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The European Start-up Prize for Mobility has whittled down 568 entrants to 150 projects.
These will go on to the next stage of the competition – the second year that the accelerator programme for sustainable mobility options has been run – when their number will be reduced to 50 later this month.
The organisers say more established start-ups have entered this time, with 58% in business for more than three years, and an average of 14 employees.
“This is partly explained by the maturing and expansion of the mobility ecosystem in Europe which promotes start-ups and accelerate their growth,” said Jean-François Dhinaux, director of strategy at Via ID, and co-founder of the prize. “The success of this second edition is a strong indicator that the European mobility market is thriving.”
Entries are judged on criteria such as innovation, market traction and ecological impact. For the first time, one of the 10 final winners – to be announced in April - will be decided by a Europe-wide public vote.
“With nearly 100 more applications than last year, the second edition of the European Start-up Prize for Mobility is set to be another success and confirms our conviction that Europe must be the continent of innovation, harnessing its talents for a better quality of life for all,” said Karima Delli, president of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament (EP) and head of the initiative.
The scheme is supported by the EP and the European Commission. The list of the top 150 start-ups is here.