Who is behind RAPTOR?
RAPTOR is organised by the EIT Urban Mobility.
How is RAPTOR different from an incubator or an accelerator programme?
A typical incubator and accelerator programmes would offer some level of business training and investment or potential for investment. RAPTOR awards a cash grant and provides mentorship, with the end outcome being a minimum viable product and 1-week testing period.
Who can apply?
The RAPTOR call is open to individuals, teams, start-ups, and SMEs based in a European Union (EU) Member State.
Do I have to be from/based in the same city as the challenge?
No, you can be from and live anywhere, as long as your startup/SME is based in a European Union member state.
I am a startup/SMEs with a developed solution already that fits the challenge. Am I am eligible?
Yes, as long as you have plans to make some upgrades or modifications to your existing solution during the MVP development period and you participant fully in the mentoring and in situ-testing.
Do I have to have a registered business entity to submit a solution?
No, you can apply without being registered as a business. You do, however, need to be constituted before 15 December 2021 to be eligible to receive the award, if you are selected as a winner.
What if I already have an urban mobility solution but it does not connect to RAPTOR’s challenges?
If you are an early-stage start-up, you may be interested in the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator.
Where and how do I submit a solution to the competition?
The submission can be done in the following link. In the submission platform you will need to fill the following tabs with the info related to your solution: Overview, Innovation, Feasibility, and Impact. Each of the tabs contains a few questions.
How many winners will be selected?
There will be one winner per challenge.
When and how will the winners get announced?
The communication will be by email to the main contact given in the application form on AwardsPlatform.
> 15 Oct. 2021 Notification of first stage evaluation results
> 03 Nov. 2021 Notification of second stage evaluation results
Can I apply to more than one challenge?
Yes. Applicants / responders may propose a solution to multiple challenges and/or multiple solutions to one specific challenge. No applicant / responder, however, may be awarded for more than one RAPTOR project.
How will the solutions be evaluated?
The 3 evaluation criteria are innovation, feasibility, and impact. More information is available in the Terms and Conditions.
How does the selection process work?
The evaluation of responses will be conducted in two stages. The first stage will be an individual evaluation of the applications on the submission portal. The top 4 applications from each challenge will be invited to the second round, a panel hearing.
If I am an individual or a team without an already registered startup, and I am selected as a winner, will I receive any support to register my startup?
At EIT Urban Mobility, we are organized in regional hubs, so depending on your location we can redirect to you to the relevant hub which may be able to offer recommendations on where and how to found your startup. It is fully your responsibility as a winner, however, to ensure that you have founded a legal business entity before the end of December 2021.
If my solution is not a winner, can I appeal?
There will be no appeal process.
What is the prize?
Each awarded project will receive a prize package equivalent to 50.000 EUR that includes support/mentoring and a cash prize of 30.000 EUR (excluding VAT). The package includes hosting of the awardees of up to 2-day per week in the main EIT Urban Mobility S.L. offices in Torre Glories, Floor 24, Avenida Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain.
The package also includes mentoring and support over the 4-month development phase covering technical and business mentoring as well as marketing/promotion.
Awarded projects will receive as part of the prize package:
- A city liaison/integration officer to ensure smooth communication in the run-up to testing
- Technical engineering expertise provided by a renowned international company
- Business mentorship from EIT Urban Mobility
- Project manager to coordinate the cohort of awarded start-ups
When are the payments made?
Financial disbursement of the prize will be made in two instalments of 15.000 EUR (excluding VAT). The first instalment will occur due 31 December 2021 upon the receipt of legal documentation. The second instalment will occur upon confirmation of MVP by the PARTNER. Payments will be made by bank transfer to the account number provided in the legal documentation.
If I cannot make use of the EIT Urban Mobility Headquarters because we are not based in Barcelona and cannot relocate there, will RAPTOR give us 2 days of office space in the city where we live?
No. For more details please check the term and condition documents.
What does the mentorship programme looks like?
Once a month from January to April, an MVP check in meeting will be held, including two representatives of the EIT Urban Mobility, one representative from the city, and a Technical Engineering partner CISCO representative, and the awardee. During the meeting, questions from the winners will be answered and mentorship will be provided to the awardee.
If I win, do I have to be in Barcelona during the 4 months development phase?
No, you can work from anywhere, as long as you attend virtual check-in meetings and online mentoring sessions.
How many much bureaucracy and workload will be involved during the 4 month MVP development and mentoring phase of the project?
The RAPTOR project is intended to be as agile as possible. There will a simple monitoring process compulsory as explained in the terms and conditions.
Could I be disqualified for some reasons after being awarded?
EIT Urban Mobility S.L may withdraw all or part of the prize awarded if the terms and conditions contained in these rules are violated, or in the event of any significant deviation from the stated content and objectives for the responder’s proposal. A basis for withdrawal of part of the award would be: if progress to MVP development ceased, or if an MVP was not provided for the PARTNER by the specified date. However, underperformance issues of an MVP in-situ would not be grounds for withdrawal of the prize in and of itself.
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