Press Release 28.02.19

The 50 finalists of the European Startup Prize for Mobility 2019 have been revealed!

For the first time, European citizens will have the opportunity to directly contribute to the future of mobility in Europe by voting for their favorite project.

Brussels, 28th February 2019The European Startup Prize for Mobility today unveils the list of 50 finalists selected in the 2019 edition of the Prize and launches a citizen vote on Facebook in order to choose the 10 winners. Supported by both the European Parliament and the European Commission, the programme aims to promote European startups developing sustainable, safe and inclusive mobility innovations in Europe and beyond.

Selected among the 600 candidates who participated in the second edition of the Prize, 50 startup finalists have been evaluated by a committee of 60 European experts, based on criteria such as economics, innovation, ecological benefit, company structure and the European vision of the project. 14 European nationalities are represented in the Top 50 and cover a wide variety of specialist areas including urban mobility, long and short distance mobility, public transport, infrastructure, logistics, energy, navigation, data, vehicles and autonomous driving.

More experienced participants 

The second edition of the Prize is marked by a clear progression in the experience level of the candidates, in terms of team (4.2 years of existence and 25 employees on average) and economic model in the Top 50. This can be partly explained by the structuring and professionalism of the mobility ecosystem in Europe. Additionally, there is an increase in startups that have adopted a B2B model (83% vs 17%). The gap between service offerings and product offerings is narrowing (57% vs. 43%) in preference of a more hybrid model, which favors greater cooperation between all players in innovation – startups, large companies and public bodies. 

A strong UK presence

Among the countries participating, the Top 50 feature a strong UK contingent with 4 entries and various innovations ranging from sustainable tyres for electric vehicles, to a global car booking service to a sharing travel service app.

The citizens vote in addition to the jury’s choice

For the first time, the 10 winners of the Prize will be selected by public vote, taking place on the Facebook page of the Prize and open to all between February 28th and March 25th. To vote, Facebook users will have to ‘like’ a video of their favourite project. On March 25th, the startup that received the most likes will be considered winner of the public vote. The 9 remaining winners, including 4 ‘’super-winners’’, will be nominated by the Jury, bringing together leading European personalities from the mobility sector at the awards ceremony taking place in Brussels on April 11th.

At stake: A European Acceleration Programme

The 10 winners will benefit from an acceleration programme consisting of :

A European tour of five large technology hubs where they will be meeting investors and future clients (EUSP New Mobility Summit, Vivatech in Paris, ITS Europe in Brainport, New Mobility World in Frankfurt, Smart City World Congress in Barcelona).

The 4 ‘‘super-winners’’ will additionally benefit from 2 months of mentoring from the Boston Consulting Group as well as support with their commercial and legal plans from law firms ; Grimaldi Legal Studio and Parallel Lawyers.

The list of the 50 finalists is available at this link:

About the European Startup Prize for Mobility

Created to support startups that develop innovations in the field of sustainable mobility, the European Startup Prize for Mobility is a major public-private initiative launched by Karima Delli, President of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament, and co-founded by the Boston Consulting Group and Via ID. Supported by both the European Parliament and the European Commission, as well as by influential partners such as ADP, GRDF, Europcar Mobility Group and RATP, the programme rewards the best of European innovations in the field of sustainable mobility, bringing them visibility, a network of expert contacts and the skills needed for them to develop.

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