25 Jan 2021

We are proud to congratulate CIE Member Pony for winning the European Startup Prize for mobility and being recognised as the most promising mobility start-up in Europe. Pony was chosen by a jury of industry and political leaders as well as by the public among 550 innovative start-ups. Pony is a prime example of how the cycling sector is constantly evolving through innovation.

The European Startup Prize for mobility (EUSP) is an EU-founded Acceleration and Investment Programme for sustainable mobility start-ups. This initiative aims to support and scale up smart and sustainable mobility start-ups all across Europe. Each year, 500+ start-ups apply to its Acceleration and Investment programme. The EUSP provides multiple investment opportunities as a “one-stop-shop” to EU funds and private investors. In addition, 10 best start-ups benefit each year from a tailor-made mentoring and visibility in front of EU decision makers.

Pony is a French micro-mobility operator providing high end shared bikes and e-scooters. Created in 2017, Pony is operating in Angers, Bordeaux, Oxford and Grenoble, Liege and soon expanding to Brussels.

What makes Pony unique is the collaborative model: every bike and scooter is owned by a citizen, who can share it back to the other users and collect the revenue. Not only this model does empower the users (who respect the vehicles), but also ensure a wise and reasoned growth of Pony’s fleets.

Today Pony is the only French actor operating dock less e-scooter and as a matter of fact, everything is homemade; allowing Pony to have a complete command of the value chain (software, mobile app, IoT, design and manufacture of bikes and e-bikes). Eventually, Pony is a five-in-one start-up!

After the victory of the prize, the founder of Pony, Paul-Adrien Cormerais, said: “Our commitment to deliver a sustainable model for shared micromobility is paying off: it’s a great achievement to get this amazing award from the European Startup Prize for mobility. This is humbling as we faced more than 550 participants among which many companies that we greatly admire. We would like to thank the organisers of the contest for hosting such a great event each year, as well as everyone that supported us over the past three years to get there. Long live sustainable shared-micromobility!”

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