Delivery Couple acquirement is first step to bring last-mile delivery solution EU wide. 

Polish last-mile delivery startup Delivery Couple announces its acquirement of German competitor THEO, in turn increasing its fleet size by 260% by the end of 2024. Focused on providing effective, safe and semi-autonomous deliveries, the company is currently operating in four cities across Poland, having piloted the solution across 14 cities.

This acquisition indicates a significant step towards becoming a European last mile leader.Delivery Couple became part of the equity portfolio of EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, after applying and being selected as part of a Startup Investment Open Call in 2023. 

Founded in 2021, Delivery Couple was born out of the necessity for contactless deliveries during the Covid-19 pandemic and provides a guaranteed service by providing restaurants, marketplaces, and delivery companies with reliable robot couriers. Each robot is associated with either a female or male persona and is designed to be an aid to humans in providing an automated but friendly service. With a fleet of custom-designed robots, Delivery Couple are driving daily in 4 cities across Poland and guarantee a predictable delivery process, resulting in reduced traffic congestion in areas of operation and a zero-emission technology. Although the absolute necessity of contactless deliveries faded as the pandemic ended, this environmentally friendly and cost-effective technology has a definite place in modern cities.  

Of the announcement, CEO and co-founder, Sergiy Lebedyn said: ‘’Germany holds the largest market share in Europe for autonomous last mile deliveries, so the opportunity to gain access to this market with an existing network as built by THEO was not one to miss. Today, we are fully operational and generating profit per unit having completed 4000+ deliveries in Poland and with each delivery we have an opportunity to learn, refine and improve our systems. With a market as large as Germany´s, we of course increase our customer base and our fleet size but also our capacity to improve. We believe the success of our human-centric approach to last mile delivery will be compounded in this new market.’’  

Delivery Couple has gone from strength to strength, working in in-house hardware and software technologies and improving quality and percentage of successful deliveries. They took part in the 5G Turbo Accelerator in 2022 which is aimed to address key challenges in urban mobility with a focus on developing 5G technologies and services to improve traffic efficiency and traffic management, smart parking options, and road safety solutions, among others.  

EIT Urban Mobility Investment and Portfolio Manager, Jan Hauser commented: ‘’Our first encounter of Delivery Couple and their potential came during an accelerator programme in 2022, and the following year we were pleased to receive, and in-turn approve, an application for funding. As a pan-European investor, EIT Urban Mobility had also previously invested in THEO and was aware of Delivery Couple’s intention to expand for some time. In this and many other instances, we were happy to use our extensive network to connect different players, facilitating and accelerating innovation across the EU.’’  

About Delivery Couple  

Delivery Couple, a trailblazer in the last-mile delivery landscape, specializes in designing and deploying innovative sidewalk delivery robots. Their cutting-edge technology not only addresses environmental concerns but also ensures financial viability of the company starting from small scale. Unlike many competitors, Delivery Couple has already achieved operational profitability.  For more information visit www.deliverycouple.com  


The Last Mile Digital Platform – Towards a more resilient goods road transport in Europe

Last Mile Team, an EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation’s portfolio company, is the winner of the first Spanish National Mobility Award in the Product category. This awards recognises the team as a catalyst to the green and digital goods road transport twin transition, and a solution that improves cities liveability and contributes to achieve the EU Green Deal and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals objectives in the short, medium and long term.

Founded in 2016 by a core team of diverse age, gender, culture and background group of people with deep knowledge in their respective fields of expertise, they are one of the so called “deep-tech” startups. They make use of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things and other advanced technologies, but what makes them fit for the purpose is the deep impact of their solutions to solve urban logistics and last mile delivery global problems that affect all cities in the world.

Their inclusive digital solutions enable cities and companies to build, evaluate, select and put into daily operation Digital Twins of fairer, smarter and greener urban logistics and last mile delivery business models. Innovative models that achieve impactful results balancing all stakeholders’ interests, customers convenience and competitive dynamics, minimising disruption and improving the Triple Bottom Line.

“They were among the first 15 teams selected for EIT Urban Mobility Scale-up Hub, as one of the teams that will shape the future of sustainable urban mobility in Europe and beyond! They were also selected to join EIT Urban Mobility GoGlobal, a program to take the participants to the next level.” says Fredrik Hanel, EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation Director.

We thoroughly enjoyed both programmes. Meeting and working with mentors, city representatives and investors to review, identify and implement improvements to our growth, fundraising, marketing, communication etc. strategies was a very intense learning experience. It was particularly exciting to give, take and share with a community of like-minded founders who want to improve mobility in its broadest sense. For us it was a chance to meet people we normally wouldn’t meet and openly discuss any topic to a very deep level.”, says Ángel Batalla, Last Mile Team CEO.

Their solutions are currently in TRL 7, being applied in the Horizon 2020 funded LEAD project that will create Digital Twins of urban logistics networks in six European cities, to test and represent different innovative solutions for city logistics, to address the requirements of the on-demand economy while aligning competing interests and creating value for all different stakeholders.

Learn more about Last Mile Team here

More information about Last Mile Digital Platform©

It is validated by Microsoft and Honeywell as a Delivery Logistics Platform line-of-business application suitable for Corporates and Enterprises.

Last Mile Team is a high-risk, high-potential, innovative but not-easily-bankable SME. Is actively looking for lead city or industry customers but they plan to apply for blended finance to the newly created European Innovation Council Accelerator Fast-Track. The grant would be to develop additional functionalities and become open source to bridge the chronic transport industry digital divide, the equity to finance market creation and commercialise their products, services and business models. They are in a mission to drive economic growth and strongly support transport decarbonisation in Europe and worldwide. 

The Last Mile Digital Platform has also been recognised the most innovative mobility startup at Inovate Against the Virus 2020, and credited as an Innovative Technology-Based Entreprise in Feruary 2021. Few days ago, they were accepted as an official partners of the Spanish Government “Acelera PYME”, a programme to support SMEs to help mitigate the impact of Covid19 on their road transport activity,