17 May 2022

The CITY RAPTOR ISTANBUL, funded by EIT Urban Mobility (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and developed in collaboration with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Farplas Automotive, Fark Labs, and BGI, is now accepting applications. The CITY RAPTOR ISTANBUL is calling for startups to present their products and ideas to solve Istanbul's three major urban mobility challenges for a total of €90.000 in prize.

Rapid Applications for Transport (RAPTOR) is a competition that swiftly creates and tests solutions to niche urban mobility challenges. Participants compete to provide the most innovative, feasible, and impactful solutions. RAPTOR is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

The primary goal of the City RAPTOR Istanbul is to promote local entrepreneurs by funding innovative ventures that develop solutions to the three urban mobility challenges that the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality(IMM) wants to resolve. Initiatives accepted into the project will benefit from the data and resources provided by the project partners for the future solution development, as well as training and mentorship services.

Urban Mobility Challenges that IMM aims to resolve:

  1. How to improve taxi driver license inspection
  2. How to avoid taxi passenger discrimination in regards to distance and identity 
  3. How to optimize and integrate the Sea Taxi System into the current public transport system

The program will accept technology-oriented startups with innovative solutions in the identified target challenges. Ultimately, three winning firms will each receive €30.000. Furthermore, as a result of the evaluations completed by EIT Urban Mobility, IMM, Farplas Automotive, Fark Labs, and BGI, ideas ready for pilot deployment will be tested in Istanbul.

Deadline: June 30 2022

City RAPTOR Istanbul Program Timeline 

  • Call opening: May 3, 2022 
  • Call closing: June 30, 2022 
  • Notification of First Stage Evaluations: July 8, 2022 
  • Panel Evaluations for Second Stage:  July 12 - 15, 2022 
  • Panel hearing:  July 12 - 15, 2022 
  • Communication of results: July 20, 2022

The official City RAPTOR website to apply:   https://raptorproject.eu/city-raptor-2


For more information, please contact: Ms. Zeynep Paksoy: Zeynep.paksoy@farklabs.com



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