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SPECIAL EDITION: Mobility & Transportation - Issue #25

Dear readers, this is a somewhat special edition of our Mobility & Transportation Startup Digest.
Issue #25  •  September 25  •  view online
Mobility & Transportation
Mobility & Transportation
Insight into all things transportation and mobility, covering driverless vehicles, trends in public transportation, the rise of cycling, ride- and car-share, smart city developments, ITS, and more.
Dear readers,
this is a somewhat special edition of our Mobility & Transportation Startup Digest. Next to our usual picks of noteworthy articles we included some information on events that we find particularly interesting partly because we as curators (full disclaimer) have a connection with them. So please consider attending/applying to the following events (more information and links below):
  • Techstars Mobility Demo Day (October 9 2018 in Detroit, Michigan)
  • Transportation Planning Camp 2018 (November 7 2018 in Leeds, UK)
  • SXSW Pitch - Transportation & Delivery (9-10 March 2019 in Austin, Texas)
If you think about attending, feel free to give us a heads up or let us know if you have more questions via a quick email to us. For the Techstars event it’s Manuel (, the transportation planning camp is James’ ( and for the SXSW pitch contact Timo (


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ExxonMobil Robotics Pitch Competition ($60,000 + Pilot)

BBL Ventures has opened the first Reverse Robotics Pitch for ExxonMobil. Interested applicants are invited to enter the challenge by March 29th for the chance at an invitation to Houston to participate in the reverse pitch the week of April 17. The prize for the winning challengers is $60,000 and eligibility for a commercial pilot.
Events & Announcements
2018 Techstars Mobility Demo Day
On behalf of Kelly and Ted from Techstars Mobility in Detroit, we’d like to personally invite you to the 2018 Techstars Mobility Demo Day on Oct 9 at 3p ET, in midtown Detroit.
Coming to the Techstars Mobility demo day is an opportunity to be part of the largest single-day startup & mobility event in the US! Join attendees from companies including Ford, GM, FCA, Honda, Bosch, Michelin, Siemens, Magna, AAA, Sumitomo, Gefco, BP, Intel, Google, and Waymo and leading VC funds in the mobility space including Fontinalis, Trucks, AutoTech, and more.
This event is on pace to sell out in a few weeks (already at 50% capacity in less than a week) so if you’re planning on attending, sign up now and reserve your seat.
Join us afterward at the Mobility Startup Expo & Innovators Networking Reception immediately following the Techstars Mobility demo day. Mingle and network with hundreds of investors and mobility/transportation/automotive professionals.
The only way to come to the networking event is to attend the Techstars Mobility demo day by RSVPing here. Once it’s sold out, we cannot make exceptions, so RSVP today.
Transport Planning Camp 2018
Transport Planning Camp is an unconference that will bring together transport planners, engineers, technologists, social activists, academics and others interested in the intersection of transport, technology, and our lives.
At an unconference, only the theme and rooms are set up by the organisers. The sessions are suggested and decided upon by attendees on the day. It provides everyone with the opportunity to shape the event, so be prepared to get involved and have some fun!
This unconference is the first of its kind in Europe, and will take place at the Open Data Institute in Leeds on 7th November 2018. Tickets are on sale now, but their availability is limited.
SXSW Pitch - Transportation & Delivery @  SXSW Conference
The eleventh annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) takes place in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges in Austin Texas on March 9-10 2019 to discover advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. One featured category is “Transportation & Delivery”.
SXSW Pitch participants received over $5.43 Billion in funding from 2009-2018. Of the 453 companies who participated in SXSW Pitch over 71% received funding. 16% of the companies who have competed in SXSW Pitch have been acquired.
Contest criteria: Creativity, Potential, Goodness, Functionality, and Team.
  • New product of service launched March 2017 - June 2019
  • Founder-owned
  • Less than US$ 10M funding so far
If you intend to apply, make sure to either contact Timo ( beforehand or include us in the “referred by” form field.
News & Articles
Ikea innovation lab Space10 shows off self-driving car concepts

Electric skateboard startup Inboard announces an e-scooter - The Verge

Autonomous Grocery Delivery Is on Its Way to Oklahoma City | Digital Trends

Google Street View cars will be roaming around the planet to check our air quality with these sensors – TechCrunch

Lyft now integrates public transit info in app – TechCrunch

Fujitsu achieves 1,000-1 image compression for driverless cars

Last but not least, here are some podcasts and videos of the highlights of the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark last week.

MyGalileoApp Competition

Bring space to your smartphone and win €100,000 by developing an Android and iOS app. The MyGalileoApp Competition is ON!🛰😎Develop an innovative app that uses the Galileo satellites’ positioning accuracy & commercially launch your solution! Gather a team or go solo & design & develop an app that will #UseGalileo. And the best part? Meet & work hand in hand with our amazing mentors and the 1st place winner gets €100,000! You can find everything you need to know at Don't wait until the last minute and make sure you register your app proposals on time! Deadline: March 28.
Techstars Startup Digest Mobility & Transportation is curated by:
Timo Hoffmann Timo Hoffmann
Manuel Heckmann Manuel Heckmann - COO & Co-Founder
James Gleave James Gleave
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