Karima Delli, MEP and Chair of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, launched the European Start-up Prize for Mobility and is encouraging UK businesses to get involved.

The new initiative, devised by Karima Delli, Boston Consulting Group and VIA ID, aims to recognise sustainably-minded start-ups who deal with issues affecting the transportation of goods and people – like noise and air-pollution and traffic problems.

Karima Delli, Chair of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, commented:

In order for the energy transition to take place and for a new approach to mobility to emerge, we need to bring together all public and private mobility stakeholders around a pan-European project.

She added: “Because if Europe has the power to facilitate and promote a new culture of mobility, technological innovation will be driven by start-ups with the help of economic players in the sector”.

The award is open for one month from now (closing on 8 January 2018) to start-ups making in difference in the mobility sector, which includes anything from couriers and food delivery services to ride sharing.

British start-ups have the chance to win tailor-made support from European business leaders, decision makers and investors. The top ten finalists will be taken on a European tour to meet with public and private decision makers, investors and experts from local eco-systems.

The initiative is sponsored by Frédéric Mazzella, Founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar, and Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport; and with the patronage of the European Parliament, the award will select the most promising start-ups in green mobility, and support them in their growth.