Scale-up Hub is part of EIT Urban Mobility's Business Creation programme and its aim is to promote startups working on the development of urban mobility solutions.
Its task continues with the support of 15 selected start-ups in the launch of their business projects.
Despite the limitations due to the COVID-19 crisis, the programme has maintained its work schedule. Face-to-face events have been replaced by online meetings. Activities began in May with a selection process. The last part of the selection process was a Bootcamp that took place on 26 and 27 May. It brought together representatives of 21 selected start-ups from a total of 144 applicants, including projects from Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and Israel.
How the 15 start-ups were selected
Through Zoom, the entrepreneurs participated in intense training and pitching sessions led by several mentors and six speakers. They received training and expert advice on business ideas, financing, social media and marketing, among other aspects. During the sessions, the startups had the opportunity to participate in an excellent work environment to improve their professional skills. After this training process, all teams refined their proposals with the aim of raising funds, through an itinerary in which startups had to work on their portfolios and on the ability to transmit their business idea, innovative proposals, scalability and the ability to obtain benefits from their development. Finally, a jury comprised of EIT Urban Mobility, City Club members and mobility experts selected the final 15 startups that will continue in the Scale-up Hub programme.
The programme has an interesting agenda that includes new online events combined with face-to-face meetings.
The next step of the Scale-up Hub is an event that will be held in Hamburg on 16 July 2020, where the 15 start-ups will virtually participate to present and defend their projects in front of more than 200 potential investors.
The 15 selected start-ups
The 15 start-ups that passed the first phase of the programme are: Veomo, GLEAM Technologies GmbH, RideBee UG, ParkDepot GmbH, TravelAi Ltd, Geovelo, HOP Ubiquitous (HOPU), Urban Radar, EVIO – Electrical Mobility, Last Mile Team, eParkomat (City Smart Parking s.r.o.), NÜWIEL GmbH, Breeze Technologies, ChargeX GmbH and Ottopia. Click here for more information.
Their projects are built on innovative mobility solutions and range from intelligent parking management to electrical solutions for travel and transportation, geolocation and tracking applications, and shared vehicles, among others. Each start-up has a complete programme of activities that includes training, networking, professional presentations and access to financing, as well as participation at the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress, scheduled for November.
Before the Scale-up Hub concludes at the end of 2020, the three best proposals will receive up to EUR 50 000 to test their respective proposals in pilot projects.
Partners organising the Scale-up Hub programme
The Scale-up Hub programme is organised by a multidisciplinary, international consortium led by CARNET (coordinated by CIT UPC) and comprised of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), UnternehmerTUM, Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and PowerHUB.