Join us live from Tallinn for the Opening Ceremony of our 4th edition!

We are extremely excited to launch the two-months application period of the 4th EUSP Edition on 30 September 2021, 18h Tallinn time (EEST)/ 17h Brussels time (CEST). The event brings together the political, business and tech leadership from across Europe into a hybrid event with a physical smart stage in Tallinn, Estonia; Broadcast by the Brussels Times. Our very distinguished speakers will provide insight about innovation in clean mobility and also explain to startups what why they should apply, what their organisations are offering startups, and how they could apply.


Moderated by Dan Sobovitz, EUSP CCO and Moderator

18:00 PM – 18:30 PM: “VIP Reverse-pitch”:

8 EU institutions pitching to startups why apply and win their respective Special Prizes

  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
  • Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality at the European Commission
  • Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank
  • Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Transport and Tourism Committee at the European Parliament
  • Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the EU Agency for the Space Programme
  • Carlo Borghini, Executive Director at Shift2Rail
  • Richard Frizon, Executive Director ad Interim at SESAR JU
  • Jennifer Dungs, Head of Mobility at EIT InnoEnergy

18:30 PM – 18:40 PM: Round-Table of the Co-founders of the EU Startup Prize: The future of European Mobility Innovation

  • Marie Bonniol, Co-founder, Marketing and Ecosystem Leader at Via-ID
  • Joël Hazan, Co-founder, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group

18:40 PM – 19:00 PM: Startups, global players are looking for you!

Meeting our European ecosystem for sustainable mobility (Part I)

  • Catherine Leboul-Proust, Director of Strategy at GRDF
  • Alban Negret, Head of Innovation and Corporate Venture at Groupe ADP
  • Stéphane Cobo, Head of Open Innovation, Foresight & Disruptive Businesses at RATP group
  • Paul Holthus, CEO at World Ocean Council

19:00 PM – 19:20 PM: Startups, our ecosystem is here to help you scale! Meeting our European ecosystem for sustainable mobility (Part II)

  • Ave Lauringson, Managing Director at e-Estonia
  • Jehan de Thé, Public Affairs Director at Europcar mobility group
  • Carmela Canonico, Manager at ERTICO – ITS Europe
  • Dorothée Dayraut, Public Affairs and Communication Director of the CNPA
  • Keith Whelan, Event Director of the Electronomous – International Mobility Summit

19:20 PM – 19:25 PM: Application process for 2020

  • Charles Thou, CEO and Co-founder at Agorize

7:25 PM – 7:30 PM: Final countdown towards the opening of the 4th edition with Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport at the European Parliament and President of the EU Startup Prize for Mobility



Selected among 550+ candidate startups, 12 European sustainable mobility startups pitched their concept and development projects last night in front of a VIP jury of the European Union and innovation sector during the 3rd Final Ceremony of the European Startup Prize for mobility.

4 startups were awarded with a Gold Prize :

More information on the 12 finalists here.

“These four brilliant European startups convinced the jury of the Prize on the basis of criteria of innovation, sustainability, inclusion and market traction. It is clear to our European experts and to the public that they are mobility operators that will build future of mobility in the years to come. ” said Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Transport Committee in the European Parliament and President of the European Startup Prize for mobility.

The Ceremony has already been viewed 270,000 times and received 10,000 votes from the public. Public interest in green innovation has never been higher. Watch REPLAY.

Press contact:
Grégory Merly, Managing Director
+336 58 88 80 95


Announcing the 3RD European Startup Prize Ceremony – 13th January 2021 – 16:00-18:30 CET

One week left until our Eurovision-style Ceremony rewards among the smartest and most sustainable mobility startups in Europe. This year, 550+ mobility startups from across Europe competed over the EU Startup Prize for Mobility. 12 finalists will pitch their deck in front of a prestigious jury to become this year’s top 4 winners. Public voting is open until 12/01/2021 midnight CET.

They are already all winners. They embody what Europe has the best to offer in terms of innovation and sustainability. As proof, they showed tremendous resilience and adaptability to the Covid-19 economic crisis and they all keep on deploying their low-carbon products and services at European scale. It is my honour to show to the world the best mobility startups you can now find in Europe.“, said Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport at the European Parliament and President of the EU Startup Prize.

About the Ceremony:

* Full programme and public vote here
(quick registration required)

* 12 Finalists:
– Bruno Azevedo, CEO and Co-Founder, Addvolt (Portugal)
– Adam Simkin, VP Business Development, Autofleet (Israel)
– Henri Moissinac, CEO, Dott (France-Netherlands)
– Gian-Mattia Schucan, CEO and Founder, Fairtiq (Switzerland)
– Maya Pindeus, CEO and Co-Founder, Humanising Autonomy (UK)
– Mario Pirraglia, CEO, Hygen SIA (Latvia)
– Fabien Sauthier, COO, MotionTag (Germany)
– Paul-Adrien Cormerais, CEO and Co-Founder, Pony (France)
– Mathieu de Lophem, CEO and Co-Founder, Skipr (Belgium)
– Christian Lang, CEO, Surve Mobility (Germany)
– Jean-Luc Rippinger, CEO and Co-Founder, UFT (Luxembourg)
– Leon Van de Pas, CEO, Unifly (Belgium)

* VIP members of the Jury include:
– HSH Albert II of Monaco, Prince of Monaco
– Maros Sefcovic, Vice-president of the European Commission, also in charge of the European Battery Alliance
– Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport at the European Parliament and President of the EU Startup Prize
– Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-president for Transport at the European Investment Bank

* Ceremony to be broadcasted on the Brussels Times’s Facebook page.

About the European Startup Prize for mobility: 

* Who we are?
The European Startup Prize for mobility (EUSP) is a EU-founded Acceleration and Investment Programme for sustainable mobility startups. It was created in 2017 by Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism, Boston Consulting Group and Via ID.
Supported by both the European Parliament and the European Commission, together with major mobility corporations such as Groupe ADP, GRDF, Europcar Mobility Group and RATP Group, this public-private initiative aims to support and scale up smart and sustainable mobility startups all across Europe.

* Contact:
Grégory Merly, Managing Director of the EU Startup Prize
tel: +336 58 88 80 95

They support the “Mobility Manifesto” – list of the first 100 signatories

The “Manifesto” is team play at its best: 400 mobility startups contributing on line, hours of co-creation worships and interviews. And now endorsement by hundreds of them, among others Bestmile, Bird Rides, Cityscoot, DUCKT, Donkey Republic, Dott, Heetch, Humanising Autonomy, KNOT, MOTIONTAG, Shotl, Skipr, Surve Mobility, Pony, Smovengo, Transition-One, Zoov, etc.

The EU Startup Prize -in collaboration with The Morph Company and the Yellow Design Foundation- are happy to present the result of this unique initiative and the list of its first 100 signatories, which together aim to provide EU decision makers with 22 concise recommendations to boost sustainable and smart mobility in Europe.

Spread the startups’s ideas and solutions:
Read the Manifesto;
Replay our presentation to the European Commission.


22 June: Virtual meet-up for more European opportunities

The EU Startup Prize for mobility is delighted to host its first meet-up to help startups of its community to scale up and get new European opportunities.

2 sessions of 45 minutes will take place on Monday 22 June 16:00 CET, presented by mobility experts from TomTom and Eurotran consultancy firm. All sessions will be followed with Q&A.

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1. OPPORTUNITY FOR COOPERATION by Using TomTom Maps APIs for mobility applications 

Always wondered how you could power your mobility applications with TomTom Maps APIs? TomTom experts are here to answer all of your questions and will present the following topics:

· Overview of TomTom Maps APIs by Louis Debatte-Monroy, Head of Product Marketing, TomTom Enterprise & Developers 

· How to make the most out of TomTom Maps APIs for mobility applications by Jose Rojas, Developer Advocate, TomTom for Developers  

“Congratulations for those who made it to the Top 50 at the European Startup Prize for Mobility and you’re already entitled to a prize of one million TomTom Maps APIs credits.”, Louis Debatte-Monroy.

 2. OPPORTUNITY FOR EU FUNDINGS by Discovering the EU financing instruments

Needing some financial support from the European Union? To help you go through the Covid-19 socio-economic crisis? To take part in this historical moment of the Green Deal? And be fully involved in the EU innovation ecosystem?

You may also need a map to find your way through these different funding opportunities. Then this must be your lucky day because , we brought you the right experts to guide you and give you a comprehensive overview of the EU funding programmes for green innovation.

· EU funding opportunities: find your way among the different EU financing instruments, by Dan Wolff and Bastien Farges, Partners at Eurotran.

“We assist startups in the identification of European funding opportunities and bid applications. Eurotran is one of the few consultancies that combines the drafting of bid applications with lobbying towards European policy-makers.”, Dan Wolff.

First “Day After” Investments Opportunities starting in June, joining our partner ESAC private series

18 May 2020 

The European Super Angels Club and the European Startup Prize join forces to help sustainable mobility companies recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis

Selected companies from the European Startup Prize (EUSP) best mobility startups will be reviewed and potentially selected by European Super Angels Clubs (ESAC) investors. The ESAC is Europe’s leading private investors network. ESAC is known for its exclusive “Invest and Connect” pitch events and its tough selection process.

Following 6 previous editions, focussed on areas like artificial intelligence, digital health, sportstech, this year’s “Invest and Connect” startup award series will be centered around smart mobility. 7 national qualifier events will be held in order to select startups with the highest-growth potential all over Europe. The French virtual event – 4th June, 5:30pm – will kick of the event series. The European Finals of this event series will take place in 3rd December 2020, in Berlin. 

This collaboration roots in the EUSP “Day After Programme”, together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), EIT Urban Mobility and EIT InnoEnergy, which consists in providing a fast track for investment for the best European startups in the field of sustainable mobility. For the year 2020, 550 startups applied for the EUSP and will be given a chance to benefit from the “Day After Programme”.

As Europe’s leading private investors network, European Super Angels Club is excited to collaborate with the European Startup Prize initiative. We will combine the best of both worlds and offer even better chances for European talents and support their growth stories. Our core mission, is to shed light on talents and invest in the most promising cases. Given the current economic turbulences, we are proud our investors did not stop to consider new deals.” – said Berthold Baurek-Karlic, President of the European Super Angels Club.

The 2020 edition of the European Startup Prize for Mobility looks like no other. It was important for us to offer more investment opportunities to our community of startups. EU investment bodies such as EIB and EIT showed solidarity. So did the ESAC by opening the doors of their Smart Mobility Awards investment series and a fast track to European private investment. EUSP startups are now under the screening of their experts and I keep my fingers crossed for them” – said Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament and President of the EUSP.

About ESAC:

The European Super Angels Club (ESAC), follows the mission of collaboration between European investors (business angels, high-net-worth individuals, family offices, corporates venture capital units and venture funds), leading corporates and startups. Members combine their individual financial strength, network and know-how to invest in high-growth European startups. Typical rounds range from €1-10m. ESAC to-date has invested in companies worth more than €70 million, of which a significant increase of more than €20 million. The club syndicates investment in a dedicated fund, managed by Venionaire Ventures Sárl based in Luxemburg.

About EUSP:

The EUSP is the biggest EU Acceleration Programme, supported by the European Parliament and the European Commission and targeting European mobility startups. For three years, the EUSP has awarded 10 best startups, according to their market traction and sustainability criteria. Those winners have thus benefited from a tailored-made mentoring, in order to help them scale up to the European market. For the first time this year, due to the COVID-19 socio-economic crisis, the “Acceleration programme” has been turned into a “Reinvestment programme”, channelling investments from the EU and European partners, in order to help startups support their business.

Press contacts:

EUSP: Grégory Merly, Managing Director, M +336 58 88 80 95, 

ESAC: Bernadett Nagy, Head of Marketing, M +43 664 88268466,

EUSP “Day After Programme” will focus on reinvestment

The European Startup Prize is announcing its « Day After Programme »

After 2 editions of setting up an « Acceleration Programme » for the 10 best European mobility startups in 2018 and 2019, the EUSP has now become a « Day After Programme», providing a fast track to reinvestment. Thanks to our new partners (EIB, EIT Urban Mobility, EIT InnoEnergy and ESAC), new opportunities for our community of 1500 startups will be offered to connect with European investors in order to support their new mobility & post-covid challenges.

Press release from the Co-founders of the EU Startup Prize:

Karima Delli, Member of the European Parliament and Chairwoman of the Transports Committee 

Joël Hazan, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group

Jean-François Dhinaux, Head of Strategy & Partnership at Via-ID

Why a « Day After Programme »?

“It made no sense to continue our business as usual. I really believe in our acceleration programme but, this year, given the extraordinary circumstances, we need to help all our startups. This crisis is also an opportunity to reset the innovation ecosystem for mobility in order to make it greener, cleaner and more inclusive. So it is really a matter of saving European innovation and give it a better chance to bloom greener after the storm“, said Mrs Delli.

“The economic situation is not yet stabilized but startups will eventually need investors to be back on the scene as soon as possible. That’s why it was essential to work on a fast track to provide new opportunities for our startups with European investors. Not to mention that the European Investment Bank and the EIT Urban Mobility are now joining forces with us so our startups can have an additional chance to benefit from their EU-funded programmes.”, added Jean-François Dhinaux, CMO and Strategy at Via-ID.

Once startups apply for our Prize, they are given opportunities to jump into a series of pitch sessions in front of public and private investors. We will organise those online if we are still under restrictions but we will make sure that there will be pitch sessions for every level of startups including Pre-seed, Seed, Serie A and Serie B.“, underlines Joël Hazan, Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group.

The 10 winners of the EU Startup Prize 2020, together with the rest of our startup community (TOP 10 and TOP 50 of the editions 2018-2019-2020 in particular), will be offered a dedicated reinvestment programme, channeling European public and private funds, in order to help them recover from the social and economic crisis. 

1/ “Pitch sessions” in front of European investors:
Many thanks to our new partners the European Investment Bank, the EIT Urban Mobility, the EIT InnoEnergy and the European Super Angels Club, which bring a tremendous added-value to our programme and show the true meaning of European solidarity.

  • dedicated pitch session in front of the European Investment Bank (EIB) experts, targeting some of our SMEs who find themselves eligible to the “Future mobility” funding programme of the EIB;
  • dedicated pitch session in front of the EU-funded programme EIT Urban Mobility, covering among others pre seeds and early seeds in order to access their « Finance2Move » programme;
  • dedicated pitch session in front of the EU-funded investor EIT InnoEnergy that supports pre-seed and seed-stage startups with different acceleration programmes and finance but also engages in innovation projects with scale-ups, midsize companies and corporates;

2/ A “Demo Day” in front of European investors:

(planned on the 10th of September 10am-12am, tbc)

  • Top 10 of the edition 2020 of the EU Startup Prize will be put under the spotlight
  • showcase in front of investors (EU and national public funds, investment branch of big mobility corporations, angels/VCs/CVCs)
  • private deal rooms are also on the menu

3/ A “Day After Manifesto” to open dialogue with EU decision makers:

(planned on the 21th of September at the European Commission, tbc)

  • The EU Startup Prize is crowdsourcing its large community of startups to collect ideas and solutions, in the form of a Manifesto, that will be delivered to the EU level so the EU can better support green innovation in the aftermath of Covid-19.
  • It starts with a survey: to be filled by startups (startups which never applied to the EUSP are very much welcome to take the survey too!). It takes no more than 10 minutes.
  • In that regard, the top 10 will be presenting the Manifesto to:

    – Vice President Maros Sefcovic of the European Commission on Foresight, in charge of the European Battery Alliance, will pick up the best ideas to feed this European Commission roadmap;
    – Chairwoman Karima Delli of the Committee on Transport will also open the doors of the European Parliament by presenting the Manifesto to the Green members of the Transport, Energy, Environment and Industry Committee.
  • Wanna be part of it? Fill in and share our survey. The more contributions, the more impactful we will be !

(The design thinking process of the Manifesto is powered by EUSP in collaboration with The Morph Company (Berlin) and Yellow Design Foundation (Brussels))

4/ The Grand Ceremony

Given the cancellation of the Ceremony that was first planned in Vivatech in June, a new Ceremony will be now programmed for the end of the year (date and place to be confirmed)

5/ 1 million APIs designed by TomTom will be offered to the top 50 startups

In addition to the above, the 4 Gold award winners of the EU Prize Ceremony will be awarded with an extra 4 million APIs.



  • 20 February 2020: application opened
  • 30 April 2020: applications closed
  • May 2020: announcement of the top 50 
  • July 2020: announcement of the top 10
  • September-November 2020: implementation of the “Day After Programme”
  • November 2020: Ceremony and appointment of the Gold Awards



Press kit:


Communication kit: 

Link for startups to apply: 

Follow us on Social Media: #EUSPformobility 



Grégory Merly, Managing Director 

+336 58 88 80 95



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Berlin, 20.02.2020

The EU Startup Prize community has met with the Berlin tech ecosystem for an evening of conference, networking and to open together the application process of its 2020 edition.

150 startupers, investors and transportation companies were attending the venue. A unique occasion to tell those startups why the European level should be their market and how the EU Startup Prize will help them scale up in this direction.

The EU level, leaded by its founder, Karima Delli, member of the European Parliament and Chairwoman of the Transports Committee, together with representatives of EU bodies (European Investment Bank) and EU-funded programmes for innovation (SESAR, Shift2Rail) explained to the startupers how they can accelerate startups’ development and cooperation.

Big European corporations such as Groupe ADP, RATP group, Europcar Mobility Group, GRDF, TomTom; when the co-founders of the EU Startup Prize, BCG and Via ID, underlined the multiple ways of helping startups to grow and the value of our community for sustainable mobility.

Most importantly the Challenge 2020 is now open: European startups and startups from the associated countries of the programme Horizon 2020 are now invited to apply to our new Prize. They have 6 weeks to complete their registration.

But first step first, the applications are now open at the following link:


  • Karima Delli, Member of the European Parliament and Chairwoman of the Transports Committee
  • Joël Hazan, Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group
  • Jean-François Dhinaux, Strategy and CMO at Via-ID

are delighted to invite you to the press conference of the EU Startup Prize for mobility (EUSP), at 5:15 pm on the 20 February 2020, at the @Drivery, prior their Opening Ceremony of the EUSP Challenge 2020.

2020 is the 3RD edition of the EU Startup Prize for mobility:
– in 2018, 500 startups applied for this prestigious Prize of the EU
– in 2019, 570 startups took a chance for the second edition
– in 2020, the story is not written yet…

Why Berlin?
There has been a crush between the EUSP and the vibrant Berlin tech ecosystem since we have created the Prize in 2018.”, said Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Transports Committee at the European Parliament. Indeed, Germany is the 3rd country sending the most startups last year, with 34 proud representatives after France (130) and Spain (36) and right before the UK (24) and Italy (17).
Our Kick-off event shows already 250 startups, venture capitals and big transportation companies registered from all over Europe.

After the giant fundraising of Blablacar in 2018 (200 million euros) and Bolt last year (175 million dollars), who is going to be the next in line?
We select every year the 10 best startups for sustainable mobility in Europe. Our selection criteria compare business models of startups as well as their environmental and social impact.”, says Jean-François Dhinaux, CMO and Strategy at Via-ID.
Then, the EUSP helps the 10 winners to scale up in Europe, via a 6 month acceleration programme.
Boston Consulting Group commits every year to provide a pro bono mentoring for the top winners : we help them to sharpen their strategy and expand their business into new countries..“, underlines Joël Hazan, Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group.

Countries, tech ecosystems, labs from big corporations, incubators are therefore preparing their best candidate for the 2020 Challenge. Our key dates for them:
– 20 February 2020: applications open
– 31 Mars 2020: applications close
– 24 April 2020: announcement of the Top 50
– 26 May 2020: announcement of the Top 10
– 11 June 2020: Grand Ceremony at Vivatech (Paris)

Come and meet the European startups who dream of winning the 2020 edition, our founders, partners as well as members of the Jury.
– Press conference will take place @Drivery: 5:15pm => 5:45pm
– Kick-off event: 6:00pm => 7:30pm
– Networking Cocktail: 7:30pm => 8:30pm

Grégory Merly, Managing Director
+336 58 88 80 95

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