EIT Urban Mobility has invested in 35 ventures since 2020 and keeps up

EIT Urban Mobility just opened an ongoing investment call for early-to-seed stage ventures. Selected scale-ups and start-ups can receive up to €500,000 capital. More importantly, the offer goes beyond funding. Ventures will benefit from fast-track introductions into the urban mobility community via the extensive regional and pan-European network, including cities, mentors, and industry leaders. This allows start-ups to validate their solutions, network with key decision-makers and scale their company with increased visibility.

The current portfolio contains companies developing technologies and solutions which are shaping the future of the urban mobility landscape. While financial return is essential, as an impact investor EIT Urban Mobility selects ventures where social and environmental impact grows with revenue. Start-ups in EIT Urban Mobility’s equity portfolio contribute positively to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to sustainable cities and communities, clean energy, and climate action. Based on the call for actions related to these goals, EIT Urban Mobility is linking key performance indicators to the expected impact of the start-ups to indicate their contribution to improved sustainable and liveable cities.

In addition, EIT Urban Mobility focuses on inclusive and gender-balanced teams when selecting start-ups. Research indicates that new businesses led by women are more likely to succeed and more likely to exceed expectations for growth. Since EIT Urban Mobility made inclusive and gender-balanced teams a key priority in 2020, internal reports show that the number of female-led ventures in the EIT Urban Mobility portfolio has grown from 16% to 27%, and the share of gender-balanced start-up investments has risen from 28% to 52%.  

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

For more information about the investment call: EIT Urban Mobility Startup Investments – EIT Urban mobility 

Velo-city 2022 in Ljubljana

During the Velo-city conference 2022, that took place from the 14 until the 17 June, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was fully garnished with butterflies. Those represented the visual identity of the annual flagship event organised by our partner, the European Cyclist’s Federation, and that symbolises change, development and metamorphosis. Indeed, the Slovenian capital made a drastic shift in the last 10 years regarding cycling.

EIT Urban Mobility was fully present in Velo-city with a booth, that attracted those interested in our programmes and that could learn more about our mission, specially regarding Active Mobility.

During the 3 days event, different conferences brought together those involved in the policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programmes. Edwin Heesakkers, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub West director, took part of the Focus on citizens, stakeholders and community plenary session on Wednesday. Heesakkers highlighted the importance to engage with youth, women and marginalised groups.

“We’re breaking the silos to make the changes together. Why? Because cities are for you, for us, for the people who live in them. And it is of utmost importance that each of you can have your say in designing the city you will live in” Edwin Heesakkers, EIT UM Innovation Hub West director

On Thursday, Anja Ilenič, EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Slovenia representative, took part of the Engaging citizens and building the cycling community session. Ilenič introduced EIT Urban Mobility, some of the RIS Hub Slovenia initiatives, and same as Heessakkers, also stressed the importance of involving the youth in the decision making process. The same morning, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Lifecycle officer, Manuel Crespo Yáñez, attended the conference The latest innovations from bike-sharing and micromobility, where he presented one of our projects that was also present at Velo-city, Bicification.

“The future of urban mobility is active mobility” Manuel Crespo Yáñez, EIT UM Innovation Lifecycle officer

In order to preach by example, the EIT Urban Mobility team present in Ljubljana took part in the traditional Velo-city Bike Parade, together with hundreds of other enthusiastic bike lovers.

Indeed, the conferences are designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation. Velo-city began in 1980 in Bremen (Germany) with deep ties in the founding of the European Cyclists’ Federation. The next world cycling summit will take place in May 2023 in Liepzig. More info here

Logismile, the delivery driver of the future: the autonomous robot Ona tested in Barcelona.

Co-Funded by EIT Urban Mobility and led by CARNET, the LogiSmile project aims to respond to the major challenge of last-mile urban distribution in increasingly congested cities. 

The metropolitan area of Barcelona and Esplugues de Llobregat hosted a test in a real urban environment of the autonomous goods distribution robot Ona last Friday, 10 June. Developed by CARNET and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech (UPC), in the framework of the European project LogiSmile, the test was carried out in the Can Vidalet neighbourhood. Later, the Ona robot will travel to Hamburg (Germany) and Debrecen (Hungary).

The event was attended by the Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez; the Mayoress of Esplugues de Llobregat, Pilar Díaz; the rector of the UPC, Daniel Crespo; the executive and scientific head of CARNET, Laia Pagès; and the director of EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South Daniel Serra, as well as different partners of the project.

For the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, “this is not science fiction today; it is what we will experience in our cities in the coming years.” The minister highlighted the importance for Esplugues of hosting this pilot project, the result of collaboration between public administrations, universities and companies, and a fundamental axis for achieving safe, digitalised mobility that respects the planet and people’s health. The autonomous vehicle is included in the objective of digitalisation and decarbonisation pursued by the Ministry. This process entails challenges already contemplated in the Sustainable Mobility Law, which will soon reach the Spanish congress.

“The future is here”, said the mayoress of Esplugues de Llobregat, Pilar Díaz, who highlighted that Ona “is an example of putting technology at the service of problem-solving, in this case for the distribution of last-mile goods”, while highlighting the “ecological and sustainable” aspect of the initiative.

This pilot demonstrates that future mobility in our cities is already a reality. The commitment of the Spanish government, the town of Esplugues de Llobregat and the Metropolitan area of Barcelona also proves that when the right actors work together, we can design the future of our cities. 

As facilitators of the project and founders of the largest European community transforming mobility, we are excited and honoured to see how the future is happening now. With our headquarters in Barcelona, EIT Urban Mobility emerges as the instrument of the European Union that enables the collaboration between the agents necessary to carry out this type of initiatives. In our common challenge for the decarbonisation of cities, the collaboration between public and private agents, companies, research centres and universities is essential for making the future a reality.

LogiSmile is a project led by CARNET and co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility. It is developed in collaboration with Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB), Capgemini Engineering, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd. , Ajuntament d’Esplugues de Llobregat, ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH, LMAD, NFF – Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik, OtoStolik, PTV Group, Dirección General de Tráfico, IRI – Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, and CDEI-UPC.

New Podcast released: Designing safe urban mobility!

How do we design our urban spaces to be and feel safer? It’s not as simple as installing cameras everywhere to watch over everyone. In this episode, our wonderful host Brittany Atkins chats with expert guests Marianne Weinreich, Debbie Dekkers, and Dan Campsall about how the presence (or absence) of safety in mobility and urban planning can be affected by gender, age, lifestyle, and more.

Marianne Weinreich is a Market Manager of Smart Mobility at Ramboll, a Danish (but international) engineering and design consultancy that aims to create sustainable solutions across transport. She has spent the last 20+ years working in mobility as a consultant and manager, and is also the co-founder and chairman of the Cycling Embassy.

Debbie Dekkers is a Programme Manager and “innovatiemanager” at the Innovation Office for the city of Amsterdam. The organisation aims to make the city more efficient and evolved for the benefit of its residents, using the power of technology to prepare for future mobility. As a programme manager, Debbie works mainly within smart mobility with a focus on MaaS, trends analysis, and anticipating new mobility concepts.

Dan Campsall is the Chairman of Agilysis, a transport behaviour and safety consultancy, with the goal to transform lives through healthier and safer communities via intelligent solutions. He also is the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for transport safety in the UK, and has been involved in the transport safety sector of mobility for about 20 years.

This episode delves into the complex subject that is safety in urban design and urban mobility, and examines it from a variety of different angles and perspectives.

A main theme our guest spoke on was how safety and the perception of safety in urban mobility can vary based on a number of demographics – Marianne spoke about how automotive safety features are structured to accommodate the average man, leaving women out of the safety equation. Debbie notes how not all urban infrastructure bears in mind the elderly or the disabled, who might need longer time and digital assistance at crosswalks and complex road crossings. Dan also commented how minorities and those living in deprived communities can be at greater risk of road injury, as well as facing lower quality infrastructure. However, they all note that there is still a sense of excitement and ambition as newer, smarter technology and strategy come to light as  solutions to these existing issues.

This is just the surface, and there are so many more levels of discussion and conversation on this episode – that we are proud to sponsor. You can hear the full discussion on Apple Podcasts, as well as anywhere else you find your podcasts.

Supernovas: Unleashing female’s entrepreneurship potential!

We welcome Supernovas, the new programme that thrives for an entrepreneurial ecosystem with more women!

Supernovas is EIT Urban Mobility’s new programme that, along with EIT Manufacturing and EIT Food, has the ultimate goal of increasing the presence and role of women in the EU entrepreneurship ecosystem. Participants in this programme will have access to financial support, training and networking opportunities.

This initiative has been carefully designed to tackle the existent gender-gap and reaching a balance amongst the key pieces of the ecosystem. To do so, we have built a set of activities to unleash the female potential by identifying groups of women of different ages, backgrounds and aspirations, and supporting them with specific initiatives to enter and scale positions in the ecosystem.

The 4 activities included in the programme are:

  • Startup Stairway: We identify startups and scaleups from high-tech or deep-tech fields and match them with young women from STEAM careers. We want to expose them to a startup experience early in their careers, in order to inspire them and foster their entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Rocket-up: We support entrepreneurs to entry a new European market with a solid strategy and local validation of the product and service. The goal is to have more women entrepreneurs growing and getting funded.
  • Women2Invest: We train a group of women with STEAM studies in venture investment and connect them to firms active in this space (both venture capital and corporate venture capital/venturing) so that they get an internship or job with them.
  • Women Leadership: this activity, coordinated with EIC, offers EIT community women access to a broad network, mentoring, coaching and training opportunities to take their managerial and leadership skills to the next level.

The programme is included within the Strategic Synergies Cross-KIC cluster, which has been created by EIT to support the EU’s mission to build a healthy, sustainable and inclusive Europe.

Interested in joining? Check all the information related to the activities and open calls here.

Rocket up programme

Female founders, it’s your time to rocket-up!

As part of Supernovas, the Rocket-up programme has opened a call for female-led startups to support their access to new European regions. Ten startups will be selected to participate in the activities, which will promote international outreach and sales to the most innovative ventures. The deadline for the call is 19 June 2022.

Gender balance in the entrepreneurial ecosystem has been historically poor with male founders accounting for most successful international companies. Accessing new markets can be more difficult for women due to normally having fewer connections. Through activities like Rocket-up we support ventures to achieve growth, as part of our compromise to reach gender balance in the European startup ecosystem.

Rocket-up is a 3-month programme that supports women-led startups in accessing a new country or region by connecting them with experts and networking opportunities all around Europe. We seek mature startups based in the EU or EU related countries, that add to the Sustainable Development Goals and address challenges related with EIT Urban Mobility, EIT Manufacturing or EIT Food focus areas.

The programme offers:

  • Internationalisation squad: Tailored and individual mentoring with three handpicked local experts for a new market entry
  • Organised mission: Introductions with potential stakeholders of the preferred target city
  • Online group events: Four online events with training activities, successful female entrepreneurs as speakers and opportunities for networking and connection with other entrepreneurial women.
  • EIT pan-European network: Access to the EIT network (including European cities, industries partners, investors) and financial opportunities
  • Visibility: More visibility of the startups through EIT communication channels as an EIT Community supported venture

The programme is held inside Supernovas, a project of EIT Food, EIT Urban Mobility and EIT Manufacturing, that aspires to promote a more gender balance entrepreneurial ecosystem. Applications are done via AwardsForce.

Looking for 99 female entrepreneurs in the Nordics to increase funding opportunities

Are you a female founder of an urban mobility startup? Did you know that of the €3.2 billion of venture capital (VC) invested in the Nordic countries 6% went to mixed gender founded teams, and only 1% to founding teams made up entirely of women? And these numbers are not new, they have been this low for years. Through years of experience, the founders of Position99 know that female founders are out there, they want to raise capital, and have an enormous potential to help solve our societal challenges. 

Aiming to be the reference in the market for supporting and funding gender-balanced startups, EIT Urban Mobility has recently partnered up with Position99, to identify 99 female founders in urban mobility in the Nordics and help them get access to venture capital through increased visibility and match making. 

Over the next months, EIT Urban Mobility and Position99 will give several workshops in Sweden, Denmark, and Estonia to bring more awareness about the topic and to introduce the list of 99 female founders. Follow our journey via https://www.linkedin.com/company/eit-urban-mobility  Become part of the list and apply via https://www.position99.com/en 

Research show that female founders are perceived differently, and that the VC-world is full of outdated cultures and norms. It is also a question of communication and investors seldom have the time or will to change their own perspectives. This is unfortunate since it is our firm belief that without a gender diverse innovation scene, we will not be able to solve the climate crisis”. Something which got confirmed by the theme of the United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”. 

Anna Branten, initiator of Position 99

During the last two years, EIT Urban Mobility has made gender-balance a key objective when selecting startups to invest in. Since this active focus, the number of female-led ventures in the EIT Urban Mobility portfolio has grown from 16% to 27%. At the same time, the share of gender-balanced startup investments has improved from 28% to 52%. 

With this partnership we are taking the next step to give female founded startups better chances to receive funding. More than half of our investments last year were in gender-balanced startups. Although good, this is not enough, and initiatives like this will lead the way to changing the investment scene by improving visibility for female founders and the deal flow for investors“. 

Fredrik Hanell, Business Creation Director at EIT Urban Mobility
MoU signature

Signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between EIT Urban Mobility and the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda

The MoU establishes an agreement to jointly work together in the development of standards and solutions to promote urban mobility and sustainable solutions in Spanish cities, and expresses the common intention to join forces to meet shared objectives.

Madrid, Spain, 5 May 2022 – EIT Urban Mobility and the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA, Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The collaboration among both entities will enable strong cooperation in a wide range of initiatives to solve the current (and future) urban mobility challenges of Spanish cities.

The signature took place in the Spanish Ministry of Transport during an event chaired by María José Rallo del Olmo Secretary General for Transport and Mobility at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and Ms. Rocío Baguena Rodríguez Director of the Division of Transport Studies and Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South director, was responsible for signing the agreement on behalf of the entity.

This agreement formalises the mutual interaction and strengthens the existing relationship between both entities and creates a unique platform to identify synergies between key players of the Spanish urban mobility ecosystem from the public and private sectors and foster innovation projects across Spain. It will also allow the monitoring of initiatives, projects, developments, the application of innovative technologies and the dissemination of innovation through conferences, events, reports, and articles.

The memorandum reinforces the commitment made by the Spanish Government to take the lead in the decarbonization of the economy and strengthens the role of EIT Urban Mobility as an enabler in the implementation of the Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility Strategy 2030, conceived as a guiding document for MITMA’s mobility policies until 2030. The roadmap that will guide the actions of the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda (MITMA) in the field of transport and mobility over the next ten years.

Ms. María José Rallo del Olmo Secretary General for Transport and Mobility at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South director, during the signature of the agreement.  

Opportunities for Startups

EIT Urban Mobility innovation Hub South Partner, BGI, presents its two acceleration programmes dedicated to supporting tech startups in validating their business and scaling it.

BGI Accelerator: Acceleration programme of 10 months, dedicated to startups from all over the world in the areas of Medical Devices and Health Care; Smart Cities and Industry 4.0; Blockchain Applications and AI; and Water Economy. The startups benefit from two national boot camps, a mentorship programme and an immersion programme in Boston.

More information is available here.

Get in the Ring: Startup competition, sponsored by EIT Urban Mobility and Vodafone Portugal, dedicated to supporting startups from RIS Countries in the areas of smart mobility, big data, XR Solutions, and Automation and Gamification. Startups benefit from one physical event to pitch their idea, access to Vodafone Power Lab and an award of up to 20k€.
More information is available here

Get in the ring and win a chance to prove your solution and solve 21st century challenges

Applications are now open for the Portuguese edition of Get in the Ring, promoted by Vodafone Power Lab,  and organised by BGI – Building Global Innovators, in partnership with EIT Urban Mobility, as our EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Portugal and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, trough Made of Lisboa.  


Do you have a smart idea for some of these topics? 

  • XR Solutions – Solutions that take advantage of augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality technologies applied to the most diverse sectors.    
  • Automation & Gamification – Solutions that take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, as well as solutions that use game mechanics promoting and enhancing their use.     
  • Smart Mobility – Solutions that improve the efficiency of urban mobility and that can be applied to both large cities and smaller urban areas.  
  • Big Data – Solutions that develop innovative methods for the efficient and safe collection and processing of a large volume of data, creating useful tools for the development of different types of business. 

Get the chance to win a prize up to €20.000, exclusive meetings with mentors, investors, potential clients, and the possibility to make business partnerships. Book your calendar for the live event on 30-31 May.  

Interested entrepreneurs can now apply for one or more challenges until 29 April.  

Apply here.

More than 35 cities from 15 different countries are collaborating in innovation projects supported by the EIT Urban Mobility in 2022

Cities are our driving force and enabler of faster innovation adoption. Supported by the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Programme, more than 35 cities from 15 different countries are currently involved in the development of groundbreaking solutions with a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) in response to the urban mobility challenges that threaten our urban environment.

Within this framework, we organised 3 online events, in which knowledge and experiences were shared through a series of webinars held by the City Club, the community of practice of local governments engaged in the EIT Urban Mobility Knowledge and Innovation Community. City representatives came together and engaged in a dynamic discussion around three key themes: accelerating market opportunities, encouraging clean and green mobility solutions, and deploying safe and inclusive mobility strategies. In total, 11 Innovation Projects of the EIT Urban Mobility’s 2022 portfolio were presented. The series of innovation and knowledge transfer activities within the City Club continues this spring 2022 with two online events in the coming days: one on successful examples of citizen engagement in mobility projects, and another on the NetZeroProject and the Mission platform to help achieve 100 Climate-neutral and Smart cities.

The first webinar gathered a group of cities collaborating with start-ups in their quest to respond to urban challenges by creating new relationships and facilitating their access to innovation networks.

Ms. Marij Lambert (City of Leuven, Belgium) presented the FlexCURB project, focused on the implementation of flexible and dynamic curbside management solutions to improve urban last-mile operations by fostering sectoral collaboration and tailoring tools to enhance how city logistics are presently comprehended, coordinated, and regulated. The city partners in the FlexCURB project are Leuven (BE), Toulouse Metropole (FR), Eurometropole Strasbourg (FR), and Funchal (PT).

Mr. David Fernández (Esplugues de Llobregat Municipality, Spain) illustrated the LogiSmile project, which is piloting a fully autonomous delivery system consisting of an Autonomous Hub Vehicle (AHV) that works in cooperation with smaller Autonomous Delivery Devices (ADD). A demonstration of the AHV system will take place in June in Esplugues de Llobregat (Spain). Hamburg (Germany) will host a demonstration of the AHV system this August. Finally, in October, both AHV and ADD integrated systems will be piloted in Debrecen (Hungary). The city partners in LogiSmile are Esplugues de Llobregat (ES), Hamburg and their affiliated organisation ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH (DE), AMB – Barcelona Metropolitan Area (ES), and Dkv Debreceni Közlekedési Zrt (HU).

Finally, Mr. Alparslan Güzey (Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey) introduced the UATMDEVDEM (Urban Air Traffic Management DEVelopment & DEMonstration) project approach for developing an autonomous urban air traffic management system and supporting hardware/software components to test innovative urban air mobility solutions (including goods delivery, waste collection, and transport) in alignment with city policies that increase the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Beyond Istanbul, the other city partner involved in UATMDEVDEM is Belgrade (RS).

The second webinar focused on ways to implement sustainable mobility solutions based on clean and green energy.

Mr. Victor Moyano (FACTUAL Consulting, Spain) opened the session with Cleanergy4Micromobility, whose main objective is the creation and pilot implementation of an innovative platform for an off-grid and 100% clean energy (well to wheel) docking system for e-scooters powered by a solar pavement, with a cableless e-scooter attachment and adequate space for the storage of personal protective equipment. The city partners in Cleanergy4Micromobility are Barcelona (ES), Istanbul (TR), and Major Development Agency Thessaloniki (GR). 

Then, Mr. Àngel López (City of Barcelona, Spain) presented ECOSWAP, which aims to develop a swap-and-go battery ecosystem and a new associated business model for deploying electric motorbikes as a competitive, agile, and sustainable means of transport in cities. The city partners involved in ECOSWAP are Barcelona Regional Agency for Urban Development and AMB – Barcelona Metropolitan Area (ES), Barcelona Serveis Municipals (ES), Sant Boi de Llobregat (ES), Network of Sustainable Greek Islands Dafni (GR), Astypalaia (GR), and Verona (IT).

Ms. Francine Linssen (Brainport Smart District, The Netherlands) introduced SmartHubs, aiming at developing and validating effective and economically viable smart and shared mobility hub solutions. The main objective is to assess if a co-designed, user-centric development can enable mobility hubs to act as a game changer to maximise accessibility and inclusion, reduce emissions, and use urban space more efficiently. The city partners in SmartHubs are Amsterdam (NL), Eindhoven (NL), Helmond (NL), Brainport SmartDistrict (NL), AMB-Barcelona Metropolitan Area (ES), Lisbon Metropolitan Transport (PT), and Sant Cugat del Valles (ES). More information is available here.

To close this second session, Mr. Raúl Urbano (Automotive Technology Center of Galicia – CTAG, Spain) presented PowerManagement. This project aims to deploy clean green mobility via power management solutions, providing a sustainable one-stop-shop solution for operators of parking spaces with electric vehicle chargers that removes bottlenecks from the power distribution network. The city partners in PowerManagement are Ricany (CZ), and Izmir (TR). 

Finally, the third webinar brought together four speakers and a group of cities attracted by the design of mobility solutions around users’ needs to provide clean, safe, affordable, and equitable travel options.

Mr. Helge Wurdemann (University College London, United Kingdom) presented the LivingLAPT project, which will deliver autonomous shuttle/logistics services by phasing out the need for safety drivers and moving towards remote operators. The city partners in LivingLAPT are Helmond (NL), Prague (CZ), Ricany (CZ), Kongsberg (NO), and Hasselt (BE).

Mr. Jordi Ortuño (City of Barcelona, Spain) and Ms. Anthi Tsakiropoulou (Major Development Agency of Thessaloniki, Greece) introduced RideSafeUM. This project will allow to proactively prevent micromobility accidents and gather data for wider learning, policy-making, and management purposes. The solution will be based on the integration of computer-vision software, with camera, GPS, and a gyroscope. In addition, a city dashboard will enable authorities to identify and dynamically manage micromobility safety issues. The city partners in RideSafeUM are Barcelona (ES), Roma Servizi Mobilità (IT), and Major Development Agency of Thessaloniki (GR). 

Afterwards, Ms. Olga Pereira (Braga Municipality, Portugal) presented the BICIFICATION project, which aims at supporting a modal shift towards green and active mobility through a reward-based gamification program, by proposing an advanced solution (TRL9) consisting of a completely anti-fraud patented hardware and software for monitoring and rewarding bike trips reliably. The city partners in BICIFICATION are Istanbul (TR), Braga (PT), and Tallinn (EE). Learn more here.

Finally, Ms. Annalisa Mangone (City of Milan, Italy) and Mr. Francesco Guaraldi (City of Modena, Italy) explained IPA2X:  Intelligent Pedestrian Assistant to Everyone. This project proposes to improve pedestrian crossings by creating a robust alliance among the most important living labs on autonomous driving, research institutes and OEMs. With this objective, the project will pilot a new intelligent pedestrian assistant robot (IPA2X) and assess users’ acceptance in the urban environment. The city partners in IPA2X are Milan (IT), and Modena (IT).

Just launched! Call for Proposals for Factory: #ChallengeMyCity – Madrid

Urban Mobility went through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020 and 2021. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that make our cities the economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and innovative beating hearts of our society, were also the weakest points when faced with a new and deadly threat.

It has been an unforgettable couple of years that have shaped our thinking on where EIT Urban Mobility needs to go. We learned we could move fast and innovate at pace. We learned that the right thinkers and doers are out there – they just need to be found. We learned that innovation can be financially beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth.

In 2022, we want to provide momentum and support innovators further into the early stages of market uptake, and simultaneously help cities address their sustainability challenges in mobility with innovative approaches. Reducing the time-to-market of successfully piloted innovations and overcoming market-entry barriers is at the core of the objectives of this call for solutions. The post-covid urban mobility landscape leaves us limited time to reach our collective 2030 goals, and a true decade of action is needed to implement change in cities.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Main features of the call (aim and challenges)

The overall purpose of the Factory programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens’ lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.

The Factory programmes helps all type and size of enterprises grow their successful business ventures and scale up their products and services. It does so by providing co-funding and opportunities for networking.

This #ChallengeMyCity call aims at resolving mobility-related challenges faced by European cities in their urban environment with market-ready innovative solutions. This year’s issue of the call is dedicated to the city of Madrid and project proposals are invited to address at least one of these 3 different Challenges:

  • Challenge A – in Madrid: Logistics hub for green last mile delivery
  • Challenge B – in Madrid: Safety for bicycle paths & monitoring of cyclist flows
  • Challenge C – in Madrid: Monitoring active mobility flows in new urban spaces

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, financial, administrative, and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu
Content of the Callfactory@eiturbanmobility.eu

Events-Webinars

Here you can find the link to the Info Day webinar that will take place on the 6 May at 11:00 CEST: https://eiturbanmobility-eu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ha9T7730SPCdgz83IHRaRw

You can check here the presentation used in the Info Day webinar.

Call summary


Call for Proposals for Factory for #ChallengeMyCity Madrid: Main Features
Dates
Call opening: 20 April 2022
Call closing:  20 June 2022 at 17:00 CEST
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: End of July – Beginning of August 2022

Total EIT funding allocated to this call
 Up to 160,000 EUR

Total EIT funding allocation per challenge
Challenge A: Up to 60,000 EUR
Challenge B: Up to 50,000 EUR
Challenge C: Up to 50,000 EUR

Link to the submission portal
The PLAZA platform will be available from 20 April 2022
List of documents to be submitted
Application form (available on the website)
At least one letter of recommendation from the city or client where a prior pilot was carried out
The SME registration certificate
The Pitch Deck
List of documents to take into consideration    
Call Manual 2021-2022 Factory #ChallengeMyCity
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs for Factory
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure

Activity implementation
Handbook for subgrantees (Available soon)
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
#ChallengeMyCity Madrid The #ChallengeMyCity call provides innovative mobility solutions with the opportunity to perform a pilot in a city’s urban environment in real conditions. The challenges of this call are located in the city of Madrid (Spain). EIT Urban Mobility and Madrid City Council have developed the mobility challenges that need to be addressed and Madrid will be hosting the pilots to tackle these challenges. During the implementation of the activities, the pilots will take place in parallel. The pilot implementation will be co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and administratively supported by the city (and public service providers, where applicable). The impact of the pilots will be evaluated to assess the potential success of a long-term implementation of the tested solutions.
Evaluation criteria
For the Quality evaluation: Three External Expert Evaluators (EEEs) and two internal evaluation experts will assess the team capability, impact, excellence, and the implementation of the proposals.

For the Pitch: The Selection Committee members will assess the quality of the pitch presentation that includes compliance with the financial sustainability principles and knowledge triangle integration.