EIT Urban mobility incubator 2021

A 10-week incubation program that transformed mobility ideas into deployed prototypes is finsihed and we have a winner!

1st place GetUGo
2nd place SimpleCharge
3rd place Velorume

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EIT Urban Mobility. Funded by European Union

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Why Apply?

As cities grow, the demand for mobility increases. Today urban mobility accounts for 40 % of all CO2 emissions of road transport and up to 70 % of other pollutants from transport within the European Union. By fostering innovation and transforming urban mobility, we can cut unnecessary costs, improve quality of life and contribute to achieving climate targets.


Shortcut to deployment

Getting your prototype from lab to the city streets is often an unnecessarily complicated process taking up to 18 months. Within this program the City of Riga has committed to provide a green corridor and will deploy the prototypes for testing this autumn. The program will also provide the participants with up to €6 000 for pilot financing!


Personalized advice

Together with the teams we will set up personalized 10 week plans for each. So if you're a total beginner, we will provide you with a comprehensive development framework and mentoring, but if you're a seasoned entrepreneur, we will not make you sit through Intro to Business canvas.


Access to the City

Often startups are expected to know what the city wants without an actual conversation with city representatives. We emphasize collaborative innovation, so dialogue with City of Riga will be an integral part of the solution development. Moreover, EIT Urban Mobility network will enable an even wider access to many European cities.


Person paying for their transport using NFC technology.

Improve the ease-of-use of MaaS

Mobility as a Service solution offering is growing across European cities, but let’s be real - how many separate apps are you ready to install on your mobile device? To ensure better UX and ease-of-use, we invite teams to work on solutions that would aggregate payment, rental, ride sharing, issue reporting, or other relevant elements for multiple transport service providers!
Road that goes through green forest.

Enable traffic calming measure rollout

The city of Riga plans to roll out various traffic calming measures, including setting up low emission zones by 2025, and is interested in solutions that would enable smooth implementation of these measures. This includes remote detection of traffic violations such as unauthorized entry, parking, vehicle weight, exceeding pollutants as well as incentives for using public transport, ride sharing, park & ride, last mile mobility solutions and more.
City landscape with man holding neon sign

Accelerate transfer
to e-mobility

Even though Baltic states have committed to ambitious climate targets, including lowering emissions from the transport sector by 55% until 2030, the local residents are still quite timid adopters of electric cars, falling 5 times below the EU average. What improvements are there to be made in charging infrastructure, user experience, driving and purchasing incentives and how can we encourage more people to explore and ultimately switch to e-mobility?
Woman waiting at public transport stop.

Envision next gen public transport stops

It’s often said that public transport systems form the backbone of urban mobility, but are our current bus stops and railway stations up to the challenge? We invite participants to think of new functions the stops and stations could provide besides sheltering from rain, ticketing and providing advertising space! Could the network of 2000 stops in Riga be used for data gathering of public transport use, passenger flows, air quality and more?
City from drone view

Urban data & marketplace

Even though most cities agree that data based decision-making is the key for improved and smarter urban living, there still is little data available for urban planners, city officials and the private sector to use and analyze. For purposes of improving public transport and overall quality of life in the city, we welcome new ideas on how to collect, select and employ useful data through crowdsourcing or IoT and how this data could be shared with the interested parties!

About the programme.

The incubator will be a 10 week long summer program of active individual work and mentoring, followed by prototype deployment in VEF district, Riga. Each participant will have a personalized progress plan depending on their situation at the program start. Therefore, we are equally welcoming to completely new teams with high potential ideas as well as already established startups interested in deployment acceleration.

During program the participants will be provided with personalized business coaching, necessary R&D infrastructure, industry connections as well as pilot financing up to €6000! Using these resources, the teams will learn how to progress from a great idea to a validated business proposition and deployed prototype in a real urban environment.

The program will be run from Riga, Latvia, and will include online and on-site activities. At the end of the program all Urban Mobility Incubator alumni will have the chance to pitch their solution to the Baltic Sea region investors and city representatives.



Making sure that your idea and value proposition is actually targeting real market needs



Researching competition, defining your edge and creating a profitable business model



Creating solution prototype under the guidance of mobility, IoT, AI and other tech experts



Deployment of the developed prototype for testing purposes by the City of Riga


Pitch night

Final event to share your progress and received feedback from investors and potencial clients

The Urban Mobility Incubator program is organized by innovation movement VEFRESH in partnership with Riga City Council City Development Department and Institute of Electronics and Computer Science. The incubator's physical hub is located at the vibrant co-working space Teikums in VEF district, Riga.

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: eiturbanmobility.eu.

What will I get out of the incubator?

Urban mobility incubator program will provide up to 8 teams with the following:

  • Direct access to City of Riga specialists for consultation and advice
  • Covering prototype development costs up to €1 000
  • Prototype deployment in a real urban environment for testing and reference case, including covering prototype deployment costs up to €3 500
  • Weekly stipend of €150 per team during the 10 week program
  • Strong preparation for future success through personalized couching and individual mentoring sessions,
  • Access to vibrant co-working space Teikums during the 10 week program,
  • Opportunity to develop contact network of city representatives and investors.

Is Urban Mobility Incubator right for you?


We are open to beginner entrepreneurs with a passion and strong drive to succeed as well as to already established startups looking for that extra push to get their prototype deployed in real urban conditions. Our team selection is based on the following criteria:

  • High potential business idea that addresses the proposed challenges
  • Clear focus on sustainability
  • At least 2 people team with business and tech competences
  • Capacity to devote time and energy to the development during the 10 week program.


Eligible candidates hold the following qualifications:

  • Have an interest in technology, innovation and sustainable urban mobility,
  • Are open-minded and determined to succeed,
  • Have an interest in entrepreneurship and leadership,
  • Are willing to make an extra effort alongside their other activities,
  • Fluency in English.


The program is free of charge.

Join us to develop solutions for improved mobility and reduced pollution!



Viesturs Celmiņš

Viesturs Celmiņš

Kristaps Volks

Kristaps Volks

Kaspars Ozols

Kaspars Ozols

Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (EDI)
Mārtiņš Pakalniņš

Mārtiņš Pakalniņš

Riga City Council City Development Departament
Edvards Vārdaunis

Edvards Vārdaunis


Practical Info.

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How can I apply?

You will be required to fill out an application form that describes your idea and team setup. The applications will be accepted from 15 March to 31 May. If necessary, we also might invite the applicants for interviews with the jury committee or organizer team.

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Who can apply?

Our primary focus are participants from the Baltic states, but we are ready to consider teams from elsewhere in the world if you are interested in registering your company in Latvia. For more information about how to do this and Startup visa, please check Magnetic Latvia portal.

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How long is the program?

The program will start late June and will finish in September. After the program your developed prototype will be deployed in the streets of Riga, which should be completed by 31 October as the latest. Soon after the final pitch night will be organized.

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What will be expected of me if I participate?

We will expect you to strongly commit to the development of your business strategy and technical prototype during the program time. We also expect the participants to engage with other teams, share constructive feedback and be open to various opinions.

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Will you take our equity?

No, as an incubation program we will not take your equity, but we will expect you to keep us updated about your future milestones and successes, as we need to monitor your progress over the following 2 years.

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