Rotterdam selected as the host city for developing The Mobility City campus

12/05/18

The city of Rotterdam has been selected as the host city for developing The Mobility City campus. Mobility City is an ambitious project with a global impact and a truly pioneering ideology. The goal is to bring together into one single location all of the stakeholders of the mobility (transportation) ecosystem, which will go to produce and showcase some of the most cutting-edge innovation that will shape the way people and cargo move for the next decades to come.

The project will begin with a pre-study that will lay down the foundations of the roadmap for the Mobility City project. The study will be conducted by Kayvan Nikjou and Avanto Ventures, who have been leading the conversations around the Mobility City concept and formulated the initial plan. The idea for the Mobility City has been driven from the need elevate the European standards and position in the mobility space, champion global innovation and unite the mobility innovation ecosystem. The vision is to enable the European based mobility players to innovate, create, hire and build their businesses in the Mobility City and create the next leader in the global mobility market where the traditional and the non-traditional mobility organisations work together to bring into life the key innovations that will shape the global direction of the mobility landscape.

Antti Rantanen, Head of European Operations, Avanto Ventures: “We are so excited that we finally found a home for this ground breaking concept, we evaluated over a dozen potential areas globally where we could start developing this ecosystem, and the various parties of the Rotterdam innovation ecosystem really proved to us that they are the right fit for this.”

Deputy Mayor Barbara Kathmann (Economy) embraces the concept: “Avanto’s ambition perfectly matches our commitment to renew transportation. It also offers the opportunity to challenge companies to bring together their best solutions based on market potential. It is wonderful to see that our innovation ecosystem is that attractive. Having a Mobility City Campus also offers us more opportunities to strengthen our economy further by attracting new large companies to our city.

"Having a Mobility City Campus also offers us more opportunities to strengthen our economy further by attracting new large companies to our city."

Barbara Kathmann, alderman of Economy,

Avanto Ventures is a corporate venturing agency based out of Northern Europe. Avanto has helped customers in various industries find new paths of growth and innovation by working with the growth company sector. Avanto builds new ventures, operates innovation labs and sets up ecosystem programs that make a positive impact on the people and the planet.

Avanto Ventures is supported by the city of Rotterdam and Rotterdam Partners in developing the Mobility City Campus.

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