Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this competition / call for entries?

The European Startup Prize for mobility supports breakthrough innovations with the potential to shape the mobility landscape in Europe and around the world. Mobility and the transport of people and goods are part of the daily lives of Europeans and are key sectors of the global economy.

These diverse mobility needs are growing as fast as the population continues expanding. In order to meet these needs in the future, innovation in mobility must be both responsible and designed for the benefit of both humans and the planet.

What are the criteria for consideration for this competition?

All mobility startups incorporated in the European Union wishing to start or accelerate their development at the European level can apply on until January 21st, 2019.

There are six key selection criteria for the EU Startup Prize:

  • #1 Team: How strong does the managing team look?
  • #2 Market: How does the traction look for this startup?
  • #3 Impact: How ecologically and socially impactful could be this product/service?
  • #4 Innovation: How innovative/game-changing is this product/service?
  • #5 Execution: How would you assess the execution speed of the company since its incorporation?
  • #6 Europe: How much will this startup benefit from this European program?

The list of criteria is not comprehensive but the above details are provided to give Applicant a better idea on the selection process.

How does the selection works?

1- Evaluation Process:

All the candidates apply on F6S, if any technical issue they have the opportunity to contact directly the organization team of The European Startup Prize via the WebSite or F6S platform. The startup application can stay “in progress” status as long as the application survey is not finished. As soon as the survey is finished, the evaluation process starts

2- Elegibility

Each Startup passes a first step of eligibility that check if the startup covers the right subject on new mobility. The selection committee makes also the choice to award startups that already have a first traction and impact, ready to scale in Europe.

The selection process is organized in four levels of selection:

  1. Level one: among the applications, selection of 150 top companies who filled the registration form. The selection is made by the evaluation team.
  2. Level two: among the 150 top companies, selection of 50 top companies who have submitted the second level form prepared by the company “EarlyMetrics”. The selection is made by the evaluation team. A Facebook vote will be organized by EUSP in order to allow the public to choose one company 1 (the “Public’s Choice”) which will be a part of the 10 winners. The rules of the Facebook vote will be made public by EUSP in due time and fraudulent votes will not be accepted.


  3. Level three: the 50 top companies will be auditioned by the co-founders in order to assess their motivation as well as the quality of their application. At the end of this selection phase, 9 companies will be selected in addition to the Public’s Favorite to be the 10 winners.


  4. Level four: 4 gold awards winners will be selected by the Jury with of qualified personalities among the 10 winners (the exact list will be made public by EUSP in due time).

At each step of the selection process, all deliberations of the Jury will be confidential and no written decision will be provided to the Applicant. All decisions of the evaluation team and the jury are final and cannot be appealed.

Who are the evaluation team members?

It is a pool of experts in mobility and startups ecosystem, recruited by EUSP and the co-founders, in charge of the level one and two submission.

Who are the jury members?

A jury of 10 mobility stakeholders / influencers/ thought-leaders – actors in tech, mobility group investors and elected representatives from Europe, including Via ID and the Boston Consulting Group (the “Co-founders”) and some of the partners. The list of the members of the Jury is available at the following address: The Jury can change during the process.

What are Evaluation team and Jury Members rules?

All members of the evaluation team and jury are subject to the full confidentiality of all information communicated during the EU Prize selection process (read the rules of confidentiality). The scores from members with any direct or indirect link with a candidate that can influence the scoring process will not be taken into account in the evaluation process (This include Individual investor, Corporate investors, Board Members, Family, Advisor, Customer or Supplier relationship…).

What is the deadline for submitting applications?

January 21st, 2018

What other key dates should I keep in mind?

  • 13 December 2018: level one submissions open
  • 21 January 2019: level one submissions close
  • 4 February 2019: announcement of the top 150 applicants and opening of level two submissions – 18 February 2019: level two submissions close
  • 25 February 2019: announcement of the top 50 applicants and opening of the Public Votes
  • 25 March 2019: closing of the Public Votes 
  • 11 April 2019: announcement of the 10 winners (6 silver awards winners and 4 gold awards winners) including the Public’s Favorite during the award ceremony in Brussels

How many startups will be selected to pitch in Brussels on April 11, 2019?

The 10 winners will be selected to pitch in front of the jury during the main event at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 11th, 2019.

What is the prize package?

Each of the 10 winners of the EU Prize will be awarded:

  1. A tour of European cities during major events in the mobility sector (destinations can be changed):
  • European New Mobilities Summit (11 April 2019)
  • Vivatech in Paris (16 and 17 May 2019)
  • ITS European Congress in Brainport (3 and 4 June 2019)
  • New Mobility World Congress in Frankfurt (12 and 13 September 2019)
  • Smart City Congress in Barcelona (19 and 20 November 2019)

For each of these events, the 10 winners will be offered two entries, a stand, a pitching opportunity, a workshop with mobility experts. In addition, the EU Prize staff will help them to organize meetings with relevant leaders in their field (politicians, VCs or companies).

The 10 winners will be reimbursed 200 euros per person (maximum) for two people per companies (maximum) for the fees and expenses incurred.

  1. A ranking by Carbone 4 allowing them to assess the carbon impact of their company, which is a valuable metric in order to find investors or clients. In addition to the above, the 4 gold awards winners of the EU Prize will be awarded:
  2. Two months of dedicated coaching coordinated by BCG composed of:
  • a detailed outside-in analysis,
  • access to large potential clients and partners,
  • business advices by Via ID,
  • legal mentoring by Parallel Avocats (France) or Grimaldi Studio Legale (Europe), which will be integrated in BCG’s process (ie. participation to the identification and explanation of the legal framework and issues).

The winners are committed to attend every step of the European tour and mentoring event organized by the EU Prize. They also commit to publicly communicate on the EU Prize.

Who are the co-founders of this prize?

Karima Delli, an environmental and European Parliament member of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament, The Boston Consulting Group, a strategy consulting firm, and VIA ID, a mobility startups accelerator, created the European Startup Prize for mobility.

Which cities are included in the European Tour in 2019*?

  • European New Mobilities Summit (11 April 2019)
  • Vivatech in Paris (16 and 17 May 2019)
  • ITS European Congress in Brainport (3 and 4 June 2019)
  • New Mobility World Congress in Frankfurt (12 and 13 September 2019)
  • Smart City Congress in Barcelona (19 and 20 November 2019)

*destinations can be changed