Start-ups focused on driving innovation in transport and mobility will be a special focus at this years ITS European Congress in Eindhoven.
On 7 May the ITS European Congress will take place and there will be a special host topic on Start-ups, Disruption and Future Workforce that will examine how to integrate start-ups and give them the support they need to reach their full innovative potential.
The topic will examine the impact on transport and mobility of emerging technologies, and investigate how innovative approaches like ride sharing are changing the way companies look at value chains. It will see how best to integrate start-ups and their latest developments into the market and how to develop the right talent for these new types of business.
Marije de Vreeze, ITS Netherlands Manager at smart transport network Connekt said, ‘By adding this topic to the Congress agenda, we are taking start-ups, disruption and the future workforce seriously and invite all new innovators to connect with us during the ITS European Congress.’
Start-ups are also the focus of a number of activities by ERTICO – ITS Europe, which is targeting increased collaboration with this sector in an effort to ensure that their ‘disruptive’ potential is tapped to offer mobility that is safer, cleaner and more sustainable and social. One such activity is the ERTICO Start-up Initiative, which will be presented at the Eindhoven Congress.
‘With the Start-up Initiative, ERTICO aims to create a mechanism for start-ups to receive the guidance they need to really make a difference in the ITS field,’ said ERTICO – ITS Europe CEO Jacob Bangsgaard.
The ITS European Congress in Eindhoven will also contain a Start-up Zone, offering start-ups a place to meet with decision-makers, governments, companies and investors and to connect with leading experts in the fields of future mobility, logistics and smart cities. In the zone, there will be space for around 50 start-ups working in the areas of mobility as a service (MaaS), vehicle automation, apps, last mile solutions or any innovative smart mobility solution to pitch their ideas to companies and experts with the experience needed to take them further. Also pitching in this zone will be the winners of last year’s European Start-up Prize for Mobility.
The Your Future Festival will also be held at ITS European Congress and will provide a place for students, young professionals and companies to connect with each other, share their ideas, research and experiences and make valuable connections for the future.