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

EIT Urban Mobility starts sponsorship of podcasts powered by Y-Mobility

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with Y-Mobility on ‘Conversations in the Park’. ‘Conversations in the Park’ is a podcast platform that provides insightful and meaningful conversations in a relaxing environment relating to the mobility space. Our first sponsored podcast episode powered by Y-Mobility is on “The impact of mobility on our cities”.

In the following months we will be working together on three episodes exploring central mobility issues and topics, such as the impact of mobility in urban areas, mobility solutions, the start-up journey in the mobility sector, smart cities and more.

Following some discussion between our two organisations, we realised there is a lot of synergy between the values and goals of the EIT Urban Mobility and Y-Mobility’s podcast. So we decided to join forces and create meaningful conversations together. 

The series of podcast episodes will include a diversity of guests, from industry professionals to innovative entrepreneurs, cultivating a multi-sided discussion. We will not just focus on Europe, but look at mobility on a global scale. The episodes will aim to provide deep industry insights while focusing on the mobility challenges of this age, continuing the EIT Urban Mobility’s initiative of boosting urban mobility. 

Podcast on the Challenges and advancements of mobility in urban areas published.

Also available in Google Play

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

What were the most successful Urban Mobility strategies during COVID-19?

In 2020 EIT Urban Mobility conducted a survey across 16 European cities to understand and analyse mobility strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This built the basis for a study on urban mobility strategies during COVID-19, written by our partners Bable, CARNET, CTAG, DTU, and UPC, with the support of Miljöstrategi AB.

The full report analyses the urban mobility strategies deployed by cities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each chapter provides extensive insights on aspects such as sustainable urban mobility system requirements, the impact of the virus so far on urban mobility, the role of innovation in this context, and the economic impact on new mobility.

The short version of the report is part of EIT UM’s Urban Mobility Next series, that provides practitioners with exclusive content on cutting edge urban mobility issues. It focuses on the main outcomes of the study, based on the analysis of the survey results as well as on selected best practices.

EIT Urban Mobility organises a webinar on 23 March to present the results of this report and to give interested readers the opportunity to directly discuss findings with the authors. Click here to register!


EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Days

The EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Days are your chance to engage with EIT Urban Mobility and mobility innovators across Europe.

Why get involved?

  • Learn about the upcoming Innovation Call for Proposals 2022 and the development of Action and Interest Groups. 
  • Gain insights on the four challenge areas prioritised by the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation activities. 
  • Hear from thought leaders on key innovations in each area and see corporate and organisational pitches on latest innovations.  
  • Hear from city representatives on their current engagement with EIT Urban Mobility and the mobility challenges they wish to address. 
  • Become a part of an EIT Urban Mobility’s Innovation Action and Interest Group 
  • Start a dialogue with EIT Urban Mobility 

There will be four online sessions, for which registration is free and it is open to any European Organisation or those with EU research agreements. Sessions will focus on four thematic Challenge Areas: 

  • Future Mobility (18 February, 13:30 – 15:30) 
  • Active Mobility (23 February, 13:30 – 15:30) 
  • Sustainable City Logistics (24 February, 14:00 – 16:00) 
  • Mobility and Energy (25 February, 14:00 – 16:00) 

These Challenge Areas will be core to the upcoming Innovation Call for Proposals 2022, and the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Days are a key first step in building Action and Interest Groups across all of EIT Urban Mobility’s Challenge Areas.  

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

Masterclass

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

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

Masterclass

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

20 November    Day 3 – Business opportunities in South regions

Masterclass

  • 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 www.urbanmobilityevents.com

Applications to Welcome2Europe for Start-ups from outside Europe HERE

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

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

Join us on 21 October at 16:00 CET to discuss about the role of citizens in decision-making processes regarding urban mobility issues, which 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 policies 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 COVID-19 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.

We will get insights from four speakers coming from industry, education/research, a cities and from an association directly representing citizens.

OUR SPEAKERS

Frank Hansen
BMW Group Corporate Strategy – Sustainability, Mobility

Robert Braun Senior Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria

Dr. Burcu Özdemir Smart City Director, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Evelien Marlier
Project Manager, European Passengers’ Federation

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

Presentations and recordings of Mobility Talks #6

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Three startups are ready to test their pilots across European cities!

Urban Radar, Nüwiel, and eParkomat have been selected as the winning participants from the Scale-up Hub programme that will receive up to 50.000€ in equity funding for implementing their pilot’s proposal to the City Club Challenges in the  European cities of Barcelona, Hamburg, and Ostrava, respectively.

Urban Radar, founded in France in 2018, is a cloud platform that revolutionises the way cities manage and regulate their mobility in response to the disrupting urban logistics demand. Their proposal is a pilot project to improve urban logistics by providing the pilot city, Barcelona, a custom-made platform for kerb management and logistics optimization.

For the city of Hamburg, the start-up selected is Nüwiel. Founded in 2016 in the same city where it will test their project, it provides innovative electric bike trailers, which offer a sustainable and reliable solution for transporting goods in urban areas.

Finally, the scale-up testing their pilot project in the city of Ostrava: eParkomat. Founded in Karvina in 2016, they help cities solve the parking problem by using AI & anonymized data of mobile operators, delivering real-time parking occupancy, as well as an analysis based on tracking of driver’s habits. They will implement their platform with the aim of helping drivers navigate directly to the location with highest probability of available parking and managing prices according to the real demand.

Their innovative approach to urban mobility has allowed them to be perceived as the most valuable projects for our cities. By the end of this year, we will be able to obtain their analyses and learn from this experience, that will have a positive impact on the citizens of these cities and, hopefully, a lot more in the coming years.

The Scale-up Hub programme is developed by the EIT Urban Mobility, an innovation community bringing together academia, research, businesses, and cities to work on innovative solutions for the mobility challenges facing cities. EIT Urban Mobility is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

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.”

Power4Global call selects five startups for presentations at Reuters Mobility Summit

Twenty three startups submitted their information to be evaluated. All participating startups had to submit a pitch deck and answer a set of questions focused on the viability of their business model, scalability and other important factors. All of these attributes were then examined individually by the evaluators who gave the startups a total score. Based on this score, the selected startups are:

  • EVIO – Electrical Mobility
  • Huddl Mobility Limited t/a CitySwift
  • Meep
  • Vianova
  • Volvero

The Next Steps

These five startups, as those that were not selected, will now be able to attend the six preparation investment sessions. These sessions will put the emphasis on the expansion to foreign markets such as the US, as well as other important business sectors. Learn more about them here.

Each session will have a speaker with expertise on fields related to startup scalability and growth.

Power4Global and GoGlobal

Power4Global is an integral part of the GoGlobal programme, itself part of the larger Business Creation programme by EIT Urban Mobility. It is focused on aiding urban mobility startups in their expansion outside of Europe, particularly in the United States. This programme would have concluded in the selected startups visiting Silicon Valley, particularly, San Diego. Due to COVID-19 limitations, though, the event will take place virtually.

The GoGlobal programme is organised by a multidisciplinary, international consortium comprised of CARNET and PowerHUB.

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
REGISTRATION: Closed

Learn more about EIT Urban Mobility Talks here.

Presentations and recordings of Mobility Talks 4#

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