The GoGlobal calls for start-ups are opening now!

The GoGlobal programme, developed by the EIT Urban Mobility and coordinated by PowerHUB and CARNET (an initiative by CIT UPC), contributes to enabling a growth environment for mature start-ups with a thematic focus on urban mobility. Within this programme, two different calls are opening for participants: Welcome2Europe and Matchmaking Tour.

Welcome2Europe will host online international start-up companies targeting Europe, giving them the opportunity to be introduced to investors and local hub partners. On the other hand, the Matchmaking Tour programme offers outreach assisting European start-ups looking for expanding their activities across Europe

Depending on your geographical area, you are welcome to apply to your specific call, Welcome2Europe or Matchmaking Tour.

Benefits from participating start-ups

These two packages will foster engagement between start-ups, small and medium-size enterprises, original equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Moreover, start-ups and cities will be able to efficiently communicate in a way that meets the expectations from different European regions to which they will be exposed. One week before the main event, preparation workshops will facilitate the selected teams to boost their future presentations and network with potential customers.

The participation in these GoGlobal activities will also grant start-ups to access this year’s digital edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona, named Smart City Live 2020.

Calendar (preliminary – details to come)

Start-ups mentoring

10 November   

  • 1st Welcome2Europe/Matchmaking Tour training session
  •  Presentation & communication skills                     

12 November   

  • 2nd Welcome2Europe/Matchmaking Tour mentoring session
  • Strategic communication and fundraising for start-ups.

Main event

17 November : Day 1 – Business opportunities in Central and West regions


  • Speed-dating with Potential Costumers
  • Speed-dating with Investors

19 November    Day 2 – Business opportunities in North and East regions


  • Speed-dating with Potential Costumers
  • Speed-dating with Investors

20 November    Day 3 – Business opportunities in South regions


  • Speed-dating with Potential Costumers
  • Speed-dating with Investors       

Please note that this calendar may change according to necessities – Detailed information will be on the

Applications to Welcome2Europe for Start-ups from outside Europe HERE

Applications to Matchmaking Tour for Start-ups from within Europe HERE

Startups! Register now for Reuters Mobility Summit: 22 – 23 October 2020

Take your startup to the next level with the EIT Urban Mobility GoGlobal programme

We are looking for mature startups with a validated, scalable, and innovative idea that solves an urban mobility-related customer problem. Our programme gives you global outreach supported by learning sessions focused on overseas expansion and culminating with a presentation at Reuters Mobility Summit in October 2020.

What is in the plan:

1) Investment workshops in the form of 6 online sessions with speakers from international investor and startup community, helping selected teams to prepare for success in the US market.

2) Presentation of your startup at the Reuters US Mobility Summit 2020, including access to the event and marketing opportunities.

3) Support for creation of the video pitch for the Mobility Summit including mentoring and professional video service.

Deadline for applications: 5 August 2020

Agenda: Sessions preceding main event:

While participating in these meetings, you will understand investment principles and be able to succeed in the US market. The format will be a 45 minute keynote + 45 min Q&A with speakers with amassed expertise in subjects such as US & international investors, successful startups from US, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hubs representatives and business and legal advisors.  

  • 2 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 9 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 16 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 23 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 30 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 7 October – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)

More details on each session will come soon! Stay tuned!

We are launching today our new hub in Malta

A new hub by EIT Urban Mobility has been set to raise awareness of urban mobility issues in Malta, while encouraging positive changes that aim to improve the island’s traffic situation.

The Malta EIT Urban Mobility Hub, will be launched today at the Chamber of Commerce in Valletta today. It aims to inspire positive change to ensure accessible and sustainable mobility for all. The launch will include presentations by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, by EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South Director, Daniel Serra, by EIT Urban Mobility RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) Director, Bence Huba, by Prof. Joachim James Calleja, Principal and CEO of Malta College of Art, Science and Technology (MCAST) and by Corinne Muscat Terribile from the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

It will be hosted by a consortium of three partners that represent the three communities of the ‘Knowledge Triangle Integration (KTI)’. Project Aegle Foundation (PAF) will be the lead partner representing the industry community in Malta, while the Valletta Cultural Agency, through the Valletta Design Cluster, represents the community of start-ups and neighbourhood groups and MCAST (Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology) represents the academic and education community.

“The main objective of this hub is to facilitate networking between all the stakeholders and develop opportunities for local players representing industry, academia, research, innovation and cities,” continues Bon. “From its physical home at Malta’s new urban living lab at the Valletta Design Cluster, the Hub will deliver the networks, collaborative processes, and a focused vision needed to best engage with EIT Urban Mobility projects into the future. It will also offer support and grants to encourage positive initiatives to improve Malta’s traffic situation and infrastructure.”

The hub will also connect with the relevant national and local authorities such as Transport Malta and local councils, sharing expertise from the EIT Urban Mobility innovation community with them.

Stakeholders that are part of the EIT Urban Mobility initiative can expect multiple benefits. Apart from accessing EU funding and other funding streams, stakeholders will enjoy opportunities and potential investor connections throughout Europe via increased visibility in an international network. They will also benefit from innovation and stakeholder networking through the international EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem and education and training support from leading international universities. By the bridge formed through the initiative between the EU and Malta – and the transport industry and its users – stakeholders can also share knowledge and establish good practices between countries already running successful initiatives.

“EIT Urban Mobility aims to create an innovation community to educate and inspire mobility solutions for 21st century cities,” explains Camille Bon, Lead Project Manager at Project Aegle Foundation (PAF). “By fostering innovation and transformation, we can improve people’s quality of life, decarbonise mobility and make Europe’s economy more competitive.”, Bon concludes.

Mobility Talks episode 6: “Citizens as drivers of their own mobility”

Next 21 October at 16:00 hours CET join us to discuss about the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs.

Citizens and end-users’ have a say in urban mobility. Their participation in the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs. By giving citizens the opportunity to influence public decisions on urban mobility, the quality of the policy being developed can be improved, making the provided solutions more relevant, effective and efficient.

Public engagement is a key requirement of sustainable urban mobility transformation. To involve citizens individually or in the form of civil society organisations ensures transparency and gives them the opportunity to become true agents of change.

Engaging citizens is especially important during times of crisis like the Covid19 pandemic, as effectiveness of the response efforts became crucial.

As already stressed in the Citizen Engagement Call launched by EIT Urban Mobility in March 2020, developing solutions with and for citizens is the key to delivering real change. Successful stakeholder engagement will increase the ability to create, experiment, demonstrate, scale and deploy. Citizen engagement is therefore a priority for EIT Urban Mobility and this webinar will bring food for thought and contribute to the discussions on the topic.

Four speakers with a good representation of the innovation knowledge triangle (industry, academy and research and city) and from an association directly representing citizens.

  • Frank Hansen – BMW, Germany
  • Robert Braun – Institute of Advanced Studies, Austria
  • Burcu Ozdemir – IMM Smart City, Istanbul – Turkey
  • Evelien Marlier – European Passengers’ Federation

Two of the speakers are involved in one of the projects selected under the last EIT Urban Mobility Citizen Engagement Call.

Next 13 October, join the Nordic Perspective Summit!

EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub North will be officially inaugurated at the Nordic Perspective summit on 13 October. Join us online or in person for this full day interesting event! During the opening plenary session starting at 09,:00 CEST Dr Maria Tsavachidis, CEO EIT Urban Mobility, Henrik Morgen, Director Innovation Hub North and young changemakers from EIT Urban Mobility partner DTU – Technical University of Denmark  will give their take on the future of mobility. 

The Nordic Summit Perspective is a full day face-to-face event at DTU Campus, bringing together all relevant stakeholders across the whole EIT Urban Mobility network and beyond. The Summit creates a stage for sharing knowledge and experience from ongoing urban mobility projects, innovations and initiatives, new challenges and opportunities and new competencies across cities, academia and the private sector.

The Nordic countries have a challenging climate (rainy, cold and icy), they have energy policies in place and are largely on track in their decarbonisation of electricity, heat and buildings. Transportation and mobility, however, present multiple pressing challenges: the fossil fuel intensity of transport, long travel distances, the state of public transport infrastructure, congestion, population density and electrification of transport.

Summit Sessions


Moderator: Mikael Nybacka, Associate Professor, KTH, Division of Vehicle Dynamics

Confirmed topics:

  • A smart and sufficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicle
  • State of Health Evaluation of 10 V2G EVs
  • Electric Road System (ERS) overview and how could a national ERS be established
  • Wireless electric roads – ready for large scale deployment
  • Towards 100% electro-mobility: An EV driver’s perspective

Moderator: Bernadette Bergsma, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, EIT Urban Mobility


Confirmed topics:

  • Towards personalised incentives for car sharing – Share More EIT-Urban Mobility project
  • Regulator Perspective (policy changes)
  • People-first Mobility
  • Mistra SAMS Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Solutions


Moderator: Anders Fjendbo Jensen, Associate Professor DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Increased International Interest in New Cycling Infrastructure
  • Strategic effort for supercycle paths in the Capital Region
  • Socio-economic Evaluations of Super Bike Highways
  • Introduction to Bike-Longer 2020
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Copenhagen
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Tel Aviv
  • Development of apps for revealing bicyclist behaviour


Moderator: Claudio Roncoli, Assistant Professor, Aalto University, Department of Built Environment

Confirmed topics:

  • What is the role of Micro-mobility post-Covid19?
  • Road towards Automation
  • Aalto University projects (smart traffic and open data)
  • Smart mobility piloting to enable future mobility solutions: The Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab in Helsinki
  • Traffic management for future mobility


Moderator: Kersten Heineke, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed topics:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on future mobility solutions
  • How Movia uses Neural Networks-models to support social distancing requirements
  • Exploration of TomTom data to assess the impact of COVID-19 on traffic
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on public transport use in Sweden


Moderator: Otto Anker Nielsen, Professor, DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Public Transport, Walking, and Urban Environments
  • Developing analysis of future transport infrastructure in urban context – Example: Copenhagen Metro
  • Intermodal transit hubs – a driver for urban life and development
  • By & Havn

Click here to visit the conference website for more information.

EIT Urban Mobility supports Uber’s ambition to become a zero emission mobility platform

  • Uber to become a zero emissions mobility platform by 2040, with 100% of journeys taking place in zero exhaust emission vehicles, public transit and micro-mobility.
  • By 2025, 50% of kilometers driven in aggregate across seven European capitals (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris) will be in zero emission vehicles.
  • Uber announces new industry-first partnerships with Renault-Nissan, BP, EDF and Power Dot to make it more affordable for drivers to switch to zero emission vehicles.

AMSTERDAM (September 8, 2020) – Uber has committed to becoming a zero emissions mobility platform by 2040 across 10,000 cities and six continents, with 100% of journeys taking place in zero emission vehicles, public transit and micro-mobility. 

European markets are leading the way in the electrification of the ride-hailing industry. By 2025, 50% of kilometers driven on Uber’s platform in aggregate across seven European capitals (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris) will be in zero emission vehicles. 

In part this will be achieved due to the $800m available to hundreds of thousands of drivers across Europe, the US and Canada to help them with the cost of switching to a zero emission vehicle.

Uber will continue the expansion of Uber Green across Europe – where riders can request a lower emission vehicle for a small surcharge – from 37 cities today to 60 cities by the end of 2021. This will mean that riders will be able to select a zero emission vehicle in cities representing 80 percent of our European business by the end of 2021.

Anabel Diaz, Regional General Manager for EMEA, Uber, said: “As the largest mobility platform in Europe, we have an important role to play in tackling climate change and supporting a green recovery. With our responsibilities to drivers, riders and cities in mind, today we have made a series of ambitious commitments to help advance the electrification of our platform across Europe. As we set out our roadmap to become a zero emission mobility platform by 2040, Europe will lead the way by delivering impactful changes in the next five years.” 

William Todts, Executive Director, Transport and Environment (T&E), said: “People across Europe are sick of pollution and congestion. Shared electric mobility is key to solving these problems. And the right place to start is with high-mileage drivers who’ll benefit first from cheaper-to-run, clean electric vehicles. Uber’s commitment to rapidly electrify its fleet in major European cities is good news. Now it’s time for Europe’s majors to show leadership. We need all major cities in Europe to introduce zero-emission zones, new pop-up bike lanes and cycle-only corridors, whilst providing easy access to charging, at home, at work and wherever people park.”

Uber has also struck a number of industry-first partnerships to make it easier and more affordable for drivers to switch to zero emission vehicles:

  • Renault-Nissan and Uber have signed a strategic partnership to ensure drivers on the Uber App have access to affordable electric vehicles in Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands and Portugal.
  • Power Dot will also provide exclusive access to four charging hubs to drivers in Greater Paris and Portugal, as well as a 20% discount.
  • In the UK, Uber and bp have signed a deal to provide drivers with new dedicated charging hubs in London. Uber Pro drivers will also get up to 50% off BP’s Polar Plus monthly membership, unlocking discounts on BP Chargemaster’s Polar network of 7,000+ charging points.
  • In France, a partnership with EDF will help provide discounts to a large network of rapid charging infrastructure on large routes across France, as well as discounts for home-charging installation. 

Gilles Normand, SVP, Electric Vehicles & Mobility Services, Groupe Renault, said:

“This is an acknowledgement of our ability to conquer new markets and to support professionals in their energy transition. Today, we capitalize on our competitive advantage: an attractive EV-offer that contributes to large scale electric mobility roll-out. We have worked closely with local authorities over the past years to propose solutions to the growing challenges facing cities: transportation, decarbonization and air quality. With the signature of this MoU we aim to join our forces to accelerate the movement.”

Jordi Vila, Divisional Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Nissan Europe, said: “From 10 years of experience with the Nissan LEAF, we know people love driving electric, and that making the switch can help drivers to save money and support the clean air ambitions of our major cities. By teaming up with Uber in the UK, we have already been able to increase the awareness and adoption of zero-emission vehicles, and we are looking forward to exploring how to roll that out further in Europe.”

Richard Bartlett, senior vice president, Future Mobility and Solutions, bp, said: “We are pleased to be working with Uber to help to enable their partner-drivers to start the transition to a fully electric ride. Ride hailing is a growing phenomenon in our cities and we look forward to expanding our collaboration in other locations across Europe and the globe. With bp’s ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero, we want to play our part in electrifying fleets and helping cities deliver on their own low carbon commitments.” 

Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: “Transport induced noise, air pollution and CO2 emissions are detrimental to public health, the environment, and quality of life in European cities. Technologies and solutions for clean, connected and shared mobility already exist but we need to integrate them, and accelerate implementation and scaling. Electrification and shared Mobility are key for sustainable urban mobility, so we support Uber´s efforts and ambition to commit significant resources to the transition of electrification of its fleet and bringing together different key-players to cooperate.”

Philippe Crist, Advisor for Innovation & Foresight, International Transport Forum at the OECD, said: “Ride-hailing services and taxis provide clear value to people. As a part of a broad urban mobility ecosystem, they can contribute to more sustainable urban travel — if the environmental impacts over their whole lifecycle are addressed. There are several ways to reduce the environmental burden of these services as work by the International Transport Forum shows: reducing empty vehicle travel, increasing the number of passengers carried per kilometre driven while avoiding a shift to ride-hailing and taxis from public transport and other, more sustainable modes and fostering a rapid transition towards electric vehicles — especially for vehicles that travel a lot every day. Uber’s ambitious commitment to rapidly electrify is a welcome step in delivering more sustainable mobility outcomes.”

Christoph Wolff, Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, said: “As a company that enables shared mobility, Uber’s commitment to carbon reduction highlights the importance of private sector companies in the global fight against climate change, and the need for innovative partnerships between companies and public agencies to tangibly confront some of our greatest challenges.”

Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS, said: “POLIS cities and regions have been working towards a sustainable multimodal urban mobility ecosystem for many years. We welcome Uber’s continued efforts to exchange with POLIS and its members, as well as its commitment to improve the roll-out of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. As rightly noted in Uber’s SPARK! report, only through common efforts of various stakeholders and a comprehensive approach, we will be able to bring about substantial change, and reduce noise, air and greenhouse gas emissions in our beloved cities.”

Uber has published a new report on how to advance the electrification of the ride-hailing market across Europe. ‘SPARK! Partnering to electrify in Europe’ examines the barriers that high-kilometre commercial drivers face in electrifying – particularly around charging and affordability – and ways in which Uber, carmakers, charging companies, cities and national policymakers can all work together to overcome them. 

Anabel Diaz, Regional General Manager for EMEA, Uber, added: “If private and public bodies work together to create the right conditions, we believe ride-hailing could then be electrified in any major European city within 5 years. This could act as a catalyst for change and drive a broader, transition to zero emission vehicles across European society, leading to a dramatic reduction of emissions in cities across the continent.”

Join Europe’s largest mobility hackathon on 18- 20 September

The InnovaCity Hackathon brings together more than 200 innovators, entrepreneurs, mobility professionals, and municipalities to tackle Europe’s largest mobility issues. 

Cities will act as hosts for our 3 hackathons presenting their toughest mobility challenges. Participants will join a diverse and international team to create an actionable solution to solve these challenges. 

This year, we will host 3 Hackathons in Munich-Barcelona, Tel-Aviv, and Helsinki. The winning team from each Hackathon will get a chance to attend Global Week in December 2020 where the top teams from each hub will battle it out on the international stage for a grand prize (to be announced shortly!).

The winning teams for InnovaCity Munich-Barcelona are in with a chance to win a spot in our exclusive 8-week startup Bootcamp Xplore, Bits & Pretzels tickets, and a prototyping voucher for Makerspace

For more information about the event and to register please check out our Eventbrite link: 

For more insights about InnovaCity check out this video from our 2019 program 

Mobility Talks’ episode 4: ”Pedalling the future: from pop-up bike lanes to long-term cycling policies”

Have you ever wondered how cycling is contributing to the improvement of the local air quality, the public health and the level of liveability of the cities? If this is a topic appealing to you, our next Mobility Talks is for you!

If before COVID-19, cycling was a high priority for the policy authorities due to its benefits towards the environment, the virus has additionally reinforced the importance of cycling for the overall transport system resilience at all levels. As a result, a growing number of European cities start to supply their citizens with temporarily bicycling infrastructures (pop-up cycling lanes), providing short-term adaptations to their mobility policies.

Will these pop-up bicycle lanes be the “new normal” once the COVID-19 crisis is over? Do cities aim to develop those in the long-term cycling strategies? What do cities need to do to ensure a solid, long-term cycling policy, addressing local mobility challenges and opportunities, and how? 

To answer these questions, EIT Urban Mobility will host a webinar to discuss on the COVID-19 cycling policy and conduct, specially focusing on how to turn a temporary pop-up cycling lanes’ approach into a successful long-term cycling policy.

Programme (preliminary)

Welcome & introduction

Introduction by the event moderator, Jean Paul Judson, Founder and Managing Director of Nowmore.

Part 1: Visions

  • Christophe Najdovski, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Public Space, Paris
  • Joost de Kruijf, Cycling Data Intelligence Specialist”, Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Miquette Vossen, Marketeer, Achmea- Interpolis.

Part 2: End-users, policies and practices

  • Daniel Torma, Innovation Officer” at BKK, Centre for Budapest Transport.
  • Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, Polis Network
  • Henk Swarttouw, Vice-President, European Cyclists’ Federation
  • Kevin Mayne, Chief Executive, Cycling Industries Europe, Cycling Industries Europe

Wrap-up and conclusions

Edwin Heesakkers, Manging Director, Innovation Hub West B.V. EIT Urban Mobility

WHEN: 27 August 2020, 16.00-17.30 CET
WHERE: Online

Learn more about EIT Urban Mobility Talks here.

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