Unfortunately not. As much as we would like to address transport mobility in the whole of Europe, unfortunately only startups/teams based in EU member states are eligible for this program.
It is not required to be legally registered to apply for the HiReach Startup Lab, though there should be a willingness to incorporate into a company, after the Bootcamp phase, to invoice further investment for the next phases.
Host Companies are organizations (private or public) that are handpicked from our network and are a relevant partner for your acceleration phase. Our host companies come from a variety of sectors; public or private transport operators, local authorities/municipalities, car/van manufacturers, mobility companies, IT companies, open data projects, etc. They typically deal with a transport poverty challenge and they are seeking to collaborate with startups to create solutions. The Host Companies will be able to provide your startup with access to test/target groups, lab facilities, testing grounds, technical expertise, and other resources to develop a pilot.
Three examples of host companies in our database:
- A consultancy from Belgium that is working with 2 municipalities and the transport regional council to develop a carpool scheme at neighbourhood level in order to substitute for reduced public transport offer. Their goal is to improve mobility for people in remote areas and elderly.
- A local authority from the UK that created a platform for people to book an on-demand responsive transport service that needs to be made more accessible and more functionality. They they want to collaborate with a startup to develop an app.
- A local authority from Greece wants to increase the use and accessibility of public transport by youth and is seeking innovative solutions.
The Host Companies come from all over the EU. We will match you with a Host Company that best fits your startup based on the product/service you are developing and the nature of the pilot. Whenever possible we will match you with a Host Company close to you(r country/region).
Yes, you can also bring a pilot (instead of being matched with a Host Company). In the case you want to bring a pilot, we ask you to briefly describe the pilot and the partner you’ll be working with in the application form.
For the Acceleration and Trial phase it is not necessary to be based in a certain location, we will be working online and through calls - you will have weekly touch points with us/your business coach/your Host Company. For the pilot you will most likely need to meet your Host Company several times and/or travel to the region in which the pilot takes place.
The financial support is in cash, the services offered by the acceleration program are additional.
The financial support available for the 3 stages is lump sum and travel costs to these events should be covered from that.
The financial support of up to €12,5k is meant to cover the costs for developing the pilot with the Host Company. The Host Company will provide time and resources to collaborate with you on developing the pilot, this can include but is not limited to e.g. outreach to the target group, collaboration with important stakeholders in the region, dedication of staff.
The financial support for the €2.500 for the Bootcamp phase will be transferred as soon as you attended the full Bootcamp. (Pre-financing a train/flight ticket to Vienna should not be the bottleneck for startups to participate though, and in case it would be, please contact us.)
In principle the financial support is given at the end of each phase upon presenting the deliverables as agreed between you and the HiReach Startup Lab upon entering these phases. However, pre-financing certain costs should not be a bottleneck to participate in the HiReach Startup Lab, in case it would be, please contact us.
The ITS conference in Lisbon lasts 3 days (18-20 May 2020), however you are required to be present during 1 day for the showcasing (the exact date of the showcasing is still to be defined). The Demo Day in Brussels is also 1 day.
No, but you’ll need to be ready to develop one in the course of the program. (If you do have a prototype you can also apply).
We are not only interested in digital solutions; we are interested in all kinds of innovative mobility solutions (including physical products) that are addressing transport poverty, including but not limited to: informal ride-sharing and vanpooling services, community transport services, innovative ride-hailing mobility services, on-demand flexible public transport, smart vehicles, smart cities, open-source software, parking, logistics, customized mobility, accessibility, navigation information, data & IoT, smart infrastructures, service design, passenger experience, environment, safety and security in mobility.
Yes, you need to be 18 on January 1st 2020 to apply for the HiReach Startup Lab.