Toyota Startup Awards Finals – Selected startups to pitch their inclusive mobility solutions in Barcelona

  • Following the recent 4YFN cancellation, Toyota has decided to invite the eight finalists of the Toyota Startup Awards to pitch their mobility solutions to a selected audience of investors, media and executives at its own private event in Barcelona on 25 February 2020
  • A maximum of three winners will see their project awarded access to the Toyota Startup Accelerator program, which includes training, mentoring and funding
  • Besides the actual pitch competition, highlights of the event day include inspirational speak-outs by Toyota executives and athletes before the winners will be revealed

Brussels, February 19, 2020 – Toyota Motor Europe (TME) had previously announced its participation in 4YFN between 24 and 26 February, hosting the first ever Toyota Startup Awards with a focus on Socially Inclusive Mobility, Accessibility and Disruptive Mobility. Further to the recent cancellation of 4YFN, Toyota has decided to organise the Finals in an alternative location in Barcelona, Aticco Tarradellas, on 25 February. The shortlisted eight startups will enter the ultimate pitch competition and a maximum of three winners will be selected by a jury composed of experts from TME and ISDI Accelerator.


The selected startups will have an opportunity to present their solutions in front of an audience of Toyota executives, investors and media. The winners from this pitch competition will take home a ticket to join the Toyota Accelerator Program powered by ISDI, which will offer training, mentoring, funding, as well as potential future collaboration with TME.

Besides the startup pitches, highlights of the program include

· Toyota Executive presentation on Toyota’s vision of future mobility

· “Start Your Impossible” stories by a wheelchair motocross athlete and a Paralympic Athlete

· Official launch of Toyota Startup Accelerator program

· Announcement of the winners, followed by a closing cocktail & networking opportunity


Venue & Timing

Aticco Tarradellas, Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas 123, Barcelona, Spain

25 February, from 9:00 to 17:00



Attendees are requested to register here (Limited capacity event).


High performance startups

Around 200 startups from over 45 countries entered the competition with a focus on ‘Mobility for All’. On top of the quantity, TME also notes the high quality of applicants. 52% of all the projects that applied can prove customer growth, 38% of them are generating revenues and 23.5% have each raised €1M or more in private funding already. Geographically, Spain and UK are the countries with the highest amount of applications, with 15% and 12% respectively. Disruptive Mobility (48%) is the vertical with the highest amount of applications, followed by Socially Inclusive Mobility (24%).


Overview eight selected startups




4blind (Russia): Research, development, creation and production of innovative engineering solutions for bringing blind and deafblind people to the world. Meeting the needs through expanding their opportunities and eliminating the barriers that people with disabilities face in communication, education, employment, transportation and independent living.



ABLE Human Motion (Spain) enhances mobility and independence of people with physical impairments through lightweight, easy-to-use and affordable technology.


Loro (US) is a socially assistive robot that gives people with mobility and communication challenges the ability to control, communicate, and connect with the world.



MotorSkins (Germany) is assisting human locomotion with autonomous soft - exoskeletons enhancing people’s autonomy through a comfortable solution in the form of a self-powered exosuit, without carrying external power sources.



ProsFit (Bulgaria) has developed and commercialised a solution to provide accessible, affordable and comfortable prosthetics to millions of people who would otherwise find mobility extremely challenging. This enables the delivery of high-quality service provision and community-based rehabilitation in remote areas of low and middle-income countries.


Seamless Vision (Israel) is building a robot helping the visually impaired navigate autonomously in urban areas. It guides users throughout the urban landscape, helps them to explore new places and always brings them back home safely. The technology combines multiple sensory systems with deep learning modules that constructs a human-like perception of its surroundings to enable a complete urban autonomous navigation.


SociAbility (UK) empowers disabled people to explore their communities with confidence, ease and peace of mind by collecting and sharing detailed, reliable and accurate accessibility information for hospitality and retail venues.


Wheeliz (France) is the 1st website dedicated to peer to peer wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) rental. It enables wheelchair users to rent a car directly to any WAV owner.


ISDI Press details

Alexandra Carrasco Szulc

Communications Manager - ISDI Accelerator

Tel: +34 690 695 963

E-mail: acarrasco@isdi.education