Press Release 11.01.19

Only 10 More Days to Apply to the European Startup Prize for Mobility

200 startups have already applied to the second edition of the prize and are ready to meet an exceptional jury

Paris, 11 January, 2019 – With ten days to go and 200 startups registered, the second edition of the European Startup Prize for Mobility is already set to be a success. The Eligible startups can still apply via the website until the 21st January. Applications are free and open to all startups in the mobility and transport sector within the European Union.

Created by Karima Delli, President of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament and co-founded by the Boston Consulting Group and Via ID, the European Startup Prize for Mobility aims to promote European technology startups which  envision and develop innovative solutions in the field of sustainable mobility. In the long run, the objective of the prize is to help the most innovative startups develop in  the European market.

There are many benefits of entering the competition: international recognition and visibility, a European tour in five big tech cities for the best 10 start-ups, the opportunity to receive financial and environmental advice from  top experts or even the chance to get targeted support from the Boston Consulting Group for the four “super winners”.

But above all, candidates have the opportunity to build a strong European network through quality connections, starting with the members of the jury. Made up of key professionals in the industry, major tech players, experts, investors and  European ministers, the jury is responsible for selecting the winners of the prize based on economic, innovation and ecological criteria.

Meet the European Startup Prize for Mobility jury :

Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee

Responsible for a key report on sustainable urban mobility when the Volkswagen scandal broke out, Delli gradually specialised in the air pollution issue and the future of mobility. In February 2016, after having worked to set up a European Parliament inquiry committee on “dieselgate”, she became vice-president of the Commission of Inquiry on the measurement of emissions in the automotive sector. She works every day for the sustainable, inclusive and connected transport of tomorrow.

Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport | Sponsor

Since her nomination to the post of European Transport Commissioner in 2014, Violeta Bulc has made transport innovation, digitalisation and decarbonisation priorities for the European Union. An academic, author and former Vice-Prime Minister of Slovenia, Violeta Bulc has also led Vibacom, which brings innovative solutions to enterprises in the domain of sustainable development.

Joël Hazan, Partner & Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group

A Fellow at the BCG think tank BCG Henderson Institute (BHI), where he focuses his research on the mobility of the future, Joël Hazan has a client base of several European leaders in transport services and infrastructures, mobility platforms and OEMs. He launched and piloted Mobility Nation, a unique initiative that brought together public and private, start-ups and research institutes around the Vision for Mobility in 2030 in the Parisian region.

Jean-François Dhinaux, Head of Strategy and Synergies at Via ID

Jean-François has previously led the sales and digital transformation of several international brands, before creating his own disruptive service and tech startups. With Via ID, Jean-François has developed an expertise in new mobilities and transportation. He’s the co-founder, along with the CNPA, of the mobilities startup accelerator of Station F, the largest startup campus in the world, called Moovelab.

Catherine Leboul Proust, Chief Strategy Officer at GRDF

Former executive secretary of LYDEC, a subsidiary of SUEZ based in Casablanca, Catherine Leboul-Proust joined GRDF after 20 years of experience in the industrial and energy sector where she has held various positions in the fields of institutional relations, corporate social responsibility and change management and organisations.

Nicolas Bailleux, Director, Innovation Lab at Europcar Mobility Group

Former strategy consultant at Roland Berger, he has 10 years of experience in the e-commerce sector in corporate and start-up roles, before joining Europcar Mobility Group as Director of the Mobility Lab. With Nicolas Bailleux as its head, the Mobility Lab works in close collaboration with innovative entrepreneurs in the mobility sector, global accelerators as well as with key players from the Europcar Mobility Group.

Edward Arkwright, Chief Executive Director of Groupe ADP

Having held several positions at the Ministry of Finance and having worked as Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at the Caisse des Dépôts Group, Edward Arkwright joined Groupe ADP with the ambition of accelerating the competitiveness of air transport by making the group a reference model.

Tanja Kufner, Partner at MHP and Co-Founder at

Tanja Kufner is Partner at MHP and responsible for its startup and investment programs. She’s co-founder of and stage-agnostic programs for growing innovative companies in various sectors. Prior to MHP, she was the Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Smart Transportation & Energy in Berlin since its launch in 2014. To this date, she has invested in over 100 startups, ranging from Seed to Series A.

Martin Villig, Co-founder at Taxify

Martin Villig is co-founder of Taxify, European ride-hailing platform with 15M passengers and 500,000 drivers operating in 28 countries across Europe and Africa. Martin has been an entrepreneur for 20 years, and he has previously held management positions at Skype, Fortumo and NASDAQ Tallinn Stock Exchange. He co-founded Estonian Startup Leaders Club and Garage48 Foundation, which organizes hackathons across Europe.

Stéphanie Bourgeais, Managing Director of RATP Capital Innovation

Stephanie is responsible for new activities for RATP Group and is managing RATP Capital Innovation, the investment fund of RATP Group dedicated to the new mobilities and the Smart City. Stéphanie is on the board of RATP, Capital Innovation including Cityscoot or Klaxit, with whom she regularly meets to discuss the future of transport in France and beyond.

About the European Startup Prize for Mobility

Created to support the 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 of 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 the RATP, the program rewards the best of European innovations in the field of sustainable mobility by providing them with visibility, a network of qualified contacts, and the skills necessary to their development.

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