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/

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

Just launched! Call for Proposals for Factory: #ChallengeMyCity – Madrid

Urban Mobility went through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020 and 2021. 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.

It has been an unforgettable couple of years that have 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 out there – they just need to be found. We learned that innovation can be financially beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth.

In 2022, we want to provide momentum and support innovators further into the early stages of market uptake, and simultaneously help cities address their sustainability challenges in mobility with innovative approaches. Reducing the time-to-market of successfully piloted innovations and overcoming market-entry barriers is at the core of the objectives of this call for solutions. The post-covid urban mobility landscape leaves us limited time to reach our collective 2030 goals, and a true decade of action is needed to implement change in cities.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Main features of the call (aim and challenges)

The overall purpose of the Factory 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 Factory programmes helps all type and size of enterprises grow their successful business ventures and scale up their products and services. It does so by providing co-funding and opportunities for networking.

This #ChallengeMyCity call aims at resolving mobility-related challenges faced by European cities in their urban environment with market-ready innovative solutions. This year’s issue of the call is dedicated to the city of Madrid and project proposals are invited to address at least one of these 3 different Challenges:

  • Challenge A – in Madrid: Logistics hub for green last mile delivery
  • Challenge B – in Madrid: Safety for bicycle paths & monitoring of cyclist flows
  • Challenge C – in Madrid: Monitoring active mobility flows in new urban spaces

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, financial, administrative, and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu
Content of the Callfactory@eiturbanmobility.eu

Events-Webinars

Here you can find the link to the Info Day webinar that will take place on the 6 May at 11:00 CEST: https://eiturbanmobility-eu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ha9T7730SPCdgz83IHRaRw

You can check here the presentation used in the Info Day webinar.

Call summary


Call for Proposals for Factory for #ChallengeMyCity Madrid: Main Features
Dates
Call opening: 20 April 2022
Call closing:  20 June 2022 at 17:00 CEST
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: End of July – Beginning of August 2022

Total EIT funding allocated to this call
 Up to 160,000 EUR

Total EIT funding allocation per challenge
Challenge A: Up to 60,000 EUR
Challenge B: Up to 50,000 EUR
Challenge C: Up to 50,000 EUR

Link to the submission portal
The PLAZA platform will be available from 20 April 2022
List of documents to be submitted
Application form (available on the website)
At least one letter of recommendation from the city or client where a prior pilot was carried out
The SME registration certificate
The Pitch Deck
List of documents to take into consideration    
Call Manual 2021-2022 Factory #ChallengeMyCity
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs for Factory
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure

Activity implementation
Handbook for subgrantees (Available soon)
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
#ChallengeMyCity Madrid The #ChallengeMyCity call provides innovative mobility solutions with the opportunity to perform a pilot in a city’s urban environment in real conditions. The challenges of this call are located in the city of Madrid (Spain). EIT Urban Mobility and Madrid City Council have developed the mobility challenges that need to be addressed and Madrid will be hosting the pilots to tackle these challenges. During the implementation of the activities, the pilots will take place in parallel. The pilot implementation will be co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and administratively supported by the city (and public service providers, where applicable). The impact of the pilots will be evaluated to assess the potential success of a long-term implementation of the tested solutions.
Evaluation criteria
For the Quality evaluation: Three External Expert Evaluators (EEEs) and two internal evaluation experts will assess the team capability, impact, excellence, and the implementation of the proposals.

For the Pitch: The Selection Committee members will assess the quality of the pitch presentation that includes compliance with the financial sustainability principles and knowledge triangle integration.

INNOVATION CHALLENGES ELECTROMOBILITY. Apply for the Challenge

Within the framework of the InnovAcció 2030 initiative and the 2030 Agenda, Barcelona City Council wants to promote the deployment of innovative solutions for recharging electric vehicles in publicly accessible underground car parks. Barcelona de Serveis Municipals (B:SM), a company of the city of Barcelona that was born in the year 2002 with the aim of unifying in a single society the provision of municipal service, has launched two challenges to make it possible.

  • Development and testing of a flexible charging point – 90.000 € for the winner
  • Development and testing of a low cost charging point – 70.000 € for the winner

Each challenge has an independent call. Companies can decide to take part in one or both challenges, whichever it deems most appropriate.
Both calls are open from Monday, 4 April, and the deadline for submitting offers extends until 27 May, 2022 at 12.30h (UTC+2).

Complementary information on the tenders and how to prepare the bids is available on the following links:

Development and testing of a flexible charging point – INSTRUCTIONS_Flexible CP_ENG
Development and testing of a low cost charging point – INSTRUCTIONS_Low cost CP_ENG

You can send any questions about the tender to: ajcc@bsmsa.cat

EIC & EIT Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Programme

EIT and EIC create synergies between their powerful entrepreneurship communities.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is committed to build the presence of women in different roles within the entrepeneurship and innovation ecosystem. As part of our ongoing efforts in the field EIT has partnered with the European Innovation Council (EIC) to create synergies between their powerful entrepreneurship communities and enhance the participation of EIT alumni in the EIC Women Leadership Programme. 

The programme offers EIT community women access to a broad network, mentoring, coaching and training opportunities to take their managerial and leadership skills to the next level. Selected participants will be matched with mentor and experts to boost their potencial and expand the opportunities to engage with peers and key stakelholders for their development. 

The services of the programme will be offered jointly by EIC and EIT and are open to women leading startups and research teams.

The programme is curretly looking for members and coaches to support participants in the programme. If you are and experienced entrepreneur, investor, innovator or senior manager (M/F) motivated to make a lasting impact on the role of women in innovation and entrepreneurship, then we want you as a mentor or coach!

We are looking forward to working with you to achieve a better gender balanced entrepeneurship and innovation ecosystem. 

For more information visit the website!

Grow your start-up by joining our Accelerator programmes!

Are you and your start-up solving some of our mobility-related challenges? And can you use support from a European network with cities, industries and experts? Then check out our five Accelerator programmes related to sustainable city logistics, urban air mobility, e+ mobility, energy and public realm and 5G technologies for urban mobility.

Via the Accelerator programmes, EIT Urban Mobility intends to help at least 50 start-ups to grow to the next level. We are looking for early-stage start-up teams with all possible ideas that help to solve mobility-related problems and create more liveable cities in Europe and worldwide. As an impact investor, the programmes from EIT Urban Mobility align with several of the Sustainable Development Goals like Sustainable cities and communities, Climate action and Good health and well-being.

All our six-months Accelerator programmes include support services worth between € 20,000 and € 30,000, such as:

  • Facilitated access to living labs, cities and the EIT Urban Mobility community​
  • Personalised business coaching 
  • Mentoring by industry experts and experienced founders 
  • Virtual start-up workshops & education​
  • Finding your product-market fit 
  • Access to EIT Urban Mobility investment initiatives and funding instruments

The programmes and services are led by our partners: UPC, UnternehmerTUM, Mov’eo, ZONE cluster and Toulouse Metropole.  

Veronika Giacko, CMO of Mileus and alumna of an EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme:

I’d recommend the programmes to urban mobility start-ups that want to gain access to a wealth of workshops, coaching sessions and business development opportunities to accelerate their growth.” 

The start-ups applying to the programmes should have clear, scalable business models and products/services, preferably within the range from TRL 4 to 6. All requirements can be found in the guide for applicants on the dedicated accelerator programme pages of the different themes. We especially welcome applications from female and diverse teams. 

To get a first impression of all the five programmes, we invite you to our Accelerator programmes overview page. Make sure to apply before the closing date for your preferred open call to not miss out on this opportunity! 

Call for Innovation for the Business Plan 2023-2025

During 2021, the Climate Crisis and Covid-19 focused our attention on the pressing need for more action and less reflection on how we can create healthy, liveable, and sustainable cities. The Innovation Programme of 2022 is well placed to help us find practical ways to address these challenges. In 2022, our community will develop solutions and products driving the use of second life batteries, alternative energy, grid/micro-grid management, tackling last mile pollution and congestion, autonomous delivery, active mobility, sustainable logitsics, and creating dynamic shared spaces for both vehicles and pedestrians.

This year´s Call for Innovation will focus on the same four City Challenges as last year: Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Energy and Mobility, and Future Mobility. Retaining the same Challenge Areas was a decision made in consultation with our community, and in considering the exceptional strength of the proposals and the quality of the partnerships received last year.

We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2023-2025.

Main features of the call

The overall purpose of the Innovation 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.

Urban mobility challenges include issues such as equality of access, eco-efficiency, physical and digital safety, harnessing of new technologies, population growth, and air quality. Within our action orientated innovation, we also address the regulatory and behavioural changes needed to improve urban life quality.

The Innovation Programme co-creates ideas that lead to the proposal of projects, the demonstration of new solutions, the development of living labs, and the creation of commercial value.

Over 250 urban mobility challenges were identified by cities across Europe. These challenges were reworked into 9 wider ‘Challenge Areas’.

For the Call for Innovation, four challenge areas will be supported directly by the Innovation Programme: Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Future Mobility, and Mobility & Energy.

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, Financial, Administrative and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu
Innovation innovationcall@eiturbanmobility.eu

Events-Webinars

To help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals, EIT Urban Mobility carry out a series of events before and after the call publication to ensure open, free and fair access to the wider mobility community.

You can find the calendar of events and information about the programme here.

Call summary

Call Main Features
Key Dates
Call opening: 28 February 2022
Call closing:  28 April 2022 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: Mid-May 2022
Evaluation of proposals: May to beginning of July 2022
Communication of results: July 2022
Total Budget allocated to this call
The total EIT funding allocation for this Innovation call is expected to be 14.7 million Euro (12,7 EUR Million to Innovation and 2 EUR Million to RIS Innovation). This will be divided between the four Challenge Areas and a mix of Type 1 and Type 2 projects.
Link to the submission portal
The PLAZA platform will be available as of 7 March 2022

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

List of documents to take into consideration
Call Manual: Business Plan 2023 – 2025 AMENDED-VERSION (Updated on 22/03/2022 sections updated listed on page 1 of manual)
Call Manual: Business Plan 2023 – 2025_AMENDED-VERSION (section 3.3 KPIs has been updated on 08/03/2022)
Call Manual: Business Plan 2023 – 2025
Call FAQ ( Most recent version 25/04/2022)
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs for Innovation_AMENDED-VERSION
Guidelines for Applicants
EITUM_Eligibility-of-expenditures_AMENDED-VERSION
Appeal procedure
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement (specifically Art. 16 and 17)
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
Active Mobility Active mobility is regular physical activity undertaken as a means of transport. It includes travel by foot, bicycle and other vehicles which require physical effort to get moving. The expected outcome would be higher levels of use of active mobility in target demo cities.

Future Mobility The expected outcome would be new services and disruptive technologies which have the potential to reshape the way in which we live, work, and move within the city.

Sustainable City Logistics The expected outcome would include new vehicles, new procurement / purchasing models, new consolidation solutions, new hub services, new production models (e.g., so that goods are produced ‘close-to-home’), and new software solutions for optimising freight.

Mobility and Energy The expected outcome would be the increased use of cleaner fuelled vehicles in one or more European cities. The measures implemented should have the potential for replicating and scaling in other European contexts.
Evaluation criteria
For the Strategic Fit evaluation (1st phase):
Contribution to EIT Urban Mobility strategic objectives (EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda)
Fitting with BP 2023 – 2025
Call Challenge Area under which the project proposal has been submitted, and Potential impact in line with or exceeding the minimum level requirement as stated for the Challenge Area

For the Full Proposal Evaluation (2nd phase):
Excellence, novelty, and innovation,
Impact and financial sustainability, and
Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management.

EIT launches new global outreach website

The EIT is proud to present a brand-new website dedicated to the EIT Global Outreach Programme – delivering the unique EIT Innovation model beyond Europe and boosting the competitiveness of European innovations.   

Innovation beyond Europe: EIT Global Outreach   

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is Europe’s innovation engine on a mission to create a healthier, greener and more digital Europe. By harnessing the power of innovation, the EIT helps to directly respond to some of the greatest global challenges of our time.  

Over the past decade, the EIT has established eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), unique partnerships that connect more than 2900 partners, carving out Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, connecting leading businesses, higher education and research organisations to turn Europe’s best ideas into cutting-edge products and services.  

In 2018, acknowledging the importance of international cooperation in tackling global challenges, the EIT together with its Innovation Communities established the EIT Global Outreach programme. Contributing to the EU’s Global Approach in Research & Innovation, it is the first EIT Community coordinated effort at global level. 

The EIT Global Outreach programme acts as a bridge linking the EIT’s innovation ecosystem with those of outreach locations, forging synergies with global innovation leaders. Currently two EIT Hubs exist under the Global Outreach programme, one in Silicon Valley, USA, and the other in Tel Aviv, Israel 

The EIT Global outreach programme draws on the strength of the already established EIT model, built on the principle/foundation of knowledge triangle integration, bringing together research, academia, and business to spur innovation, increasing European competitiveness, while creating jobs and sustainable growth. By positioning the EIT’s innovation model at an international level, the EIT Community is able to offer tailor-made support to facilitate the internationalisation efforts of European entrepreneurs and innovators. In addition, with this programme, the EIT brings together knowledge and resources from across its innovation ecosystem to create a platform to share best practices and expertise from the selected outreach locations to tackle the most pressing global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Stay tuned for updates on the new EIT Global Outreach website as the programme expands with more locations! Or get involved now with the EIT Global Outreach activities, including the  Disrupt Me innovation immersion programme that is currently accepting applicants, or other upcoming opportunities and events!  

For more information, sign up for the Global Outreach newsletter

EIT Urban Mobility – Innovation Days 2022

In the run-up to the official launch of the first Call for Proposals for our Business Plan 2023-2025, we will hold a series on Innovation Days online, bringing urban mobility key players together to forge new collaborations. The event series takes place from 21 February to 4 March and will be hosted on the b2match platform.

The Innovation Days will have a one hour themed events to network, to pitch, to hold table discussions and to directly matchmake. After the formal launch of the first Call for Proposals for 2023-2025, additional support sessions will be held focusing on submission guidance, EIT rules, proposal writing, financial sustainability, and the evaluation process itself.

After the Innovation Days, the b2match platform will remain active for viewing potential project partners and for networking, until 1 May.

4 Challenge Areas build the thematic core of the event series:

  • Active Mobility: 22 February, 10:00 – 11:00h
  • Future Mobility: 22 February, 13:00 – 14:00h
  • Sustainable City Logistics: 24 February, 10:00 – 11:00h
  • Mobility and Energy: 24 February, 13:00 – 14:00h

There will be one hour events dedicated to each of these Challenge Areas, including idea pitches, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

Beyond these four events, the following information sessions (info days) will take place:

  • EIT Urban Mobility Pre-Call Innovation Day
  • Innovation Call Info: RIS Support Session
  • Official Call for Innovation Launch
  • Innovation Call Info: Guidance, Rules and Evaluation Process on Innovation
  • PLAZA Training: Introduction to the proposal submission tool
  • Innovation Call Info: Making Financial Sustainability work for your proposal
  • Innovation Call Info: Tips & Pointers for Proposal Writing

You can benefit from the event series in multiple ways:

  • Publish and showcase your projects, ideas, services or needs to event participants
  • Get inspired by idea pitches, identify matching organisations, skills and capabilities and find the missing puzzle piece for your project idea
  • Initiate and arrange promising pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings at the event
  • Exchange and meet new contacts and stay in touch with them beyond the event days
  • Boost your visibility in the EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem

Fluctuo, a company from our portfolio received a further €1.6 million investment!

Fluctuo, founded in 2019, is an independent third-party data aggregator with a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to collect, process, analyse and visualise the data of shared mobility services (bikes, scooters, mopeds and cars), helping public stakeholders and private companies to make data-driven decisions on mobility services & infrastructures.

EIT Urban Mobility portfolio company Fluctuo received a further €1.6 million investment to consolidate its position in the European market and expand into new mobility modes, such as transport on demand. This capital injection will also allow improving the product offering, adding types of data (e.g. urban infrastructure like mobility hubs and charging stations). Fluctuo, who graduated from EIT Urban Mobility’s accelerator programme, was also chosen for investment through the Startup Investment programme.

Since its creation in 2019, Fluctuo specialises in the collection, processing and distribution of data on shared mobility services, including bikes, scooters, mopeds and cars. The company has positioned itself as a facilitator between shared mobility operators, on the one hand, and the transport and tourism sectors on the other. Their SaaS (Software as a Service) platform helps public stakeholders and private companies to make data-driven decisions on mobility services and infrastructures. In Europe, Fluctuo already works with around thirty shared mobility operators (Cityscoot, TIER, Dott, Voi, Share Now, etc.), transport aggregators (Free Now, SNCF e-Voyageurs, Cogo, etc.) and public transit operators.

“Development of these new urban mobility services has accelerated since the start of the health crisis,” says Julien Chamussy, President of Fluctuo, adding: “At the end of 2021, there were over 500,000 shared vehicles available throughout Europe. At Fluctuo, we are proud to be helping players in this market make their services accessible to as many people as possible. We plan to use this latest round of financing to expand our product offering further, adding new capabilities and moving into new markets.”

EITUM Website marketplace

Just launched: the Mobility Innovation Marketplace, showcasing the mobility of tomorrow!

Are you an innovator seeking more visibility for your new product? Are you are searching for a mobility solution for your city? Then this is the marketplace for you!

Join the reference platform for urban mobility and stay up to date on the latest innovation in the sector! Gain an all-round understanding of the current opportunities and trends by accessing our variety of content, including:

  • Mobility products: featuring 50 of the most innovative solutions providing sustainable mobility in cities, and giving you the opportunity to promote yours for free!
  • Best practices, presenting the latest success stories of pilots and implementations of urban mobility solutions.
  • City challenges, giving a voice to cities to state the different mobility challenges they face and want to overcome.
  • Insights: providing the latest articles and news on the sector, from regulatory changes to the arrival of new cutting-edge technology.
  • Services, showcasing the diverse services offered by EIT Urban Mobility that you can choose from to fulfill your needs.

Don’t miss out on the latest news in sustainable mobility for cities! Join now by signing up for free on the platform and access our exclusive content.

Costs and benefits of the sustainable urban mobility transition in Europe

We are happy to release the fifth report of our Urban Mobility Next series, which explores the costs and benefits of the sustainable mobility transition in European cities. The analysis focuses on 779 EU-27 cities of more than 50,000 inhabitants based on 12 city prototypes. The model used in the report covers small, medium, and large cities in Eastern, Northern, Central/ Western Europe, and Southern Europe.

We have modelled three different transition scenarios to reflect possible pathways for cities to address the European Green Deal objectives for the transport sector of -55% CO2 emissions by 2030 and -90% CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. These pathways are composed of a set of 29 different policy measures (e.g. car and bike sharing, cycling infrastructure, metro and bus lanes, etc.) grouped into three main scenarios:

  • “Promote and Regulate”: this transition pathway assumes the promotion and regulation of 19 sustainable mobility options;
  • “Plan and Build”: this transition pathway focuses on 14 infrastructure building and technology related actions;
  • “Mixed”: this transition pathway is a mix of the two above-mentioned approaches, with 23 measures related to both technological innovations and behavioural change.

Read our study

For the preparation of this study, we have applied this model to the cities of Barcelona, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Munich, and Prague based on a combination of publicly available indicators and assumptions.

Simulations:

For a tailored evaluation based on your specific city data, please contact us at factory@eiturbanmobility.eu

TRT Trasporti e Territorio, has carried out this study using the MOMOS (Sustainable MObility Model) tool. MOMOS is a quantitative tool which allows to simulate the impacts of different mobility transition pathways on a range of indicators, including costs and environmental benefits, for different types of cities.