Prague, Czech Republic, 8th June 2021 – This week has been rich in innovation activities on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) ground with connection to the new batches of EIT Urban Mobility ScaleTHENGlobal and Accelerator programme for mobility startups and scale-ups coming from all over Europe. Czech PowerHUB hosted a virtual kick-off and evaluation pitch session with the support of the partners of EIT Urban Mobility – CARNET Barcelona, UNTERNEHMERTUM, Fraunhofer, Xpreneurs, NFF, Digital Hub Mobility, Digital Logistic Hub Hamburg for ScaleTHENGlobal programme and SpinLab and Zone cluster for Accelerator programme.
ScaleTHENGlobal will support fifteen selected scale-ups with mentoring, coaching activities, and expert workshops for their future business development and expansion in the upcoming six months. EIT UM Business Creation Director Core – Fredrik Hanell delivered a welcome keynote speech followed by the presentation of the scale-ups.
Toufik Dallal (PowerHUB, Senior Project Manager) commented on PowerHUB engagement in the programme: “We are very excited to work with these young entrepreneurs, experts, and startups to helping them succeed, grow and bring to the daily life their innovative ideas and solutions. Our cooperation with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT aspires to be the European Silicon Valley) gives us also great cultural and professional experience and connects us with similar organizations like ours across Europe.”
In this second round of the Scaleup programme, each startup has different goals and expectations and therefore their Key Performance Indicators are specifically identified based on their solution, needs, and plans at the beginning of the program. All teams will be guided by an experienced lead mentor who will be helping them with a variety of technical and business questions. Additionally, a series of Expert Sessions will provide the teams with specific know-how, such as Pilot Preparation & Conceptualisation, Design Thinking, Social Selling, Brand Building, Marketing, and Customer Insights and Evaluations. One of the strong motivation factors is also the € 50.000 financing, that will be granted to the three best pilot projects with collaborating cities in addition to the € 25.000 worth of services for each selected startup.
The first batch of the Scaleup & GoGlobal programme in 2020 achieved great success. For example, Spanish startup Meep won the Reuters Mobility Summit competition.
Guillermo Campoamor (Meep, CEO) stated “The EIT UM Scaleup and GoGlobal programme helped us to focus our strategy and be prepared for a long-term deployment in the US. The people involved in this programme are true professionals and can guide you through key parts of the business. Meep will participate in other EIT UM programmes because it is key to our success.”
Accelerator programme is on the other hand designed for the early-stage startups and it is delivered in five Innovation Hubs. PowerHUB, SpinLab, and Zone cluster are partners in Innovation HUB East which managed to select five startups to participate in their Accelerator programme. Out of fifteen startups pitching, five of them will be granted € 5.000 equity-free funding, services in the value of € 30.000, connections to the Living Labs.
ATLAS AERO from Germany is reinventing Transport for the People: An efficient hybrid-electric aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing.
BLOCK from Hungary provides smart and secure bicycle racks to foster a sustainable and smart urban mobility.
GARGIO from Czech Republic tries to change that by providing a subscription that takes care of everything except pedalling.
PREPRAV.TO from Czech Republic is reloading half-empty trucks along their regular city shipping routes to avoid empty runs.
UNMANNED SYSTEMS from Bulgaria will offer bridging service to all airspace users, drone operators included, with the Aviation authorities to ease flight approval and authorization process.
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