Congratulations to our winners of the ENTRANCE 1st Open Competition!

The EIT Urban Mobility is partner of ENTRANCE, a project under Horizon Europe which is designed to mobilise financial resources and boost sustainable innovations in the transport and mobility sectors. To do so, the partnership will create an environment for the promotion of solutions to find buyers or investors.

The goal of the ENTRANCE open competition was to attract and connect innovators, buyers and investors. The ENTRANCE project received a huge ammount of great and innovative ideas, so it was difficult for the jury to make a selection.We want to present our 5 winners of the first ENTRANCE open competition with their great innovative solutions in the transport and mobility sector!

  • CONTAI
  • SpotVessels GmbH
  • Alterkraft
  • Last Mile Team S.L.
  • PEOPLE

The winners of the competition:

  • receive personalised funding advice from the heart of the ENTRANCE ecosystem suitable for funding from 100.000 up to 10.000.000 euro.
  • get the opportunity to pitch their innovative solution during upcoming ENTRANCE events in the future and
  • get the opportunity to demonstrate their solution to dozens of potential funders and partners on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform

Our special congratulations of the prize challenge go to CONTAI, who won the financial prize of 5.000 euro and a meet and greet with a potential investor! A big thank goes also to Centrals I Infraestructuras per a la Mobilitat Logistiques SAU (CLIMALSA), that has been sponsored this monetary prize!

The entire ENTRANCE team is looking forward to working with you in the near future to solve the 21st century transport & mobility sustainability challenges together!

Read here the winning solution descriptions. Furthermore, you are welcome to watch the respective videos of the winners’ innovations to get a visual impression of each of those fantastic ideas! We hope you enjoy it!

“Imagine a circular and sustainable urban logistics ecosystem, where logistics needs in your city are bound together by a simple, yet elegant platform, like the USB interface.

CONTAI has not only imagined this but built such a universal urban logistics interface where everything fits together.

CONTAI offers a comprehensive platform for diverse last mile logistics in urban and rural area as vital part of the collaborative Physical Internet.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: CONTAI – Ground for the Last Mile (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT8eSqQcHI8 

“SpotVessels is a B2B platform based on intelligent infrastructure, enhancing the performance and shrinking the complexity of inland waterway business, on which companies interested in moving frights on inland waterways can find a fast, convenient, and low-cost solution. We link shippers and carriers directly, providing transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness on the inland waterway markets. Our business model reorganized existing value chains and facilitates more efficient use of resources.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: SPOTVESSELS (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgpTBI5kfdI

“Alterkraft specializes in the design and development of in-flight and cargo aeronautical equipment based on honeycomb cardboard. This material is extremely innovative because of its incomparable weight compared to the best current technologies made of carbon or composite materials. The benefits are high both in terms of fuel savings and carbon footprint for airlines.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Organisation: Alterkraft Lab SAS (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG5zlRnu6CQ

“Its road transport-specific Artificial Intelligence core enables cities and companies to build, risk and investment-free evaluate Digital Twins of fairer, smarter and greener urban logistics and last mile delivery business models. Its additional modules build an enterprise-level order to cash application capable to manage the selected business model daily operations optimization, track, trace, real-time management and information sharing with all stakeholders. Is built to easily integrate other deep-tech solutions in Cognitive Systems, Big Data & Analytics, Predictive Models, Smart Contracts and other Blockchain applications, etc.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: Last Mile Digital Platform (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfu7p6zv6LA

“PEOPLE proposes to the world a green solution that concerns all of us. It combines lightweight technology, IoT and Advanced Analytics that will revolutionize the standards of global freight transport by:

  • Saving 205 million trees
  • Reducing by 65 million tons CO2 emissions annually
  • Saving over 20,5 billion liters of fossil fuel yearly
  • Moving 40 million tons of cargo at no additional cost and CO2 emissions every year

Everything that moves consumes energy. All the energy consumed has a cost, a cost for our planet and an economical cost. PEOPLE provides solutions to optimize global movements of goods.”

To the solution description on the ENTRANCE Matchmaking Platform: ENTRANCE – Solution: Container2.0 (entrance-platform.eu)

To the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVt1RTkhsR0

New EU Urban Mobility Framework to spur transition to safer and more sustainable urban mobility

The European Commission has released today its new Urban Mobility Framework, delivering on the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy Action Plan released in December 2020. The framework is part of the Package for Efficient and Green Mobility which includes a revision of the TEN-T regulation, ITS Directive and an action plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail services.

Transportation determines how cities look like, how liveable, equitable and healthy they are.  If recommendations are taken on board, the new communication can foster more sustainable urban mobility and is a welcomed push for more action from Member States.

Notably, the Commission plans to strengthen the role of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP) and  publish  by the end of 2022 a recommendation to Member States on the national programmes to support regions and cities in the roll-out of effective sustainable urban mobility plans that would help achieve EU goals. Further work will be done to refine comprehensive indicators for urban mobility data collection (SUMI), improve zero emission logistics (including data collection) and the safety of micro-mobility devices.

The amended TEN-T Regulation proposes to improve urban mobility in urban nodes as Member States have to ensure better connectivity and multi-modal hubs among others. SUMPs (or an equivalent “long-term, all-encompassing integrated mobility plan for the entire functional urban area,” including indicators and targets to measure progress) will be required for all urban nodes by 2025. The number of urban nodes will also increase, as all cities above 100 000 inhabitants (or capitals of an NUTS2 region) on the TEN-T will be considered an urban node if the proposal is adopted (raising the number of urban nodes to approximately 400 from the initial list of 88). According to the new TEN-T Regulation, urban nodes should also be able to collect data covering at minimum greenhouse gas emissions, congestion, deaths and serious injuries caused by road crashes, modal share for all modes, and access to mobility services.

Welcoming the package of measures, Dr Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility said, “The new urban node approach is a long-awaited one that finally puts the urban dimension at the centre of the TEN-T. Only by tackling local transport we can arrive at the ambitious 90% emissions reduction in 2050. As urban areas grow, they will continue to generate substantial traffic volumes. It is key to be proactive and pre-empt and curb bottlenecks by improving first and last mile connectivity through sustainable and innovative solutions for both freight and passenger transport.’’

The measures needed to achieve the decarbonisation of transport in cities like fleet electrification, modal shift, encouraging more active modes and better mass transit can raise costs and need step wise investments. An EIT Urban Mobility study modelling the urban mobility transition towards the Green Deal goals estimates that European cities need extra investments of € 86bn in sustainable urban mobility compared to business-as-usual, leading to net benefits of up to € 177bn by 2030. Of these net benefits, cities have the potential to generate € 79bn in saved health costs linked to externalities avoided such as pollution and traffic accident fatalities. On average, each euro invested in the transition can generate up to € 3,06 by 2030 (i.e. up to €2,14 in revenues, and € 0,92 in externalities savings).

High-level City Event at Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress

During Tomorrow Mobility World Congress, EIT Urban Mobility brought together top elected officials and policy practitioners from several cities in Europe in two roundtable discussions to share their key priorities and ideas to advance sustainable urban mobility and foster the uptake of transport innovations. Adopting a leading approach appears essential to identify the most pressing needs of the citizens and to be more flexible and responsive to new innovations.

Priorities of cities for urban mobility in the coming years

The invited elected officials – from Barcelona (Spain), Milan (Italy), Thessaloniki (Greece), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) and Izmir (Turkey) – agreed that being more efficient in facilitating collective and individual mobility and the transport of goods has a vital impact on a city’s quality of life and its ability to attract investment and jobs.

From their point of view, the priorities for urban mobility in the coming years should be focused on strengthening public transportation systems to be efficient, attractive, and well connected – regionally and with other modes of transport –; investing in digital and physical infrastructure for the development of tomorrow’s mobility solutions; and raising awareness and building a new culture based on sustainable mobility principles.

“It is possible to construct a dream that is different for our cities.” Arianna Censi, Milan

A shift is urgently needed to implement and scale solutions

Despite coming from very different contexts and backgrounds, the policy practitioners – from Barcelona and metropolitan area of Barcelona (Spain), Stockholm (Sweden), Prague (Czech Republic), Milan (Italy) and Helsinki (Finland) –also agreed that achieving such an ambitious agenda will require different ways of thinking and working, and therefore innovation and speed are critical to urban mobility.

Cities must build the capacity to shorten the cycle to learn and scale solutions, because the challenges they face are becoming increasingly urgent. Cities need to go faster, and to do so they should try to be more flexible when planning for the future of urban mobility. In this regard, cities must be equipped with the right tools and capacity to  manage the faster rhythm of the industry, so alternative and more flexible procurement processes are crucial.

Cities need a long-term strategic thinking and planning, as this framework empowers them to face new and disruptive changes. On this matter, pilot projects are important for experimentation, learning, and deep understanding, and for a continuous adaptation and fine-tuning of these strategies by taking on board lessons learned.

Strong collaboration across all segments of society is key

It is equally important to bring citizens into the conversation to set the vision for their city. Citizens are the producers, users, consumers, and owners of the cities they live in, and they must play an effective and meaningful role in defining a clear direction on where they want to go.

“What we want is to move into proactive policy making and that entails being in a constant dialogue with the private sector on the things coming to the market that will be disrupting the status quo…We cannot be deciding alone about things that involve the entire spectrum of actors.” Petr Suška, Prague

Therefore, a strong collaboration across all segments of the society to change mindsets, embrace change, and create impactful solutions to improve quality of life is key to shift to more sustainable urban mobility. In this regard, urban leaders and transport experts, businesses, and researchers are shaping together the EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem for smart, green, and integrated transport solutions for the future of urban mobility and liveable urban spaces.

Learn more about the event here.

Partners focus on mobility solutions in Gothenburg

EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub North partners discussed mobility solutions at Lindholmen Science Park AB in Gothenburg during POLIS Network conference.

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We shared updates and plans for EIT Urban Mobility’s Business Creation and Academy programmes and learned about MobilityXlab, CLOSER, Drive Sweden. We concluded with a river-side infrastructure visit of Göteborgs Stad and networking dinner.

EITUM Website marketplace

Just launched: the Mobility Innovation Marketplace, showcasing the mobility of tomorrow!

Are you an innovator seeking more visibility for your new product? Are you are searching for a mobility solution for your city? Then this is the marketplace for you!

Join the reference platform for urban mobility and stay up to date on the latest innovation in the sector! Gain an all-round understanding of the current opportunities and trends by accessing our variety of content, including:

  • Mobility products: featuring 50 of the most innovative solutions providing sustainable mobility in cities, and giving you the opportunity to promote yours for free!
  • Best practices, presenting the latest success stories of pilots and implementations of urban mobility solutions.
  • City challenges, giving a voice to cities to state the different mobility challenges they face and want to overcome.
  • Insights: providing the latest articles and news on the sector, from regulatory changes to the arrival of new cutting-edge technology.
  • Services, showcasing the diverse services offered by EIT Urban Mobility that you can choose from to fulfill your needs.

Don’t miss out on the latest news in sustainable mobility for cities! Join now by signing up for free on the platform and access our exclusive content.

Costs and benefits of the sustainable urban mobility transition in Europe

We are happy to release the fifth report of our Urban Mobility Next series, which explores the costs and benefits of the sustainable mobility transition in European cities. The analysis focuses on 779 EU-27 cities of more than 50,000 inhabitants based on 12 city prototypes. The model used in the report covers small, medium, and large cities in Eastern, Northern, Central/ Western Europe, and Southern Europe.

We have modelled three different transition scenarios to reflect possible pathways for cities to address the European Green Deal objectives for the transport sector of -55% CO2 emissions by 2030 and -90% CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. These pathways are composed of a set of 29 different policy measures (e.g. car and bike sharing, cycling infrastructure, metro and bus lanes, etc.) grouped into three main scenarios:

  • “Promote and Regulate”: this transition pathway assumes the promotion and regulation of 19 sustainable mobility options;
  • “Plan and Build”: this transition pathway focuses on 14 infrastructure building and technology related actions;
  • “Mixed”: this transition pathway is a mix of the two above-mentioned approaches, with 23 measures related to both technological innovations and behavioural change.

Read our study

For the preparation of this study, we have applied this model to the cities of Barcelona, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Munich, and Prague based on a combination of publicly available indicators and assumptions.

Simulations:

For a tailored evaluation based on your specific city data, please contact us at factory@eiturbanmobility.eu

TRT Trasporti e Territorio, has carried out this study using the MOMOS (Sustainable MObility Model) tool. MOMOS is a quantitative tool which allows to simulate the impacts of different mobility transition pathways on a range of indicators, including costs and environmental benefits, for different types of cities.

Our training “The Digital Revolution at the Service of Territorial Mobility” designed with Citec is open for registration!

Urban Mobility is in a constant state of evolution, forever changed by the technology of its time. Technological innovations, Big Data, MaaS or social upheavals, the future of mobility will be multi-form and very different from what we know. The challenge of our time is to understand and prepare ourselves to face these changes, integrating the strategies of planning the mobility of the territories in order to make them increasingly interconnected. The main question is how to reconcile the timing of public decision-making processes – such as infrastructure construction – with the speed of changes and new technological mobility solutions.

To help mobility professionals addressing the challenges of tomorrow’s mobility, EIT Urban Mobility Academy developed the training: “The Digital Revolution at the Service of Territorial Mobility” in partnership with Citec.

Click here to enrol now: https://bit.ly/3pFudb0  

Our training

Our training “The Digital Revolution at the Service of Territorial Mobility” will take place on 3 (remotely), 6 and 7 December 2021 (in Turin, Italy). Citec’s expert consultants and external speakers will give participants all the necessary notions and essential tools to face these challenges.

It is possible to enroll in some modules or in all the training. The training will be articulated according to the following programme:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the topic on international benchmarks, European SUMP, and national case studies. 4 hours remotely – 4 CFPs (Crediti Formativi Professionali) – €100 (excluding VAT)
  • Module 2: How to become an expert about how to deploy a SUMP (monitoring, digital tools to use, KPIs to be analysed, etc.). 8 hours in Turin (Italy) – 8 CFPs – €400 (excluding VAT)
  • Module 3: Build your digital mobility roadmap related to your SUMP. 8 hours in Turin (Italy) – 8 CFPs – 400 € (excluding VAT)
  • ENTIRE TRAINING (3 modules) – 20 hours – €700 (excluding VAT)

During the training, coffee breaks will be offered, and a networking aperitif will be held at the end of the first day in Turin (Italy).

Click here to enrol now: https://bit.ly/3pFudb0  

General information

When: 3, 6 and 7 December 2021

Who: All mobility professionals belonging to public bodies or private companies

What: 4 hours remotely + 2 days in Turin (Italy)

Registration opening date: October 2021

For more information: contact us at roberta.delfino@citec.ch or +39 011 580 53 05 or visit Citec’s website: https://www.citec.ch/it/events/formazione-citec-a-torino/

Click here to enroll now: https://bit.ly/3pFudb0  

(*The provision of CFPs (Crediti Formativi Professionali) for participating in the training is being validated by the CNI)

Auve Tech wins the award for best pitch at the Ready2Scale II event during ITS World Congress 2021

As part of the ScaleTHENGlobal programme, a programme financed by the EIT Urban Mobility and led by CARNET, the 15 participating startups from this edition were invited to participate in the Ready2Scale II event, which was part of the ITS World Congress, taking place in Hamburg from 11 to 15 October. During this activity, organised by Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg, the startups pitched live in front of the audience and a jury of experts, who chose Auve Tech as the best pitch from the session.

After an introduction by Peter Vest, Business Creation Manager at EIT Urban Mobility, startups presented their business ideas and were afterwards faced by questions from the jury, who then performed the task of selecting three winners. The first place was awarded with an economic prize of 2,000€, second place received 1,000€, and the third best pitch was awarded 500€. The jury of experts was composed by:

  • Doreen Brodersen, Director Business Unit New Business at FUNKE Logistik
  • Ulrich Balke, Sales Direktor at KPMG Germany
  • Christian Salzmann, Executive Director Startup Dock Hamburg

After all the startups had their chance to pitch their solutions, Auve Tech, represented by Paula Johanna Adamson (Chief Sales Officer at Auve Tech) was announced as the winning startup from the session, receiving a 2,000€ prize. They have developed an autonomous shuttle, providing a safe and sustainable solution for last-mile transportation.

Ottoban, represented by Marc Schindler (Managing Director at Ottobahn), received the silver medal and a prize of 1,000€ for their pitch of their emission-free and autonomous system for transportation of people and goods. Lastly, Elonroad, represented by Dan Zethreaus (Founder & Innovator at Elonroad) was awarded with 500€. They have designed a high-tech electric road system capable of auto-charging all types of electric vehicles when parked, as well as when driving.

In addition to the pitching session, some of the startups from the ScaleTHENGlobal Programme had their own booth at the ITS Future Area, reserved to these companies in order to facilitate networking opportunities at the congress, increasing their chance to meet potential investors during the event, which gathered key stakeholders from the urban mobility sector.  

The ITS World Congress showcased the newest trends in smart mobility solutions and logistics alongside national and international partners during the week of 11–15 October 2021. When closing its doors on Friday, it hit a record of 13,000 guests and 400 exhibitors from all over the world. This confirms the huge interest towards creating a more efficient, comfortable and climate-friendlier urban mobility.

ScaleTHENGlobal is financed by EIT Urban Mobility and is a programme led by CARNET (initiative coordinated by CIT UPC), with the collaboration of PowerHub, Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, UnternehmerTUM, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and the City of Hamburg, with the support of Xpreneurs, UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility and SpinLab.

Integrated and safe: how innovation can increase micromobility end user adoption

This fourth report of EIT Urban Mobility’s Urban Mobility Next series explores solutions and best practices boosting the uptake of micromobility in cities. Central to this report is the question of how to increase user engagement with various forms of micromobility, focusing on multimodal integration and safety as key enablers.

The report, realised with the support of Spin, sums up expert insights collected during a custom mobility workshop. 12 participants from public and private stakeholders across Europe discussed four use cases covering data integration and management, as well as safety performance and innovations of the micromobility sector.

Main recommendations cover data regulations, urban space allocation, training, vehicle homologation, as well as service level agreements and outcome-based objectives to ensure contribution to cities’ public policies.

EIT Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus launches Ideation Awards for Climathon and hackathon participants

EIT Climate-KIC has launched a call for ideas on sustainable, inclusive and aesthetic solutions for New European Bauhaus challenges. Open to EU teams participating in the 2021 EIT Climate-KIC Climathon and hackathons of EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, the call will be open from 25 October to 15 November 2021 and will offer prizes of up to €10,000 in seed funding. 

Led by EIT Climate-KIC, the Cross-KIC New European Bauhaus is engaging with European innovators to overcome fragmentation in the European innovation landscape, increase collaboration with universities to identify challenges and solutions, and ensure the engagement of civil society in the movement. The initiative will directly support the European Union’s New European Bauhaus (NEB), announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address, that aims to create beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive places, products and ways of living. 

The initiative is now calling out to EU-based teams participating in the 2021 EIT Climate-KIC Climathon and hackathons of EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT Urban Mobility, to submit ideas that address one or more NEB challenges.

New European Bauhaus challenges include: 

  • Green transition through architectural, cultural and historic sites:  
  • Green roofs, green walls and other green infrastructure to reduce the heat island effect, enhance air quality and advance new aesthetic value in the urban environment.  
  • Urban, regenerative agriculture to reduce emissions and foster stronger relationships between city dwellers and farmers.  
  • Towards circularity and urban resilience: 
  • Enhancement of the public realm, green areas and biodiversity, as well as their inclusiveness, accessibility and interconnection through active mobility, to improve physical and mental health.   
  • Circular economy actions based on the principles of the food waste hierarchy and efficient reutilisation of bio-products and bio-waste, achieving emissions and waste reduction and fostering the second life of products.  
  • Ensuring affordability and accessibility to all: 
  • Energy communities to ensure comfortable living at affordable prices through multi-disciplinary service models.   
  • Digital open data platforms to ensure transparency and reliability of data.  

The NEB Ideation awards will offer an excellent opportunity to join a network of stakeholders making the New European Bauhaus’ ambition a reality on the ground, and enable actors to connect and collaborate on key issues. This will in turn contribute to the EU NEB strategy and enable participants to join a pipeline of ideas that will be shared with the European Commission and used in future Cross-KIC activities.  

Winning teams will be announced on 30 November, 2021 and will get the chance to win €10,000  in seed funding to implement their idea in 2022. Other prizes include €3,000  and a study visit to the World Design Capital 2022 event in Valencia (Spain); three Jury Awards (3,000 , 2,000  and 1,000 EUR) and one Audience Award (1,000 ). All winning teams will be granted a study visit to Valencia to participate in person to the Award Ceremony on 15 to 16 December, 2021

How to apply? 

  1. Download the NEB Ideation Awards Guidebook to access more details on the call. 
  2. Download and carefully download the application form. We will be accepting applications from 25 October to 15 November, 2021, 18:00 CET. 
  3. Record a video of maximum three minutes pitching your idea. Please briefly introduce your team indicating your location, define the NEB challenge addressed and concisely explain your solution integrating sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics. Explain potential benefits and impacts deriving from that solution. The video can be the same as the one used at your local Climathon or hackathon, or a different one. Design of the video is free style.  
  4. Send both the application and video together using the file-sharing platform Wetransfer to XKICNEB.IdeationAwards@climate-kic.org 

If you have any questions please contact Natalia Vera, Cross-KIC NEB Project Manager at EIT Climate-KIC: natalia.vera@climate-kic.org. 

EIT URBAN MOBLITY | Startup Investments 2021 (Q3)

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

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

In pursuit of leading positive change and business prosperity, EIT Urban Mobility is investing up to €150.000 per company in high-impact startups and scale-ups to accelerate their journey, to continue critical innovation and to ultimately transform the European urban mobility landscape. 

An EIT Urban Mobility investment will not only provide you with capital but also position you in the venturing ecosystem and include you in our European partner network of corporates, investors and cities. 

Who qualifies for startup investment?

Startups and scale-ups currently fundraising or preferably already in an ongoing funding round with the following characteristics: 

  • Incorporated not more than 10 years ago 
  • Less than 100 employees on their payroll
  • Innovative product/ service contributing to at least one of the EIT Urban Mobility Focus Areas:  
  1. Urban Air Mobility  
  2. Waterway Transportation & Water Logistics 
  3. Connected Vehicles 
  4. Mobility & Energy 
  5. Autonomous Vehicles and Systems 
  6. Mapping and Navigation 
  7. Sensors and Training Data 
  8. Mobility Services 
  9. Vehicle Marketplaces and Aftermarket 
  10. Smart Cities & Smart Parking 
  11. Last-mile Delivery & Green Logistics 

For more information, please contact Pablo Garrido

Tips for future applicants

You can submit your application form using EIT Urban Mobility platform. The platform has new functionalities to help you prepare your application, and the Guide for Applicants and FAQs on the EIT Urban Mobility’s website have been updated.

  • You can prove that your company has successfully developed and commercialised products or services that represent a significant innovation in markets where value and monetisation can be maximised 
  • You have the management and technical expertise, with the necessary resources to show that the company is economically viable 
  • Your company’s operations, products/services contribute positively to at least one of the EIT Urban Mobility’s Core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); SDG3, SDG7, SDG8, SDG9, SDG11 and SDG13 

Activity DateComment 
Call opens25 October 2021Register here: application form
Deadline12 November 2021
Evaluation of proposals12 – 19 November 2021 Timeframe dependent on number of eligible applications  
Final Evaluation period with Virtual Pitch, Q&As and Due Diligence22 – 26 November 2021Timeframe dependent on number of eligible applications 
Announcement of companies selected29 – 30 November 2021Outcome notifications for different selected applications will be made as they happen
Approval and signature of investmentDecember 2021   

What we offer

Our startup investment instrument consists of up to €150.000 in exchange for equity. If selected for investment, your company will also benefit from access to regional ecosystems, infrastructure and coaching to drive growth and internationalisation. 

These are the requirements that companies need to fulfil to be eligible:

  1. The amount of equity for EIT Urban Mobility needs to be substantiated (e.g. company valuation set in the last funding round, revenues, term sheet, etc.) when submitting the application form.
  2. EIT Urban Mobility will be a strategic shareholder, and EIT Urban Mobility’s shares would be diluted in case of capital increases
  3. Selected Applicants are required to contribute to EIT Urban Mobility’s Financial Sustainability Mechanism (FSM). The Applicant will give out company’s shares in exchange of the investment received, based on the company’s valuation and investment amount agreed by EIT Urban Mobility and the applicant. This means EIT Urban Mobility will benefit from the success of your business
  4. A term sheet and a shareholders agreement shall be notarised to formalise the investment

Selection criteria

  • Resilience and capacity to leverage your company’s resources as a response to the changing environment and challenges and opportunities, ensuring traction and growth 
  • Positive contribution to at least one of our challenge areas (Active Mobility, Sustainable City Logistics, Creating Public Realm, Future Mobility and Mobility & Energy) and to Core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); SDG3, SDG7, SDG8, SDG9, SDG11 and SDG13 
  • You have secured/ committed investment from other accredited investors (BA, VC, CVC, etc.) in your current capital raise where EIT Urban Mobility would participate 
  • You can act fast and diligently to formalise the current funding round and the investment process  

The equality between men and women is a core value for EIT Urban Mobility. We support the adoption of the EIT’s Gender Mainstreaming Policy and its impact in the Knowledge Triangle.

In consequence, the quality and experience of the founders’ team is essential, and a gender-balanced team is evaluated as a significant strength.

Exclusion criteria

Applicants will be excluded if they:  

  • Are subject to an administrative sanction (i.e. exclusion) 
  • Are in one of the following situations: a. Bankrupt, being wound up, having their affairs administered by the courts, entered into an arrangement with creditors, suspended business activities or subject to any other similar proceedings or procedures under national law (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant’s debts) b. Declared in breach of social security or tax obligations by a final judgment or decision (including persons with unlimited liability for the participant’s debts)  
  • Are found guilty of grave professional misconduct by a final judgment or decision (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)  
  • Are convicted of fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering, terrorism-related crimes (including terrorism financing), child labour or human trafficking (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)  
  • Shown significant deficiencies in complying with main obligations under a procurement contract, grant agreement or grant decision financed by the EU or Euratom budget (including persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control)  
  • Have misrepresented information required for participating in the EIT Urban Mobility funding scheme or fail to submit such information  
  • Were involved in the preparation of any documentation regarding this call or are involved in the evaluation process of this call and this entails a distortion of competition 

Selection process and key dates

  • Please use this application form to express interest and provide all requested  details about your company at the latest  by the 12 of November 2021
  • All applications will be evaluated by EIT Urban Mobility staff with the support of independent external experts and venture capital investors
  • By the 29 – 30 of November 2021, EIT Urban Mobility will announce the companies selected and will also communicate the next steps
  • All information you share with us will be treated confidentially and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR (Regulation EU 2016/679)  

Welcome2Europe has selected its new batch of participating startups

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme, developed by the EIT Urban Mobility and funded by the European Union, recently opened a new call for participants to take part in the Welcome2Europe activity. This programme is looking to expand the capabilities of the selected urban mobility start-ups and help them boost their business ideas into new territories.

Welcome2Europe will host for the upcoming months 5 international startup companies who are targeting Europe, and will give them the opportunity to be introduced to investors and local hub partners. Preparation workshops will take place to assist the selected teams and boost their networking capabilities with potential customers. Additionally, all the participants from the programme will benefit from Access to the EIT Urban Mobility network and ecosystem.

The full participants list is as it follows:

Welcome2Europe:

  • BlueSpace (USA)
    • Predictive Perception software to capture the true motion state of all objects to enhance autonomous driving functions and provide verifiable safety without external dependencies.
  • Parabol (Turkey)
    • Urban mobility management and analytics solutions by turning mobility-related data into actionable insights and recommendations to make more sustainable, safe, and liveable cities real.
  • URBANCOLAB (India)
    • A data-based design and decision-making tool for cities to benchmark streets and enable mobility shift.
  • NMODES (Canada)
    • A conversational AI platform delivering sustainable customer service and user engagement for smart cities and smart transportation.
  • WeavAir (Canada)
    • A solution enables improved safety and reduced operation costs of automotive fleets and transportation systems.

The consortium is looking forward to working with them to foster engagement between start-ups, small and medium-size enterprises, original equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Furthermore, participating start-ups and cities will be able to interact, and expectations from different European regions will also be exposed. One week before the main event, preparation workshops will facilitate the selected teams strengthen their future presentations and networking capabilities with potential clients.

Welcome2Europe is part of the ScaleTHENGlobal project, supported by EIT Urban Mobility, a programme led by CARNET (initiative coordinated by CIT UPC), with the collaboration of PowerHub, Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, UnternehmerTUM, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and the City of Hamburg, with the support of Xpreneurs, UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility, and SpinLab.