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ACCESS 2023

Inclusive Mobility Acceleration Program

Application Deadline: March 14, 2023, 23:00 CET

Looking for early-stage European and Israeli inclusive mobility startups, offering technological solution for urban mobility challenges.

ACCELERATION

A 2 months inclusive mobility acceleration program.

STARTUP NATION

A visit to Israel and an introduction to the Startup Nation's vibrant mobility ecosystem.

ECOMOTION 2023

Free tickets to Ecomotion 2023, Israel's leading mobility event.

DEMO DAY

The opportunity to pitch in a demo day event during Ecomotion, in front of leading investors and VC funds.

DESIGN PARTNER

Fast track for the evaluation of a PoC with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality.

INVESTMENT

Access to EIT Urban Mobility investment initiatives and funding instruments.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

  • The startup is incorporated in an EU country or a third country associated to Horizon Europe, or in Israel.

  • The startup's business model is scalable.

  • A team of at least 2 persons fully dedicated to the startup.

  • The startup’s product/service fits with ACCESS thematic scope of inclusive mobility, and offers a technological solution that tackles a significant mobility problem that is related (but not exclusive) to:

    • Accessible mobility for everyone - Inclusive public transportation, private transportation, and micro-mobility

    • Barrier-free pedestrian environment

    • Active solutions for road safety and safe travel for vulnerable people 

    • Audio Mobility Assistant

    • Inclusive journey planning

    • Data analytics

    • Any other Assistive technology for mobility

Timeline & Important Dates

Application for the program is available through the online application form from January 15 , 2023 until March 14, 2023. There will be no extension of the deadline.

  • Call opens 15 January 2023 

  • Deadline for applications 23:00 CET on 14 March 2023.

  • 1st screening: evaluation of applications & call for interviews by 15 March 2023

  • 2nd screening: online interviews with the program’s organizers 15-19 March 2023 

  • 3rd screening: finalists’ online interviews 20-23 March 2022 

  • Communication of results 26 March 2023 - Tentative

  • Start date of Access acceleration program 30 March 2023 - Tentative

  • Visit to Israel & Demo Day 22-24 May 2023 - Tentative

  • Last online session - May 2023 - Tentative

Why join?

ACCESS - the thematic acceleration program for Inclusive Mobility is an EU-funded program operated through EIT Urban Mobility’s Israeli Ecosystem Agents, to facilitate the path of selected early-stage startups that are:

 

  • Inclusive mobility startups.

  • Mobility startups that have the potential to make their solution inclusive.

  • Assistive technology startups whose solution can be relevant and offer value in the area of mobility.

 

The programme is designed to support 7 selected early-stage European and Israeli start-ups and bring them to the next level, in a 2 month acceleration process that consists of 2 parts: 

 

2 months of online coaching and training focusing on:

  • Refining product-market-fit, business model, scale and growth opportunities, internationalization.

  • Personal mentoring by industry experts.

  • Virtual Board meetings.

  • Tools for improving investor pitch.

3-day visit to Israel including a festive Demo Day 

  • Introduction with the vibrant startup-nation mobility ecosystem.

  • Entrance to EcoMotion - Israel’s leading mobility conference.

  • Opportunity to pitch in front of leading investors and VCs in the Demo Day event to be held as part of the EcoMotion Week 2023’s events.

 

Graduating startups will gain:

  • An opportunity to enter the fast track for evaluation of a pilot with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality.

  • Access to EIT Urban Mobility's investment initiatives, funding instruments and opportunities for pilots.

What is Inclusive Mobility?

For the purpose of this program, Inclusive is defined as “fit to all”, with emphasis on the more vulnerable communities, in terms of physical abilities, mental abilities, age, gender etc.

Mobility is defined as the human need to travel from one geographical location to another, be it short or long distances. Hence Inclusive Mobility is the ability of even the most vulnerable to travel from one location to another.

 

  • “An estimated 1.3 billion people – or 1 in 6 people worldwide – experience significant disability.” 

  • “Persons with disabilities find inaccessible and unaffordable transportation 15 times more difficult than for those without disabilities.” 

            WHO, December 2022

Inclusive mobility is a crucial step towards social inclusion.

Designs that provide the need of people with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments to have good access, satisfy the needs of many other groups in society who benefit from an accessible environment.

People traveling with young children or carrying luggage, older people, people with temporary mobility problems (e.g. a broken leg), and more. 

 

ACCESS aims to support startups offering solutions that remove mobility barriers and promote an inclusive environment that is accessible to all people, including those who have disabilities, whether visible or not.

Contact Us

The ACCESS Inclusive Mobility program  is managed by EIT Urban Mobility’s Israeli Ecosystem Agents:

 

  • 8200 IMPACT is the first and most prominent acceleration program and community in Israel for Impact-tech startups that aim to tackle significant social or environmental challenges through advanced technological solutions. Since it was founded by the 8200 Alumni Association in 2013, more than 80 ventures participated in the program and gained access to top-tier mentors, domain experts, strategic partners, and leading investors in Israel and worldwide.

  • CityZone is an Urban Tech Living Lab and Open Innovation hub, founded by Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality, Tel Aviv University and Atidim Park Tel Aviv. CityZone operates a year-long Smart City and Smart Mobility startup PoC program. The selected projects have the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality as a design partner, can test their technologies at the municipality’s sandbox in Atidim Park Tel Aviv, and have access to the city’s data. In addition, CityZone has collaborations with cities and corporations around the world.

 

 For any questions or further information regarding the ACCESS program or application process, please email us directly at ‏‪soniab@8200.org.il‬‏.

The Full Print

For the full program details, please refer to the ACCESS 2023 Applicant's Guide.

This activity is supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union”. For more information: www.eiturbanmobility.eu

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