Autonomy Mobility World Expo 2024

Funding the Movement - Startup Challenge

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Now in its 9th year, the Autonomy Mobility Startup Challenge – formerly known as Funding the Movement - recognises and celebrates startups that are bringing new innovations and enabling transformation in the mobility sector. It is open to startups presenting projects, products, solutions, ideas, or prototypes focusing on any of the Themes in our mobility ecosystem.


Where was it? 
The challenge took place during AUTONOMY MOBILITY WORLD EXPO 2024, at Pavillon 6, Porte de Versailles on March 20th 2024. 

 How does it work? 
  • 18 startups will be pre-selected to pitch on the AMWE Stage on March 20 (3 from each industry theme) 
  • 7 winners will receive a prize with international recognition. 
  • The Pitch competition will take place at Autonomy Mobility World Expo on March 20
  • The ceremony will take place on March 20 in the afternoon. 

6 Categories

Autonomous Vehicles

Technology, policy and business models

Shared & Public Transport & MaaS, Ticketing & Payments

Last Mile Logistics

Mobility Data & AI

E-mobility & infrastructures  

Fleet management, Car Rentals & Subscriptions

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Startup Challenge Finalists 2024

Congratulations to our Startup Challenge 2024 finalists below

Shared & Public Transport & MaaS, Ticketing and payments

Mobility Data & AI

Fleet management, Car Rentals & Subscriptions

Last Mile Logistics

E-mobility & Infrastructures

Autonomous Vehicles: technology, policy and business models

2024 Jury Members


Chief of New Mobilities at Volkswagen Group France

After an extensive experience in the E-Mobility business across several industries : I have developed charging infrastructures for a well-known energy company in Germany, then support the development of eletric vehicles ecosystem at an OEM, I then deepdived into the IT infrastructure enabling the sharing of electric vehicles and launched several electric carsharing systems across the world (Italy, Germany, Singapore). I joined Volkswagen Group France to support them in developping new mobilities in France.

Romain ERNY

Head of mobility at Choose Paris Region

Romain Erny leads the Paris Region’s consulting practice for the urban mobility and transportation sectors. He has 15+ years of experience advising companies looking to expand and plug into the regional ecosystem. He specializes in growth strategy, go-to-market, public- private partnerships. Before joining Choose Paris Region, Romain worked for the economic development agency of Eastern France and the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation of Quebec, Canada. He holds a master’s degree in marketing from Grenoble IAE Graduate School of Management. Romain regularly participates in conferences about the future of transportation, innovation, entrepreneurship and French business practices.


StartUp & Technology Group Vice President at Valeo

Loan My Descourvieres is the Group Vice President of strategic partnerships & disruptive businesses at Valeo, a technology company, partner to all automakers & new actors in mobility, working together to innovate & create mobility that's cleaner, safer & smarter. Previously she opened the Valeo Mobility Tech Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also held positions in startup & technology incubation, product marketing, sales, business development, technology transfer, research & innovation, and program management. She worked at Thales in radio transmission, as well....


Managing Director of Neckermann Strategic Advisors

Having coined the term “The Mobility Revolution” with his first book of the same name, Lukas has become a sought-after expert, advisor, and keynote speaker on future mobility and smart cities. He has been featured or cited in Fast Company, Wired, the Financial Times, as well as countless journals on shared, electric, and autonomous mobility. Lukas is Managing Director of Neckermann Strategic Advisors, and guides startups, corporates, and infrastructure providers in their transition toward shared, autonomous, and electric mobility. He recently co-founded (and now remains an Ambassador at) the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education Europe (PAVE Europe). Lukas also sits on the Advisory Board of numerous mobility startups in the US and Europe, is an Expert contributor to MSCI’s Future Mobility Index, an Instructor at New York University (NYU), and lectures on mobility, innovation, and strategy at the University of St. Gallen, TU Berlin, and the Hult School of Business.....


VP - Venture Studio Director at Stellantis

Elsa Lamartinie has been working in automotive industry for 25 years in diverse positions, as Project Director, Hardware and Software Director, dealership Director and intrapreneur in new car rental services. She is now head of the Stellantis Venture Studio whose mission is to accelerate innovation thanks to startups and intrapreneurship.


Founder and Managing Partner - Shift4Good

Yann Marteil is co-founder and managing partner of Shift4Good Yann has 25 years of corporate experience (Europe/US/Singapore), which includes 8 years of experience in mobility corporate venture capital in Europe, Israel, US & Asia and 7 years as founder of Evergreen where he has obtained strong knowledge in mobility, circular economy and sustainability sectors. Yann is a renowned expert in the mobility sector and has been at the forefront of many structural shifts in the sector. He was Deputy Ceo of Mobivia (Midas, Norauto, ATU) Co-Founder of the European Start-up Prize, Asian Mobility Challenge, the Moovelab @Station F. ❖ Board Member BMW Mobility Council. ❖ Expert for Solar Impulse Foundation and for EIC Scale-Up Europe Graduated from Sciences Po, HEC Paris and Institut des Futurs Souhaitables.


General Partner I rethink Ventures

Matthias has 15 years of experience in the mobility and venture capital sector. He is a general partner at Rethink Ventures, a leading venture capital fund specialized in early-stage vehicle tech, mobility and logistics investments in Europe. Matthias was educated in the UK, US and Italy and lives in Munich, Germany, with his wife and two kids.


Principal, Head of Business Development & Value Creation

Anna has over 10 years of experience and expertise in Business Development, Partnerships, and working with global VC's, corporates and startups. In her previous roles she served as the Director of Business Development EMEA at Axonius, an Israeli cybersecurity unicorn startup, she was a Founding member and Director of Business Development of LABS Israel Co-working space, and also served as a Business Development Manager at ESOP EXCELLENCE Investment House. Today, alongside her role at Mobilion Ventures she is the Managing Director of the BizdevExec , the leading community for Business Development Executives. In addition, Anna is an activist in several non-profit organizations that promote women in technology, sustainable initiatives and technology education for peripheral youth. Anna is also a public speaker, guest lecturer and mentor at leading global universities and Accelerators. Anna holds an EMBA from Bar Ilan University, a BA in Business Management & Entrepreneurship from RRIS Reichman University majoring in Entrepreneurship and holds a diploma of Global Negotiation from Harvard University. 


Head of Venture Capital | Via ID

Romain Lafitte began his career within the mergers and acquisitions team at Crédit Agricole Securities New York. Back in France, he joined the Valuation and Financial Modeling department of Deloitte then Generis Capital Partners, an investment fund in which he made around ten investments and monitored around fifteen companies. He then decided to take action and co-founded a consulting firm specializing in young digital brands. After reselling his shares, with his experience in finance, investment and entrepreneurship, Romain decided to return to the world of investment and joined Via ID in May 2022 as Head of Venture Capital . He thus manages the equity investments of Via ID, the CVC of Mobivia and supports startups in their development through the boards.