Smart Move Challenge

Do you have an idea, solution, or product facilitating personal mobility that operates or is used collectively or on a sharing basis? If so, we’re interested in you!

The Smart Move Challenge rewards startups with promising and especially innovative ideas that are looking for their first market.

The contest serves as a springboard for winning startups, providing them with extensive opportunities for contacts with innovation directors from leading companies in the sector and visibility throughout the world of mobility.

For more details of the Smart Move Challenge, please contact:
Corentin DRU-HAMEL

This international competition invites startups to put forward an idea, solution, or product facilitating personal mobility that operates or is used collectively or on a sharing basis.

The contest is open to emerging companies seeking their first market and not yet fully established in their line of business.

Turnover (2022-2023-forecast for 2024) and fundraising (2021-2022-2023) must be lower than 300.000 euros.

3 broad categories

Resources and services for passengers
 (e.g. network information, traffic updates, passenger services, etc.)
Resources and services for local authorities

(e.g. data management, statistical studies, etc.)

Resources and services for operations

(e.g. Passenger Information Systems, ticketing, security, fleet management, etc.)


FUNDING: A €7,000 prize will be awarded to the winner of the “Grand Prize”.

VISIBILITY: Winning startups will have a half-price stand and the “Grand Prize” a free stand in the Startup Space at the next exhibition Rencontres nationales du transport public in 2025.

PARTNERSHIPS: Winning startups will have an opportunity to meet innovation directors from multinationals working in the sector.

Taking part


Register your startup for the Challenge by filling in the entry form from May 2024. 

Your project presentation must include the following:

  • a presentation of your startup
  • a presentation of your product or solution in one of the competition categories
  • your business model and roadmap.

9 startups (3 per category) will be shortlisted for the second phase!


October 03, 2024
The 9 startup finalists will be invited to pitch their project on October 03, 2024 at the European Mobility Expo in Strasbourg (4/5 minutes).

A jury of mobility experts will select one winner per category. An additional “Grand Prize” will be awarded to one of these three winners.

In addition, a “People’s Choice” award will go to one of the 9 finalists.

Smart Move Challenge partners

The Paris economic development and innovation agency works alongside over 300 startups, organising some 330 events a year; it has led over 200 experiments since first being set up.
Paris&Co seeks out and welcomes foreign startups, contributes to business promotion of the capital internationally, and helps spread the influence of the Paris region’s innovation ecosystem.

Created in 2019, the Alliance des Mobilités, the 19th business line of Mobilians (formerly CNPA), brings together, federates and represents over 100 innovative automotive and mobility companies. Its “New Mobilities” branch brings together startups in low-carbon mobility (carpooling, carsharing, bicycles, etc.), electric mobility (scooters, bicycles, electric scooters, etc.) and intelligent parking platforms.

2022 winners of the Smart Move Challenge

People’s choiceaward

Cognidis: Transport network alterations simulator for virtual testing of the impact of changes on the network and passengers.

Winner in the ‘Resources and services for passengers’ category

Courteasy: Short-term vehicle rental from nearby automotive professionals.

Winner in the ‘Resources and services for local authorities’ category

Streetco: The first dedicated pedestrian sat-nav for disabled, vulnerable, and mobility-impaired users.

Winner in the ‘Resources and services for operations’ category

BiB Batteries: Making batteries used in electric mobility more sustainable by optimising their life cycle: the solution monitors battery ageing and reduces environmental impacts by allowing batteries to be reused in second-life applications, notably for renewable energy storage.