Skip to main content

Three Dominant Mobility Players Partner with EIT Urban Mobility to Form a Revolutionary Consortium!

Monday, February 20, 2023

Drive TLV (Israel), MobilityXlab (Sweden), and STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play (Germany) are proud to announce their partnership with EIT Urban Mobility to launch the Smart Mobility Accelerator Program for early-stage startups.


Smart Mobility Accelerator

The Program is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The Smart Mobility Accelerator Program’s mission:

To support and empower startups with state-of-the-art solutions in smart and sustainable mobility, with the aim of disrupting the market and creating a sustainable future. 

How the program supports and empowers startups:

The Smart Mobility Accelerator Program is a hands-on, 6-month opportunity for early-stage startups to gain access to the support and resources they need to succeed, provided by all  three partners — Drive TLV in Tel-Aviv, MobilityXlab in Gothenburg, and STARTUP AUTOBAHN in Stuttgart. The program will leverage the experience and networks of the participating partners to promote the selected startups and assist their growth, investment, and commercialization initiatives. The program offers a comprehensive range of benefits for startups to utilize, including:

  • Catered business consultation by industry experts
  • Product and technology validation
  • Honing the product-market fit and value proposition
  • Investor pitch coaching 
  • A Sustainable Development Goals Workshop
  • Exposure to top OEMs and Tier 1’s including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Honda, Volvo Cars, Goodyear, Hertz, ALD, and more
  • Promotion of startups through EIT Urban Mobility communication channels
  • Recommendation for investment from EIT Urban Mobility – Impact Ventures division

Startups will also receive a €2,500 lump-sum contribution to support eligible cost categories, such as travel and subsistence, equipment purchase, and other goods and services.


About EIT Urban Mobility:
EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) that since January 2019 has been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. The organization aims to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility being co-funded of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, which will help make this happen.

About Drive TLV:
Drive  TLV is an innovation hub focused on smart mobility. The hub leverages in-depth knowledge of the Israeli hi-tech ecosystem to handpick the most promising smart mobility startups, and enhance their business with strategic guidance. Drive TLV  brings together the world’s leading corporations and startups to create meaningful collaborations between the two.  Drive TLV also operates FastLane, a commercialisation program for smart mobility startups that offers opportunities to share their innovations with their corporate partners. FastLane is an intense 6-month program providing a framework for creating and adjusting value propositions in accordance with the real-life needs of their corporate partners. Drive TLV also has a proof-of-concept center, Power, as a solution for companies who want to test their technology. 

About MobilityXlab:
MobilityXlab is a collaboration hub that was founded in 2017 by global companies to create and develop new innovations within future mobility – with each other and with startups. Today they have seven partners; CEVT, Ericsson, Polestar, Veoneer, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, and Zenseact, and are hosted by Lindholmen Science Park. MobilityXlab offers young companies with pioneering ideas within mobility and connectivity the opportunity to access the network and accelerate through a strategic partnership with their partner companies. They are also a collaboration hub that enables projects between our partner companies. They do this by creating a space and culture of openness for collaboration and by connecting startups with partner companies through the 6-month innovation program. 

About STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play:
STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play is an open innovation platform that provides an interface between innovative tech companies and industry-leading corporations. The basis of the program is the partnership that develops between startups and the corporate business units. The two entities hold an equal footing from the get-go: together they evaluate the potential for a joint venture, move forward to pilot the technology, and work to achieve the ultimate goal – a successful production-ready implementation. Designed with the intention to exceed startup acceleration, STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play moderates a community for collaboration with a focus on implementable results. Over the years, the platform has successfully cultivated over 465 projects with more than 380 startups since its founding in 2016.