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EIT Urban Mobility invites innovation players to Berlin 

At a time when Germany boasts a remarkable innovation ecosystem in the transport and automotive industry, EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, and Mobility Makers, the first international community dedicated to transport and the Smart City, launch Mobility Meetings for sustainable mobility actors. The first conference will take place on 23 May 2024 in The Drivery GmbH Mariendorfer Damm, Berlin. Its aim is to encourage the creation of new synergies between European investors and German entrepreneurs to promote the transformation of urban mobility. 

This event will provide insight into pan-European opportunities for startups, offering an opportunity to connect and discuss the current state of the German ecosystem to learn what are their most important needs. By bringing both local and European players from the sector, these meetings will encourage meaningful discussions on the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly expanding field. Participants will have the opportunity not only to forge significant links with other players in the ecosystem (startups, SMEs, corporations), but also to meet investors, paving the way for relevant partnerships.  

Agenda 

  • 9:00 – 9:30 – Welcome breakfast  
  • 9:30 – 10:00 – Panel session “Berlin on the move: Bridging Investors with Mobility Startups” 
  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Coffee break  
  • 10:30 – 11:30 – One-on-one networking sessions  
  • 11:30 – 13:00 – Informal networking 

Representatives of the EIT Urban Mobility will be present to talk about investment opportunities on a European scale. Since 2019, EIT Urban Mobility has supported 360 startups through its programmes, out of which it has invested in 132 ventures from 30 countries. In addition to acceleration programmes, pilot opportunities and funding, the organisation also provides its portfolio startups with post-investment support through exclusive access to know-how, expertise, funding, and technical business development support adapted to their needs. 

In Europe, Germany has positioned itself as a technological power, and its mobility industry is a prime example of this. We are delighted to be organising this inaugural event in Berlin in partnership with Mobility Makers to bring together the key sustainable mobility actors. Together, we can explore ways of stimulating innovation and growth within the European startups landscape, helping to shape a more sustainable future for all,” said Johannes Kirschner, Investment and Portfolio Manager, of EIT Urban Mobility. 

Over the past decade, Germany has seen a remarkable proliferation of companies seeking to redefine the way we move around in our daily lives. By connecting with other players in sustainable mobility, companies within the ecosystem can expand their perspectives and discover potential partners to develop even more innovative projects, thus contributing to the advancement of the sector,” said Yann Azran, coordinator of the Mobility Makers network. 

Location: The Drivery GmbH Mariendorfer Damm 1, 12099 Berlin, Germany
Date & time: 23 May 2024 at 9 am 
Register now 

Investment Readiness Programme (IRP) for Impact Ventures Open Call

The EIT Urban Mobility Investment Readiness Programme (IRP) is an acceleration programme designed for European companies in the field of urban mobility currently fundraising or planning to fundraise throughout 2024 or 2025.

With access to a wide network of business angels, venture capital, corporate, institutional investors and European funding organizations, the programme aims to:

  • Enhance the fundraising capabilities of these companies by providing them with resources, training, and coaching over a period of six months.
  • Facilitates networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs, mentors, corporates, and investors, fostering partnerships and creating new market opportunities.

Call Main Features 


Info sessions and contact details 

Call for Applications Main Features
Key dates of the call calendarCall opening: 19 April 2024
Opening of EIT UM submission platform: first week of May 2024
Call closure: 19 June 2024 at 17:00 CET
Eligibility and admissibility check: June 2024
Evaluation of proposals: July 2024
Communication of results: July/August 2024
Total EIT Funding allocated to this call The total EIT funding allocated to this call is €688,000.00.
Link to the submission portal The EIT UM submission platform will be available starting from the first
week of May and will be remain open until the 19th of June at 17:00 CET
List of documents to be submittedApplication form available on the EIT UM submission platform
Proofs, such as contracts, service agreements and similar
documentation of having successfully supported companies that have
secured EU funding instruments
List of documents to take into consideration•        Call Manual
•        EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
•        Guidelines for Applicants
•        Eligibility of expenditure
•        Appeal procedure
•        Project Implementation Handbook
•        Financial Support Agreement (FSA) template
•        Horizon Europe Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed The Investment Readiness Programme (IRP) is designed to prepare entrepreneurs to receive funding from early-stage investors and other
sources of capital. It targets ambitious entrepreneurs as they contribute to solving pressing social and environmental challenges across Europe.
Evaluation criteriaFor the strategic fit evaluation:
•        contribution to EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Objectives,
•        alignment with the specific call requirements,
•       financial sustainability and contribution to EIT Urban Mobility’s vision.
For the full proposal evaluation:
•       excellence: novelty and innovation,
•       quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management,
•       impact: social, economic, financial and general sustainability.
For the final Selection Committee evaluation:
•       business intelligence,
•       EU dimension,
•       portfolio fit.

Recorded webinars and contact details will be available to guarantee the maximum support to the applicants during the proposal’s preparation process. 

To help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals, EIT Urban Mobility will host one live Call Info Day. It will be focused on the call content, the challenges as well as on the submission and evaluation procedures and the financial aspects. Please find the calendar and the link to register in the table below: 

Type of event Topic covered Date and time (CET) Recording
Webinar  Call Info Day: 
Call calendar, evaluation, scope, and challenges of the call, KPIs, EU registration numbers (PIC number), evaluation process, contribution to EIT Urban Mobility financial sustainability, end client role, tips to applicants  
13.00h – 14.00h
29 May 2024
Recording of the webinar

Presentation used during webinar

In parallel to the call information sessions, all applicants may contact EIT Urban Mobility to resolve any concerns or doubts on the general/technical procedures and call content. These are the key contact details of the EIT Urban Mobility team for questions related to this call: 

Type of contact Email 
Legal, Financial, Administrative and general procedures pmo@eiturbanmobility.eu  
Impact Ventures area investments@eiturbanmobility.eu
E-cafe bike team

E-Cafe Bike wins Czech Creative Business Cup 2024 

E-Cafe Bike has progressed to the world finals of the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen having won the Czech national competition in Prague. This is a great achievement for the Czech startup who were selected by an expert panel out of a total of ten startups in the finals of a competition organised by the national business development agency of Czech Republic – Czechinvest. 

E-Cafe Bike focuses on the development of electric bikes and speed pedelecs which enable users travel up to 50km/h, a maximum range of 250km from one charge which takes on average 4 hours. This speed and range enable users to navigate cities of all kinds with ease regardless of the existing infrastructures and can transform transport habits by providing such a solution. The bikes can be equipped with a trailer for added storage which when in use is twice the storage capacity of a passenger car. 

On winning the competition, Co-founder and CMO of E-Cafe Bike, Zuzana Malinová looks ahead: “We are very happy with the victory and we are already looking forward to the final round where world competition awaits us. We believe that startups show the direction the world will go in the future. Winning the national round of the competition will not only help us increase our prestige, but we will also get the opportunity to show honest Czech production abroad.” 

EIT Urban Mobility and E-Cafe Bike have been working together since 2023, when E-Cafe Bike first applied for and were successful in their application for the Investment Readiness Programme. This programme is designed for European companies specialising in urban mobility who are fundraising or seeking to raise funds. The programme lasts six months and provides companies with the resources, training and coaching needed to enhance a company’s fundraising capabilities. This programme is worked in exchange of a 1% share of participating companies. 

Having worked with and seen E-Cafe Bike grow, Jan Hauser, Investment and Portfolio Manager at EIT Urban Mobility said: “It is always with great excitement to see participants of our programmes gain recognition on such a stage. E-Cafe Bike have focused the development of their product in a bid to provide people with a viable eco-friendly option and it shows. Their bikes have addressed issues of range which are seen across their industry and together with an award-winning design have provided an incredibly convincing transport alternative.” 

If you would like to avail of funding, we have a variety of programmes to suit your needs. Explore your options here

EIT Urban Mobility is the  largest non-French investor in mobility start-ups in France, according to  new study

EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, has been recognised as the largest non-French investor in mobility start-ups in France. It is the second most active investor in the mobility transition in the country, after Bpifrance. EIT Urban Mobility currently provides financial support to fifteen mobility start-ups across the country. The same report indicated a +12% increase in fundraising between 2022 and 2023, for a record amount of €1.9 billion, making France the second-largest transport innovation ecosystem in Europe, after the UK.

One of the main difficulties for mobility startups in Europe, is to explore the possibility of real-life testing their solutions. Taking this into account, EIT Urban Mobility launched last week the RAPTOR (Rapid Applications for Transport) competition to respond to complex urban mobility issues identified by participating cities in 10 European countries. The platform offers open competition for startups and SMEs to propose solutions that address these challenges. Winners will receive €40,000 in funding and personalised support to pilot their solutions over a five-month period within the city. French entities are strongly encouraged to participate, in particular to promote solutions focusing on improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, promoting active mobility among the elderly and controlling CO2 emissions.

As a result, the Bout project was developed thanks to EIT Urban Mobility’s RAPTOR programme on the Seine in Paris, France. The project, a pioneer in urban mobility solutions on the river, uses its app and digital marketplace website to connect users with local boats for exploration and transport. While the Seine will be central to the Paris Olympic Games in summer 2024, Bout’s innovative approach is helping to develop sustainable waterborne transport and put the Seine back at the heart of French people’s lives.

“Beyond our current actions, EIT Urban Mobility is committed to continuing its involvement in France and to developing more collaborations and partnerships with startups and cities throughout France. We want to establish a lasting presence in the French urban mobility landscape to promote ever more innovative solutions tailored to the needs of the cities of tomorrow”, concluded María Paula Caycedo.

EIT Urban Mobility mostly intervenes at the early stages of the development of the startups, for an amount up to €500.000. Beyond financial support, EIT Urban Mobility also helps foster innovative projects by integrating them into the pan-European city ecosystems, providing mentoring and support for project development, and access to exclusive funding opportunities.

The RAPTOR 2024 Call is now open!  

We are happy to announce the 2024 RAPTOR Call is now open!

Rapid environmental changes are impacting our cities and require rapid and innovative actions. The Rapid Applications for Transport (RAPTOR) Programme seeks to do so via its agile competition. The RAPTOR competition matches European cities facing urban mobility challenges with startups with innovative solutions.  

Meet your RAPTOR 2024 cities

In 2024, 13 cities from across Europe with niche mobility challenges requiring innovative solutions have been selected to participate in the Rapid Applications for Transport (RAPTOR) programme.

We are excited to welcome the following cities to the RAPTOR family!

RAPTOR 2024 Call

On 29 February 2024, the competition was launched for startups to propose solutions addressing these city mobility challenges. Each city, supported by technical and business advisors, will select the most promising startups to receive funding, to develop their solution to be tested in the city within five months of award.

Following the agile methodology of the programme, the projects will kick off in August and run until December 2024. During these 5 months, winners will work closely with their respective city. Firstly the innovative startup solutions for mobility challenges will need to be developed and tailored to the city specific requirements. Then they will be tested and validated in real-life demonstrations.

A maximum of 13 awardees, one per city challenge, will be selected and supported by EIT Urban Mobility financially, technically, and commercially, from August to December 2024. In addition to funding of up to €40,000, awardees will receive technical and business mentoring, and support to market and promote the project. Applicants are sought from EU Member States or Horizon Europe associated states.

Applications close 6 May 2024, 17:00h CET.

What is RAPTOR?

For questions or queries, please contact the RAPTOR team at: raptor@eiturbanmobility.eu

Financial Support to Startups Open Call

Urban mobility is undergoing one of the most transformational shifts of a generation. A successful strategy in the industry requires the adoption of a comprehensive and coherent approach, centred on innovative ventures that are disrupting this landscape.

This drastic global transformation may account for the potentially disruptive long-term impacts, where the new pace of living, consuming, and behaving in cities create a new paradigm for mobility companies to develop products, services, and technologies in all facets: collective, individual, and goods transport.

While the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economy, the crisis has also encountered major opportunities for innovation and investments. Examples of drivers underpinning this ongoing transformation are mobility companies with high financial, and environmental impact and growth potential.

In pursuit of leading positive change and business prosperity, EIT Urban Mobility is granting financial support up to €500,000 per company in mobility ventures to accelerate their journey, continue critical innovation and ultimately transform the European urban mobility landscape.

We look forward to receiving your applications for inclusion in the Business Plan 2023-2025.

Call Main Features 


Info sessions and contact details 

Call for Applications Main Features
Key dates of the call calendarCall opening: 15 February 2024
Cut-off dates:
•        First cut-off date: 29 April 2024 at 17:00 CET
– Eligibility and admissibility check: May 2024
– Evaluation of applications: May/June 2024
– Communication of result: June/July 2024
•        Second cut-off date: 6 September 2024 at 17:00 CET
– Eligibility and admissibility check: September 2024
– Evaluation of applications: September/October 2024
– Communication of result: November 2024
•        Third cut-off date: 31 January 2025 at 17:00 CET
– Eligibility and admissibility check: February 2025
– Evaluation of applications: February/March 2025
– Communication of result: March/April 2025
•        Fourth cut-off date: TBD
•        Fifth cut-off date: TBD
Total EIT Funding allocated to this call The total EIT funding allocated to this call is €12 million* **
*Out of which up to €3 million dedicated to support startups from RIS countries only. Under this call, RIS covers companies from RIS countries with a pre-money valuation of a maximum €8.5 million. Companies from RIS countries with a pre-money valuation between €8.5 and €20 million will be covered by the general budget.
**The total amount could be increased based on the budget availability of the Impact Ventures Area.
Link to the submission portal The EIT Urban Mobility AwardsForce Platform will be available as of 15 February 2024
List of documents to be submittedApplication form is available on the EIT Urban Mobility AwardsForce Platform.
List of documents to take into consideration•        Call Manual
•        EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
•        Eligibility of expenditure
•        Appeal procedure
•        Project Implementation Handbook
•        Horizon Europe Grant Agreement (specifically articles 16 and 17)
Short summary of the topics to be addressed EIT Urban Mobility – Impact Ventures Funding support programme grants funding support to startups offering innovative urban mobility solutions to create a more social and healthier environment in cities.

As an impact investor, EIT Urban Mobility invests in solutions that contribute positively to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to sustainable cities and communities, clean energy, and climate action. Furthermore, EIT Urban Mobility encourages inclusive and gender-balanced teams to apply for this funding on green mobility. 

To stimulate the talent and entrepreneurial mindset in all of Europe, EIT Urban Mobility pays special attention to startups incorporated in the 
Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), where conservative and risk-avoiding policy-making can slow down change and innovation. 

The Financial Support Programme offering to startups, includes real product-market fit as well as access to enter international markets faster.
Pre-screening and evaluation criteria applicable to all the topicsFor the initial evaluation:
•        Strategic fit

For the applications assessment:
•        Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management
•        Excellence, novelty, and innovation
•        Impact and financial sustainability Alignment with EITUM vision

For the online live-pitches assessment:
•        Excellence, novelty, and innovation
•        Impact and financial sustainability Alignment with EITUM vision
•        Quality and efficiency of the implementation, including sound financial management

For the final selection:
•        Portfolio fit

Recorded webinars and contact details will be available to guarantee the maximum support to the applicants during the proposal’s preparation process. 

To help applicants with the preparation and submission of their proposals, EIT Urban Mobility will host one live Call Info Day. It will be focused on the call content, the challenges as well as on the submission and evaluation procedures and the financial aspects. Please find the calendar and the link to register in the table below: 

Type of event Topic covered Date and time (CET) Access to platform 
Webinar  Call Info Day: 
Call calendar, evaluation, scope, and challenges of the call, KPIs, EU registration numbers (PIC number), evaluation process, contribution to EIT Urban Mobility financial sustainability, end client role, tips to applicants  
22 March 2024 at 10:00 AM CETWatch the recording of the information webinar

For more information about our financial support to startups, visit the dedicated website.

In parallel to the call information sessions, all applicants may contact EIT Urban Mobility to resolve any concerns or doubts on the general/technical procedures and call content. These are the key contact details of the EIT Urban Mobility team for questions related to this call: 

Type of contact Email 
Legal, Financial, Administrative and general procedures pmo@eiturbanmobility.eu  
Impact Ventures area investments@eiturbanmobility.eu

Growth Lab welcomes 500 members to its startup community

Growth Lab, the largest community of mobility entrepreneurs, has hit a major milestone: it has welcomed a total of 500 members into the community!

Founded as the first community for urban mobility startups powered by EIT Urban Mobility, Growth Lab has quickly established itself as a supportive platform for entrepreneurs. Its diverse membership base spans across Europe and comprises the most promising startups dedicated to shaping the future of urban mobility.

Within Growth Lab, members gain access to a range of resources and opportunities designed to accelerate their growth and success. From access to market opportunities and funding, to the latest sector news and networking events, Growth Lab serves as a one-stop platform for entrepreneurs in the urban mobility space.

Additionally, the Growth Lab community is continually evolving to better serve the needs of members. Over the upcoming months, the introduction of new features is planned, including a fund instruments database, matchmaking with investors and corporations, a mobile app for convenient access, and group segmentation for each mobility sector, offering personalised opportunities for them.

Becoming a member of Growth Lab means joining a supportive network of individuals who share your passion for driving innovation in urban mobility. With all these offerings available in one place, entrepreneurs save valuable time, which they can dedicate to strategic activities, instead of searching for resources. Whether you require funding, support services, or simply seeking connections within the industry; Growth Lab offers valuable resources tailored to your needs.

“I heard about the call for SURE5.0 through Mario’s email. Then we applied to SURE5.0 and when our application was accepted, we received a grant of 50,000 euros. In addition, we learned and benefited from training and internationalization calls through the Growth Lab.” (Emrecan Durmaz, Co-founder Scootable

“It was great. Shook me up and gave another perspective. I’ve had many pitch coaches. This felt really thorough and good. I went away with real feedback and ideas how to change my pitch to make it better.” (Aigars Lauzis from BeTriton on the Investor Pitch Training, exclusively available to Growth Lab members) 

Join Europe’s leading community of over 500 urban mobility startups and take part in a journey of growth, collaboration, and success!

Applications are open for the EIT Urban Mobility Market Readiness Accelerators 2024 

From 1 February to 15 April 2024, early-stage mobility startups have the opportunity to apply for the EIT Urban Mobility Market Readiness Accelerators. The Market Readiness Accelerators support entrepreneurs to build up a consistent business basis and avoid the most common failure for newly created startups: the lack of product-market fit. 

The Market Readiness Accelerators encompasses five thematic EU-funded programmes, which are implemented through well-recognised partners to take early-stage mobility startups to the next level. The five thematic areas include:

  • Future mobility
  • Inclusive mobility
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Smart mobility
  • Urban air mobility  

In addition to fitting one of these thematic areas, eligible startups should be able to demonstrate a focus on SDG impact, gender equality, and team diversity.

The programme’s main objective is to provide expertise in urban mobility fields for startups to validate the business approach with a focus on product-market fit. Additionally, the Market Readiness Accelerators set up the basis for successful fundraising strategies and prepare businesses to get ready to scale. The programme also offers individual business training, investor pitch coaching, an impact assessment of the venture, and product and technology validation with potential access to a network of living labs.  

Applications to the accelerators can be made via AwardForce or you can sign up for the information session on 8 February 2024 at 12.00 CET to get more details about the open call.  

EIT Urban Mobility is the most active investor in European mobility start-ups in 2023 

With 62 investment rounds in 2023, EIT Urban Mobility is the top investor in European mobility start-ups according to the latest report of Via ID and Dealroom. With one exit, the current investment portfolio contains 127 start-ups and has a total value of €1bn with companies covering 29 European countries. While these innovations cover all aspects of mobility, they all have one common factor: their positive environmental and social impact on the urban landscape.  

Fredrik Hanell, Director of Impact Ventures at EIT Urban Mobility: “Impact investing means looking to the future when making decisions now. This means that we go beyond financial investments to drive meaningful and lasting change in the urban mobility sector. As the European leading impact investor in mobility, EIT Urban Mobility, looks for seeds and pre-seeds companies that already have or can have a net positive impact.” 

Prominently featured sectors in the portfolio include transport electrification, urban logistics, and mobility data management.  EIT Urban Mobility goes beyond the more traditional aspects of mobility by also investing in sectors such as waterborne mobility and behavioural change through nudging and stimulating walking.   

To measure a company’s net impact, and deliver a transparent view across specific categories, EIT Urban Mobility employs the Upright Net Impact Model, a quantification model that is based on a network summarising more than 250 million scientific articles and a taxonomy of over 150,000 product and service categories. According to this model, EIT Urban Mobility’s portfolio scores a 48% positive net impact score, significantly higher than the 40% of the control group of the Upright Benchmark. The start-up companies in the portfolio score especially high on the environmental dimension, +217% compared to benchmark.  Another strong selection point is team diversity and gender balance, resulting in 43% of the equity portfolio being women-led in comparison to the industry average of 18% according to the Report on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe. 

On top of this sustainable impact, EIT Urban Mobility has a dedicated investment budget for European economies that require more support in the sector of innovation. These regions defined by the Regional Innovation Scheme, typically have enormous untapped potential and can greatly benefit from investments in innovation and mobility. By directing resources to these areas, EIT Urban Mobility contributes to economic growth, job creation, and the development of sustainable transportation systems. 

In 2024, EIT Urban Mobility, aims to continue to enlarge the portfolio with an ongoing call for investments and their Investment Readiness Programme. This programme is designed for European start-ups in the field of urban mobility currently fundraising or planning to do so in 2025. EIT Urban Mobility’s investment strategy focuses on creating positive outcomes for both people and the planet while ensuring competitive market returns. 

EIT Urban Mobility investment portfolio grows to 127 ventures

With a total of 46 investments in new startups in 2023, the investment portfolio of EIT Urban Mobility, launched 4 years ago, now contains 127 ventures. The portfolio has a total value of €1bn with companies covering 29 European countries. While these innovations cover all aspect of mobility, they all have one common factor: their positive environmental and social impact on the urban landscape. Some key startups from our portfolio includes Elonroad, Vonzu and Zeabuz.

In 2024, EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, aims to continue to enlarge the portfolio with an ongoing call for investments and their Investment Readiness Programme. This programme is designed for European startups in the field of urban mobility currently fundraising or planning to do so in 2025. EIT Urban Mobility’s investment strategy focuses on creating positive outcomes for both people and the planet while ensuring competitive market returns.

Fredrik Hanell, Director of Impact Venture at EIT Urban Mobility: “Impact investing means looking to the future when making decisions now. This means that we go beyond financial investments to drive meaningful and lasting change in the urban mobility sector.  As the European leading impact investor in mobility, EIT Urban Mobility, looks for seeds and pre-seeds companies that already have or can have a net positive impact.”

Prominently featured sectors in the portfolio include transport electrification, urban logistics, and mobility data management.  EIT Urban Mobility goes beyond the more traditional aspects of mobility by also investing in sectors such as waterborne mobility and behavioural change through nudging and stimulating walking.  

To measure a company’s net impact, and deliver a transparent view across specific categories, EIT Urban Mobility employs the Upright Net Impact Model, a quantification model that is based on a network summarising more than 250 million scientific articles and a taxonomy of over 150,000 product and service categories. According to this model, EIT Urban Mobility’s portfolio scores a 48% positive net impact score, significantly higher than the 40% of the control group of the Upright Benchmark. The startup companies in the portfolio score especially high on the environmental dimension, +217% compared to benchmark.  Another strong selection point is team diversity and gender balance, resulting in 43% of the equity portfolio being women-led in comparison to the industry average of 18% according to the Report on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe.

On top of this sustainable impact, EIT Urban Mobility has a dedicated investment budget for European economies that require more support in the sector of innovation. These regions defined by the Regional Innovation Scheme, typically have enormous untapped potential and can greatly benefit from investments in innovation and mobility. By directing resources to these areas, EIT Urban Mobility contributes to economic growth, job creation, and the development of sustainable transportation systems.

An Ukranian affordable electric enterprise truck manufacturer wins the EIT Jumpstarter urban mobility prize 

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, the cradle of history, democracy and arts. The Greek capital is also the heart of the ancient agora, former marketplace, the open spot where all the citizens gathered to trade, discuss and vote.  

This is exactly what over a hundred innovators did the past 30 November in Athens during the EIT Jumpstarter Grand Final, the annual EIT Community celebration of new start-ups created and the birth of innovations made in Europe. The participants, from countries located in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, including Western Balkans, the Baltics and Ukraine, showcased their deep-tech innovations. This year 52 teams presented their ideas in nine categories – digital, food, health, energy, manufacturing, raw materials, urban mobility, New European Bauhaus and Rebuild Ukraine.  

Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:

The EIT Jumpstarter acceleration programme has been helping early-stage innovators develop their business ideas and launch new products on the market. I warmly congratulate all winners on their award, but also all participants. Your ideas will help us build a better, greener future. It’s particularly heartening to see the remarkable commitment of many innovators from Ukraine. The increasing engagement from the Western Balkans is also encouraging, as it aligns with our aim to bolster and unify the European innovation ecosystem.

The first winner in the Urban Mobility Category is MegoElectric from Ukraine, a solution for the production of affordable light and medium-sized electric enterprise trucks, that received an award of €10,000. Their main innovation is that their platform can be built on one assembly line, while accommodating batteries of different power, various cabs, body types and payload capacities. The platform’s re-thought design will allow the trucks to be very light-weight and energy efficient to achieve minimum price and maximum functionality. 

Another awarded idea comes from MOBILIB, a software-defined vehicle application development platform from Türkiye which won the second Urban Mobility prize. 

The third winner in this category is a wheelset protection to extend the railway axel lifecycle, ideated by RECHARGE, from Spain. 

In the urban mobility field, a total of 23 teams applied for the programme during 2023, whilst 10 made it to the Local Joint Trainings, and finally six teams arrived to the Grand Final in Greece. The other participants were Veloled from the Czech Republic, BPARCO from Croatia and TheBellBoy from Italy. During the 2023 edition of EIT Jumpstarter, 3 companies have been created in the urban mobility field already and more are expected to be registered. 

This year, for the first time, a new category emerged: ‘Rebuild Ukraine’. The top prize went to the Ukrainian team GAPPO. They provide an AgriTech B2B SaaS solution, aligned with Global G.A.P. standards, that aids in digitalising operational reporting and compliance procedures. To learn about the rest of the winners check EIT Jumpstarter’s website.  

EIT Jumpstarter’s mission is to strengthen entrepreneurship culture, support start-up creation, and contribute to building a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem with regular cross-thematic and cross-regional collaboration. The programme is powered by seven of EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities: EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Health, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Manufacturing, EIT RawMaterials and EIT Urban Mobility. The programme aims to nurture young innovators with the tools and knowledge to transform their early-stage ideas, secure the necessary funding, and, last but not least, build self-sustaining and profitable ventures. 

Pre-registration for the EIT Jumpstarter 2024 is now available at https://eitjumpstarter.eu/pre-register-for-eit-jumpstater-2024. Participation in the programme comes without any fees.  

City of Heraklion, EIT Urban Mobility and Civinet Greece-Cyprus join forces to boost cycling travel.

EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, is proud to announce its partnership with the city of Heraklion and Civinet Greece-Cyprus, the network of Greek cities for mobility, to address urban mobility challenges.

This collaboration will bring a total of 13 innovative bike stations throughout the city at the end of November. An event to showcase the new biking facilities will take place Sunday 3 December at 11.00 a.m., at Georgiadis Park. Join the event: National innovation for cycling in Heraklion.

In the wake of the European Union’s recent Declaration on Cycling, announced just a few weeks ago as a major push for cycling across Europe, our partnership with the city of Heraklion takes on even greater significance. Heraklion is one of the leading Greek cities when it comes to the pedestrianization of the city centre, which in recent years has encouraged more pedestrian and bicycle travel. The city centre is a circle of approximately 350m radius and mostly pedestrianized. For this reason, the city believes it could encourage more commuters to use their bike or kick scooter instead of their private car when accessing to the city centre.

Exploring solutions, Heraklion is embarking on a strategic initiative to establish micro-mobility hubs throughout the city. As the largest city in Crete and the fourth-largest in Greece, with a population of around 174,000 residents (surging to nearly 1 million during the summer), Heraklion is dedicated to providing its citizens and visitors with safe, convenient locations to park their bicycles and e-bikes after their journeys.

At its core, this project aims to elevate active mobility, with a particular focus on micro-mobility and bike-mobility. The objective is to deploy secure and sustainable infrastructure for bike and kickscooter parking at strategically selected points throughout the city. These hubs, featuring a flexible modular design accommodating 4 to 10 bicycles and e-bikes, cater to both spontaneous parking and charging requirements for registered users. These infrastructure enhancements are envisioned to enhance the overall quality of life for Heraklion’s residents, contribute meaningfully to climate change mitigation efforts, and foster a more robust and dependable urban mobility sector. Two innovative solution providers have been selected for funding in this project:

  • Rastel.io will deliver 10 units to be installed outside of the old town. These smart and secure bike parking hubs come equipped with e-bike charging capabilities and can be accessed through the Rastel.io mobile app.
  • DonCicleto will provide 3 units to be installed in the old town. The Bikehangar, their modular and scalable bike and scooter parking solution, offers protection against vandalism, inclement weather, and theft.

Installation of these units is taking place during the month of November, with the facilities set to be operational by the end of November.

Safe bike parking facilities will encourage more cyclists to use e-bikes, which is expected to increase the number of cyclists for long peri-urban distance trips and trips to uphill destinations. This pilot implementation is funded for a period of six months. The success of these pilot installations will be evaluated at the end of the six-month period to gauge their effectiveness and assess the potential benefits of a long-term implementation of the tested solutions.

Vassilis Lambrinos, Mayor of Heraklion said: “We are participating in this initiative with the aim to encourage more people to choose the bicycle as a means of transportation. The promotion of Sustainable Mobility is always a policy priority for us.

Gareth Macnaughton, Director of the Innovation at EIT Urban Mobility said: “EIT Urban Mobility is thrilled to collaborate with the city of Heraklion to tackle urban mobility challenges. We are proud to work with innovative solution providers Rastel.io and DonCicleto, whose leading solutions focus attention on Heraklion. These pilot installations will pave the way for a more sustainable and efficient urban mobility future in Heraklion.”

Maria-Paula Caycedo, Head of Innovation for Hub South: “Collaborating with Heraklion to implement the project will lead to many benefits. The programme allows a pilot fostering innovation and support the sustainable urban development of the city. EIT Urban Mobility is working in collaboration with cities like Heraklion to further foster Greece and Europe’s dynamic mobility development landscape.”