Scale-up programme

Call closes 15 April 2024

The programme supports mature urban mobility startups to boost their company by offering:

  • EVENTS & NETWORKING – Increased visibility through platforms (GrowthLab), pitching events and programme partner’s networks, including travel voucher of 2.500 € per team.
  • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & CONNECTIONS – access to investors, potential clients and pan-European partners network.
  • Dedicated COACHING & MENTORING by industry experts and experienced founders.

Why join?

Joining our community will grant you access to new funding opportunities, networking with relevant stakeholders and industry leaders, high-impact events and strategic visibility within the urban mobility field among much more others. Over the years, the Scale-up programme has proved being an excellent catalyst for startups to reach their business goals and go beyond important milestones.

Through tailored mentorship designed to cover your needs, you will be able to scale-up your company and get the exposure you need. Startups are essential for bringing innovation to our cities and solving current challenges, and we want to assist you in making your solution a reality and spreading it to new territories.

Anna-Lina Kvarnsmyr
CEO & Co-Founder | WalkingTalking, Stockholm, Sweden
“The Scale Up Programme has been a truly valuable experience. We've received high-quality education, engaged with investors, and interacted with companies, investors, and municipalities, gaining insights into how this ecosystem operates. The mentorship aspect is particularly beneficial; my mentor has been instrumental in guiding me through the startup and scale-up phases.”
Evgenij Bakulin
CFO | Hybrid Lidar Systems, Bad Salzdetfurth, Germany
“The Scale Up Programme of EIT is a six-month programme that supports scale-ups, such as ourselves, through education, industry connections, and relevant investor contacts. It opens doors for us in various directions. It is a highly competitive programme, and we are pleased to be a part of it. We hope that participating in it will significantly propel our company forward.”
Serdar Urçar
CEO | Comodif, Istanbul, Turkey
“It is a honor and privilege for us to be in the scaleup programme, I think that the programme is very valuable in many dimensions, education dimension is good, the workshops are very useful, we had the opportunity to do a lot of networking between start-ups and between the potential investors, customers and partners”
Anikó Mochnács
Head of Sales | BLOCK, Budapest, Hungary
“The Scale Up Programme is very useful for us because sharing this experience with all these amazing startups provides us with information and experience from other startups. It prompts us to consider aspects we may not have thought about before and aids in our future growth.”

Eligibility criteria

Applicants will have to comply with the following eligibility criteria

  • The submitted application is in English language;
  • A team with at least 3 Full Time Employees (FTEs). 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[1];
  • Not having been selected and benefited from previous editions of the programme, which are Scale-up Hub (2020), ScaleTHENGlobal (2021), Scale-up programme (2022, 2023) [2];
  • Startup must be registered at the Growth Lab;
  • Startups can only be supported in one of the following programmes during 2024: one thematic Market Readiness Accelerator programme or the SCALE-UP PROGRAMME (this admissibility criteria does not take into account if start-ups is supported via other programmes different from the ones listed above).

Applications should comply with the following award criteria (scoring)

  • A clear, scalable business idea; 
  • Founders and employees (e.g. Employee Stock Ownership Plan,ESOP) should still own more than 50% of shares
  • No more than 10% of your shares are held outside of the eligible countries (no detailed cap table needed); 
  • Duly justified, preferred TRL  7 – 9, according to TRL definition in Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023 – 2024;
  • Fit with EIT Urban Mobility Scale-up Programme and contribution to EIT Urban Mobility challenge areas or other thematics related to urban mobility exemplified but not limited to:
      • Integrated Mobility
      • Sustainable City Logistics
      • Future Mobility
      • Mobility and Energy
      • Smart Infrastructure

[1] The certificate must be available at the latest 5 calendar days after the selected start-up receives notification of acceptance.

[2] GoGlobal 2020 and Welcome2Europe 2021 supported start-ups are eligible.

Important moments of the programme

1 February – 15 April 2024

Open call for applications

16 April – 3 May 2024

Evaluations of applications

10 May 2024

Communication of shortlisted start-ups

27 – 29 May 2024

Online pitch sessions

June 2024

Communication of selected start-ups for the programme

19 June 2024

Kick-off event in Prague

June – December 2024

Execution of the accelerator programme

Selected startups from our batches

Partners

CARNET – UPC Technology Center

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).

UnternehmerTUM (UTUM)
UnternehmerTUM is Europe's largest entrepreneurship centre. With more than 300 employees in the field of entrepreneurship, prototyping, science, and venture capital, UTUM offers a complete service: from the development of an initial idea to IPO.
Fraunhofer

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung:

Is one of the leading organizations for applied research in Europe. With more than 70 institutes all over Germany.

PowerHUB
Research & Innovation Industrial Center and Technology Transfer organisation. Provides acceleration services, organises pilots, prototyping, ICT Development Incl. Big Data solutions and citizen engagement applications. 
NFF
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF): Interdisciplinary Research Centre around Mobility.

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: impact.ventures@eiturbanmobility.eu

For specific questions of the programme’s offering please contact:

Albert Vergés (albert.verges@carnetbarcelona.com)

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, according to the official list of countries by the European Union and third countries associated to Horizon Europe, 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.

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

Applicants will have to comply with the following eligibility criteria

  • The submitted application is in English language;
  • A team with at least 3 Full Time Employees (FTEs). NOT a single founder. FTEs are not necessarily connected to monetary compensation;
  • Startup incorporated in EU or EU associated countriesaccording to the official list of countries by the European Union and third countries associated to Horizon EuropeThe registration certificate will be required to participate in the programme[1];
  • Not having been selected and benefited from previous editions of the programme, which are Scale-up Hub (2020), ScaleTHENGlobal (2021), Scale-up programme (2022, 2023) [2];
  • Startupmust beregistered at the Growth Lab;
  • Startupscan only besupported in one of the following programmes during 2024: one thematic Market Readiness Accelerator programme or the SCALE-UP PROGRAMME (this admissibility criteria does not take into account if start-ups is supported via other programmes different from the ones listed above).

Applications should comply with the following award criteria (scoring)

  • clear, scalable business idea;
  • Founders and employees(e.g. Employee Stock Ownership Plan,ESOP) should still own more than 50% of shares
  • No more than 10% of your shares are held outside of the eligible countries (no detailed cap table needed); 
  • Duly justified, preferred TRL  7 – 9, according to TRL definition in Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023 – 2024;
  • Fit with EIT Urban Mobility Scale-up Programme and contribution to EIT Urban Mobility challenge areas or other thematics related to urban mobility exemplified but not limited to:
  • Integrated Mobility
  • Sustainable City Logistics
  • Future Mobility
  • Mobility and Energy
  • Smart Infrastructure

[1] The certificate must be available at the latest 5 calendar days after the selected start-up receives notification of acceptance.

[2] GoGlobal 2020 and Welcome2Europe 2021 supported start-ups are eligible.

Guide for applicants

What is the complete offering of the programme?

EVENTS, NETWORKING and PROMOTION

  • Increased visibility via pitching events and programme partner’s networks;
  • Participation at internal and high-level international events such as Engaged Investments Conference (Prague, Czechia), Ultimate DemoDay (Munich, Germany) ¹;
  • Two tickets to Tomorrow.Mobility 2024, organised by Fira de Barcelona and co-organised by EIT Urban Mobility. One of the most influential start-up events in Europe with a specific focus on the future of mobility within cities;
  • 2,500€ lump-sum contribution (eligible cost categories is “travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs”) for attending the programme’s activities;
  • Access to city and industry network for exploring potential pilots;
  • Promotion of your start-up at the Impact Ventures portfolio webpage, and through EIT Urban Mobility communication channels;
  • 6 months of paid GrowthLab Premium subscription. The GrowthLab is the largest community of mobility entrepreneurs, including scouted opportunities for start-ups (funding, pilots, programmes and advisory services) and exclusive perks for premium members.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & CONNECTIONS

  • Access to investors and potential clients;
  • Access to EIT Urban Mobility investment initiatives and funding instruments;
  • Opportunity to get your start-up recommended for investment to EIT Urban Mobility – Impact Ventures division;
  • Access to the consortium partners and mentors pan-European network.

COACHING & MENTORING

  • Individualised business coaching and training, up to 10 hours by industry experts and experienced founders;
  • Impact assessment measurement through licence and support provision;
  • Expert webinars and workshops by industry experts and experienced executives such as Pilot Preparation, Stop Guessing & Start Failing (PowerHUB Buildinn Academy) and ESG & Sustainability Academy; Market research activities for individual ideas and products.

¹ Final list of included events and participation options to be confirmed and subject to change.

Does the programme focus into a specific thematic field?

The Scale-up programme focuses in all disruptive solutions from the urban mobility landscape.

Due to its cross-thematic focus, applicants are suggested, but not limited to contribute to at least one of the following fields or areas

Contributing areas of interest for the programme: 

Integrated Mobility 

Physical and digital Mobility infrastructure

Sustainable City Logistics 

Pollution reduction 

Future Mobility 

Intermodality & Inclusive Mobility 

Mobility and Energy 

Active Mobility 

Smart Infrastructure 

Public realm 

  

Contributing thematic fields of interest for the programme: 

Hydrogen mobility 

Vehicle Marketplaces and Aftermarket 

Urban Air Mobility 

Smart Cities & Smart Parking 

Waterway Transportation & Water Logistics 

First/Last-mile Delivery & Green Logistics 

Connected Vehicles 

Mapping and Navigation 

Autonomous Vehicles and Systems 

Sustainable Energy Systems 

Public transport, Intercity mobility and connections for rural regions  

Circular Economy for vehicles and infrastructure 

Sensors,  Training Data Mapping and navigation

Low-emission mobility 

Mobility Services 

Battery Tech & Transport electrification

Traffic management

Circular freight and waste management

Which commitments do I have to fulfil as participant of the programme?

Selected start-ups will have to diligently collaborate to:

          Drawing-up Scale-up programme documentation for reporting purposes towards EIT;

          Complete and submit in due time the monitoring survey/s which will be provided by the Scale-up programme;

          Actively promote the participation at Scale-up programme to reach public audience.

          Participate in the activities included within the programme (mentoring sessions, events etc.) unless prevented by force majeure;

Who will pay for the transportation expenses when attending the events of the programme? (Kick off, etc.)

Each participating start-up will receive a travel grant of €2.500 to cover travel expenses to attend the programme’s activities.

Process & Contact


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