Welcome2Europe has selected its new batch of participating startups

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme, developed by the EIT Urban Mobility and funded by the European Union, recently opened a new call for participants to take part in the Welcome2Europe activity. This programme is looking to expand the capabilities of the selected urban mobility start-ups and help them boost their business ideas into new territories.

Welcome2Europe will host for the upcoming months 5 international startup companies who are targeting Europe, and will give them the opportunity to be introduced to investors and local hub partners. Preparation workshops will take place to assist the selected teams and boost their networking capabilities with potential customers. Additionally, all the participants from the programme will benefit from Access to the EIT Urban Mobility network and ecosystem.

The full participants list is as it follows:

Welcome2Europe:

  • BlueSpace (USA)
    • Predictive Perception software to capture the true motion state of all objects to enhance autonomous driving functions and provide verifiable safety without external dependencies.
  • Parabol (Turkey)
    • Urban mobility management and analytics solutions by turning mobility-related data into actionable insights and recommendations to make more sustainable, safe, and liveable cities real.
  • URBANCOLAB (India)
    • A data-based design and decision-making tool for cities to benchmark streets and enable mobility shift.
  • NMODES (Canada)
    • A conversational AI platform delivering sustainable customer service and user engagement for smart cities and smart transportation.
  • WeavAir (Canada)
    • A solution enables improved safety and reduced operation costs of automotive fleets and transportation systems.

The consortium is looking forward to working with them to foster engagement between start-ups, small and medium-size enterprises, original equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Furthermore, participating start-ups and cities will be able to interact, and expectations from different European regions will also be exposed. One week before the main event, preparation workshops will facilitate the selected teams strengthen their future presentations and networking capabilities with potential clients.

Welcome2Europe is part of the ScaleTHENGlobal project, supported by EIT Urban Mobility, a programme led by CARNET (initiative coordinated by CIT UPC), 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, with the support of Xpreneurs, UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility, and SpinLab.

Podcast: How do startups work and how do they navigate the mobility industry?

Episode 7 of podcast ‘Conversations in the Park’ (the second one sponsored by EIT Urban Mobility) puts all the emphasis on start-ups and how they navigate the complex mobility industry. We invited two start-up leaders to tell us about their experiences and the challenges they are facing. 

Mari-Ly Klaats is the COO of Auve Tech, maker of self-driving vehicles and autonomous transportation systems. Based in Estonia, they are working on a number of important projects throughout Europe. 

Our second guest is Vianova’s co-founder and CEO, Thibault Castagne. The data company aims to bridge the gap between cities and mobility operators to create smarter urban spaces. They operate internationally between France, USA, China, UK, Spain, Chile, Sweden to introduce intelligent mobility solutions. 

We also wanted to have a larger-scale view, so we invited our Business Creation Director Fredrik Hånell. In his work, he has supported and observed many start-ups in their journey from idea to success, which provided us with some very valuable insights. 

Here is what we learned from our conversation with them about the startup journey: 

The beginning and end outcomes are often very different

Starting at the beginning, we wanted to know how a start-up is created. Our speakers seemed to all agree that it is not a straightforward process. 

As is the case with many young companies, usually someone with an entrepreneurial mindset would come up with a revolutionary idea they believe can solve a big problem. They begin to work to develop the idea into a product that can be marketed and sold. Do research, prepare presentations, meet with possible investors and follow the process. 

Sometimes however, the idea ends up being unsuccessful. Which could be due to many reasons. But from that grows a different idea that ends up being more viable. And by going through the process of ‘failure’, the entrepreneurs have learned so much more about the industry and what actually makes a success. Having gone through that, they can now reiterate and build upon their initial product. 

In other cases, the idea finds the entrepreneur instead. They may just be exploring a certain solution/technology as part of academic research or their line of work. And then find out that what they are exploring can actually fill a gap in the market. Or change the market completely. That then encourages them to keep experimenting and turn the idea into a business. Similarly to the above example, they may go through several iterations until they reach a fleshed-out product. 

Cities cannot catch up with start-ups 

We live in a day and age when technological innovation is happening at a massive rate. And the mobility ecosystem is no exception; every day we make progress on autonomy, data management, electromobility. Start-ups, like Auve Tech and Vianova, are at the forefront of that, they are the ones constantly evolving and introducing new technologies. But in order to apply them and improve lives, they need the cities. 

And cities often are not fully caught up with all that change. Infrastructure is still built around the old ways of moving and living, which makes it difficult to incorporate new mobility solutions. There is also the issue of legislation. New technology may take a few weeks to get developed, whereas a new law takes years. In addition, to bring a product from prototype to widespread market use, startups often rely on funding from government bodies. Which again, takes time. Another hurdle may be that the people in a city are not ready for a certain innovation. A big percentage of the public still does not trust autonomous vehicles completely. 

Prevalently, what we see is that start-ups oftentimes have to educate and wait for cities to catch up to the rapid growth happening. And that slows down the progress they are capable of introducing. 

Our speakers expand on these hurdles in much more detail during the episode. Hear their personal experiences on episode 7 of the podcast ‘Conversations in the Park’ here: 

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-startup-journey-in-mobility/id1546360284?i=1000537093158 

And everywhere else you find your podcasts.

Our Innovation Hub Central welcomed last week partners and stakeholders in its new premises in Munich

The Innovation Hub Central is one of five Innovation Hubs that EIT Urban Mobility has created to engage, support and to widen its partnership, to build up and share knowledge amongst the local ecosystems and to increase awareness across the whole Europe.

Relaxed COVID19 regulations and the new location of Innovation Hub Central in the Munich Urban CoLab allowed for a three-day face-to-face and semi online inauguration event taking place between 20-22 September 2021 in Munich (Germany).

On the first day, Innovation Hub Central presented to local and regional stakeholders the vision and mission of EIT Urban Mobility, our action-orientated innovation, business creation and the various training programmes of the Academy as well as the services we offer to support the scaling and market uptake of innovative solutions. We also had the opportunity to showcase the vibrant and dedicated Munich ecosystem and the startups we support in the field of urban mobility to our partners that had come to Munich from across the geography of the hub to the event.

From left to right, Directors of Innovation Hub West, Edwin Heesakers, East, Traian Urban, North, Henrik Morgen, South, Daniel Serra, and Central, Judith O’Meara.

The following day was dedicated to thematic topics with panel discussions on the New European Bauhaus Initiative by the European Commission and on Future Mobility, with a special focus on Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Speakers from partner cities, universities, research institutions, industry and startups participated in the discussions. 

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Within the framework of the European Mobility Week, site visits were organised by the City of Munich in the afternoon to mobility-related places of special interest to foster active mobility and the creation of liveable urban spaces.

On the third day of the event, two EIT Urban Mobility Action and Impact Groups (AIGs) on Public Realm & Active Mobility were launched and followed by ideation sessions. AIGs aim at identifying and applying for regional, national, and European level funding schemes, adjacent to the EIT Urban Mobility mission and for the added benefit of our partners. In parallel, a meeting of the Specific Interest Group (SIG) on Urban Air Mobility took place to plan joint actions on the field.

While local and regional stakeholders learnt more about EIT Urban Mobility and the topics of special interest to the partners of Innovation Hub Central, new connections were created across the local ecosystems located in Innovation Hub Central and ideas were discussed and explored in view of the next Project Development Lifecycle.

Learn more about this hub and its work!

Three levers to unlock artificial intelligence benefits in urban mobility

With its ability to interpret data, assist judgments, and generate insights that are beyond human manual processing capabilities, artificial intelligence (AI) is profoundly changing urban mobility systems.

Promising AI applications focusing on end users’ journeys are at the centre of the recent EIT Urban Mobility report on AI[1], which explores the use of AI in fields such as Mobility as a Service and Demand Responsive Transport. One of the report’s use cases features HaCon and Siemens Mobility, two companies that work with machine learning to predict the number of passengers in public transport, providing travellers with estimates of how crowded public transport will be. The solution has been implemented by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) in and around the city of Frankfurt in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic to make social distancing easier for public transport users.

This is a testament to the fact that AI is already playing a central role in supporting the development of user-centric, citizen-oriented urban mobility.

Similarly, the AI TraWell project[2], co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and led by a consortium including Fraunhofer and University College London, is using AI to create an app that optimises multimodal routes to fit travellers’ preferences and wellbeing. In this case, AI helps provide predictive information about the different transport modes a user considers, so each journey can be adapted to one’s preferences. Additional AI applications in mobility include traffic and logistics forecasts, on-demand bus services, vehicle tracking on transport networks, or self-driving car technologies such as automated valet parking, which is a currently widespread application for AI in cars.

To further accelerate the development and deployment of AI in the mobility sector, business leaders and policymakers across Europe need to pay special attention to three priority areas: investments in AI; data infrastructure & skills; ethical & trustworthy AI.

1. Increase AI investments for Europe to catch up in global race

With its potential to increase efficiency and productivity, the momentum around artificial intelligence has been growing over recent years, in sectors as diverse as information and communication, wholesale and retail trade, and manufacturing. In terms of yearly investments, the US and China are clearly dominating the international stage: of the €25 billion total investment worldwide in blockchain and AI technologies each year, the US and China account for more than 80%, while the EU’s share only amounts to 7%, or about €1.75 billion. This echoes findings from the EIT Urban Mobility report on AI, according to which one of the biggest barriers to AI solution deployment arebudget constraints (for a third of the survey respondents).

Stressing this investment discrepancy between Europe, the US, and China, a recent report on AI and blockchain by the European Investment Bank (EIB) highlights a gap of up to €10 billion that is “holding back development and deployment of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies in the EU.” The launch of a new EU funding instrument in March 2021 of up to €150 million should help close part of this gap, by focusing on AI early and growth companies in Europe.

2. Improve data infrastructure and skills to reap the full benefits of AI

According to the results of the industry survey[3] of the EIT Urban Mobility study, the provision and use of AI services in Europe is still mainly focused on the business-to-business (B2B) sector: of the AI companies surveyed in the EIT Urban Mobility report, 76% operate within the B2B space. While all companies use or provide AI in part of their daily operations, more than 60% of survey respondents have yet to feel that AI solution deployment actually leads to revenue generation, and 54% of respondents stated that AI solutions had not been impacting costs. This reflects some important barriers that are still hindering the full use of AI’s potential. In this regard, the lack of technical feasibility (stressed by 60% of respondents) and the poor data availability and quality (50%) are the most important non-financial bottlenecks.

The positive impact of AI on revenue increase and cost reduction still needs to be felt in some key business areas 

In parallel, the governance of both AI providers and adopters needs to be improved in line with the new challenges and opportunities arising from a more widespread use of artificial intelligence in businesses: according to the experts surveyed, the three main risk areas where improvements are needed to better fit AI in corporate activities are cybersecurity (73%), compliance (55%), and personal privacy (55%). To face these risks, European businesses need competent staff equipped with the necessary AI knowledge and skills to make the best use of AI and reap its full benefits.

3. Implement a clear framework for ethical, trustworthy AI

Despite being already omnipresent in our lives, AI is not regulated under a set of globally agreed standards. However, in the global race for competitiveness in AI, the EU stands out as a leader in ethical AI, thanks to an encompassing data strategy. In April 2021, the European Commission proposed a harmonization of rules for AI to establish a framework protecting people’s security and fundamental rights. This will be an essential milestone toward the development of a single market for lawful and safe AI, while preventing market fragmentation. Importantly, it will contribute to reinforce trust in the technology and provide the regulatory certainty cutting-edge innovation needs to thrive.


Looking ahead, enhanced governance and more effective enforcement of existing regulations applicable to AI systems will accelerate the development and deployment of AI in Europe, with positive impact on the accuracy and uptake of user-centric urban mobility applications.

The report can be accessed here


Background information

[1] Report based on a survey of more than 60 AI experts in the fields of urban mobility, climate, manufacturing, and health – both AI technology providers and adopters.

[2] AI TraWell is a consortium project of Achmea, Eindhoven University of Technology, Fraunhofer Society, Gehl Architects, ISBAK, Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund, Open & Agile Smart Cities, TomTom, University College London, with the participation of the cities of Copenhagen, Istanbul, Lublin, and Munich.

[3] The survey sample of 64 replies includes companies and institutes affiliated with EIT Climate, Manufacturing, Urban Mobility, and Healthcare. The survey covers both data management for AI development as well as AI business model and applications in Europe. Respondents are mostly AI solution providers (68%), followed by AI technology adopters (28%), and AI technology investors (4%).

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

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator South Programme welcomes its Batch #3 participants

From over 100 applications from all over Europe and associated countries, EIT Urban Mobility selected the 25 most-promising startups to be part of the third cohort of this 6-month Accelerator Programme. Out of these, five will be participating in the South Programme, kicking-off officially on 12 July.

The selected companies will benefit from financial support, mentoring, training, expert workshops, free office space, access to local ecosystems, and infrastructure, and a lot more provided by the acceleration partners in the five Innovations Hubs.

All the teams and their dedicated founders are solving mobility-related problems with innovations that make our lives easier and happier. Learn more about the startups from Innovation Hub South and how they are transforming urban mobility to adapt it to society’s needs.

Participants – Innovation Hub South

  • Volvero (Italy)
    Volvero is an app for sharing vehicles that connects owners with people who need one, saving time and money. Through AI and advanced technologies, they improve quality and security. Built to be Airbnb for vehicles, the app brings a significant social and environmental impact. Volvero is a game-changer in mobility as it targets several problems faced by society and our digital-only solution allows for a full and unlimited scalability. Learn more
  • Pendel Mobility (Spain)
    Pendel enables Public Transport Operators (PTOs) to offer travellers a more accessible, sustainable and safer mobility option. They do this by providing the next-gen of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service through integrating electric, intelligent, automated shuttles (AS). Learn more
  • Inteligg PC (Greece)
    Inteligg P.C. develops products, provides services, and engages in research in the fields of energy, transport, environment and rural applications, focusing on social innovation, sustainable mobility and economy, environmental impact assessment, energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as ICT solutions, aiming to become a global player in Smart Cities solutions in the next few years. Learn more
  • Deeptraffic (Greece)
    As traffic, congestion, safety and the environment pose ever increasing challenges for urban and highway road networks, the technology offered by deeptraffic, is envisioned as the new paradigm for the effective management of traffic, in view of today’s increased vehicles’ connectivity, as well as of the upcoming increased vehicles’ automation. Learn more
  • MinervaS (Italy)
    MinervaS provides a suite of integrated solutions for smart & future mobility, from driving advisors (TruckY) to fleet management tools, all tailored to the vehicle and size of the customer’s business. TruckY is the ADAS plug&play device capable of increasing the environmental sustainability of heavy-duty vehicles thanks to its patented method, offering a reduction in fuel consumption up to 10% and the containment of the related polluting emissions. Learn more

We are looking forward to six months of intense collaboration and support to these teams that solve urban mobility related problems affecting citizens across our cities, that will conclude in December with our Demoday event.

The programme, financed by the EIT Urban Mobility, is developed by the acceleration partners from the Innovation Hub South: UPC – Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, CARNET, CTAG and UPF.

Discover more information about the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme here.

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.

Did you miss the session? Don’t worry! Watch it now!

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

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,

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

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

EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme SPECIAL: COVID-19 kicks off with 23 high-calibre European startups

To address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic EIT Urban Mobility has launched the “EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme SPECIAL: COVID-19” to support startups developing mobility solutions for COVID-19 related problems. 

From a pool of over 100 applicants, 23 startups have been selected for the programme, which hail from Spain to Sweden and all the way from Ireland to Israel. For the next three months they will receive a tailored programme including one-on-one coaching, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, training, workshops, access to international startup and mobility events, and unique access to transport providers, cities and investors. The participating ventures will also profit from a specifically designed COVID-19 impact assessment, which is headed by Dr. Ursula Mühle, who is currently helping the German government to manage the effects of the Corona pandemic. 

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme SPECIAL: COVID-19 has kicked off successfully on 3 September 2020, and partners are excited to accelerate these 23 promising startups and scale-ups culminating with the final presentation at UnternehmerTUM’s ultimate demo day at the end of November. The programme is co-run by four European acceleration partners: Futurebox (DK), PoliHub (IT), Technion DRIVE Accelerator (ISR), and UnternehmerTUM (DE). 

Introduction to the selected startups:  

AxilionSmartMobility: “Reduce Traffic Congestion & Carbon Footprint with Disruptive AI & SaaS based Technology.”  

BlinkIn: “BlinkIn enables people to be there without going there.” 

CitySwift: “SwiftConnect provides passengers with predicted public transport vehicle demand and capacity information, allowing passengers to plan their journeys.” 

Dashfactory GmbH: “Dashbike is the first valid dashcam for cyclists that also has a StVZO conformal daytime running light and collects infrastructure data.” 

Elonroad AB: “Elonroad develops a high-tech electric road system – it auto charges all types of electric vehicles when parked as well as when driving.” 

European Health Group: “Our coating service prevents bacterial growth on highly used surfaces & all materials, killing viruses & bacteria & making our environment safer.”  

Hawa Dawa: “Digital tools to de-risk pollution + guide healthy routing choices among respiratory vulnerable groups using AI & datascience, IoT + satellite imagery” 

Isarsoft: “We make every camera count – Accurate video analytics solution for your business”  

Keyless Technologies: “Nothing to remember. Nothing to steal. You are the key.”  

Meep: “Meep creates mobile applications that integrate all available transport to and encourage a modal shift towards more sustainable and connected cities.” 

MOTIONTAG: “MOTIONTAG fuels innovation in the mobility sector to solve the climate challenge” 

MUV B Corp: “MUV turns safe & sustainable mobility into a Sport. It rewards responsible habits, certifies CO2 savings and helps Organizations to improve the World” 

Nemi “Flexibilizing public transport to make it more efficient, sustainable and inclusive”. 

Nielsen Concept: “Service B2B of electric bikes and connected bike shelters, 100% green with the concept of circular economy”  

The mission of Nielsen Concept is to improve the practice of individual and collective electric mobility and above all warn of the increase in carbon emissions 

NÜWIEL GmbH: “eTrailer is the first electric trailer for bikes with patented technology that enabling smart synchronized movement”  

Odo: “Sustainable and smart first/last mile solution that collects data about the city”  

PentaLock: “The ultimate bike security system inside the crank to prevent thefts” 

RideBee: “The default platform for your daily commute.RideBee is developing a platform for companies that supports the formation of carpools for employees and simplifies their daily organization.” 

Roll2Go: “The data-centric platform for mobility data fusion and predictive analytics”  

Saanize: “We develop simple solutions to the challenges our users meet every day”  

Scan Unic: “Our innovative research and design network develops all our technologies from concept to prototype stage.” 

UrbanRadar: “Mobility data analytics to beat congestion and improve air quality”  

VONZU Tech: “Empowering digitalization in the urban distribution of goods”