Europcar launches partnership in Smart City development
Europcar Mobility Group, mobility player specialised in car rental, car sharing and scooter sharing, has announced a partnership between its Mobility Lab and Plug And Play, a mobility innovation incubator with roots in Silicon Valley. Forging links between startups and major corporations, Plug and Play Tech Center invests in more than 200 startups every year. With this partnerhip Europcar intends to better identify the mobility solutions of tomorrow, while supporting start-ups participating in the Smart Cities program.
The initial program dedicated to Smart Cities on the Plug And Play platform is slated to be launched in the first quarter of 2019. This three-month program aims to establish links between innovative start-ups working in the fields of mobility, IoT, construction and real estate, and corporate partners looking to develop new services for their clients. The “Pitch Day” will take place on February 13, with 30 start-ups presenting their projects in the hope of being selected for the acceleration phase.
Nicolas Bailleux, who recently joined Europcar Mobility Group as Head of the Mobility Lab, will oversee the partnership. “Plug And Play’s internationally recognized expertise and compelling global dimension make it a natural partner for Europcar Mobility Group. This partnership is perfectly in tune with our ambitions for the Group, and especially for our Mobility Lab. Plug And Play Smart Cities will help us identify suitable start-ups all over the world. As such, we will be able to draw inspiration from their practices while guiding their development, and perhaps even incorporating them into our ecosystem,” said Nicolas Bailleux.