UAM Plazza

Call 2024 closed

What will you get?

The acceleration programme helps startups in the field of Urban Air Mobility find and reassure their product-market fit, showcase their solutions and bring them to market through:

  • CONNECTIONS with the European UAM ecosystem, key stakeholders, investors and living labs.
  • WORKSHOPS on business strategy and development, pitching, fundraising, regulation and social acceptance
  • EVENTS with key industry players where to network and pitch
  • FUNDRAISING opportunities like a recommendation for investment to the EIT Urban Mobility Impact Ventures division

Why join?

The UAM Plazza Accelerator programme is looking for the 6 most promising emerging companies in the field of Urban Air Mobility in the EU or EU-associated countries with a focus on transport of medical goods, surveillance – security – safety, and ground-enabling infrastructures. These companies will benefit, for 6 months, from:

  • Connection and access to the European UAM Ecosystem, key players, investors and multiple living labs, including municipal entities, for understanding needs and perceptions.
  • Workshops on business development and strategies, pitch sessions, fundraising and investments for startups, regulation, technology readiness level, insurance and social acceptance of UAM.
  • Participation in an insightful, tailor-made “UAM Plazza Accelerator kick-off” event.
  • Invitation to industry events related to UAM, including two tickets to EIT Urban Mobility’s flagship event “Tomorrow Mobility 2024”.
  • Opportunity to get your start-up recommended for investment to EIT Urban Mobility – Impact Ventures division.
  • Promotion of your start-up at the Impact Ventures portfolio webpage, and through EIT Urban Mobility communication channels.
    2.500€ lump-sum contribution (eligible cost categories is “travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs”)
  • 6 months of paid GrowthLab Premium subscription. GrowthLab is the largest community of mobility entrepreneurs, including scouted opportunities for start-ups (funding, pilots, programmes and advisory servies) and exclusive perks for premium members.

The consortium supporting the UAM Plazza Accelerator programme is composed of Toulouse Métropole —home of a pioneering aeronautics innovation ecosystem—, Aerospace Valley —the leading European competitiveness cluster in the aerospace sector— and CARNET —an open hub of automotive and mobility research & innovation.

Hear from last years’ participants their key takeaways from the accelerator programme:

Ana Martins
COO | BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, Connect Robotics
“Being part of the UAM Plazza Accelerator Programme was a game-changer – our first shot at an international programme all about urban air mobility (UAM). Learning from the best experts, getting customized advice for us, and quickly understanding how this ecosystem works have been incredibly valuable. Plus, the focus on making connections in the UAM community not only brought us fantastic partnerships but also positioned us as pioneers in the market. Working alongside incredible people, partners and startups has truly made us feel like we're on the forefront of something big. The UAM Accelerator Programme has truly been a springboard for our startup's success and we look forward to building on this momentum in the future.”
Andrea Puiatti
CEO & Founder, Skycharge
“The UAM Plazza Accelerator Programme proved to be a valuable expedition, enabling us to collaborate closely with drone operators and address the regulatory hurdles impeding the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone market. Through our joint-project discussions, we not only pinpointed the obstacles but also discerned the essential requirements to introduce a drone solution to the market, backed by the support of key stakeholders. Engaging in networking and collaboration for an actual drone project that brought together all stakeholders was a unique process. We gained insights on strategically positioning the company in the context of urban drone deployment.“
Vilko Klein
CEO StratoWave Connect
"In Toulouse, we met representatives of startups with complementary solutions, as well as an aviation expert. We believe that, in synergy, we can offer added value. Workshops led by experts in business planning and development strategy, as well as networking, have been particularly beneficial. A milestone for us was the connection with other stakeholders in the UAM (Urban Air Mobility) world, and we anticipate that successes will emerge in the near future."

The UAM Plazza Accelerator programme, co-funded by the EIT Urban Mobility and with the expertise of its partners in mobility and aeronautics, is well positioned to foster the implementation of aeronautical innovative technologies in the field of urban mobility and solve the present and future city challenges by taking a part of ground transportation to the air.

Eligibility criteria

  • A team with at least 2 FTE. Not a single founder. FTEs are not necessarily connected to monetary compensation;
  • 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. The registration certificate will be required to participate in the programme;
  • Startup incorporation date posterior to 31/12/2013;
  • Startup must be registered at the Growth Lab;
  • A focus on transport of medical goods, surveillance – security – safety, and ground- enabling infrastructures.

Further details about the eligibility criteria and award criteria can be found at the Guide for Applicants.

Important moments

1 February – 19 April 2024

Open call for applications

20 April – 3 May 2024

Evaluations of applications

10 May 2024

Communication of shortlisted startups

21 and 22 May 2024

Online pitching sessions

27 May 2024

Communication of selected startups for the programme

July – December 2024

Execution of the accelerator programme

Partners

Toulouse Metropole (FR)
The city with more than 780 000 inhabitants has proven skills in terms of acceleration and living lab operation, strong UAM European cities network, in-place citizen engagement methodology and tool plus ongoing mobility & UAM specific projects. 
Aerospace Valley (FR)
Aerospace Valley is the leading competitiveness cluster in the aerospace industry, serving its three strategic sectors of Aeronautics, Space and Drones, in the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions.
CARNET (ES)
CARNET is an open hub for industrial and academic partners from the areas of automotive and mobility research & innovation founded by Volkswagen Group Innovation, SEAT S.A. & Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC).

Selected start-ups from our other batches

FAQs

Frequently
asked questions

How do I apply to the Accelerator programme?

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

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

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

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

Who can I contact in case of questions?

Do you have general questions related to the UAM Plazza Accelerator programme and the application process?
Please contact: impact.ventures@eiturbanmobility.eu

For specific questions of the programme’s offering please contact: Camilla Wikstrom (camilla.wikstrom@toulouse-metropole.fr)

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 start-up.

For any technical questions or processes regarding the EIT Urban Mobility application platform please  contact impact.ventures@eiturbanmobility.eu

Which countries are “Eligible”?

Start-ups incorporated in EU27 or EU associated countries are eligible. This includes the following eligible countries:

European Union member states (EU27): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Horizon Europe associated countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Morocco, United Kingdom.

Process & Contact


For specific questions of the programme’s offering please contact: Camilla Wikstrom (camilla.wikstrom@toulouse-metropole.fr)
or for general information: impact.ventures@eiturbanmobility.eu
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