Interactive Online Debate
13 July 2021@16h00 - 22 June 2021@17h30 CET

European Startup Manifesto on Rail

Raising the voices of rail tech startups

Presented by the European Startup Prize for Mobility and The Brussels Times

Rail mobility offers tremendous opportunities for businesses, travel safety and above all sustainability. While Europe is a global leader in the rail sector, the potential for further innovation remains tremendous. 

As part of the European Year of Rail, the European Startup Prize for Mobility has brought together over 70 startups and rail organisations in order to crowd-think what the EU can do in order to foster more innovation in the field of rail. They came up with 35 concrete recommendations which they present in the first European Startup Manifesto on Rail, which are now open for endorsements from more startups from across Europe. 

On July 13 2021, the startups will present their recommendations to the EU institutions and rail industry on 5 of the topics covered by the Manifesto. Join the startups, rail companies and EU institutions for a live event, presented by The Brussels Times. 

Learn more:
– About the European Startup Manifesto on Rail
– About the European Startup Prize for Mobility
– About the European Year of Rail
Read and/or sign the Manifesto


Conference animated by Dan Sobovitz, Digital Story-teller and founder 

4:00 – 4:05 PM – Welcome 

4:05 – 4:10 PM – Opening and keynote speech
Vice president Maroš Šefčovič, Interinstitutional Relations and foresight, @EuropeanCommission

4:10 – 5:25 PM – Dialogue with the EU 

Fixed speakers:
Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament
Robert van Asten, Rapporteur on Smart and Sustainability Mobility Strategy at European Committee of Regions
Carlo Maria Borghini, Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking

Will be joined by rotating guests for 5 round tables, each presenting one key topic of proposals from the Manifesto to our EU panelists

1st Round-table: Data sharing, open data and ticketing
Therese Albertsson, Co-founder @AllAboard
Emmanuel Mounier, General Secretary @EUtraveltech

2nd Round-table: Collaboration between startups and stakeholders across the value chain
Niels van Damme, Co-founder @OTIV
Nick Brooks, General Secretary @AllRail

3rd Round-table: Infrastructure availability and access to rolling stock
Romain Payet, Co-Founder @Midnighttrains
Nicolas Debaisieux, Founder and CEO @Railcoop

4rth Round-table: Harmonization of European rail standards
Sara Armocida, Co-founder @CrainMobility
Côme Berbain, Director of Innovation @RATPgroup

5th Round-table: New energy mix
Luke Sperrin, Co-Founder and CTO @H2GO Power
Catherine Leboul-Proust, Director of Strategy @GRDF

5:25 – 5:30 PM – Closing remarks and call for action


13 July 2021


16h00 – 17h30 CET (Brussels Time)

The livestream will be available on this page on the day of the event. No registration is required.