In collaboration with ISDI, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) today announces the second edition of the Toyota Startup Accelerator, launching a call for startups to develop innovative solutions in the fields of mobility and sustainability. A jury made up of top executives and experts from TME and ISDI will select up to 5 startups, which will participate in a 6-month acceleration program, starting in October this year and driven by ISDI Accelerator, the largest entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Europe. Startups will receive funding to develop a potential collaboration or proof of concept with Toyota and present it at a Demo Day in May 2022.
Toyota has continued its association with ISDI since the first edition of the Toyota Startup Awards, with the aim of harnessing the potential of European startups and bringing innovation to these four specific fields:
(1) Mobility for all
Toyota and ISDI seek: innovative micro mobility assistance solutions that improve the lives of people with reduced mobility
In order to: ensure that no one is left behind in mobility solutions by providing any means of transportation to anyone, anywhere.
(2) Carbon neutral society
Toyota and ISDI seek: innovative solutions in the area of carbon capture and use (chemicals, fuels, minerals), as well as storage techniques.
In order to: go beyond zero emissions by reversing the CO2 gap and reach a carbon neutral society.
(3) Circular economy of plastics
Toyota and ISDI seek: innovative solutions to repair, reuse and recycle plastic materials and components and circular economy models.
In order to: help resolve societal concerns about plastic waste by promoting initiatives to reduce the use of virgin material and increase circular economy solutions.
(4) Life cycle analysis and its impact
Toyota and ISDI seek: LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) tools to help product providers offer accurate and up-to-date solutions so that customers, and society in general, are more aware of their daily footprint and impact.
In order to: help people increase awareness of the climate impact of products throughout the life cycle and provide product suppliers with more efficient and accurate assessment tools.
Winning startups will receive up to € 20,000 in funds for further development of their projects and TME can offer the opportunity to participate in further cooperation.
“Toyota Startup Accelerator fully reflects our‘ Beyond Zero ’commitment to go further, creating innovations and initiatives that enhance the movement of people, life, society and the planet. Together with ISDI Accelerator, we want to provide a launch pad for like-minded Toyota innovators, ”says Monica Perez Lobo, Director of Sustainability and ESG, Toyota Motor Europe.
“We are proud to work with Toyota and participate in the revolutionary process of bringing innovation to the pursuit of mobility for anyone, anywhere and sustainable mobility ecosystems,” says Nacho de Pinedo, CEO of ISDI.
Interested startups will be able to present themselves through the official Toyota Startup Accelerator website until September 14.