More than 500 mobility startups from all over Europe have applied to win the prize, which was awarded for the first time by the European Parliament and the European Commission.
A top-class jury consisting of EU representatives and well-known companies such as the Boston Consulting Group and Europcar chose the ten finalists who were allowed to present their mobility solution in a pitch at an evening event in Brussels. The jury nominated Cargonexx as the only German company for the Top 10. Among the finalists, Cargonexx was able to assert itself in the end. The Hamburg-based company is now one of the four winners of the EU trophy and receives legal support and strategic advice on the expansion of its European business.
“We were able to convince the European jury and this is not only due to our business model but also to our team, which leads Cargonexx to success with experience and passion. Our offer is cost-effective for shippers of freight, efficient for transport companies and sustainable for all road users – a win-win-win solution,” said Rolf-Dieter Lafrenz, CEO of Cargonexx (pictured).
The European Startup Prize for Mobility was created in 2017 by the European Parliament and the European Commission to promote successful mobility startups. The award is supported by companies such as the Boston Consulting Group and experienced founders such as Frédéric Mazzella, who launched BlaBlaCar in 2006. The four winners of the award will receive legal support from Grimaldi and strategic advice from the Boston Consulting Group. In addition, all ten European finalists will be given the opportunity to present themselves at Europe’s leading tech conferences.
Cargonexx is one of the first companies to use artificial intelligence in transport and thus avoid empty truck loads. This technology also convinced the ten-member jury in Brussels. The aim of the award is to promote ground-breaking innovations that can change the mobility landscape in Europe and worldwide. The award ceremony took place at the historic Solvay Library in Leopoldpark, Brussels, and was opened by Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport.
Cargonexx is a digital transport network. It was founded in Hamburg in 2016 and now operates not only in Germany and Austria but also in Denmark, Poland and the Baltic States. The logistics platform uses artificial intelligence and self-learning algorithms to make efficient use of free truck capacity. External factors such as weather and traffic volumes are also taken into account. With just one click, loads and free transport capacities can be brought together easily and safely. This reduces empty runs and reduces traffic. Carriers and transporters save time and money by using Cargonexx.