22 Jul 2021

Alongside the Lisboa City Council, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and our Bicycle and ITS Project (BITS), CIE is delighted to announce the second edition of Smart Pedal Pitch – a competition seeking most innovative and market-ready cycle tech solutions to shape the future of cycling in cities. 

The first edition took place at Velo-City 2019 Dublin, with winning contestants piloting their projects out on the streets of the city. In 2021, Smart Pedal Pitch returns to find the best solutions in one of the world’s most creative entrepreneur ecosystems, Lisboa, (Lisbon) Portugal. The 2nd Smart Pedal Pitch will be hosted during Velo-city 2021 Lisboa from 6-9 September and is open to companies of all sizes, offering a unique opportunity to pilot and test your innovations in a dynamic city environment. 

This year, we’re inviting applicants to address one of the following defined areas set by the city of Lisboa:

  • Seeking Better Data: to better use cycling data to understand local issues.
  • Promoting Safer Cycling: to prevent cycling accidents or improve the general perception of cycling safety.
  • Cycle Security: to improve bicycle security, through the reduction of bicycle theft and the improvement of parking solutions.
  • Logistics and Intelligent Transport System on Cycling: to apply intelligent transport systems to cyclists.

Ten companies will be invited to the final pitching at the world’s leading cycling conference, Velo-city 2021 Lisboa, giving them a global audience for their product. The winner of the final pitch will be invited to run an extended “proof of concept” for their innovation on the streets of Lisboa, supported by a full package of innovation support from local and international partners. At the end of the pilot, the winner can expect their product or service to be piloted, evaluated and communicated to a global audience of cities, business leaders and advocates, providing a huge boost to market prospects. 

Lisboa City Council is committed to piloting and validating the winning ideas, so we are seeking solutions that have the potential to be scaled rapidly and deliver real impact for cyclists and the city. 

Want the chance to pitch your smart cycle tech? Learn more about the application process and submit your innovation here!

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