Welcome2Europe – Global outreach programme for international startups

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme, developed by the EIT Urban Mobility has opened a new call for participants. A total of 5 startups will be selected from around the globe to take part in the activities, which will promote global outreach for urban mobility startups based outside the European Union.

Welcome2Europe will host 5 international startup companies targeting Europe, and will give them the opportunity to be introduced to investors and local hub partners. This activity will foster engagement between startups, small and medium-size enterprises, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, public administrations and potential investors. Preparation workshops will facilitate the selected startups to boost their future presentations and networking with potential customers.

We offer:

  • Participation in networking events (online due to COVID) with key stakeholders (such as startups, SMEs, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, potential investors, and public administrations) for the urban mobility startups participating.
  • Participation in workshops and mentoring sessions with international experts.
  • Access or participation to Smart City Expo World Congress
  • Introduction to the local ecosystem
  • Access to the EIT Urban Mobility network and ecosystem.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 August 2021

ASIMOB wins the first edition of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards 2021! Second and third prizes for OTIV and BIA POWER

ASIMOB is the winner of the first edition of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards 2021! This means the direct nomination of ASIMOB to the regional final of Startup World Cup & Summit, provision of office space in Prague during that event, and technical and media support. Second and third places go to OTIV and BIA POWER respectively. OTIV and BIA POWER will be rewarded with two tickets for the Startup World Cup & Summit, provision of office spaces in Prague during that event and technical and media support as well.

Learn more about the winners!

  • First prize: ASIMOB – With Artificial Intelligence and IoT, ASIMOB helps to keep roads in safe conditions, both for human drivers and future AVs.
  • Second prize: OTIV – Teaching railway vehicles in complex environments to drive autonomously.
  • Third prize: BIA Power Inc. We optimize and simplify electric vehicle charging for the cheapest and greenest charge, smoothest loads, and lowest battery degradation.

Out of the 25 startups, ten finalists made it to the first edition of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards. Citizens’ votes decided five of the finalists, and the other 5 were selected by local juries from each Innovation Hub of EIT Urban Mobility.

Additionally to the pitch winners, EIT Urban Mobility offered five Investment Readiness Programme packages to ASIMOB, OTIV, BIA POWER, GORDIAN and PEREGRINE.

„It is amazing to witness to how the startups have grown withing this six-months period. The level of commitment and development has been outstanding and we are very proud to say that we have helped them shine even more through the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Programme“, says Fredrik Hanell, director of Business Creation at the EIT Urban Mobility.

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards has been the silver lining to the batch 2 of the EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation Accelerator Programme, running from 1 January to 30 June 2021. Within these six months, 25 startups have been enrolled in the acceleration activities run by our partners in our five Innovation Hubs (Prague, Helmond, Barcelona, Munich, and Copenhagen).

During the event, the 25 startups and our partners had a booth to showcase their products. All of them had visibility during the final event of the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards 2021 hosted by the Streavent platform and conducted by the EIT Urban Mobility‘s Digital Communications Manager, Jezabel Martinez-Fabregas and Karolína Krámková, project leader from Power Hub.

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Meet the 10 finalists to the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards

Next 22 June, we will hold the first EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator Pitch Awards! Join us online and enjoy the glamorous evening full of bright ideas and innovative projects that shapes the future of mobility that we are preparing.

Over the last weeks, you had the opportunity to vote for your favourite startups out of the 25 currently enrolled in the Business Creation Accelerator Programme Batch 2. Your votes decided 5 of the finalists, and the other 5 were selected by local juries from each Innovation Hub of EIT Urban Mobility.

We are happy now to announce the 10 finalists that will be competing in the final ceremony taking place next 22 June online! These are mobility startups dealing with the current urban challenges will provide you with answers regarding the next steps of mobility evolution in urban areas, such as autonomous driving, last mile delivery, electric vehicles, and many more.

Meet our TOP 10 finalists:

  • ASIMOB – With Artificial Intelligence and IoT, ASIMOB helps to keep roads in safe conditions, both for human drivers and future AVs.
  • BIA Power Inc. – We optimize and simplify electric vehicle charging for the cheapest and greenest charge, smoothest loads, and lowest battery degradation.
  • Bluedot – We provide charging station owners with state of the art tools to manage. Engage EV drivers, reduce downtime and earn revenue from your charging.
  • Dashfactory GmbH – Dashbike is a B2C product that collects infrastructure urban data for B2B & B2G data platform Dashtrack to digitize (cycling) infrastructure planning.
  • FSE – FSE creates innovative solutions for light electric delivery vehicles.
  • Gordian Logistics Optimization Systems AB – Easy-to-use, effective, and interactive tools to plan and optimize for sustainable mobility.
  • Moovster – A new mobility platform & multisided marketplace for city dwellers, cities & companies to solve urban mobility together.
  • OTIV – Teaching railway vehicles in complex environments to drive autonomously.
  • Peregrine Technologies – We empower commercial fleets and mobility services to operate safely and efficiently.
  • Swugo – A service that turns any regular bicycle into an e-bike for less than your monthly TV subscription.

Take the opportunity to network with the startups that can provide various solutions to your city, company or home. Take the action towards the positive changes of the environment in urban areas.

Register here

CALL opening! Accelerator programme batch#3 and ScaleTHENGlobal programmes 2021

Does your startup develop products, services or solutions related to urban mobility?   Check our call openings for Accelerator programme batch#3 and ScaleTHENGlobal programmes 2021 and apply now!

EIT Urban Mobility opens two calls on 06/04/2021:   Accelerator batch#3 (July-December) will take place in the five Innovation Hubs (South, Central, North, East and West) with 25 startups in total. ScaleTHENGlobal (June-December) is a pan-European programme that will support 20 startups.  

Accelerator batch#3 is a programme tailored for early stage startups conducted by Business Creation and our project partners in five different Innovation Hubs:   South (Barcelona Activa, city of Barcelona, CARNET, CTAG, UPC, and UPF) Central (ENEA, TUM, UnternehmerTUM, ISBAK, PoliHub) North (Aalto University, Aalto Startup Centre, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Kaunas University of Technology  and cities of Helsinki and Stockholm) East (Zone Cluster, PowerHUB and SpinLab) and West (AMS Institute, Brainport Development, Eindhoven University of Technology, and cities of Amsterdam and Eindhoven). Accelerator programme batch#3 call will close on 09/05/2021

Learn more about the Accelerator programme

ScaleTHENGlobal targets companies with solutions placed at TRL 7 – 9 with demonstrable business traction. The EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation supports the partners running the programme are CARNET, PowerHub, UnternehmerTUM, Digital Hub Logistics, Fraunhofer, the NFF and city of Hamburg. ScaleTHENGlobal call will close on 02/05/2021

UPDATE: Extended deadline 09/05/2021

Learn more about the ScaleTHENGlobal programme

Launch of Call for Proposals for Business Creation

Urban Mobility has gone through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that make our cities the economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and innovative beating hearts of our society, were also the weakest points when faced with a new and deadly threat.

Wise medical advice led to lockdowns that inevitably saved millions of lives while freezing personal mobility. Who we are today, how we relate to each other, and how we perceive and move around our cities has changed. Maybe forever.  EIT Urban Mobility was privileged to play a small role in Covid Response Initiatives. Inclusive logistics projects protecting the elderly and vulnerable were rolled out in Budapest touching thousands. New ruggedised rickshaws were designed for handicapped and reduced mobility passenger in the hilly cities of Bergamo and Bilbao. As road space was taken back for public space, citizens in 5 cities were able to design and manufacture their street furniture for their own public spaces.  New nanotech sprays covered the surfaces of our buses and metros, to ensure we got home safely.  

It has been an unforgettable year that has shaped our thinking on where EIT Urban Mobility needs to go. We learned we could move fast and innovate at pace. We learned that the right thinkers and doers are there – you just need to find them. We learned that innovation can be financially beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth. 

In 2021, we launch a call for the Business Creation Programme 2022 focused on our City Challenge Areas. This year we will focus on five simple areas: Active Mobility. Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility,  Future Mobility and Creating Public Realm.  We expect great things from our own EIT Urban Mobility community and hubs. Moreover, having seen how our community responded to COVID with rapid, agile, and impactful projects – we expect more. Higher. Faster. Better. And as the saying goes “Don’t tell me how it cannot be done. Tell me how it can”. 

We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2022 – 2024. 

Main features of the call (aim and segments) 

The overall purpose of the Business Creation programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life. 

The Business Creation programmes helps entrepreneurs grow their successful business ventures. It does so by providing a new-business-friendly environment, offering start-ups and scaleups training, advice, funding and opportunities for networking. 

For the Business Plan 2022, Business Creation specifically looks for actions to continue and improve content, formats and business models of the Accelerator Programmes and SME Hub.  The Business Creation call in 2022 is focusing on two areas that reflect the different stages of maturity and needs of startups and SMEs: Acceleration and the SME Hub.  

Call summary 

First Call for Proposals for Business Creation for BP 2022 – 2024: Main Features 

Dates  
Call opening: 19 March 2021 
Call closing: 18 May 2021 
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of May 2021 
Evaluation of proposals: June 2021 
Communication of results: beginning of July 2021 

Budget allocation 
Up to 2.1 million EUR 

Link to submission portal 
PLAZA platform – OPEN NOW!

 
List of documents to be submitted 
Application form available on the PLAZA platform

List of documents to take into consideration  
Business Plan 2022 – 2024 first call for proposals for Business Creation 
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027 (link below) 
Call Guidelines for applicants (link below) 
Appeal Procedure (link below)
Eligibility of expenditures (link below)
List of KPIs (link below)
Monitoring and reporting (link below)
Frequently Asked Questions – First Calls for BP2022-2024 (link below)
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement

Short summary of the topics to be addressed 
Accelerator Programmes 
Accelerator Programmes provide support for innovative mobility solutions by nurturing start-ups. There are two programme intakes per year. These include 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.  

SME Hub Programme The SME Hub Programme provides support for innovative mobility solutions by boosting growth of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Programme participants will be exposed to city pilots and international networking opportunities.
   
Evaluation criteria 
For the Strategic Fit Evaluation: Contribution to the challenges and target defined in the EIT UM Strategic Agenda and EIT Core KPIs. Fitting with BP 2022 Call Area and Topic under which the programme proposal has been submitted. Addressing the concept of Knowledge Triangle Integration. 

For the Full proposal evaluation
Excellence, thought leadership and results-focus. 
Impact and financial sustainability. 
Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management.

 

Find all the information about this call below!

Supporting documents:

NEW! Additional document:

Contact details 

Type of contact Email 
General call2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 
Specific for Business Creation businesscreationcall2022@eiturbanmobility.eu 

Events-Webinars 

You can find the calendar on the main events here.

Vianova, an EIT Urban Mobility supported startup improves the shared mobility services in Milan

We are happy to announce that we reached a significant milestone by improving the integration of shared mobility services in the city of Milan thanks to the platform created by the startup Vianova.

EIT Urban Mobility supported the implementation of this platform to help Milan’s streets to be safer and more efficient. This is a good example of how EIT Urban Mobility contributes to making urban spaces more liveable for the benefit of European citizens.

The EIT Urban Mobility’s business acceleration services enabled Vianova to strengthen its connection with AMAT, a mobility and environment agency owned by the municipality of Milan, and to investigate the possibility to pilot the Vianova technology in Milan. In October 2020, EIT Urban Mobility invested € 45.000 in Vianova to implement a pilot in Milan together with AMAT.

The data platform developed by Vianova consists of a digital layer between cities and connected transportation services, enabling better integration and collaboration between the two. It will now be fully scaled to supervise shared mobility services in Milan, such as e-scooters, bikes, mopeds and shared cars. While doing this, Vianova will also provide digitisation of all regulations of AMAT and it will work on the development of an audit feature to verify operators’ compliance.

The pilot has already kicked-off and it will run throughout 2021, including the platform customisation to the needs of the city of Milan and the integration with the city’s shared mobility operators.  

’Thanks to the collaboration with Vianova, the city of Milan will be able to equip itself with a useful tool to better monitor the demand for shared mobility and plan specific interventions to ramp up the mobility offer with new services. This will allow to achieve the goals of EIT Urban Mobility to integrate user-centric mobility services and products and give a significant boost to the market growth’’, stated Valentino Sevino, Director of Mobility Planing and Monitoring Area at AMAT.

BACKGROUND

About Vianova

Vianova, a French start-up based in Paris and founded in 2018, is one of the leading European data platform providers for enabling cities to manage connected, shared and autonomous mobility in the urban public realm. Some facts: 15 major European cities are using Vianova; 25 mobility operators integrated; € 500 000 revenue generated in 2020; 70 000 vehicles supervised/day; 2M rides/month; 100M data points ingested/day.

Vianova has been part of several of programmes supported by EIT Urban Mobility: it was granted with € 15 000 for technology and market validation under the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme running from July to December 2020, followed by its participation in the GoGlobal programme, which promotes start-ups’ global outreach by connecting start-ups to the EIT Urban Mobility network and ecosystem. 

About AMAT

AMAT (Agenzia Mobilità Ambiente e Territorio) is a wholly owned agency by the Municipality of Milan that focuses on mobility, environment and territory. Since 2000, AMAT has been providing services in support of municipal functions in the fields of planning, programming, design, management, monitoring and control related to the mobility, transport and public space activities in the City of Milan.

Contacts / useful links:

www.vianova.io; Thibault Castagne, co-founder of Vianova: thibault.castagne@vianova.io 

www.amat-mi.it; Valentino Sevino, Director of Mobility Planning and Monitoring Area Director at AMAT: valentino.sevino@amat-mi.it

Best European mobility startups joined the accelerator kick-off batch 2

The second batch of EIT Urban Mobility´s Accelerator programme for mobility start-ups coming from all over Europe started with a virtual kick-off organised by our partner Czech PowerHUB.

Core partners of EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub East  – PowerHUB, SPINLAB, and ZONE cluster will support five selected startups and will take care of their future business development in the upcoming six months.

  • BringAuto from the Czech Republic is a last-mile delivery robotic platform that allows for cargo transportation, eventually can be equipped with various forms of a superstructure.
  • MET3R (Zencharge) from Hungary aggregates and dispatches flexible EV storage for the fleet-operators and energy companies.
  • Dashfactory from Germany develops and markets safety products for individual mobility, starting with the bicycle market – Dashbike is the first dashcam for cyclists.
  • FSE from Poland is the innovative provider of electric light commercial vehicle solutions.
  • QLX  (Smarttrass) from Germany is developing a new type of infrastructure design software with nD parametric structure modeling, real-time visualization, and evaluation for earlier and better decisions, and a whole new experience of involving people.

In this second round of the Accelerator programme, each startup has different goals and expectations and therefore their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are specifically identified based on their solution, needs, and plans at the beginning of the programme. All teams will be guided by an experienced lead mentor who will be helping them with a variety of technical and business questions. Additionally, a series of Expert Sessions will provide the teams with specific know-how, such as Customer-Centric Approach, Sales and Marketing.

One of the strong motivation factors is also the € 15.000 in equity-free financing, that will be granted to successful Accelerator teams.

The first batch of the Accelerator programme in the Innovation Hub East in 2020 noticed great success amongst the supported startups, for example, Czech start-up TrackingForm08  – technology to monitor the status of transport infrastructure (roads & rails) using vehicle movement – managed to launch a pilot in Kladno and Prague.