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/.

A multimodal approach to sustainable and urban transport at Tomorrow.Mobility

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EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, is driving the necessary shift towards a greener future for urban mobility by co-organising with Fira de Barcelona, Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC). TMWC, serves as an essential platform for global leaders, experts, and visionaries to convene and foster collaborative efforts aimed at reshaping the future of urban mobility. From 7 to 9 November in Barcelona, this congress, in the framework of Smart City Expo, facilitates knowledge-sharing and drives innovative solutions for a smarter, cleaner, and more interconnected urban mobility landscape.

As CEO of EIT Urban Mobility and President of the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress Advisory Board, Maria Tsavachidis emphasises the critical need for expedited action in light of recent warnings from the IPCC[1] and the European Union on climate change. “We stand at a pivotal moment, where the urgency of climate action demands a radical shift in the way we approach urban mobility. With the transportation sector identified as a significant contributor to the climate crisis, EIT Urban Mobility advocates for a reimagined and integrated approach to mobility in cities, emphasising the importance of multimodality. This strategic approach leverages the unique strengths of various transport modes, enabling a seamless and sustainable transition towards environmentally conscious urban transportation systems.”

According to the findings from a study by EIT Urban Mobility, the transition towards sustainable urban mobility in Europe is expected to necessitate an additional €86 billion by 2030. Encouragingly, this investment is projected to yield substantial returns, with each euro allocated to the transition potentially generating up to €3.06 by 2030. Results[2] show that by 2030 pricing schemes (congestion and pollution charging, parking pricing, public transport integrated ticketing and tariff schemes) is the set of measures with the highest net benefits in small and medium cities, while innovative services (Demand Responsive Transport, autonomous vehicles, Intelligent Transport Systems) are the better choice for large cities’ transition pathways.

EIT Urban Mobility releases during the event its latest study on “Unlocking the Future of Mobility with European Data Spaces” in collaboration with Factual and i2CAT. With at least 400 mobility data sharing initiatives currently active in Europe, today’s mobility data landscape is scattered and requires better interoperability to deliver its full potential and enable seamless multimodality. As mobility is not only a strategic sector but also a vector that connects other economic areas of activity, the relevance and potential of data spaces for mobility is even greater. 

At a macroeconomic level, the European Commission estimates that the access to real-time information on traffic avoidance and train delays could save up to 730 million euros and 27 million hours, respectively, equivalent to more than €20.74 billion in labour cost savings.  The Mobility Data Space (MDS) framework should include:

  • Optimisation of mobility strategies through enhanced access to high-quality data.
  • Simplification of navigation across various transportation networks, leading to improved services and sales forecasts.
  • Empowerment of citizens through improved mobility options, reduced journey times, and access to reliable traffic information.
  • Enhancements in safety through up-to-date road condition data, facilitating informed decision-making for safer journeys.
  • Business opportunities for data vendors, cost savings through shared resources, and the fostering of joint innovation for enhanced user experiences.

The recent launch of the Cycling Declaration has been a significant stride forward, aligning with the European Year of Skills initiative that aims to bolster education and skill expansion across Europe. As European cities today face the fundamental challenge of empty, single, and low occupancy passenger transport vehicles, a trend that is worsening every year, with more than 560 passenger car and 81 commercial cars per 1000 inhabitants (2022). This escalating trend underscores the urgent necessity for sustainable, accessible, and inclusive transportation solutions, emphasising the importance of tools such as mobility data space and comprehensive multimodality planning.


[1] Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

[2] 779 European cities of more than 50K inhabitants

2024 Main Open Innovation Call Project Results

We are proud to announce the 12 conditionally approved* projects from the Main Open Innovation Call.

The Main Open Innovation Call received 33 submissions in June of this year which included entities from 25 countries.

Of the 12 projects, 5 are focused on the future mobility challenge area, 4 on mobility and energy, and 3 on sustainable city logistics.

Special congratulations to the 3 gold partners, 17 silver partners, 10 leading cities, and 4 equity start-ups from the Impact Ventures portfolio – Vianova, Sparkpark, Smartpoint and Bruntor (Rhino R Sia) – who are part of the conditionally approved projects.

The final awarded projects will commence on the 1st of January 2024. We look forward to following their progress throughout 2024!


The 2024 conditionally approved projects are:

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


Urban Mobility Flows: Public transit analytics and mobility flows platform

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: Revolutionising sustainable urban transportation with precise micromobility parking

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: Integrated management of e-buses power utilisation to lead sustainability and electrification

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: Electric vehicle charging with a robotic mobile rapid charger

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


MiGriS: Micro mobility grid solutions: modular and circular battery and LEV systems

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: Nighttime and last-mile sustainable logistics for small stores

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


GREEN DASH: Greening the last mile 

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


StandTrack: Standard for the identification of parcels and tool to improve collaboration and interoperability in transport and distribution

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


*Conditionally approved projects must comply with EIT Urban Mobility mandated amendments before final award.

Learn more about EIT Urban Mobility projects

Empowering individuals to become digital leaders with our new specialisation on Digital Transformation!

In today’s landscape, every industry, both in the public and private sectors, is rapidly “going digital”. Yet, the demand for employees with digital skills far exceeds the supply. The ERASMUS+ project Managing Digital Transformation Academy (MDTA) was conceived to respond to this pressing need.

The objective of MDTA project is to offer a programme tailored for both students and professionals. It encompasses six specialisations, strategically addressing the essential components of the “leadership skills triangle”: technology, business/commerce, and leadership. The final goal is to empower individuals to become digital leaders capable of driving and facilitating successful digital transformation. 

Today, we are pleased to introduce our newest initiative, the specialisation “Digital Transformation: A Changing Society”, composed by three MOOCs open now to registration.

This programme not only bridges the skills gap but also provides a unique solution to several essential requirements in today’s digital landscape by preparing professionals capable of formulating and executing strategies that address digital transformation challenges effectively. 

EIT Urban Mobility Academy Participation 

At the EIT Urban Mobility Academy, we are deeply committed to the critical needs and priorities of urban mobility, and digital transformation is a defining force today, reshaping industries and markets. By joining this project, we aimed to contribute to the development of a programme that would equip individuals and organisations with the tools and knowledge to navigate the digital technologies’ impact on urban mobility. 

Our participation also facilitated valuable collaborations with other prominent European institutions. These partnerships have further solidified our mission to enhance skills in individuals and organisations and expand our collective impact. The participant institutions were: 

  • University of Twente (The Netherlands)   
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)  
  • University of Applied Science Saxion (The Netherlands)  
  • ACEEU (Germany)  
  • Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)  
  • Fachhochschule Munster (Germany)  
  • EIT Urban Mobility (Spain) 

Moreover, this initiative aligns with our objective to create engaging learning solutions in urban mobility. This specialisation allowed us to gain expertise by creating engaging digital learning experiences that align with one of our core missions. It’s an exciting opportunity to foster innovation and ensure that professionals are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in this digital era. 

Martin Vendel, EIT Urban Mobility Academy Director, with Miguel de Castro Neto, Associate Professor at NOVA Information Management School. 

The content of the specialisation:  “Digital Transformation: A Changing Society”  

The specialisation created by the EIT Urban Mobility Academy is a journey through the digital landscape and its profound impact on our society via three interconnected MOOCs. From understanding the historical factors that drive technological success and predicting future trends to mastering scenario planning, and the intricacies of business roles and partnerships in a digital environment, this specialisation offers a holistic exploration of digital transformation. By the end of this program, participants will have the capacity to drive innovation and make informed decisions in the urban mobility landscape. 

Learn more about our project here. 

You can register to the specialisation here.

If you have any questions, contact us: lorena.henriquez@eiturbanmobility.eu 

A look back at the 28 agile innovation pilot projects in Europe in 2023

In anticipation of the agile innovation calls for 2024, we look back at the success in 2023.

2024 agile innovation programmes

In 2024, EIT Urban Mobility expects to fund 12 SME led projects stemming from the Small Call, expected to launch toward the end of November. Register now for the Small Call information session.

It is also planned to award 15 projects between start-ups and cities from City RAPTOR Competition. The Expression of Interest for cities across Europe is currently open to those looking for innovative solutions to a pressing urban mobility challenge. Make sure to express your interest via: raptorproject.eu

2023 agile innovation pilots

Out of 272 applications, 27 promising start-ups and SMEs from 17 European countries were selected to participate in the three agile innovation programmes offered by EIT Urban Mobility in 2023. The high number of applications provides evidence of the strength of entrepreneurship and innovation in the urban mobility and transport sectors.

EIT Urban Mobility’s agile innovation programmes provide the selected start-ups and SMEs with the structure and support to pilot their solutions in a real-life environment with a city/municipality or end client. The programmes support the acceleration of innovation through rapid piloting and development, allowing cities and end-clients the opportunity to test before investing in state-of-the-art innovations.

The race to achieve 2030 net-zero targets across Europe is intensifying. EIT Urban Mobility is on a mission to facilitate this shift to more sustainable urban mobility. To support achievement of these targets, our agile innovation programmes allow us to fund more small projects, helping to mitigate the risk inherent in innovation. Through our agile innovation programmes, which run for between 5-8 months, we provide crucial support to start-ups and SMEs to pilot their close-to-market solutions in real-life environments. Participation in these programmes provides a pathway to wider co-operation with the EIT Urban Mobility ecosystem and helps start-ups and SMEs to overcome some barriers to procurement.

Gareth Macnaughton, Director of Innovation

Small Call for SMEs 2023

The Innovation Small Call contributes to the EIT Urban Mobility’s societal impact goal of job creation and strengthening the European urban mobility sector. The Small Calls offer a pathway for SMEs to expand and grow.

The call supports SMEs enter business and commercial relations with businesses, transport providers, cities, and city authorities that have heavy procurement and compliance requirements. Often these complex rules base excludes SMEs, de facto, from entering the market and driving faster innovation and better solutions.

The Small Call supports SMEs in developing a new, or significantly improved, product/service/solution for expansion into a new industry sector or new geographic market. It provides SMEs with an opportunity to do full usage testing with a live end-client within the project timeline. 

For questions or queries, please contact Taylor Sawyer at taylor.sawyer@eiturbanmobility.eu

City RAPTOR 2023

Rapid Applications for Transport (RAPTOR) is a competition that swiftly creates and tests solutions to niche urban mobility challenges for businesses and cities across Europe. Start-ups and SMEs compete to provide the most innovative, feasible, and impactful solutions.

In 2023, the selected 12 start-ups and SMEs will test their innovative solutions via in-situ demonstrations with the associated city partner.

To learn more please visit: https://raptorproject.eu/ or contact us at raptor@eiturbanmobility.eu

#ChallengeMyCity 2023

#ChallengeMyCity is a service for European cities to test innovative mobility solutions that target their needs and can be integrated into their long-term mobility strategy. The 2023 call for proposals for the cities of Braga in Portugal and Heraklion in Greece. In each city, urban mobility challenges are addressed via the testing of awarded innovative mobility solutions.

Artificial intelligence to measure air quality in Lindau, Germany

With increasing urbanization and the associated rise in population in urban areas, decarbonization of cities has become an ever-growing challenge. In this context and given the unprecedented levels of pollutants generated by urban traffic, IMAGINEXT is validating a Software as a Service Solution that uses Artificial Intelligence to explore how certain mobility strategies and sustainable transport measures affect air quality. The sensors for this were set up in Lindau on Lake Constance, Germany and in Cartagena, Spain.

An event of the IMAGINEXT project took place in Lindau, on the 25th of October, where all project partners met in person for the first time, including the project leaders from Spain and Germany showcasing how collaboration can work on a European level.

The IMAGINEXT project is co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. The pilot project aims to combat air pollution caused by mobility. The project represents innovative approaches in different areas of sustainable mobility and aims to have a positive impact on the community.

“Mobility research is a central part of our daily work; our main focus is to use our expertise and resources to promote innovation and progress within logistics and mobility. The cooperation within IMAGINEXT opens up another possibility for us to develop groundbreaking solutions that positively influence the design and optimisation of decision-making processes. Thus we want to contribute to sustainable mobility itself. With projects like IMAGINEXT, we want to encourage and foster collaboration between governments, urban planners, research / academia and industry. We are looking forward to the cooperation and the achievement of more sustainable and socially acceptable mobility in urban environments.” emphasises Prof. Dr. Uwe Clausen, Director of Fraunhofer-Institute for Materialflow and Logistics (IML).

Situated at the Lake Constance in Bavaria, Lindau is located in an island where several mobility strategic planning processes have been carried out and decided upon in recent years, such as the reconstruction of normal Street in to Cycling streets. Lindau has been therefore a perfect location for IMAGINEXT. The pilot has been undertaken during the reconstruction of their Cycling Streets, so the AQ can be measured before and after the reconstruction.

“We are pleased that Lindau is part of the IMAGINEXT research project. We hope that the project results will enable us to measure the impact of our mobility measures and thus promote sustainable mobility on site in a targeted manner. Only in this way is it possible for us as a city to make traffic more environmentally friendly in the long term and to introduce new mobility solutions and technologies for citizens and guests. Networking with other innovation actors at EU level is an important part of this.” says Lindau’s Major Dr. Claudia Alfons.

During the event, experts and project managers explained the current status of IMAGINEXT and pointed out initial results and successes. The participants of the event also visited together the new bicycle lane at Bregenzer Str., which was equipped with one of the sensors.

IMAGINEXT is a project under the support of EIT Urban Mobility.

Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress 2023: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Urban Mobility 

November 7 to 9, 2023Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC) is the global event that drives innovation and sustainability in urban transportation. This year, for its third edition TMWC is set to take place under the theme “Make your Move Matter.”

TMWC, jointly organised by Fira Barcelona and EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the EU, promises to shift gears towards sustainable urban mobility with a focus on real implementation. The congress will act as a platform for urban mobility experts and enthusiasts, featuring an extensive programme covering critical topics for the future of the sector.

Among the more than 100 speakers are Timothy Papandreou, former Chief Innovation Officer at San Francisco MTA and advisor for X Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory; Karima Delli, Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament; Seleta Reynolds, Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Jacob Bangsgaard, Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism at the FIA; and Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation.

Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress, held within the framework of Smart City Expo World Congress, will welcome more than 25,000 in-person attendees, more than 1,000 exhibitors, 600 speakers, 140 countries, for more than 150 conference and panel.

PRESS PROGRAMME 

The full programme is available here 

09:30 – 10:30 | Welcome & Opening by Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility and President of Tomorrow.Mobility. Auditorium

10:30 – 12:00 | All aboard! The future of transport is public. This session will also be presenting the results of first study on micro-incentives for mobility. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

12:00 – 13:30|Keynote: Tim Papandreou, CEO of Emerging Transport Advisors, on how the latest technological innovations will impact our mobility systems. Auditorium

12:30 – 13:30 | Public-private partnerships for impact-driven mobility innovation. Auditorium

13:4515:15 | Unlocking the potential of mobility data. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

Join this discussion examining the complex topic of data and the role cities can play in leading the way to making an EU-wide mobility data space a reality. The session will present the results of the new study conducted on the potential of a data-based mobility economy in Europe, in providing not only technical solutions, sovereignty but also creating new business and service models. 

15:00 – 15:30| Tour of latest innovative mobility start-ups. meeting at the EIT Urban Mobility Booth.

15:45 – 17:15 | Fair moves: towards just and accessible urban mobility for all. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

9:45 – 10:15 | Keynote: Seleta Reynolds’, Los Angeles Metro’s Chief Innovation Officer, on leadership and how practitioners can drive positive change for their communities with improved mobility options. Auditorium

10:15 – 11:00 | Extreme Weather events call for extreme action in the mobility sector. Auditorium

The panel will include high level representatives from the City of Leipzig, Union for the Mediterranean, WRI Ross Centre for sustainable cities, European Cyclists’ Federation, International Road Federation, City of Copenhagen. The panel will be headed by Akshat Rathi, Senior climate Editor at Bloomberg. 

11:30 – 12:15 | Press briefing by Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility and President of Tomorrow.Mobility on the state of play and future of mobility. Room 42 – Level 1 – Upstairs

12:30-13:30 | The power of cross-border journalism – networking lunch with Clean Energy Wire CLEW. Press room.

A chance to meet colleagues, to get to know the Clean Energy Wire CLEW and to learn about its opportunities to collaborate with journalists from across the globe. Big transformation challenges like fixing the climate crisis, building sustainable mobility and cities or creating an inclusive digital environment have one thing in common: solutions and problems go beyond national borders. During the networking lunch, CLEW will present its latest grant opportunity for journalists on the question of what a just green transition in Europe can look like.

13:30-14:00 | Demo zone presentation by Gareth Macnaughton, Director EIT Urban Mobility. Meeting at the demo zone.

13:00h – 14:30 | Powering the Electric Mobility Transition. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

15:00 – 16:15 | Venture capital crunch: a crisis for mobility start-ups? Tomorrow.Mobility Room

9:30 – 11:00 | Why we should care about autonomous mobility. Tomorrow.Mobility Room

11.00 – 12:00 | Networking Brunch at EIT Urban Mobility’s booth.

12:45 – 13:15 | Keynote: Tamira Snell, Senior Advisor at Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies on how evolving behaviours can be harnessed to shape a brighter mobility future. Auditorium


Press registration 

If you wish to cover Smart City Expo World Congress and Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress, you can apply for a press/analyst pass that will allow you to access the exhibition area, conferences, and side events. Press Registration | Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress