A look back at the 28 agile innovation pilot projects in Europe in 2023

In anticipation of the agile innovation calls for 2024, we look back at the success in 2023.

2024 agile innovation programmes

In 2024, EIT Urban Mobility expects to fund 12 SME led projects stemming from the Small Call, expected to launch toward the end of November. Register now for the Small Call information session.

It is also planned to award 15 projects between start-ups and cities from City RAPTOR Competition. The Expression of Interest for cities across Europe is currently open to those looking for innovative solutions to a pressing urban mobility challenge. Make sure to express your interest via: raptorproject.eu

2023 agile innovation pilots

Out of 272 applications, 27 promising start-ups and SMEs from 17 European countries were selected to participate in the three agile innovation programmes offered by EIT Urban Mobility in 2023. The high number of applications provides evidence of the strength of entrepreneurship and innovation in the urban mobility and transport sectors.

EIT Urban Mobility’s agile innovation programmes provide the selected start-ups and SMEs with the structure and support to pilot their solutions in a real-life environment with a city/municipality or end client. The programmes support the acceleration of innovation through rapid piloting and development, allowing cities and end-clients the opportunity to test before investing in state-of-the-art innovations.

The race to achieve 2030 net-zero targets across Europe is intensifying. EIT Urban Mobility is on a mission to facilitate this shift to more sustainable urban mobility. To support achievement of these targets, our agile innovation programmes allow us to fund more small projects, helping to mitigate the risk inherent in innovation. Through our agile innovation programmes, which run for between 5-8 months, we provide crucial support to start-ups and SMEs to pilot their close-to-market solutions in real-life environments. Participation in these programmes provides a pathway to wider co-operation with the EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem and helps start-ups and SMEs to overcome some barriers to procurement.

Gareth Macnaughton, Director of Innovation

Small Call for SMEs 2023

The Innovation Small Call contributes to the EIT Urban Mobility’s societal impact goal of job creation and strengthening the European urban mobility sector. The Small Calls offer a pathway for SMEs to expand and grow.

The call supports SMEs enter business and commercial relations with businesses, transport providers, cities, and city authorities that have heavy procurement and compliance requirements. Often these complex rules base excludes SMEs, de facto, from entering the market and driving faster innovation and better solutions.

The Small Call supports SMEs in developing a new, or significantly improved, product/service/solution for expansion into a new industry sector or new geographic market. It provides SMEs with an opportunity to do full usage testing with a live end-client within the project timeline. 

For questions or queries, please contact Taylor Sawyer at taylor.sawyer@eiturbanmobility.eu

City RAPTOR 2023

Rapid Applications for Transport (RAPTOR) is a competition that swiftly creates and tests solutions to niche urban mobility challenges for businesses and cities across Europe. Start-ups and SMEs compete to provide the most innovative, feasible, and impactful solutions.

In 2023, the selected 12 start-ups and SMEs will test their innovative solutions via in-situ demonstrations with the associated city partner.

To learn more please visit: https://raptorproject.eu/ or contact us at raptor@eiturbanmobility.eu

#ChallengeMyCity 2023

#ChallengeMyCity is a service for European cities to test innovative mobility solutions that target their needs and can be integrated into their long-term mobility strategy. The 2023 call for proposals for the cities of Braga in Portugal and Heraklion in Greece. In each city, urban mobility challenges are addressed via the testing of awarded innovative mobility solutions.

Meet the winners of #ChallengeMyCity 2022

#ChallengeMyCity has selected seven start-ups to test their mobility solutions in Milan, Toulouse, and Madrid.

The winners will each receive around €50,000 in funding from EIT Urban Mobility to implement a solution to an urban mobility challenge faced by the city and the opportunity to showcase their product in a real environment through a 6-month pilot.

Following the tests, EIT Urban Mobility will analyse their social, economic, and environmental impact, to let the city permanently adopt the solutions.

The test of these solutions allows the city to better understand how to tackle the mobility challenges it faces. In a matter of months, #ChallengeMyCity is providing each city with insights into how to improve its urban mobility, to make it more accessible and sustainable.

Meet the winners and their solutions:

Milan

Don Cicleto: A secure bike shelter at Rogoredo station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and improve the connection in peripheric train stations.

SOLUM: A solar-powered docking station for e-vehicles at Rogoredo station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and improve the connection in peripheric train stations.

Toulouse

Nielsen: A secure bike shelter at Matabiau station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and enable intermodality.

SOLUM: A solar-powered docking station for e-vehicles to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and enable intermodality.

Madrid

Smartpoint: A logistics service for green last-mile delivery.

Dashbike: A camera device and data platform to monitor cyclist flows and bike path safety.

Vianova: A data platform to monitor active mobility flows in Plaza del Sol.

Vadecity: A secure bike parking in Plaza Castilla.

SOLUM: A solar-powered docking station for e-vehicles at Chamartín station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters.

Pilots in these three cities are kicking off in September and October 2022, look out for the launch events!

For solution providers looking to participate in the next editions of #ChallengeMyCity, keep an eye out for future calls on our media channels, opening early 2023.

Welcome Urban Lab Mobility Barcelona!  – EIT Urban Mobility, Barcelona City Council, Fira de Barcelona, and DGT join forces to turn the city into a test bed for future mobility.

For EIT Urban Mobility, living labs are instrumental for testing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating new and innovative mobility solutions. Our Living labs knowledge base platform is a collection of both living lab learning practices and management tools. While the learning practices are initiatives that can function as an inspiration for other living labs, the management tools are a collection of best practices, recommendations on how to set up and operate mobility living labs, how to upscale, allow for citizens’ engagement, and co-create with the end-use and evaluate impacts.

  • Barcelona City Council, EIT Urban Mobility, Fira de Barcelona, and DGT have formed an alliance to encourage companies to develop innovative mobility projects in the Catalan capital. 

  • The objective is to promote and boost innovation in smart and sustainable urban mobility, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

  • The initiative has been presented to the public through a press conference chaired by Ms. Laia Bonet, deputy major at Barcelona City Council and Mr. Pere Navarro, director of DGT, and attended by Mr. Joan Angulo Arrese, Director Corporate Marketing & Strategic Projects at Fira Barcelona and Mr. Daniel Serra, Ecosystem director at EIT Urban Mobility. 

Urban Lab Mobility Barcelona will be the first Living Labs laboratory in the city of Barcelona. The initiative aims to promote and facilitate the implementation of pilot tests and innovative projects in intelligent and sustainable urban mobility to diversify the city’s economy and consolidate Barcelona as the capital of innovation in mobility in Southern Europe. Through this alliance between administrations and entities, the aim is to contribute to scaling up and giving international projection to these types of innovation projects in mobility by incorporating their presentation at the leading international fairs in the market.

Public space as a test bed
One of the main problems companies encounter when developing innovative economic activities is the lack of regulation. A fact that limits their capacity to create new technologies and services. To avoid missing out on this type of opportunity, Urban Lab Barcelona will offer several geographical areas to companies as test spaces within the city, with the aim of testing pilot projects in natural environments before they are commercialised. The test spaces will be determined according to the characteristics of each project.

Advisory services and access to data
Also aimed at the organisations involved in this initiative, dynamic and personalised advisory and technical support services will be offered by experts who will provide legal, technical and operational guidance and data and information collection thanks to Barcelona City Council’s network and sensor infrastructure. Participating companies can access real-time traffic information, municipal databases, etc.

Big Data Office
A Big Data office will be created to manage all the data collected during the pilot tests.

An initiative within the framework of the future Barcelona Urban Innovation Lab
This alliance to test the mobility of the future in Barcelona is part of the strategy to consolidate Barcelona as the innovation capital of Southern Europe, defined through the public-private platform of the Barcelona Innovation Coast (BIC). The project will also be one of the first initiatives of the Barcelona Urban Innovation Lab, managed by the municipal foundation BIT Habitat. The service will be operational throughout 2022.

EIT Urban Mobility’s knowledge of the living labs approach, leveraging the expertise of the front-runner cities and organisations that are members of our community, our experience in managing innovation projects integrating research and innovation processes in real-life communities, and our community covers the quadruple-helix of innovation, are the main contributions of our entity to the initiative.