With everyone flocking to the city, it is important to consider how to tackle the increasing mobility issues faced by urban dwellers. Baloise’s first Mobility Accelerator has selected ten startups that are trying to solve this issue in a safe, convenient and sustainable way.
With both climate change and urbanisation on the rise, there is a clear need for mobility solutions that simplify getting large amounts of people from A to B, all while decreasing the latter’s carbon footprint.
Recognising the potential of startups to provide such solutions, Baloise created its first Mobility Accelerator. The 10-week program aims to promote and support early-stage mobility businesses which focus on road, rail or land movement. These can also include ideas which focus on the daily commute of people or are service oriented (e.g., platforms, market places or subscriptions).
“We’ve been really enjoying the expert calls. Another stand out point I’ve noticed is that on another program we took part in we saw our business coach maybe once a month. But within the Baloise 10-week time frame it’s more compact, direct and agile,” says Michiel Jannssen, Founder of Ayes.
Changing core strategy
As part of diversifying their core strategy, Baloise founded their accelerator to adapt to the strong shifts in consumer behaviour. Fulfilling their changing needs is at the heart of what Baloise aims to achieve with their Mobility Accelerator.
While most accelerators, regardless of the industry they focus on, work in similar ways, some founders feel that working in the mobility industry comes with its own set of challenges.
“I feel like compared to other industries, the mobility industry is more interconnected. It’s not a business where one player takes it all, it’s a matter of interlinking wealth and playing along with different partners,” says Claudio Geyken of RiDeERgy.
While this is certainly true, having worked in insurance for over 150 years, Baloise knows how to tackle such issues. Indeed, next to their unquestionable experience in both the corporate and start-up world, Baloise also has a breadth of partnership opportunities and a strong customer base to learn from.
To learn more about Baloise’s ten mobility startups, find a short description below or read Baloise’s interviews with their founders.
“The Baloise Mobility Accelerator was designed to continue to show our support and involvement in the mobility ecosystem. The accelerator is a unique opportunity where the startups will receive mentorship, training and insights, all under one roof. Chosen for their promising capabilities, these startups should bring their dedication, drive and creativity to this accelerator programme,” concludes Alice Repetti, Mobility Venture Developer at Baloise Group.
AYES is an Antwerp based AI startup that delivers a mobile application that assists blind and visually impaired to navigate safely from A to B.
Find out more → ayes.ai
Carmino is a personal carbon reduction and offset manager for sustainable mobility & travel. With the Carmino app users can automatically track, reduce and offset their mobility carbon footprint.
Find out more → carmino.de
Leih mir dein Auto
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Find out more → leihdirmeinauto.de
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Find out more → letitfleet.com
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Find out more → park-cy.business.site
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Find out more → ribeme.ch
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Find out more → ridebee.de
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Find out more → ridergy.com
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Find out more → streetwaves.be