Fia Smart Cities
Global Start-Up Contest

On the occasion of the second season of the FIA Smart Cities initiative, the Automóvil Club de Chile (ACCHI), the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) and the Touring Club of Suisse (TCS) are supporting the 2018 FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest.

The contest offers European high-tech start-ups in early and extension stages with international growth ambitions an exclusive opportunity to interact with the broader FIA network.

The main areas of focus of the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest are:

  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Autonomous Driving and Mobility
  • Hardware and Smart Infrastructure
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Sharing Economy and Digital Services
  • Insurtech

The pitch day will be organised the day before the FIA Smart Cities Forums in:

  • Santiago de Chile (Pitch day: 31 January / FIA Smart Cities Forum: 1 February)
  • Rome (Pitch Day: 12 April / FIA Smart Cities Forum 13 April)
  • Zurich (Pitch Day: 7 June / FIA Smart Cities Forum 8 June)

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Benefits of participating

10 Start-Up will be invited to the Pitch Day to present their innovative solutions in front of an international jury.

For each edition of the contest, the jury will select three finalists who will have the chance pitch their project at the FIA Smart Cities Forum, in front of a large audience composed of public decision makers, representatives of the industry, as well as international organisations and media.

Benefits for the winner

Visibility at the FIA Smart Cities Forum and at the FormulaE platform.
Opportunity to approach Automobile Clubs of the region.
Further development of marketing and sales skills.
Invitation to the FIA Mobility Conference and introduction to the network of relevant Clubs operating in 145 countries.
Invitation as an FIA guest to pitch at top-international Conferences with key decision-makers and stakeholders.
Mentoring and challenging by the FIA Smart Cities partners including blue chip companies such as ABB, Michelin, ENEL, Julius Bär and JC Decaux.
Evaluation of business cooperation with FIA Smart Cities partners.
Positive Awareness and Media coverage.
An invitation for 2 to the FIA Formula-E Race following the edition of the contest.

Composition of the jury

The international jury is composed by a poll of experts from the FIA, FIA Clubs, ABB, Michelin, ENEL, Julius Bär, JCDecaux and journalists involved in technology and innovation.


Fabio Tentori

Head of Enel Start-Up initiatives and business incubators.

Joaquin Gabarron

Executive Director, Julius Bär.

Marco Parroni

Head of Sponsoring, Julius Bär.

Representative of Michelin

Representive of JCDecaux

Luca Pascotto

Global Public Policy Manager at FIA.

Vincenzo Pensa

General Director for Innovation, ACI.

Marjorie Paillon

Journalist and TV Presenter, France 24.

Ruggero Recchioni

Head of Industry and Innovation, IntesaSanpaolo Innovation Center.

Ross Douglas

Founder & CEO Autonomy Paris.

Timeline for 2018


Pitch day at Fia Smart Cities Santiago

12.03 - 05.04

Call for applications open for Rome FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest

Apply with your project

Pitch day - Rome FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest

The 10 finalists pitch to the jury

Announcement of the finalists and winner of Rome's edition

01.05 - 01.06

Application for Zurich FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest

Apply with your project

Pitch day - Zurich FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest

The 10 finalists pitch to the jury

Announcement of the finalists and winner of Zurich's contest

About the FIA Smart Cities Initiatives

The FIA Smart Cities initiative was launched as a platform for knowledge generation and information exchange in the field of sustainable urban mobility. The initiative led by the FIA and supported by Formula E, Michelin, ENEL, Julius Bär, comprises three core pillars, notably the Forums, a Cities Award and a Start-up Contest. This multidimensional approach allows us to bring together actors from various fields, from young entrepreneurs to experienced policy-makers, and foster the process of knowledge sharing.

Built on the axes of Sport and Mobility, the initiative represents a true testimony of the FIA’s comparative advantage to play a role in defining the future of sustainable mobility. The FIA Formula E platform provides a unique arena to showcase innovations in motor sport that help identify potential synergies between technological development and mobility needs.