Keen to park the idea that our industry is outdated and instead embrace our thriving start-up ecosystem and culture of innovation, Parking Network hosted the Start-Up Stage at the 20th Edition EPA Congress and Exhibition.
In celebration of the industry’s strength and vitality, we welcomed eight parking and mobility newcomers to showcase their cutting-edge technology and solutions. Handpicked from the forefront of our industry, these rising stars and entrepreneurs presented a range of creative solutions for mobility, EV charging, and much more.
This eclectic mix of small, tech-focused start-ups delivered engaging and informative 10-minute pitches, followed by lively 5-minute Q&As, giving attendees the opportunity to truly uncover this pool of new talent and the disruptive technologies that they have to offer.
Our eight start-ups were: Seety, Wattif EV, Meep, ParkCash, reev, LetMePark, upandbike and GO TO-U. Here’s a sneak peek at the solutions that were showcased:
- Voice-powered parking for connected cars
- Next-generation office parking management
- Hardware agnostic EV charging, reservation, and marketing software
- Elevated and automated bike parking carousels
- Sustainable urban mobility app
- Unique EV charging business models
- A plug-and-play EV charging “brain”
- Innovative app-based parking planning tool
The pioneering solutions presented by our chosen start-ups were diverse, but they all shared a common goal – to overcome challenges within our sprawling parking and mobility industry. But there could be only one winner! Following the presentations, a panel of judges, including Jorrit Weerman, CEO of Parking Network and Giuliano Mingardo, Researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam, evaluated the pitches and selected a winner – GO TO-U. They were impressed by both the presentation from Co-Founder and COO, Lyubov Artemenko, and the unique EV charging reservation solution offered by GO TO-U.
Whilst only one start-up could be crowned the winner it was fantastic to hear from some of the rising stars of the industry and showcase their solutions to key decision-makers in the European parking arena.
About Parking Network
Parking Network is the leading information source for parking. We connect professionals through our online and offline channels. On our online platform parking.net, we publish the latest news, product showcases, job openings, and tenders related to parking. On our platform, you can access the most complete industry and parking professionals directory. Offline, we host niche-specific networking events such as the Airport Parking Network Event
About The European Parking Association (EPA)
The European Parking Association (EPA), founded in 1983, is the umbrella organization for European parking associations. The national member associations represent the parking sector which is consisting of private companies and public bodies that are operating and managing on- and off-street parking structures and services.