Within EIT Urban Mobility, cities are our driving force and enabler of faster innovation adoption. To harness the wider city innovation capacity and ensure innovation closer to citizens, EIT Urban Mobility developed a Rapid Application for Transport (RAPTOR) Pilot in 2021.
This pilot helped four cities/towns identify niche mobility issues in specific locations with defined parameters and clear success criteria. Once these niche city mobility challenges were defined, a competition was launched for local innovators, teams and startups to propose any solution as long as the original issue and outcomes were addressed. This provided space for lateral thinking beyond our own networks.
Each city, supported by technical and business advisors, selected the most promising solution to receive a prize, in-kind and cash, to advance the proposal to a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to be tested in the city within four months of award. For the Innovation programme of EIT Urban Mobility, agile, entrepreneurial innovation based on problem/challenges with rapid development timelines closer to citizens and in a named location has the potential to become a powerful tool in our innovation agenda.
With this RAPTOR call, the EIT Urban Mobility will select three city partnerships from around Europe to replicate the initial pilot programme.
EIT Urban Mobility Core Partner or an Affiliated Entity of a Core Partner are eligible to apply along with 1 to 2 consortia partner(s) with experience leading or past involvement in managing accelerator programmes and/or venture builders.
Details of the RAPTOR Call:
- Call opening: 13 December 2021
- Call closing: 14 February 2022
- Eligibility and admissibility check: End of February 2022
- Evaluation of proposals by external experts: End of March 2022
- Panel hearing: End of March 2022
- Communication of results: Early April 2022
- Project Start: 01 May 2022
Budget Allocation: Up to EUR 630.000 for up to three projects
Check out the list of documents to take into consideration here
Short summary of the topics to be addressed:
Rapid Agile Support for Cities: Rapid Applications for Transport (RAPTOR) aims to address niche city mobility challenges for cities/towns/neighbourhoods and promote local solutions by funding individuals, teams, startups or SMEs with support from the respective city/town/neighbourhood.