MassChallenge Announces Top 18 startups for the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest

February 15, 2019 (Renens) – MassChallenge Switzerland, part of MassChallenge’s global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, today announced the top high-tech startups selected for the second stage of the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest. Chosen from 108 applicants from around the world, these 18 startups will have the chance to pitch and interact with the broader FIA network, gain visibility at global events while exposing their innovative ideas to stakeholders, powering them to new heights.

Designed as a multi-location competition, the contest will allow these top 18 startups to pitch in front of a panel of expert judges at three FIA Smart Cities Fora, taking place in Mexico City, Hong-Kong, and Rome at the E-Prix.

At each of these events, the expert panel will select two winners, who will showcase their products and solutions at the FIA Smart Cities Forum, both on stage and at a dedicated booth.

At the crossroads of Sport and Mobility, the FIA Smart Cities Forum helps cities define a path towards a sustainable future and brings together innovators and experts from different fields of sustainable mobility: from national and local authorities to important industry players, as well as research institutes and FIA Members.

The winners of the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest will gain prime visibility within the FIA Smart Cities Fora and the Formula E ecosystems, as well as:

  • An opportunity to engage and interact with representatives of top leading companies and mobility experts, as well as with the Motoring Clubs of the region;
  • An invitation to the E-Prix, the FIA Mobility Conference and an introduction to the network of FIA Member Clubs, operating in 144 countries around the world;
  • Mentoring by FIA Smart Cities’ partners including blue-chip companies such as ABB, Michelin, Julius Bär and JCDecaux
  • An evaluation of business cooperation with FIA Smart Cities partners, and;
  • positive awareness and media coverage.

All top 18 pitching startups will receive free registration to attend the FIA Smart Cities Forum and the E-Prix, where they will meet with a community of high-level actors in mobility and urbanisation.

Mexico City

RoadBotics (United States)

RoadBotics assesses roads and roadways with AI/deep learning and smartphones.

Ridecell (United States)

Ridecell provides a new mobility cloud platform for carsharing, ridesharing & autonomous ridehailing.

Coast Autonomous LLC (United States)

Coast is a self-driving mobility company providing Transport-as-a-Service solutions to move people and goods in low-speed environments.

Urbvan (Mexico)

Urbvan provides an efficient, secure and comfortable service service in the world’s most painful city in terms of commuting.

CLIP (United States)

Clip allows you to transform your own/shared bike to an e-bike, instantly.

Cityflag (United States)

Cityflag improves communication between people and government through the use of technology.

Hong Kong

NOHMs Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Battery electrolyte innovation is critical. NOHMs is working with the best companies in the world to improve battery life, safety and cost.

Seoul Robotics (Korea, Republic of)

Seoul Robotics builds intelligent Lidar robotic perception software for autonomous robots, self-driving cars, and security systems.

QuickLoadz Container Delivery System (United States)

QuickLoadz is the last piece in the puzzle to revolutionize freight and logistics.

WeavAir (Canada)

WeavAir offers advanced sensors & predictive analytics solution to save energy & reduce costs of high value air distribution systems

NiveauUp (Taiwan)

NiveauUp is ready to bring eXtreme Fast Charging Battery to the market to solve EV’s range anxiety and consumers’ affordability issues.

Moovaz-Innovation (Singapore)

Moovaz is built to redefine the relocation experience using technology to bring transparency, efficiency, convenience & assurance to clients.

FIA Smart Cities Forum – Rome

MotionTag GmbH (Germany)

MOTIONTAG – the software suite creating truly seamless, sustainable and smart mobility.

Gowago AG (Switzerland)

GOWAGO AG is a mobility comparison platform that makes it easy for people to find a car for a monthly payment.

Parknav (United States)

Parknav uses artificial intelligence to know where this is open on-street parking in real-time.

CarVi (United States)

CarVi’s is a vision-based technology that uses AI and machine learning to deliver ADAS, Telematics, driver’s behavior, and road analysis.

TWAICE (Germany)

TWAICE offers battery analytics by leveraging digital twins in a hybrid approach of analytical-empirical models & data science.

Parkbob (Austria)

Parkbob organises global parking data and transforms it into actionable information to enable better mobility decisions.

About the FIA

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading mobility organisations. Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris and Geneva, the FIA is a non-profit organisation. It brings together 240 Member Organisations from 144 countries on five continents. Its Member Clubs represent over 80 million road users and their families. The FIA promotes safe, sustainable and accessible mobility for all road users around the world.
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MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 1,900 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $4 billion in funding, generated more than $2.5 billion in revenue, and created more than 120,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at

MassChallenge Switzerland Founding Partners

Barry Callebaut, Bühler, GEA, Givaudan, Inartis Foundation, Nestlé, Swiss Economic Forum