HiReach startup accelerator

The HiReach Startup Lab is an accelerator program for innovative transportation solutions that address transport poverty in Europe. HiReach supports startups that improve the accessibility of urban and rural areas and are adapted to the needs of vulnerable citizens.

The program offers start-ups who create mobility solutions for vulnerable groups a unique opportunity to prototype their solution with the support of a dedicated Host Company, professional business coaching, showcasing opportunities, and financial support up to 20.000 EUR. The top 5-10 startups will showcase at the ITS European Conference in Lisbon in May 2020 and during the demo day in Brussels in September 2020.

This program is tailored for startups working in:

  • Mobility

  • Transport poverty

  • Accessibility

  • Socially inclusive mobility

What You Get

  • Partner company matching

    Prototype your mobility solution with one of 15 Host Companies

  • Business coaching, expert advice, and network

    Get input from business professionals and transport industry experts.

  • Financial support

    All bootcamp participants get 2.500 EUR to cover travel costs and accommodation. Chosen ventures receive up to 20.000 EUR for the Acceleration & Trial Phase.

  • Showcase Opportunities

    Showcase your solution at ITS European Mobility Congress and during the final Demo Day in Brussels in September 2020

To see more program benefits be sure to download our info packet!

Program Timeline

  • Submission deadline

    January 13, 2020

  • Selected startups announced

    January 24, 2020

  • Bootcamp In Vienna

    Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2020

  • Accelerate & Trial Period

    Feb 24 - Sept, 2020

  • Showcases at ITS Lisbon & Brussels

    May 18-20, & Sept TBD, 2020


Program Mentors

  • Andrei Gheorghiu Urban transport, mobility services, IT systems, software solutions
  • André Freitas Transport initiatives, funding mechanisms for mobility, public transport arrangements, social inclusion, new ITS services, digitalization and connectivity
  • Vasco Reis Urban Logistics, Mobility as a Service, Business Model and Business Development
  • Stefano Borgato Innovative and sustainable mobility, Transportation planning, New mobility services, Smart cities, Sharing economy, Environmental awareness
  • Cosimo Chiffi Transportation planning, Sustainable development, Social inclusion and accessibility, Transport economics, Mobility management, Public policy
  • Simone Bosetti Transport planning, Inclusive mobility, Transport poverty, New mobility services, Evaluation and impact assessment of transport measures and projects, Cycling consultancy
  • João Bernadino Mobility, from different lenses: product management, innovation, policy, entrepreneurship
  • André Marquet Design sprints, product-market fit, pitch training, public speaking, lean startup method, agile development, product development, productization, and product management techniques
  • Delphine Grandsart Transport and mobility, passenger rights, market uptake of new mobility services and technologies, transport poverty and accessibility, multimodal connections and mobility platforms

Program partners

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 769819.