550 applicants originally participated. Of the twelve finalists, Pony (France), Fairtiq (Switzerland), Surve Mobility (Germany) and Skipr (Belgium) succeeded in impressing the jury and the general public the most. Pony acts a broker for electric-powered bikes and e-scooters via an App. Fairtiq helps users to find the right ticket for all forms of public transportation in Switzerland. Auch Skipr aims to facilitate the transfer from one means of transportation to another. Surve Mobility offers services for car sharing fleets, from charging to re-rentals. The winners of the competition receive support in expanding their business operations.
The final decision was made by both the experts on the jury as well as a European-wide online audience. "These four, brilliant European startups convinced the jury on the basis of the criteria of innovation, sustainability, inclusion and market traction", explained Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the Transport Committee in the European Parliament and President of the European Startup Prize for mobility. She is one of the co-founders of the ESUP. On balance, 270,000 viewers watched the finals ceremony, and 10,000 votes were cast within the context of public voting. The competition is supported by both the European Parliament as well as the European Commission and invites mobility startups from all across Europe to participate.
In the spring of 2019, FAIRTIQ opened up an Austrian subsidiary in Salzburg with the support of ABA – Invest in Austria in order to press ahead with its further market development. What does the company say about the business location Austria?