Focus on 30 new applicant startups of mobility

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European Startup Prize rewards the most promising and inspiring startups of mobility in Europe. A few days ago, we introduced the first 25 entrants startups. Today, we have the pleasure to introduce 30 new applicant startups !

European Startup Prize co-founded by the European Parliament in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group and Via ID, a mobility startup accelerator in Europe, who manage the selection process and jury duties.

The top 10 selected startups will get unprecedented visibility through an all-expenses paid tour of five European tech capitals to meet potential customers, investors, business accelerators and local partners in 2018.

In addition to this tour, 4 finalists will be selected by the jury to each receive 4 months of dedicated business and legal coaching offered by The Boston Consulting Group and other legal and corporate partners to help these startups expand their operations in other European countries!


AutoKAB / Safe Autonomy-as-a-Service for Public Transport Vehicles / France

Capte / Leveraging vehicle’s connectivity / Netherlands / The one stop shop for renting connected vehicles anywhere, anytime / France

CDSI / Drone / France

Chargery / Mobile charging stations for electric vehicles in urban areas / Germany

Citodi / Real time optimization for transportation companies / France

Citynomadi / Location in City, Environment, Building, Gaming (wellbeing and education) / Finland

Data Tegy / Data Science meets Strategy / France

Donkey Republik / Smart and scalable city bike-sharing, bike-rental service / Denmark

Easy Rain / A safety system albe to prevent and counteract hydroplaning in vehicles / Italy

Eliport / Autonomous ground-based delivery robots / Spain

Energy Elephant / Smartly connecting electric vehicles to renewable energy generation / Ireland

eVo-pods / eVo is a new shared transportation system for smart cities / France

Fair Trade Cab / The World’s First Fair Ride on the Blockchain / France

Greenrail / Greenrail the innovative and sustainable railway sleeper / Italy

Grizz / Helping visually impaired by guiding them with the sense of touch  / France

HelloJet | JetRelation / Making BizAv accessable for charter by superseeding the expensive broker / Germany

Huvr Trek / Connecting the world with love for people without road, rails nor runways / Spain

Jamnet / It is a digital platform of TIR-sharing for helping transportation logistic / Italy

Knot city / Kick scooter automated rental / France

LMX Bikes / Setting to shape the future of 2 wheeled sport-utility transportation / France

MobyPlanner / Plan and optimize the movements of field staff in a few click / Italy

Moonstart / Conception of innovative systems for micro-mobility / France

Moprim / Fueling smart mobility / Finland

Nextérité / Everyday Solutions with Semantic and Machine Learning technologies / France

Open Transport / The Mobility as a Service API / Netherlands

Otonohm / Design, manufacture and distribute multi-purpose batteries for mobility / France

Sihuhu / Timetable chat bot of the trains / Hungary

TwinswHeel / Developing droids for last mile delivery / France

Vivanoda / Compares and combine air, rail, bus, ferries, ridesharing / France

WayzUp /  Carpooling offer for all transport pass holders / France


European Startup Prize for mobility wants to design the mobility of tomorrow

The challenge is huge. With the support of the European Parliament and prestigious sponsors, Karima Delli, The Boston Consulting Group and Via ID launched European Startup Prize for mobility on 7 December. This initiative combines startups’ creativity, with the strength of the European institutions and their private partners in order to imagine the future of mobility of goods and people.

It is 6.30pm, this Thursday, December 7th. In a small salon, Karima Delli stays focus and reads her notes. The MEP and Chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee and founder of the prize will launch the European Startup Prize in a few minutes, in front of some 200 guests and partners.

A prize as close as possible to the concerns of Europeans

On average, a European spends 2 hours a day on transport. More than 6 out of 10 Europeans use the car every day … and are often stuck in traffic jams. Traffic jams that slow down activity and cost 275 euros per citizen: almost 1% of the total GDP of the European Union! “We don’t have a choice anymore, it’s an emergency, the world needs to change,” says Karima Delli.

The MEP puts forward a shock figure: air pollution causes the untimely death of 500,000 people per year in Europe. “This award is more than a diploma or a piece of paper. It’s a real change, “she says.

The European market: a 110m hurdles

Europe is a great opportunity for a startup. The Old Continent brings together talent, excellent research, infrastructure, good public services and good universities.

Frédéric Mazzella, founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar and sponsor of the award, is not mistaken: “The playground is huge for mobility in Europe. Everything is there: big cities, large urban spaces close to the rural world. The new mobility has yet to be invented.

Guests and partners all agree on one point: the complexity of the European market. A heterogeneous market, complicated to tackle with different needs and modes of consumption. A market that requires constant adaptation to different regulations, market sizes, consumer habits or taxation.

There is not really a European market. Truth be told, there are 28 legislations and a cruel lack of standardization. It can be complicated for a startup that is just starting. Being in competition with an Asian or American startup is a bit like running a 110m hurdles when your competitor runs a 100m, “says Frédéric Mazella. Jean-François Dhinaux, Director of strategic marketing and synergies at Via ID confirms: “We must consider Europe as a playground. But we should not think small, we have to think differently!

Frédéric Mazzella

Support and coach the winners

10 selected startups will go on a European tour (Paris, Berlin, Tallinn, Copenhagen, Barcelona) to participate in major European tech events. Meeting with public and private decision makers, investors, experts: the boost is far from being negligible.

To meet this lack of standardization of the European market, the 4 winners will also follow a personalized 4-month business and legal coaching program. It is notably Simona Frazzani, from the law firm Grimaldi, who will lead this essential support. “Before you start, it’s important to study where you can go. It is necessary to look at the laws, the contentious, the position of the State on this or that sector. It is important to evaluate the risks, “she explains.

50% of European startups have not yet passed the first stage of development. European Startup Prize wants to help them.

Witch selection criteria?

The jury comprises 10 experts, such as the entrepreneur Gilles Babinet or Kadri Simson, the Estonian Minister for the economy, who will make their choice according to several selection criteria: mainly the startup’s will to develop in Europe and to put the innovation at the service of cleaner and more inclusive mobility. The goal of the startup: revolutionize the world of mobility

The jury has obviously not yet made its choice but 2 categories of startups should be selected: 2 senior startups (which have already proven their potential and who are at the beginning of the Europeanization of their development) and 2 juniors (which begin their development and are interested in the European market).

The support of the European Union

 European Startup Prize for mobility is sponsored by the European Parliament and the European Commission. Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Single Digital Market was present at the launch party.

In his speech, he highlights a reality: “Cities spend every year crazy amounts of money in mobility. Yet today we still see buses running empty. Why? Why not use carpooling for example?” Andrus Ansip came to this launch party with a car-sharing app Wayzup.

Andrus Ansip, “data is key for startups”

After highlighting the important role of startups in the European economy, he reminds that the European Commission works on two important leverage: open data and public markets. “Startups should soon be fully integrated into public procurement processes,” he says. The eyes of Karima Delli sparkle. She jumps at the opportunity: “Careful, we heard you well!

The calendar

Startups wishing to participate in this European Start Up Prize for Mobility are invited to submit their application on the website until 8 January. Awards ceremony will take place on 22nd February in Brussels with pitch session  for the 10 selected startups  and the announcement of the 4 laureates.

European Startup Prize Team


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Where are we on automated cars?

Are self-driving vehicles really the future of mobility?

The technology is ready

It may seem like we have been talking about autonomous cars for ages now, so much so that we are growing impatient: are they really going to happen? And when? It turns out, they’re already happening. Since the start of 2017, Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google) has been testing its rebranded Google Cars in real-life conditions. In November, the company announced the upcoming launch of an autonomous minivan taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona, with no safety drivers on board. “We want the experience of traveling with Waymo to be routine, so you want to use our driver for your everyday needs,” John Krafcik, Waymo’s chief executive officer, said at the Web Summit Conference. “Fully self-driving cars are here.” In California, no less than 42 companies are now allowed to test autonomous cars on open roads with no-one on board.

How will it develop?

While most efforts around self-driving cars have been led by Silicon Valley giants, Europe — and particularly Germany — is also in the race. There, “fledgling driverless projects (…) are (…) focused on utilitarian self-driving vehicles for mass transit that barely exceed walking pace,” notes The New York Times. “European transportation groups and city planners are (…) aiming to connect these unglamorous driverless vehicles to existing public transportation networks of subways and buses,” adds the newspaper, tallying more than 20 pilot or existing public transport programs in Europe involving autonomous vehicles.

Right now, the vehicles developed in the Silicon Valley are a luxury, to say the least — Tesla’s least expensive car starts at $69,500. But in the U.S. as well, it is very likely that few people will own their own Tesla or Waymo. Most manufacturers are striking deals with private hire platforms: Lyft, Uber’s main competitor in the U.S., has already partnered with Waymo and Ford. The future of driverless cars thus seems to be lying with on-demand services and public transportation.

Is it sustainable?

The manufacturers argue that autonomous cars will drastically reduce car accidents, 90% of which are caused by human error. Others claim benefits for the environment, too. General Motors has chosen to commit to battery-electric propulsion, with the motto: “Zero emissions. Zero crashes. Zero congestion.” The market is already splitting between this option (chosen by GM and Tesla) and hybrid-electric technology (chosen by Ford, Waymo and Uber), sparking debate about whether autonomous cars can really be sustainable. As The Verge sums up, “Electric power may be the future of the auto industry, but so is autonomy. Economies of scale, and not a commitment to environmentalism, will determine how many driverless cars are powered by electricity, and how many are not.”

Announcing the first 25 entrant startups of European Startup Prize

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European Startup Prize rewards the most promising and inspiring startups of mobility in Europe. There is only 3 weeks left for startups to apply for the open call for the European Startup Prize. Meanwhile, meet the first 25 entrants startups, recommended by our community partners.

European Startup Prize co-founded by the European Parliament in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group and Via ID, a mobility startup accelerator in Europe, who manage the selection process and jury duties.

The top 10 selected startups will get unprecedented visibility through an all-expenses paid tour of five European tech capitals to meet potential customers, investors, business accelerators and local partners in 2018.

In addition to this tour, 4 finalists will be selected by the jury to each receive 4 months of dedicated business and legal coaching offered by The Boston Consulting Group and other legal and corporate partners to help these startups expand their operations in other European countries! All seed and early stage startups are welcome to apply from all round the Europe. Application deadline January 8, more information can be found here.

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Meet the first 25 applicants:

Amedit / Creating future of e-mobility / Slovenia

AppyParking / One place for every space / United Kingdom

Biklio / Platform of benefits to bicycle users, where businesses connect with them / Portugal

BitwardIt / Spin-off from the AssaAbloy Corporation / Finland

CarAmigo / Peer-to-peer car rental marketplace / Belgium

CarPay-Diem / Allowing any mobile app  to activate any fuel pump / Luxembourg

Carwatt / Powering second life of li-ion batteries and vehicles / France

Cycad team / Building electric bamboo bike with and offering per kilometer / Belgium

Exclin / Exclin engineers a sea-change in high-speed freight / United Kingdom / Bike station-less sharing system / France

Greenspider / Technology solution for smart mobility / Germany

Gyrolift / Inclusive mobility solution / France

OpenDataSoft / Platform making cities and organizations smarter and more open / France

Pack’nDrive / Insurance / France

Parkour / Seamless drive-through payments, with any car / Hungary / A sharing economy marketplace for parking / Greece

ShargeMe /  Vehicle to Vehicle Electric Recharge for evolving the concept of EVs Charge / Italy

Stuart / Smarter urban logistics for businesses / France

Tindrive / A2B car rental / Sweden

Toposens / 3D ultrasound sensor that enables autonomous driving and people tracking / Germany

Tracefy Smart Mobility solutions / GPS technology for bicycles and fleet-management / Netherlands

Unu motors / E-mobility solution that connects people to their city / Germany

Volabo / High Power 48 V Drives, Further, Safer, Cleaner / Germany

WeNowteam / Connected dongle to the car which helps every driver measure / France Zenbus / Dedicated app to the bus passengers, transport operators and public authorities / France


One Planet Summit: Why clean mobility matters

Air pollution was linked to 6.5 million deaths in 2015, according to a study published in The Lancet. Every year, the number grows and the case gets stronger for a drastic mitigation of air pollution. And one of the main ways to do that is to tackle mobility.

Bike share and flying cars

Even though rural areas are exposed to their own forms of pollution, the health impacts of air quality are mostly observed in cities. Today, only 12% of city-dwellers live in areas that comply with the World Health Organization’s air quality guideline levels. By 2050, 66% of mankind is expected to live in cities and urban areas, so the challenge to preserve the health of billions of people will become even more pressing.

The first, obvious and most fundamental way to do that is to tackle mobility — which essentially means developing alternatives to cars. Luckily, initiatives already abound. According to the 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index published by Arcadis, the three most sustainable cities when it comes to mobility are Hong Kong, Zurich and Paris, mostly because they have very efficient public transport systems. While cities like Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Utrecht are the most bike-friendly places in the world. But private actors are also leading the fight against air pollution. There is innovation everywhere. We see start-ups and initiatives that facilitate cycling to work (like Ofo, a station-free bike share platform, or Bikeep and its ultra secure bike parking solution), make car-pooling easier (like Wayzup, that brings together employees of the same company, and Fleetme, which works as an extension of the public transport system), or straight-up invent new kinds of mobility (like Lilium and its 100% electric flying cars, and Seabubbles and its floating taxis).

Two years after the adoption of the Paris agreement, and at the end of a year that has seen the United States withdraw from it, the challenge for clean mobility is as pressing as ever. On December 12th, 4000 people are gathering for the One Planet Summit in Paris to set off new actions on climate change: “a main focus of this event will be to determine how those working in public and private finance can innovate to support and accelerate our common efforts to fight climate change,” write the organisers on the event’s website. France, together with the UK, would notably like to form a group of countries, cities or regions committed to becoming carbon neutral.

While political will is essential if we are to remain under the 2°C objective, change will also keep coming from innovative, cutting-edge private. Today more than ever, we are keeping our eye on European Startup Prize for mobility who will help invent the clean mobility of tomorrow.

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Launching party Thursday 7th december – Paris

Mobility is a part of the everyday life of Europeans and a key sector of the global economy.

To meet mobility needs in the long term, innovation in mobility must be responsible for the benefit of humanity and the planet.

The European Startup Prize for Mobility aims to make Europe the pioneer of innovation in sustainable mobility. It’s also a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in this sector to shape the mobility industry of tomorrow.

For this first edition, the award ceremony will take place in Brussels on February 22, 2018. The selected startups will participate in a series of European events to meet their potential investors and new customers.
The first four will benefit from a personalized business and legal support program.

On Thursday 7th December 2017 at 7pm, the EU Startup Prize for Mobility will be officially launched at Hub BPI France, 8 boulevard Haussman in Paris. All of our French and European partners as well as many startups will be present.

Let’s help startups invent the mobility of tomorrow

If the part of our life spent in transport is too often incurred, it is because it is punctuated by traffic jams, pollution and even road accidents. Whose fault is that? To a mobility built for decades without involving the main stakeholders: us, the citizens.

In the 21st century, we have the choice: no longer wasting time in transport is a possibility! The recipe is simple: it is up to us, citizens and entrepreneurs, to invent our own mobility throughout Europe. Car-sharing and carpooling are already changing mobility, but this is just the beginning.

The issues at stake are enormous, the challenge all the more exciting: giving priority to everyday transport; reducing fractures between suburbs, rural areas and city centers; eradicating air pollution; preserving every life on our roads; giving everyone access to transport at competitive rates; moving goods quickly to every corners of the continent.

Startup creators are already working on it! In this changing world, they have realized that the present is when future is being invented. Here and now. Our duty, political and economic decision-makers alike, is therefore to support them and give them all the space they need to bring their projects to life

Without technological innovation, how can we hope to make our mobility sustainable and efficient? How can we overcome the symbolic boundaries between what we called our “means of transport”, in order to merge them within the same mobility path, on foot, by train, by bike or by car? Now that the present sounds the death knell of conventional engine, how can we finally ensure the emergence of clean and intelligent vehicles?

Let’s not hesitate any longer: let’s adopt a pan-European approach, open and inclusive, so that public institutions, established economic players and start-ups can collaborate in a connected world at the service of the mobility of Europeans.

This booming sector is an opportunity for the whole Europe. We already have all the ingredients to build the future champions of sustainable mobility: innovative talents and ideas, successful universities and incubators, committed businesses and citizens, extraordinary infrastructure.

Let us not be afraid to support the initiatives that are already forging the everyday life of millions of citizens. All European Startup Prize For Mobility partners are dedicated to helping European startups bring their dreams to life. With one goal in mind: that their dreams benefit the 500 million Europeans. Let’s make intelligence a collective adventure, starting December 7th, 2017!