. The type of activities can include train-the-trainer concepts, and online, blended, and face-to-face courses and trainings.   

Awareness raising of EIT Urban Mobility education activities Activities that can contribute to raise the awareness of the EIT Urban Mobility education activities and services. The activities must have the potential to attract many students to the Master School and Doctoral Training Network programmes, but also to the Competence Hub courses. The type of activities can include “teach the teacher” concepts, a student education programme, or a course, online or blended, based on the existing EIT Urban Mobility activities and curricula.  

Education and training activities Activities with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, primarily targeting RIS regions impact and target groups but that may be based on non-RIS concepts and activity partners. Activities should have the potential to reach a large audience and market and have a lasting effect. This can be through initiatives building on an existing course portfolio, but making it available locally by, for instance, providing translations into local languages and local seminars and workshops. All RIS Education funded activities should have the potential to be repeated and scaled with a limited budget per participant. A key component in all our funded activities, not least around recruitment, needs to be how gender mainstreaming is integrated, in balanced participation and the design, development and implementation of the learning activities. The scope of activities should be specific to the characteristics and landscape of RIS countries, very much linked to their specific needs and with clear impact potential that can be replicated elsewhere.  The concepts and activities should consider existing good practice already happening in RIS countries and beyond to build on those and scale up approaches that work
Evaluation criteria
The proposal will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below, as stated in section 5 Evaluation and selection process.    

Evaluation criteria:
Strategic fit
Excellence and novelty
Impact and social, economic, financial, and general sustainability
Quality and efficiency of the implementation

Info sessions

We are preparing some info sessions after the publication of the calls to present the calls specific requirements to the wider mobility community and to help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals.

The following events are planned:

Type Topic Date/time (CET) Platform 
Webinar Launch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education Info Day 04.05.2022, 14:00 Zoom 
Webinar Guidance, rules, and evaluation process and PLAZA training05.05.2022, 11:00 Zoom 

You can check here the presentation used in the “Launch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education InfoDay”.

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, Financial, Administrative and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu  
Academy areaacademycall@eiturbanmobility.eu

First Call for Academy for the Business Plan 2023-2025

The overall purpose of the Academy area is to close the knowledge gap within urban mobility, enabling the development of mobility for liveable urban spaces. This includes fostering innovation and entrepreneurship skills in a lifelong learning perspective. The EIT Urban Mobility Academy consists of three main areas: The Master School, the Doctoral Training Network and the Competence Hub, our professional school targeting lifelong learning.

Call for Proposals for Academy Main Features

Dates

Call opening: 28 April 2022
Call closing:  28 June 2022 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: First half of September 2022

Total Budget allocated to this call

Up to approximately 1.5 million EUR between the three Academy segments (Master School, Doctoral Training Network and Competence Hub).

Link to the submission portal

The PLAZA platform will be available as of the first week of May 2022

List of documents to be submitted

Application form available on the PLAZA platform

List of documents to take into consideration

Call manual for the BP 2023-2025
Call for Academy 
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
Master School:  Specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Master School targets, including summer schools, awareness raising activities and/or courses, and innovative teaching methodologies with a Knowledge Triangle perspective.  All Master School activity topics should consider Knowledge Triangle Integration, not only in the implementation of the programmes but also in their design, planning, and strategic direction. Additionally, a key component in all Master School funded activities, not least around recruitment, needs to be how gender mainstreaming is integrated. Likewise, geographical coverage should be diversified (e.g. EU, non-EU, RIS).   

Doctoral Training Network: Specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Doctoral Training Network targets, including innovation and entrepreneurship curricula and teaching methodology for PhD candidates with a Knowledge Triangle perspective and PhD candidates start-up activities.  A key component in all our Doctoral Training Network funded activities, not least around recruitment, needs to be how gender mainstreaming is integrated. Likewise, geographical coverage should be diversified (e.g. EU, non-EU, RIS).  

Competence Hub:  Specified activity areas to meet the EIT Urban Mobility Competence Hub targets, including synchronous blended and face-to-face courses with significant revenue potential, latest learning methodologies and technologies, course formats based on existing trade fairs and conferences, community engagement and inter-sectorial collaboration courses and networking. All Competence Hub related activities should consider strengthening practical skills in a way that it can be easily transferable to professional practice. Training programmes in urban mobility need to be specific and tailored to the professional realities of the learners. As much as possible, the development of new courses and learning experiences should also leverage on the courses and content already developed and delivered by the Competence Hub (www.urbanmobilitycourses.eu). The gender perspective needs to be further emphasised and integrated in the Competence Hub courses and have gender balance in terms of participation. Likewise, geographical coverage should be diversified (e.g. EU, non-EU, RIS).
Evaluation criteria
The proposal will be evaluated based on the criteria listed below, as stated in section 5 Evaluation and selection process.  

Strategic fit
Excellence and novelty
Impact and social, economic, financial, and general sustainability
Quality and efficiency of the implementation

Info sessions

We are preparing some info sessions after the publication of the calls to present the calls specific requirements to the wider mobility community and to help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals.

The following events are planned:

TypeTopicDate/time (CET)Platform
WebinarLaunch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education InfoDay04.05.2022, 14:00Zoom 
WebinarGuidance, rules, and evaluation process and PLAZA training05.05.2022, 11:00Zoom 

You can check here the presentation used in the “Launch of Call for Proposals BP2023-2035: EIT Urban Mobility Academy and RIS Education InfoDay”.

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, Financial, Administrative and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu  
Academy areaacademycall@eiturbanmobility.eu

Paving the way to liveable urban spaces in Europe

What are the key elements enabling EIT Urban Mobility’s vision of creating more liveable urban spaces in cities? Did you know that: they range from improving cooperation between private and public entities,

  • to supporting targeted investments aligned with cities’ goals,
  • to exploring emerging technologies that offer solutions to urban mobility challenges,
  • to assessing the impact of solutions deployed by our supported startups.

These and many other points are covered in the last issue of polisMobility magazine, which features EIT Urban Mobility in the article: Paving the way to liveable urban spaces in Europe, addressing the importance of “impact” in curbing transport sector emissions and making urban mobility cleaner and safer.

The article by Judith O’Meara, Director of Innovation Hub Central, discusses the transition to sustainable mobility, in line with the EU Green Deal objectives, and looks into how EIT Urban Mobility’s strategic approach to impact investing supports European cities in this ambitious environmental and technological transition.

Curious to know more about how we accelerate change towards a sustainable model of urban mobility? Catch us at polisMOBILITY 2022, where EIT Urban Mobility will be actively participating!

The following activities will provide citizens and organisations with the opportunity to learn more about our programmes and mobility innovation marketplace:

Session: “EIT Urban Mobility session: An initiative to create more liveable urban spaces” – Friday 20 May at 13:30 – 14:30 (CEST), visionSTAGE.
Networking meeting: Closed event, upon invitation only addressed to our partners and potential partners – Friday 20 May at 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST).
Talk and discussion: Addressed to citizens and civil society organisations, focusing on implemented solutions that increase the potential of redefining the public realm in our cities – Saturday 21 May at 12:00 – 12:45 (CEST), openSTAGE.

Join us at polisMOBILITY 2022, to know more about EIT Urban Mobility’s activities and solutions for sustainable cities!


The EIT COMMUNITY BOOSTER Announces 20 SELECTED New European Bauhaus Ventures 

From a large pool of 1029 applications, twenty highly innovative European start-ups and scale-ups have been selected for the EIT Community Booster receiving business growth and support services worth EUR 50 000 each. The EIT Community Booster was launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and five of its Knowledge & Innovation Communities to support innovative ventures enabling the New European Bauhaus transformation.

Supporting the New European Bauhaus in building beautiful and sustainable experiences together, the EIT Community Booster will support the selected ventures in the form of grants and services to help them drive sustainable change for cities, industries, climate, food, wellbeing and improve the overall quality of life of European citizens. The winning teams have been selected among a large pool of 1029 applications from 37 countries and operate across a wide spectrum of sectors and industries.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “The New European Bauhaus is becoming a reality, ready to bring the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal into the spaces, cities, and homes we live in. The selected ventures are just the beginning. With the support of EIT, more innovators and entrepreneurs will enrich and reshape our living spaces and experiences.” 

Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board said: ‘We were blown away, not only by the number of applications received – showing the real appetite for business support – but also by the quality of innovations. We think the selected ventures can be true international game-changers and we look forward to working with them to speed up Europe’s movement towards the three key elements of the New European Bauhaus: sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion.’

Selected innovations range from sustainable urban farms that use 90% less water, to using soil microbes to generate light and energy, to transforming building facades to grow and protect biodiversity and fauna in public spaces. The full list of ventures and innovations that will receive support from the EIT Community Booster can be found in the factsheet here.

EIT – MAKING INNOVATION HAPPEN!


Get in the ring and win a chance to prove your solution and solve 21st century challenges

Applications are now open for the Portuguese edition of Get in the Ring, promoted by Vodafone Power Lab,  and organised by BGI – Building Global Innovators, in partnership with EIT Urban Mobility, as our EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Portugal and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, trough Made of Lisboa.  


Do you have a smart idea for some of these topics? 

  • XR Solutions – Solutions that take advantage of augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality technologies applied to the most diverse sectors.    
  • Automation & Gamification – Solutions that take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, as well as solutions that use game mechanics promoting and enhancing their use.     
  • Smart Mobility – Solutions that improve the efficiency of urban mobility and that can be applied to both large cities and smaller urban areas.  
  • Big Data – Solutions that develop innovative methods for the efficient and safe collection and processing of a large volume of data, creating useful tools for the development of different types of business. 

Get the chance to win a prize up to €20.000, exclusive meetings with mentors, investors, potential clients, and the possibility to make business partnerships. Book your calendar for the live event on 30-31 May.  

Interested entrepreneurs can now apply for one or more challenges until 29 April.  

Apply here.


Join the Citython 2022 Žilina and co-ideate the solutions for your city! 

Citython 2022, a project funded by EIT UM and organised by CARNET, analyses mobility challenges faced by cities, where multi-disciplinary teams of students and professionals from different backgrounds and expertise (architecture, urban planning, data science, engineering, human science, and business creation) compete against each other to provide innovative solutions.

This hybrid (in person and online) Citython will be held in the city of Žilina, Slovakia, from 29 April to 1 May. The first edition of 2022 is focused on smart mobility, in the context of climate resilient cities, public engagement and extreme weather and humanitarian emergencies. The goal of this Citython is that young professionals search for innovative and creative solutions that can be applied in the city of Žilina to foster innovation. 

This hackathon will provide an opportunity for brilliant young talents to create their works with the help of mentors and experts, who will be at hand during the event, while also experiencing the unforgettable thrill of coming together with peers who share the same passion for digital technology and innovation. 

Citython 2022 is an international event focusing on urban challenges in RIS countries  in which the participating teams work on implementing their ideas from inception to presentable project or prototype in 54 hours. Next events are going to be held Neapolis-Sykies, Greece, and Kosice, Slovakia. Learn more here.