In case you somehow missed it, on Thursday we gathered the entire EUSP ecosystem in Berlin’s Drivery to kickstart the 2020 edition. In front of a packed room of Berliner startups, we held pitches and roundtables among our founders, partners, and judges. But the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly when we counted down to the launch of the Prize application platform. Yes, you heard correctly, you can now use our Agorize platform to submit your application to this year’s EU Startup Prize. The platform will remain open until 31.3.2020.
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Meanwhile, here are some of the evening’s highlights:
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.
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 ConsultingGroup 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