Velo-city 2022 in Ljubljana

During the Velo-city conference 2022, that took place from the 14 until the 17 June, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was fully garnished with butterflies. Those represented the visual identity of the annual flagship event organised by our partner, the European Cyclist’s Federation, and that symbolises change, development and metamorphosis. Indeed, the Slovenian capital made a drastic shift in the last 10 years regarding cycling.

EIT Urban Mobility was fully present in Velo-city with a booth, that attracted those interested in our programmes and that could learn more about our mission, specially regarding Active Mobility.

During the 3 days event, different conferences brought together those involved in the policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programmes. Edwin Heesakkers, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub West director, took part of the Focus on citizens, stakeholders and community plenary session on Wednesday. Heesakkers highlighted the importance to engage with youth, women and marginalised groups.

“We’re breaking the silos to make the changes together. Why? Because cities are for you, for us, for the people who live in them. And it is of utmost importance that each of you can have your say in designing the city you will live in” Edwin Heesakkers, EIT UM Innovation Hub West director

On Thursday, Anja Ilenič, EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Slovenia representative, took part of the Engaging citizens and building the cycling community session. Ilenič introduced EIT Urban Mobility, some of the RIS Hub Slovenia initiatives, and same as Heessakkers, also stressed the importance of involving the youth in the decision making process. The same morning, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Lifecycle officer, Manuel Crespo Yáñez, attended the conference The latest innovations from bike-sharing and micromobility, where he presented one of our projects that was also present at Velo-city, Bicification.

“The future of urban mobility is active mobility” Manuel Crespo Yáñez, EIT UM Innovation Lifecycle officer

In order to preach by example, the EIT Urban Mobility team present in Ljubljana took part in the traditional Velo-city Bike Parade, together with hundreds of other enthusiastic bike lovers.

Indeed, the conferences are designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation. Velo-city began in 1980 in Bremen (Germany) with deep ties in the founding of the European Cyclists’ Federation. The next world cycling summit will take place in May 2023 in Liepzig. More info here

New Podcast released: Designing safe urban mobility!

How do we design our urban spaces to be and feel safer? It’s not as simple as installing cameras everywhere to watch over everyone. In this episode, our wonderful host Brittany Atkins chats with expert guests Marianne Weinreich, Debbie Dekkers, and Dan Campsall about how the presence (or absence) of safety in mobility and urban planning can be affected by gender, age, lifestyle, and more.

Marianne Weinreich is a Market Manager of Smart Mobility at Ramboll, a Danish (but international) engineering and design consultancy that aims to create sustainable solutions across transport. She has spent the last 20+ years working in mobility as a consultant and manager, and is also the co-founder and chairman of the Cycling Embassy.

Debbie Dekkers is a Programme Manager and “innovatiemanager” at the Innovation Office for the city of Amsterdam. The organisation aims to make the city more efficient and evolved for the benefit of its residents, using the power of technology to prepare for future mobility. As a programme manager, Debbie works mainly within smart mobility with a focus on MaaS, trends analysis, and anticipating new mobility concepts.

Dan Campsall is the Chairman of Agilysis, a transport behaviour and safety consultancy, with the goal to transform lives through healthier and safer communities via intelligent solutions. He also is the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for transport safety in the UK, and has been involved in the transport safety sector of mobility for about 20 years.

This episode delves into the complex subject that is safety in urban design and urban mobility, and examines it from a variety of different angles and perspectives.

A main theme our guest spoke on was how safety and the perception of safety in urban mobility can vary based on a number of demographics – Marianne spoke about how automotive safety features are structured to accommodate the average man, leaving women out of the safety equation. Debbie notes how not all urban infrastructure bears in mind the elderly or the disabled, who might need longer time and digital assistance at crosswalks and complex road crossings. Dan also commented how minorities and those living in deprived communities can be at greater risk of road injury, as well as facing lower quality infrastructure. However, they all note that there is still a sense of excitement and ambition as newer, smarter technology and strategy come to light as  solutions to these existing issues.

This is just the surface, and there are so many more levels of discussion and conversation on this episode – that we are proud to sponsor. You can hear the full discussion on Apple Podcasts, as well as anywhere else you find your podcasts.

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.  

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.

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!

JUST LAUNCHED! New European Bauhaus Call for proposals for Citizen Engagement Activities

EIT Community invites applicants to develop and submit applications aligned with the New European Bauhaus initiative (hereinafter NEB) focused on developing long-term solutions in collaboration with citizens to deliver transformation that match the needs of a wider community.

The present EIT Community call for projects aims to work on activities where citizens and end-users are not only asked to identify relevant challenges of their city aligned with New European Bauhaus challenges, but also empowered to co-create together potential solutions in an ideation process. It is expected to encourage/incentivise the uptake of more sustainable habits, through co-creation of new products, services or solutions with citizens, empowering citizens to implement new solutions in their communities and triggering change by actively influencing local policies.

Further on all proposals need to embed and integrate all the three core New European Bauhaus values (sustainability, aesthetics, inclusion) and all the three key New European Bauhaus principles (multilevel, participatory, transdisciplinary approach) into their projects.

Supported activities

Given the objective, expected outcomes and impact of the 2022 projects, grants shall be awarded for the implementation of co-design of public realm and social and educational activities aiming to respond to the New European Bauhaus challenges:

  • Re-connecting with nature
  • Re-gaining sense of community and belonging
  • Prioritising the places and people that need it the most
  • The need for a long term, life cycle and integrated thinking in industrial ecosystem

An application must address at least one of the EIT Community NEB Challenges mentioned above; for further information including examples of specific types of activities please carefully read Chapter 4 of the Call document.

Who can apply?

Private or public legal entity may apply, consortia are not eligible.

KICs partners and non-partners are eligible to apply. Applications from RIS countries are positively encouraged.

For further eligibility information please check Chapter 9.1 of the Call document.

EIT funding allocation

The funding rate is 100% up to 15.000€ for each project.

Overall eight selected projects (ideally two proposals per EIT Community NEB Challenge) can be implemented in eight regions/cities located in the European Union Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries from 1 of July to 31 December 2022.

How can you apply?

The process is organised in a one-step application procedure. Please read the Call document carefully and consult the EIT Community team if necessary. More information about the types of projects, the application process, you will find in the documents for download:

EIT Community NEB 2022 Call Citizen Engagement Activities

On 26 April 2022 at 09:00 CEST Online the Call info session will be organised. For participation please fill in the online registration form until 21 April 2022.

You can check here the presentation used in the Call info session and review here the Q&A.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications not later than 29 May 2022 in a single pdf by mail to NEBcall4citizens2022@eiturbanmobility.eu

Selection criteria

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the excellence, impact and implementation of each proposal that successfully passed the admissibility and eligibility criteria.

JUST LAUNCHED! New European Bauhaus Call for proposals for Co-Creation of public space through citizen engagement

The EIT Community invites applicants to develop and submit applications aligned with the New European Bauhaus initiative (hereinafter NEB) focused on the inhabited places and on our relationship with natural environments, beyond the built space. It is a practical approach to discover beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive ways of living and to use them to inspire our way forward.

The present EIT Community call for projects aims to resolve challenges that the cities, peri-urban and rural areas face, focusing on NEB challenges innovation and action in public spaces through citizen engagement in their re-designing. The call will identify inspirational, beautiful, sustainable and inclusive project proposals, demonstrating new solutions that boost the transformation of cities, peri-urban and rural areas by bringing individuals and communities closer to nature, bringing sense of belonging, addressing the needs of territories, communities that needed specific attention, and transforming value chains and life of materials towards circularity.

Further on all proposals need to embed and integrate all the three core New European Bauhaus values (sustainability, aesthetics, inclusion) and all the three key New European Bauhaus principles (multilevel, participatory, transdisciplinary approach) into their projects.

Supported activities

Given the objective, expected outcomes and impact of the 2022 projects, grants shall be awarded for the implementation of products and services (including rapid product prototypes), co-design of public realm and social and educational activities aiming to respond to the New European Bauhaus challenges:

  • Re-connecting with nature
  • Re-gaining sense of community and belonging
  • Prioritising the places and people that need it the most
  • The need for a long term, life cycle and integrated thinking in industrial ecosystem

An application must address at least one of the EIT Community NEB Challenges mentioned above; for further information including examples of specific types of activities please carefully read  Chapter 4 of the Call document.

Who can apply?

Applications must be consortia of a minimum 2 partners and a maximum of 4 partners.  One of these partners must be a City, region or an affiliated entity to a City or region located in an EU Member State or a Third Country associated to Horizon Europe. In case the consortium is made of 2 partners, the applicants must be independent organisations (there cannot be an affiliated link between them). One partner has to be presented as the Lead Partner.

KICs partners and non-partners are eligible to apply. Applications from RIS countries are positively encouraged.

For further eligibility information please check chapter 9.1 of the Call document.

EIT funding allocation

The funding rate is 100% up to 45.000€ for each project.

Overall six selected projects (ideally minimum 1 proposal per EIT Community NEB Challenge) can be implemented in six regions/cities located in the European Union Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries from 1 of July to 31 December 2022.

How can you apply?

The process is organised in a one-step application procedure. Please read the Call document carefully and consult the EIT Community team if necessary. More information about the types of projects, the application process, you will find in the documents for download:

EIT_Community_NEB_2022_Call_Co-Creation of public space_Final.pdf

On 26 April 2022 at 10:30 CEST Online a Call info session and Matchmaking event will be organised.

For participation please fill in the online registration form until 21 April 2022. In the matchmaking session, registered participants can present in 4 minutes their organisation and their needs to form a consortium. If you wish to present, please send your ppt in advance (maximum 4 slides) to zita.dibaczi@eiturbanmobility.eu at the latest 21 April 2022.

You can check here the presentation used in the Call info session and review here the Q&A.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications not later than 29 May 2022 in a single pdf by mail to NEBcall4cities2022@eiturbanmobility.eu  

Selection criteria

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the excellence, impact and implementation of each proposal that successfully passed the admissibility and eligibility criteria.

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.”

Congratulations to our winners of the ENTRANCE 1st Open Competition!

The EIT Urban Mobility is partner of ENTRANCE, a project under Horizon Europe which is designed to mobilise financial resources and boost sustainable innovations in the transport and mobility sectors. To do so, the partnership will create an environment for the promotion of solutions to find buyers or investors.

The goal of the ENTRANCE open competition was to attract and connect innovators, buyers and investors. The ENTRANCE project received a huge ammount of great and innovative ideas, so it was difficult for the jury to make a selection.We want to present our 5 winners of the first ENTRANCE open competition with their great innovative solutions in the transport and mobility sector!

  • CONTAI
  • SpotVessels GmbH
  • Alterkraft
  • Last Mile Team S.L.
  • PEOPLE

The winners of the competition:

  • receive personalised funding advice from the heart of the ENTRANCE ecosystem suitable for funding from 100.000 up to 10.000.000 euro.
  • get the opportunity to pitch their innovative solution during upcoming ENTRANCE events in the future and
  • get the opportunity to demonstrate their solution to dozens of potential funders and partners on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform

Our special congratulations of the prize challenge go to CONTAI, who won the financial prize of 5.000 euro and a meet and greet with a potential investor! A big thank goes also to Centrals I Infraestructuras per a la Mobilitat Logistiques SAU (CLIMALSA), that has been sponsored this monetary prize!

The entire ENTRANCE team is looking forward to working with you in the near future to solve the 21st century transport & mobility sustainability challenges together!

Read here the winning solution descriptions. Furthermore, you are welcome to watch the respective videos of the winners’ innovations to get a visual impression of each of those fantastic ideas! We hope you enjoy it!

“Imagine a circular and sustainable urban logistics ecosystem, where logistics needs in your city are bound together by a simple, yet elegant platform, like the USB interface.

CONTAI has not only imagined this but built such a universal urban logistics interface where everything fits together.

CONTAI offers a comprehensive platform for diverse last mile logistics in urban and rural area as vital part of the collaborative Physical Internet.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: CONTAI – Ground for the Last Mile (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT8eSqQcHI8 

“SpotVessels is a B2B platform based on intelligent infrastructure, enhancing the performance and shrinking the complexity of inland waterway business, on which companies interested in moving frights on inland waterways can find a fast, convenient, and low-cost solution. We link shippers and carriers directly, providing transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness on the inland waterway markets. Our business model reorganized existing value chains and facilitates more efficient use of resources.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: SPOTVESSELS (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgpTBI5kfdI

“Alterkraft specializes in the design and development of in-flight and cargo aeronautical equipment based on honeycomb cardboard. This material is extremely innovative because of its incomparable weight compared to the best current technologies made of carbon or composite materials. The benefits are high both in terms of fuel savings and carbon footprint for airlines.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Organisation: Alterkraft Lab SAS (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG5zlRnu6CQ

“Its road transport-specific Artificial Intelligence core enables cities and companies to build, risk and investment-free evaluate Digital Twins of fairer, smarter and greener urban logistics and last mile delivery business models. Its additional modules build an enterprise-level order to cash application capable to manage the selected business model daily operations optimization, track, trace, real-time management and information sharing with all stakeholders. Is built to easily integrate other deep-tech solutions in Cognitive Systems, Big Data & Analytics, Predictive Models, Smart Contracts and other Blockchain applications, etc.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: Last Mile Digital Platform (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfu7p6zv6LA

“PEOPLE proposes to the world a green solution that concerns all of us. It combines lightweight technology, IoT and Advanced Analytics that will revolutionize the standards of global freight transport by:

  • Saving 205 million trees
  • Reducing by 65 million tons CO2 emissions annually
  • Saving over 20,5 billion liters of fossil fuel yearly
  • Moving 40 million tons of cargo at no additional cost and CO2 emissions every year

Everything that moves consumes energy. All the energy consumed has a cost, a cost for our planet and an economical cost. PEOPLE provides solutions to optimize global movements of goods.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: Container2.0 (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVt1RTkhsR0