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Barcelona and Sarajevo trial innovative new cycling infrastructure assessment technology to improve safety and grow cycling 


EIT Urban Mobility, Factual (Spain), Fluctuo (France) & Social Tech Projects (Denmark) have joined forces to help cities better assess the current state of cycling infrastructure, identify areas for improvement, and provide actionable advice to enhance the cycling experience. Barcelona and Sarajevo will identify the areas that need better infrastructure to become safer and grow the modal share of cycling by collecting and analysing 50+ performance metrics on cycling infrastructure quality, air quality and more.

VeloVision is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. The pilot project is currently underway in Barcelona and Sarajevo, where over 100km of cycling infrastructure is being analysed. At the end of the pilot, cities will have:

  • Images and road surface quality data on 100 kilometres of bike lanes
  • Concrete advice on how to improve bike infrastructure to increase cycling
  • Indicators to aid prioritising the most urgent/promising projects

VeloVision combines the three companies’ unique expertise – a comprehensive methodology, analysis and dashboard to assess cycling infrastructure more efficiently, with greater accuracy.

Social Tech’s bike-mounted, machine vision technology will scan the cycling infrastructure in the assessment locations and will capture information on road surface quality, potential hazards and safety issues, as well as air quality. The data collected will be analysed using Factual’s Lane Patrol infrastructure assessment methodology to give actionable insights on how to improve the infrastructure to boost cycling.

Fluctuo will combine the data collected, and cross this with other open data sources, like City Dive’s shared mobility feeds and connected car data, to get the full picture of what is happening in and around the target sites. The new VeloVision dashboard on City Dive will allow cities to analyse 50+ key performance indicators on the state of the infrastructure, along with AI-powered advice on how to act.

More information about the project: https://velovision.citydive.eu/

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2024 Targeted Open Call Projects

We are proud to announce the Targeted Open Call project results for 2024. The projects address critical challenges such as accelerating the hydrogen transition, supporting companies to report their employee commute emissions, aiding bus manufacturers to comply with the new Vehicle General Safety Regulations (GSR2) regulations and supporting open innovation partnerships.

The conditionally approved projects that will commence in June and that will continue into 2025 are:

Targeted open call project topic 1 – Hydrogen technology: bridging the transition gap

Hero: Hydrogen retrofit for optimised and sustainable minibus mobility 

The HERO project, led by EVARM, is a groundbreaking initiative targeting the decarbonisation of urban minibus fleets. While there are multiple zero-emission technologies available for standard buses, city minibuses face significant limitations. These vehicles require extended operational hours of up to 18 hours without the possibility of refuelling, a challenge unmet by current battery capacities or hydrogen solutions that necessitate daily electric charging. Specifically, this project will focus on developing a fuel cell retrofit solution for turning existing diesel vehicles into hydrogen-powered, zero-emission vehicles.

Partners: Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (TMB) (fleet operator), EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, and EVARM Innovation.

Countries: Germany and Spain.

Hyiptrain: Hydrogen internal combustion engine passenger train

Hyiptrain seeks to transform the railway industry by introducing a hydrogen retrofit kit for diesel trains. This project aims to significantly reduce the upfront costs of hydrogen adoption, facilitating the conversion of traditional diesel trains into more sustainable, hydrogen-powered models. This solution will not only help train operators align with the decarbonisation goals set by the European Green Deal in a cost-effective manner but also lead to a reduction in NOx and PM emissions, positively impacting air quality in urban areas.

Partners: Digas and Mikroluch

Countries: Latvia and Ukraine

Targeted open call project topic 2 – Employee commute analytics and CSRD reporting

Travalytics: Automated collection and analytics of employee travel for corporate sustainability reporting

Travalytics aims to simplify corporate sustainability reporting by automating the collection and analysis of employee travel data. The solution will help companies comply with the new CSRD regulations which will mandate companies with 500+ employees to submit sustainability reports from 2025. The solution will offer regulatory compliance in a more accurate and cost-effective manner compared to existing solutions. The collected data can then also be used to promote more sustainable commuting behaviours.

Partners: Trivector Traffic, Backtick Technologies, Tetrapak, and the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA)

Countries: Sweden and Denmark.

Targeted open call project topic 3 – City buses & GSR2 compliance

ABC: Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for buses in cities 

The ABC project, led by Autonomy Now in collaboration with Sor Libchavy, aims to revolutionise bus safety in urban environments. With buses being a vital part of public transportation but also posing risks to pedestrians and cyclists due to their size and manoeuvrability limitations, the project focuses on implementing advanced driver-assistance systems(ADAS) to mitigate these dangers. The introduction of Vehicle General Safety Regulation (GSR2) mandates new vehicles to incorporate ADAS, pushing the need for innovative solutions.

ABC will deliver an out-of-the-box ADAS solution for small and mid-sized city bus original equipment manufacturers (OEM) from countries part of the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) preventing their lock-out from the market. The solution will incorporate features like blind spot monitoring, reversing camera view, and driver drowsiness warnings. This system not only meets current regulatory requirements but also includes Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) to further enhance safety. The project will involve extensive testing in both controlled environments and real-world settings to ensure the system’s reliability and effectiveness. Bus manufacturers will be able to acquire and install the validated solution as part of their homologation process.

Partners: AutonomyNow and Sor Libchavy.

Countries: Poland and Czech Republic.

Targeted open call project topic 4 – Integrating on-demand services for inclusive and accessible public transport

No project was selected.

Targeted open call project topic 5 – Multi-governmental open innovation partnerships for sustainable mobility solutions

EU-PROPEL: Collaborative partnership to propel innovative mobility solutions solving niche urban challenges in Europe.

EU-Propel will facilitate collaboration between EIT Urban Mobility and French Innovation Agency for Transport (AIT) will take the AIT’s current open innovation programme to the next level. The project will bring together 3 graduate startups from the open innovation programme Propulse and Bax & Company, innovation agency with a large network of EU cities, to tackle car-dependency issues in logistics, commuting, and leisure. Additionally, the project will stimulate scaling and replicability of mobility solutions targeting persisting sustainable urban mobility challenges and the internationalisation of the startups by enhancing the solutions’ overall readiness levels.

Partners: Bax & Company, French Innovation Agency For Transport (AIT), Ynstant, 1Km à Pied, and Deki.

Countries: Spain and France.

MoTO: a Turin living lab for a new inclusive, shared and digital mobility

The MoTO project aims to establish a mobility living lab in Turin, focusing on social, shared, and digital mobility innovations. Leveraging existing initiatives like “ToMove,” “Torino City Lab (TCL),” and “Casa delle Tecnologie emergenti di Torino (CTE NEXT),” it complements local and national programs with international support from EIT Urban Mobility and company networks. The project objective is to experiment within Turin’s context to assess feasibility, user value, and commercial potential of the urban mobility solutions proposed by Transcality, Dreamwaves, and Karos Mobility. MoTO aligns with the European “100 Climate Neutral Cities” mission and aims for scalability and replicability of solutions. Through this project and partnership, the city seeks to foster innovation, collaboration, and sustainable development, with an eye towards creating solutions that can benefit not only the local community but also society at large.

Partners:

 Karos Mobility, Dreamwaves, Transcality, City of Turin, Piemonte Innova Foundation.

Countries: Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France.

Learn more about EIT Urban Mobility projects

The next edition of the Main Innovation Call is set to launch soon!

The next edition of the Main Innovation Call is to open on 4 April 2024. This year’s call will be focused on three topics: Public Transport, Urban Logistics, and Electrification of Transport and Alternative Fuels. The call is for SMEs, universities, research and technology organisations, or large businesses, established in a Member State of the European Union, and/or in a third country associated with Horizon Europe.

The Call information sessions will be taking place from 15-18 April. Please register via our matchmaking platform B2Match here. As all proposals must be composed of at least three independent legal entities established in two different EU Member States, the B2Match platform not only offers the opportunity to register for the call information webinars but also to pitch and showcase your ideas, book 1:1 meetings with other participants and exchange complementary capabilities.

Information sessions will be held focusing on submission guidance, EIT rules, proposal writing, financial sustainability, and the evaluation process. The B2Match platform will remain active for viewing potential project partners and for networking until the end of June 2024.

Information sessions

  • Innovation Call Information Session: Innovation Call strategic focus, scope and call requirements, evaluation process. 15 April 2024, 10.00 – 11.00 CET 
  • Meet the Cities: city presentations on priority areas, and discussion on how cities and industry can work together in the Call for Innovation. 17 April 2024, 10:00 – 11:30 CET
  • Guidance to applicants: Introduction to the proposal submission tool. 17 April 2024, 14.30-15.30 CET
  • Commercialisation and Financial Sustainability: understand the commercial and financial return requirements and options. 18 April 2024, 10.00 – 11.00 CET
  • Intellectual Property: 18 April 2024, 14.30 – 15.30 CET

Additionally, one information session for each of the 3 topics that form the focus for the Innovation Call for Proposals, will be held and cover discussion on the area, idea pitches from a range of exciting innovative organisations, and Q&A.

  • Public Transport: 15 April 2024, 14.30-16.00 CET
  • Urban Logistics: 16 April 2024, 10:00 – 11:30 CET
  • Electrification and Alternative Fuels: 16 April 2024, 14:30 – 16:00 CET

A look into previous projects

The 12 projects selected from the previous Main Innovation Call have been underway since January. Of the 12 projects, 5 are focused on the future mobility challenge area, 4 on mobility and energy, and 3 on sustainable city logistics. Learn more about our projects running this year:

Future Mobility

SCREEN: Smart cycling infrastructure assessment

SCREEN aims to revolutionise cycling infrastructure assessment. The project aims to assess the current state of cycling infrastructure, identify areas for improvement, and provide actionable advice to enhance the cycling experience. Analysing 100+ attributes, it assesses the road safety risk, environment, and cycling experience. Combining bike-mounted AI machine vision technologies with data from connected logistics vehicles and cars, SCREEN will give a unique multidimensional understanding of cyclist risk.

Partners: Factual (Lead), Social Tech Projects Aps, Vianova

Countries: Spain, Denmark, France

GreenMob: Multimodal journey planner for sustainable travel

This project aims to address urban mobility challenges by promoting sustainable transport options and reducing CO2 emissions produced by motorised trips. GreenMob will develop a journey planner that integrates various modes of transport, providing information on routes, schedules, fares, and updates in real-time, as well as an innovative integration of a CO2 monitoring tool. The CO2 monitoring tool automatically recognises the mode of transport used and calculates emissions allowing consumers to make informed decisions. 

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Instant System, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Srl Societa Benefit, Viladecans City Council, Start Romagna Spa, City of Cesena

Countries: Spain, France, Hungary, Italy

AI4LIFE: AI-based smart and safe intersections for improved quality of life for urban citizens 

Intersections, as key bottlenecks in cities and prone to fatal accidents, play a very important environmental, economic, and social role in urban environments. The goal of this project is to build an integrated AI-based smart intersection management system. The system will reduce congestion and thus GhG emissions, time wasted in traffic, accidents, and increase the quality of life of citizens. The solution will be validated in 2 pilot cities: Istanbul and Jena.

Partners: City of Istanbul, ISBAK Istanbul IT and Smart City Technologies Inc., Kentyou (Lead), City Jena

Countries: Türkiye, France, Germany

This project will use cutting-edge technology for modal split analytics, based on anonymised telco datasets. This technology will enable cities, transit agencies, and public transport operators to study the geospatial and temporal characteristics of various mobility flows. It will provide users with a complex understanding of the complete demand and supply for mobility services across their governing territory. 

Partners: THEOREMUS (Lead), Municipality of Ajka, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd., Sofia Urban Mobility Centre

Countries: Bulgaria, Hungary

PARKEDBYME is a project dedicated to enhancing sustainable city transport and optimising public space utilisation. Its mission is to provide an innovative solution that enables precise parking of shared bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters within designated city areas. By focusing on high accuracy and efficiency, it aims to revolutionise the way micromobility vehicles are parked, delivering exceptional value to both users and city authorities. The project will undergo testing in Madrid and Prague.

Partners: City of Prague, PowerHUB (Lead), Factual, Madrid City Council, Sparkpark

Countries: Czech Republic, Spain, Norway

Mobility & Energy

IMPULSE aims to optimise the management of e-bus fleets. The project will do this through a software capable of processing real-time data on batteries’ status, vehicles and charging stations used, planned routes and specific, and characteristics of the transport network. To assess the effectiveness of the solution, two pilot cases in the cities of Lisbon and Kadıköy will be carried out with two different uses cases on public transport fleets.

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Carris, Municipality of Kadikoy, Realcity Its Kft.

Countries: Spain, Portugal, Türkiye, Hungary

H2_Dispenser: Green hydrogen decentralised production for enabling distributed, low cost, H2 cylinders dispenser and safe swopping station.

H2dispenser provides a patent solution that will from one side provide Green hydrogen produced through electrolysis by small PV installation, at industrial or energy community plants. On the other side, it will enable an easy cylinder swap refilling operation. H2dispenser is capable of filling small H2 cylinders offering a ready-to-go refilling solution for enabling small-size size H2vehicles. The solution will be tested in Modena and Thessaloniki.

Partners: Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, Energy and Sustainable Development Agency (Lead), Bosch VHIT, Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, CTS H2

Countries: Italy, Greece

EVOSS introduces an innovative Robotic Charging Device (RCD) equipped with a high-capacity battery and rapid charging plug that can provide flexible electric vehicle charging inside parking areas. The RCD can travel to the precise location where the EV is parked. The RCD optimises not only the charging process but also the use of the space by enabling parking sites to offer rapid charging solutions in every parking spot with zero infrastructure cost.

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (Lead), Major Development Agency Thessaloniki S.A. – Organization for Local Development, Cityzone, Oto S.A. – Greece, Batteri

Countries: Israel, Spain, Greece

The MiGriS project aims to test sustainable and efficient urban mobility solutions through integrable battery and vehicle stations, as well as modular and circular battery systems. It combines microgrid charging stations, circular and modular swappable batteries, and bidirectional charging capabilities. The solution provides environmentally friendly transportation options, improves quality of life, and promotes social participation.

Partners: Technical University of Berlin (Lead), Municipality Of Dugopolje, nexus Institute, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Constin

Countries: Germany, Croatia, Türkiye

Sustainable City Logistics

NIMBLE addresses the lack of solutions for logistics oriented towards small stores by defining a new, more efficient model of urban goods distribution. NIMBLE’s model is based on: 1) consolidating first-mile distribution to logistic stations inside the cities during nighttime. 2) improving the operation of logistics stations by equipping them with smart parcel lockers adapted to a B2B case. And 3) deploying a last-mile distribution model to small stores via sustainable light cargo vehicles that grant a favourable user experience. 

Partners: CARNET – UPC Technology Center (Lead), Eurecat Foundation, Ayuntamiento De Esplugues De Llobregat, Braga Municipality, Smart Point

Countries: Spain, Portugal

This project aims to address the challenges faced by European cities and delivery companies in terms of air and noise pollution, congestion, and road accidents, caused by a rapid increase in e-commerce and last-mile deliveries. Green Dash seeks to meet the parcel and e-commerce market needs by way of delivery vehicle options that are sustainable, efficient, affordable, and easy to use. 

Partners: VEFRESH (Lead) – Latvia, Riga City Council, Postnord, Sjsc “Latvijas Pasts”, Bruntor (Rhino R Sia)

Countries: Latvia, Sweden

The StandTrack project will further develop and test an intermodal solution for the identification and traceability of parcels and the communication between the agents involved in the transport of goods. The project aims to enhance the distribution of goods by improving interoperability, horizontal collaboration, and comprehensive traceability in the freight transportation chain.

Partners: City of Milan, MOVEN, Braga Municipality, Citylogin Iberica S.L., Empresa Municipal De Transportes De Madrid, t-box delivery & solutions SL, Citet (Lead)

Countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal

EIT Urban Mobility RIS Winter Schools wrap-up: Driving change for sustainable cities

Over the past few weeks, the inaugural RIS Winter Schools Series, co-founded and supported by EIT Urban Mobility, saw a gathering of almost 120 bachelor students from various RIS countries in three European cities to delve into the realms of sustainable urban mobility. During one week, participants were involved in different workshops and lectures to enhance their knowledge and skills on innovation and entrepreneurship to develop innovative solutions to different real-life challenges faced by cities. 

Here’s a peek into the highlights and achievements of each Winter School: 

Innov4mobility Winter School

Aveiro, Portugal.
Organising partners: BGI, S.A and Technical University of Berlin.

At the University of Aveiro, students dived into challenges such as micromobility and pollution reduction, culminating in the winning project “ReNEW a BOAT”, which aims to convert combustion boats to electric ones. Maria Bike, Pedalar sem Idade, and CER FF showcased their prototypes. Additionally, the EcoVoltas initiative by Ecomood Portugal provided students with hands-on experiences, allowing them to test drive electric karts and witness first-hand the potential of eco-friendly transportation solutions. 
 

WINSCOOL Winter School

Tartu, Estonia.
Organising partners: Kimitisik B.V and University of Tartu.

Against the picturesque backdrop of Tartu, participants engaged in a collaborative endeavour to tackle the city’s pressing urban mobility challenges. Visits to local institutions like the AHA Center enriched their understanding of Tartu’s unique mobility landscape. The teams grappled with issues ranging from traffic congestion to winter walkability, culminating in presenting innovative solutions. The standout proposal from team “StreetHeat”, incorporating an array of heating systems to enhance road safety during winter, garnered praise from both peers and mentors. 

EXCEL Winter School

Gozo, Malta.
Organising partners: Cleantech Bulgaria, MCAST and Project Aegle Foundation.

Nestled in the idyllic settings of Malta & Gozo, participants delved into the complexities of transitioning towards sustainable transportation solutions. Challenges centred around modal shifts and renewable energy integration for ferries prompted teams to think outside the box. The winning team “Sustainable Innovators”, captivated the audience with their vision of hydrogen-powered ferries navigating the Maltese archipelago, showcasing the potential for eco-friendly maritime transportation. 

Beyond the academic rigour, the Winter Schools provided ample opportunities for social engagement and networking. From citizen engagement initiatives to lively karaoke nights, students forged bonds and shared insights, enriching their learning experience. 

The RIS Winter Schools not only showcased the students’ dedication but also underscored the power of collaborative innovation in tackling pressing urban challenges. As these young innovators return to their respective communities armed with newfound knowledge and inspiration, they stand poised to make a tangible difference in the realm of urban mobility. 

Delivery Couple acquirement is first step to bring last-mile delivery solution EU wide. 

Polish last-mile delivery startup Delivery Couple announces its acquirement of German competitor THEO, in turn increasing its fleet size by 260% by the end of 2024. Focused on providing effective, safe and semi-autonomous deliveries, the company is currently operating in four cities across Poland, having piloted the solution across 14 cities.

This acquisition indicates a significant step towards becoming a European last mile leader.Delivery Couple became part of the equity portfolio of EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, after applying and being selected as part of a Startup Investment Open Call in 2023. 

Founded in 2021, Delivery Couple was born out of the necessity for contactless deliveries during the Covid-19 pandemic and provides a guaranteed service by providing restaurants, marketplaces, and delivery companies with reliable robot couriers. Each robot is associated with either a female or male persona and is designed to be an aid to humans in providing an automated but friendly service. With a fleet of custom-designed robots, Delivery Couple are driving daily in 4 cities across Poland and guarantee a predictable delivery process, resulting in reduced traffic congestion in areas of operation and a zero-emission technology. Although the absolute necessity of contactless deliveries faded as the pandemic ended, this environmentally friendly and cost-effective technology has a definite place in modern cities.  

Of the announcement, CEO and co-founder, Sergiy Lebedyn said: ‘’Germany holds the largest market share in Europe for autonomous last mile deliveries, so the opportunity to gain access to this market with an existing network as built by THEO was not one to miss. Today, we are fully operational and generating profit per unit having completed 4000+ deliveries in Poland and with each delivery we have an opportunity to learn, refine and improve our systems. With a market as large as Germany´s, we of course increase our customer base and our fleet size but also our capacity to improve. We believe the success of our human-centric approach to last mile delivery will be compounded in this new market.’’  

Delivery Couple has gone from strength to strength, working in in-house hardware and software technologies and improving quality and percentage of successful deliveries. They took part in the 5G Turbo Accelerator in 2022 which is aimed to address key challenges in urban mobility with a focus on developing 5G technologies and services to improve traffic efficiency and traffic management, smart parking options, and road safety solutions, among others.  

EIT Urban Mobility Investment and Portfolio Manager, Jan Hauser commented: ‘’Our first encounter of Delivery Couple and their potential came during an accelerator programme in 2022, and the following year we were pleased to receive, and in-turn approve, an application for funding. As a pan-European investor, EIT Urban Mobility had also previously invested in THEO and was aware of Delivery Couple’s intention to expand for some time. In this and many other instances, we were happy to use our extensive network to connect different players, facilitating and accelerating innovation across the EU.’’  

About Delivery Couple  

Delivery Couple, a trailblazer in the last-mile delivery landscape, specializes in designing and deploying innovative sidewalk delivery robots. Their cutting-edge technology not only addresses environmental concerns but also ensures financial viability of the company starting from small scale. Unlike many competitors, Delivery Couple has already achieved operational profitability.  For more information visit www.deliverycouple.com  


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

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!

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Horizon Lab Matchmaking event 2024

Matchmaking event for Horizon Europe calls organised by EIT Urban Mobility’s Horizon Lab Programme.

The European Commission’s Horizon Europe research and innovation funding programme has lined up different funding opportunities that are of key strategic interest to strengthen the impact of collaboration, research, and innovation in supporting EU policies.

This online matchmaking event will give you the opportunity to learn about the open calls for 2024 and the process to engage with the Horizon Lab programme.

During the session, three Horizon Europe calls closing in September 2024 will be presented in a plenary session followed by an ideation session where we will delve into the call details and opportunities for collaboration between the organisations in our network.

Call topics

The following calls will be presented during the event:

Horizon-CL5-2024-D6-01-09 Policies and governance shaping the future transport and mobility systems. 

Horizon-CL5-2024-D6-01-12 A new framework to improve traffic safety culture in the EU, with reduced energy dependency transport. 

Horizon-CL5-D6-01-08 Improved transport infrastructure performance – Innovative digital tools and solutions to monitor and improve the management and operation of transport infrastructure.

How to attend

Please register for free here.

AGENDA

10:00 – 10:05 Introduction and welcome

10:05 – 10:10 Presentation of Horizon Lab programme

10:10 – 10:30 Relevant Horizon Europe calls for 2024

10:30 – 11:20 Ideation session

11:20 – 11:30 Wrap up

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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.  

SLUSH: Where to invest next in the mobility sector? 

With more than 75% of Europeans living in cities and a pressing need for the transport sector to decarbonise and modernise, the mobility sector stands as the perfect playing field for innovation. At SLUSH, an annual landmark event for the start-up ecosystem, hosted in Helsinki from 30 November to 1 December ; EIT Urban Mobility hosted a side-event featuring mobility industry experts on the perception of start-ups and venture capitalists (VCs) regarding the sector’s current and future trends.  

The panel included Fredrik Hanell, Director of Impact Venture for EIT Urban Mobility; Dr Terhi Vapola, Managing Partner & Founder of Greencode Ventures; and Johan Høgåsen-Hallesby, Co-founder of Beta Mobility. The discussion, moderated by Cate Lawrence, a senior writer at Tech.EU, covered key aspects such as the challenges, opportunities, pitfalls, and trajectory of the sector in the coming years. The session concluded with start-ups in the audience presenting their solutions, and an open discussion on impact investments and on closing the pre-seed/seed funding gap. 

Investments and evaluating impact of a start-up in the mobility sector. 

The panellists emphasised the importance of understanding the complexity and distinctiveness of the mobility sector. Johan Høgåsen-Hallesby highlighted the necessity of comprehending regulations and city dynamics before scaling to new markets. Terhi Vapola stressed the wide scope of the mobility sector, emphasizing the need to adopt suitable models for every start-up entering this field. She stressed that as a VC, she is assessing solutions in relation to local needs, contemplating the adaptability to different city contexts. The panellists also looked into the significance of comprehending the investment strategy of start-ups and their alignment with the urban environment’s growth trajectory. Fredrik Hanell highlighted that mobility start-ups tend to have a higher survival rate due to their market-by-market (city-by-city) approach. 

The discussion further explored the impact of regulations on mobility start-ups, acknowledging that while regulations may introduce instability, they establish a positive framework for start-ups, as seen in the case of scooter companies. The conversation also touched on ethical considerations in the mobility sector, where safety and social impact must be deeply ingrained in every new solution. The panellists acknowledged the importance of measuring success beyond financial metrics, considering environmental and social transitions. They emphasised the need for profound ethical thinking in an industry where lives are at stake. 


ZOOM on the Upright Net Impact Model : In order to measure a company’s net impact, and deliver a transparent view across specific categories, EIT Urban Mobility and Greencode Ventures employ the Upright Net Impact Model, a quantification model that is based on a neural network summarising more than 250 million scientific articles, public statistical databases and a proprietary taxonomy of over 150,000 product and service categories. Although start-ups do not have to do their own assessment both investors agreed that they will look at similar criteria before deciding to invest. 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.  


Scaling and financing software or hardware start-up. 

The conversation at SLUSH explored the challenges of scaling, with a focus on business models and with the recognition that some solutions might take longer to scale due to their hardware nature. While hardware companies presently face greater funding challenges compared to their software counterparts, the conversation encouraged start-ups to explore alternative capital sources beyond traditional venture capital. Notably, experts advised aspiring entrepreneurs in the hardware sector to prioritise establishing partnerships within the industry, securing patents, and initiating operations on a smaller scale in a single city before pursuing global expansion. Drawing parallels to historical patterns where investment preferences have transitioned between software and hardware, Fredrik Hanell expressed optimism that the current preference for software investments amongst the VC would shift.  

Rapidly evolving trends and impactful disruptors are reshaping the landscape of the industry, setting the stage for the future. 

As seen over the past several years, changes could occur more quickly and at greater scale than many are prepared for, especially in densely populated areas. The future of mobility looks like a complex ecosystem with actors of various sizes and influence offering different mobility solutions to consumers. The panellists identified capacity issues, electrification, and the enabling aspects of electrification as evident trends in the mobility sector. They also highlighted the impact of new mobility services, data and connectivity, and autonomous vehicles.  

The discussion also touched on the new needs that will emerge from the Global South, emphasising the need for speed and innovative ideas to scale solutions. While Europe boasts an advanced public transport network, novel markets present opportunities for scaling up developed mobility innovations significantly. Against this backdrop, the panellists concluded by advocating continued participation in industry events, acknowledging the difficulties in fundraising over the past year. The message of hope centred on building solutions that align with personal beliefs and have the power to drive meaningful change in the industry.  

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.”

The EIT Campus marks its one-year anniversary at the European Education Summit

The EIT Campus, the European Institute of Innovation & Technology’s flagship online learning platform, is participating at the upcoming European Education Summit on November 30, 2023. The Summit, an annual flagship event of the European Commission’s Education Area (EEA), brings together policymakers from EU institutions and the European education and training communities. In addition to its participation in the Summit, the EIT Campus is gearing up for its anniversary in January, marking a year of substantial achievements. The EIT Campus has played a pivotal role in innovative and entrepreneurial education, featuring a diverse range of educational activities and opportunities.

The European Commission is eager to train and reskill workers across all member states.

In 2023, the European Commission launched the Year of Skills initiative – a new strategy to boost upskilling, training, and innovation initiatives across member states. Within that framework, the EIT Campus was launched, on January 10, 2023, introducing an online platform housing over 200 courses, addressing crucial thematic areas such as climate, food, urban mobility, manufacturing, health, digital and raw materials provided by the EIT Community. This platform serves as a central entry point for students and professionals seeking to expand their knowledge while emphasizing innovation and entrepreneurship. After a year, over 40,000 users, ranging from professional and students, have actively explored the dynamic landscape of the EIT Campus.

EIT Campus, an online training platform celebrates it’s one year of existence.

Led by EIT Urban Mobility, representatives from the EIT Campus initiative will attend the Summit, showcasing their commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in education. The EIT Campus will feature its dedicated stand, serving as a platform to network and discuss its role in upskilling the future labour market in Europe. EIT Urban Mobility is highly engaged in this initiative as transport is continuously mentioned as a sector where significant labour shortages or skills mismatch are experienced, but also addressing gender unbalanced.

About EIT Campus: The EIT Campus is an initiative by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, providing a centralized platform for innovative and entrepreneurial education and skill development. The platform offers a diverse range of courses and opportunities to students and professionals across Europe, contributing to the region’s digital and green transitions. For further information about the EIT Campus and its initiatives, please visit https://eit-campus.eu/.