WHY DO WE HOLD A MOBILITY STARTUP EUROPE AWARDS?
Transport has always been a vital aspect of the human life. The current focus in placed in the creation of new efficient transport means as well as the continuation to ameliorate the existing ones in order to reduce costs and increase its safety towards people and the environment.
Transport is also a crucial aspect of the UE economy. The European commercial road transport sector employs nearly 11 million people directly, about 5% of total EU employment. Road transport accounts for nearly half of all freight transport operations. Passenger transport is expected to grow by 42% by 2050 and freight transport by more than 60% in the same period.
For these reasons, different measures are being taken at a European level.
In the recent years, the European Commission has been releasing Mobility Packages covering areas such as CO2 related matters, regulation, taxation and technology development. The Mobility Package is intended to address a number of problems or support specific developments within the European road transport sectors. To simplify the rules in order to achieve a more consistent enforcement across all Member States as well as supporting social fairness, fair competition, improving the environmental performance of and encouraging innovation.
More recently, the European Commission for Mobility and Transport is developing a study on the aforementioned concerns (safety, pollution, economic issues), which will be finalised in May 2019 and presented at the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council meeting in June this year.
In addition, the European International Bank is fostering the development of an innovative and sustainable European car industry through an agreement which will support CIE Automotive plants in Spain, the Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Romania, Portugal and Lithuania with an 80 million euros loan under Juncker Plan.
Therefore, the Mobility Startup Europe Awards seeks to encourage governments and enterprises to commit themselves to the current issues affecting mobility and transport for the sake of the economy, society and environment.
Rewarding startups developing innovative solutions for reducing costs, transport clean transition and transport digitalisation as well as helping to redefine the mobility legislation in order to unify the European framework.
The most important eligibility criteria are the following:
- Business Model
- Customer Value Proposition
- Scalability and Market Reach
- Social Clauses: job generated, gender policy, social inclusion, collaboration with NGOs, trainees program.
- European Dimension: participation in European funded projects, partnership or agreements with other European partners.