MassChallenge Switzerland Announces Partnership with the FIA Smart Cities Initiative

MassChallenge, a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, recently announced it has formed a new partnership with the FIA Smart Cities Initiative to support the Global Start-Up Contest, to identify and support the most innovative and impactful startup technology companies that have the power to revolutionize urban mobility.

While sharing more details about the partnership, Andrew McKellar, Secretary General for Mobility and Tourism of FIA, stated:

“Urban mobility is changing faster than ever. Solving today’s pressing mobility concerns requires innovative and disruptive ideas from all sectors concerned. The FIA believes that startups can deliver efficient solutions to these challenges while creating new business opportunities. Working together with MassChallenge will strengthen the FIA Smart Cities Start Up pillar and help raise awareness around innovative technologies for more sustainable means of transport.”

Thierry Duvanel, Managing Director of MassChallenge Switzerland, added:

“Mobility will play an increasing role in our society: by 2050, 80% of the 10 billion people on earth will live in urban areas. Tackling this challenge will be possible by rethinking vehicles, rethinking mobility services, and infrastructures – and in a sustainable way.”

Winning start-ups will have the opportunity to share their projects with a high-level audience, gaining prime visibility and establish lasting relationships with the FIA Member Clubs, key decision-makers, institutional stakeholders, as well as with a community of the mobility services’ users. More than this, they will take part in an acceleration program led by MassChallenge Switzerland, with an opportunity to access a network of relevant corporate partners of the FIA and MassChallenge networks.

The application for the Global Start-Up Contest is now live, and the deadline to apply is January 15th.

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