EIT Urban Mobility has launched the first call for proposals for its Business Plan 2022-2024 on Academy.
Urban Mobility has gone through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that make our cities the economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and innovative beating hearts of our society, were also the weakest points when faced with a new and deadly threat.
Wise medical advice led to lockdowns that inevitably saved millions of lives while freezing personal mobility. Who we are today, how we relate to each other, and how we perceive and move around our cities has changed. Maybe forever. EIT Urban Mobility was privileged to play a small role in COVID Response Initiatives. Inclusive logistics projects protecting the elderly and vulnerable were rolled out in Budapest touching thousands. New ruggedised rickshaws were designed for handicapped and reduced mobility passengers in the hilly cities of Bergamo and Bilbao. As road space was taken back for public space, citizens in five cities were able to design and manufacture their street furniture for their own public spaces. New nanotech sprays covered the surfaces of our buses and metros, to ensure we got home safely.
In 2021, the EIT Community decided to launch a call for the Business Creation Programme 2022 focused on the City Challenge Areas. This year, EIT Urban Mobility will focus on five simple areas: Active Mobility, Sustainable Logistics, Energy and Mobility, Future Mobility and Creating Public Realm.
Main features of the call
The overall purpose of the Business Creation programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens' lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.
The Business Creation programmes help entrepreneurs grow their successful business ventures. It does so by providing a new-business-friendly environment, offering start-ups and scale-ups training, advice, funding and opportunities for networking.
For the Business Plan 2022, Business Creation specifically looks for actions to continue and improve content, formats and business models of the Accelerator Programmes and SME Hub. The Business Creation call in 2022 is focusing on two areas that reflect the different stages of maturity and needs of start-ups and SMEs: Acceleration and the SME Hub.
- Call opening: 19 March 2021
- Call closing: 18 May 2021
- Eligibility and admissibility check: end of May 2021
- Evaluation of proposals: June 2021
- Communication of results: beginning of July 2021