The FIA Smart Cities Global Startup Contest With MassChallenge Switzerland


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The Contest

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) is the governing body of world motor sport, the federation of the world’s leading motoring organisations, and a global advocate for road safety and sustainable mobility.

In 2017, the Federation created the FIA Smart Cities initiative to contribute to the implementation of the UN New Urban Agenda by helping cities define new models for more sustainable urban mobility. The FIA Smart Cities Global Startup Contest With MassChallenge Switzerland, is a pillar of this initiative. The aim of this multi-location competition is to identify and support the most promising startups addressing the challenges of mobility for the world of tomorrow.

Selected startups will be showcasing their products or services in front of the largest gatherings of players in mobility and urbanisation: the FIA Smart Cities Forums organised around Formula E races. This urban-focused fully electric championship is hosted in city centres around the world, promotes interest in sustainable motoring and showcases the use of innovative clean technologies.

The winners of the contest will be offered:

  • Access to an acceleration program led by MassChallenge Switzerland, with a unique opportunity to access a network of relevant corporate partners of the FIA and MassChallenge networks;
  • Visibility at global events addressing urban mobility challenges where the FIA is involved;
  • Opportunities to establish lasting relationships with the FIA Member Clubs as well a community of the mobility services’ users. 

Contest Format

The FIA and MassChallenge are committed to accelerating the go-to-market strategies of top mobility and urbanisation technology startups.

The FIA Smart Cities Global Startup Contest will help startups to expose their innovative ideas to relevant stakeholders, powering them to new revenue heights with the following benefits:

  • The top 18 startups will be invited to pitch a panel of expert judges at three FIA Smart Cities Forums, at the occasion of E-Prix (6 startups per event):
    • In Mexico on Feb 14, 2019
    • In Hong Kong on March 8, 2019
    • In Rome on April 11, 2019
  • All winners and runners-up will receive a 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. 

Benefits for the Startups

  • Prime visibility at the FIA Smart Cities Forum and within the Formula E ecosystem
  • Opportunity to actively engage with the Motoring Clubs of the regions
  • Invitation to the FIA Mobility Conference and introduction to the network of FIA Member Clubs operating in 145 countries
  • Invitation as an FIA guest to pitch at top-international Conferences with key decision-makers and stakeholders
  • Mentoring by FIA Smart Cities partners including blue chip companies such as ABB, Michelin, ENEL, Julius Bär and JCDecaux
  • Evaluation of business cooperation with FIA Smart Cities partners
  • Positive awareness and media coverage
  • An invitation to the E-Prix following the edition of the contest
  • Interaction with an international jury, comprised of representatives of top leading companies and mobility experts

Each international jury will elect 2 winners, who will showcase their products and solutions at the FIA Smart Cities Forum, getting world-class media exposure. They will have a complementary showcase booth on the exhibition area when applicable.

Eligibility Criteria

The FIA Smart Cities Global Startup Contest With MassChallenge Switzerland, accepts applications from technology startups:

  • From anywhere in the world (the startups need to commit to travel to either Mexico, Hong Kong or Rome if they are selected);
  • That are set to make a big impact on their industry;
  • That have generated less than $10M in revenue in the last 12 months.

The FIA Smart Cities Global Startup Contest aims to support technologies that can have a positive impact on mobility and urbanization, across multiple industries. Any technology startup should consider applying. Some areas that we are most excited to review include (but are not limited to):

Innovations around new cars:

  • Embedded autonomous technologies (on-board sensors & vision, autonomous systems & AI, mapping)
  • Car & driver data processing (data analytics, diagnostics, fleet management, in-car services)
  • Future cars power (batteries, hydrogen)
  • Industrial Internet of things and related cybersecurity (protection of hardware, software, communications, lifecycle management)

Mobility services:

  • Cars as a service (ride-sharing, car-sharing, car-pooling)
  • Mobility as a service 

New services around multi-modal mobility:

  • Smart infrastructures and hardware (connectivity and communications, roads, signals, parking solutions)
  • Autonomous mobility services (autonomous shuttles, taxis, drones and bots) 

Timeline and Key Dates

  • Dec 7, 2018: Launch of the call for applications
  • Jan 15, 2019: Closure of the call for applications at 23:59 CET
  • Jan 2019: Online assessment
  • Feb 4, 2019: Announcement of the 18 finalists
  • Feb 14-16, 2019: Pitches at the Smart Cities Forum and Conference in Mexico
  • Mar 7-9, 2019: Pitches at the Smart Cities Forum and Conference in Hong Kong
  • Apr 11-13, 2019: Pitches at the Smart Cities Forum and Conference in Rome
  • Jul-Oct 2019: Acceleration Program in Switzerland  

How to Apply

Applications are open until January 15th 2019. View the Application Guide here and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the registration page
  2. Register
  3. Check your inbox and activate your account
  4. Create a new startup
  5. Apply to the FIA Smart Cities program
  6. Complete and submit your application
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Submit your Application by
January 15, 2019 at 12:00PM (noon) CET


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How to Apply

  1. Go to this page
  2. Register
  3. Check your inbox and activate your account
  4. Create a new startup
  5. Apply to the FIA Smart Cities program
  6. Complete and submit your application

View the Application Guide

About 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 246 member organisations from 145 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.

Further details can be found at

About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, 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 1,500 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $3 billion in funding, generated over $2 billion in revenue, and created over 80,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at