A three-month smart cities programme aims to establish links between start-ups and corporate partners
Europcar’s mobility lab is partnering with Paris-based smart cities platform and accelerator, Plug And Play, to identify future mobility solutions and support start-ups.
The initial three-month smart cities programme on the Plug And Play platform is slated to be launched in the first quarter of 2019. It aims to establish links between innovative start-ups working in the fields of mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), construction and real estate, and corporate partners looking to develop new services for their clients.
Thirty start-ups will pitch their projects on 13 February and, if successful, will move to the acceleration phase.
Europcar Mobility Group created its mobility lab in 2014 to study mobility usages and markets, investigate new mobility solutions and explore opportunities with mobility actors worldwide. It wants to intensify the lab’s contribution to the group’s various business units, including traditional vehicle-rental and in the field of new mobilities. Its brands include Ubeeqo, one of the European leaders in car-sharing.
The partnership with Plug And Play is among the first initiatives in this regard. Nicolas Bailleux, who has held management positions at eBay, and served as chief marketplace officer for Videdressing.com and who recently joined Europcar Mobility Group as head of the mobility lab, will oversee the partnership.
“This partnership is perfectly in tune with our ambitions for the Europcar Mobility Group, and especially for our mobility lab. Plug And Play smart cities will help us identify suitable start-ups all over the world,” said Bailleux.
“The mobility industry is going through an incredible transformation as the journeys of passengers are being radically changed by shifting urban environments"
“As such, we will be able to draw inspiration from their practices while guiding their development, and perhaps even incorporating them into our ecosystem.”
Plug and Play Tech Center invests in more than 200 start-ups every year. Since it was set up in 2006, it has expanded its acceleration programmes to 28 locations in 11 countries all over the world. With more than 220 partnering companies and 6,000 start-ups involved, it has created tech ecosystems in a large number of cities.
“The mobility industry is going through an incredible transformation as the journeys of passengers are being radically changed by shifting urban environments. Together with Europcar Mobility Group, we can lead innovation in mobility, bridging Europe, the US and China: right here in Paris," said Saeed Amidi, CEO of Plug And Play.
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