Europe opts for the development of connected vehicles
IMPACT Connected Car, an acceleration programme funded by the European Commission, closes its first call with over 500 applications coming from 41 countries.
IMPACT Connected Car wraps up its first call for applicants with the participation of over 500 startups and SMEs coming from 41 countries, amongst which Spain, Poland, Italy and France are the most represented. The programme, funded within the framework of INNOSUP, part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020, aims to respond to societal and industrial needs in the landscape of the connected car.
IMPACT Connected Car supports, connects and funds companies with innovative projects in the fields of wireless chargers, cyber security measures against hackers, smart mobility and zero emission transportation. Not only are these developments important for the continued safety and welfare of citizens and infrastructure, but also this market is expected to represent a €141 billion business opportunity by 2020.
The acceleration process
The selected startups will enter a three-stage smartization programme and will receive up to €60,000 in equity free funding. Top performing startups will have the opportunity to obtain additional private funds of up to €200,000 from participating venture capital funds.
As in other IMPACT programmes, the entrepreneurs will have access to an international network of more than a hundred recognised mentors, such as Ken Stewart, CEO of Karma Automotive, and Carintia Martinez, Director of Information Systems at Renault. Besides, the selected companies will be showcased at top international events organised by 4YFN and Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
IMPACT Connected Car Project
With a fund of €2.1 million, IMPACT Connected Car will help boost SMEs and startups dedicated to innovating and developing smart mobility solutions. The programme provides a direct link between entrepreneurs and large corporations, as well as addresses the fragmentation in the automobile industry.
To further inspire companies in the industry to drive forward such innovative projects, IMPACT Connected Car has preselected three pioneering connected car companies that are already making an impact on the emerging value chains in their respective sectors:
- Botcar (Spain) allows for traditional cars to be adapted and converted into connected cars.
- Hevo (The Netherlands) has developed an innovative wireless charging experience for electric vehicles.
- Little (Spain) the first Spanish SME manufacturer of all-electric cars.
In addition to the above-mentioned companies, IMPACT Connected Car is supported by the collaboration of 13 partners from across Europe: FundingBox, CTAG, INSERO, Mov’eo, Autoklastr, LPNT, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, ISDI, PARP, Ferrovial Servicios, Groupe PSA, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and FIWARE Foundation.
The next IMPACT Connected Car call for startups and SMEs is expected to open in the spring of 2018.