Smart Move Challenge

Dear contestants,

As you may have already heard, the Board of Directors of GIE Objectif transport public has decided to cancel this year’s European Mobility Expo. Sadly, a return to normal by December 15 does not appear at all likely in view of the rapidly worsening health crisis and the French government’s recent announcement of a new lockdown.

Instead, we’ll be offering visitors and exhibitors a 100% digital version of the event, focusing on business appointments and online talks.
Of course, you’re welcome to be a part of this – everyone who’s anyone in the mobility and public transport
ecosystem will be there!

Unfortunately, however, this development does mean the Smart Move Challenge has also been cancelled, as we feel this event in particular would be nowhere near as impactful in virtual format.

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!

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 and fundraising 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 €8,000 prize will be awarded to the winner of the “Grand Prize”, together with a stand at the next exhibition organised by GIE objectif transport public.

ACCELERATION : Depending on their needs and maturity, the four Award winners will have the opportunity to join a Paris&Co accelerator programme: a three-month off-site programme for French startups, or a one-month incubator programme for foreign startups, as part of Paris Landing Pack_Explore.
The four Award winners will also enjoy facilitated access to French Tech programmes.

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 until November, 12 at 11:59 pm. 

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 will be shortlisted for the second phase


December 17, 2020
The nine startup finalists will be invited to pitch their project on December 17, 2020 at the European Mobility Expo in Paris.

Four of them will win a “Category Award”. An additional “Grand Prize” will be awarded to one of these four winners.

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

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.

A public-sector initiative designed to put the French startup collective at the forefront of the national and international scenes.
“French Tech” covers everyone working in and on behalf of French startups, both at home and abroad: entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, multinationals, associations, media, public-sector operators, research institutions, and others.

2018 Winners

Grand Prize
MotionTag – Smartphone-based pay-as-you-go ticketing system

Winner of “Resources and services for passengers” category
TicTacTrip – Comparison platform for booking land-based journeys in Europe

Winner of the “Resources and services for operations” category
MotionTag – Smartphone-based pay-as-you-go ticketing system

Winner of the “Resources and services for local authorities” category
VELCO – A design for the first smart bike handlebars, the Wink Bar, providing smarter, more personalised mobility.

“People’s choice” award
Urban Labs Technologies