This week Exeter City Futures is excited to welcome the first cohort into the accelerator programme. Following months of carefully processing applications six teams have been chosen to enter into the accelerator and receive our support in developing their solutions. Applications were a response to the five challenges defined earlier this year through public engagement and the challenge definition process. These are the first defined challenges within the scope of zero congestion and energy independence: Halving the Heavy-load Vehicles, Reducing Exeter’s Energy Consumption, Exploring Alternative Energy Sources, Increasing Active Transportation, and On-demand Shared Mobility.
Once applications were longlisted each selected team had a 30 minute phone interview to describe their applications against the 6P criteria – Proposition, Pioneering, Potential, Practicality, Plan and Proposer. All were scored by assessors to identify a short-list of 10 teams who were invited to come and pitch their ideas to a panel.
Six teams pitched successfully and were offered the chance to enter into the accelerator. We have been able to select teams who have a range of ideas across all five challenges – some offer potential economic impact and others high social value.
The teams that made it into the first cohort are:
RideOn is a charity which aims to encourage future car drivers to consider cycling as a relevant alternative to driving by removing some of the perceived obstacles to riding. They are seeking to establish sustainable bicycle training and maintenance courses as well as considering questions around defining a value for social impact.
AtoB is an on-demand mobility service. Their mission is to help develop communities through the provision of shared social experiences. This will take the form of an on-demand coach service for Exeter based parents and children to enjoy fun day trips together while visiting the best local attractions.
The GreenRide app is a platform which facilitates on-demand car sharing for commuters and ad hoc travellers on intra-city Exeter journeys. Making a short trip in Exeter? GreenRide allows you to share your vehicle with people going in the same direction.
The aim of QBots is to become world’s leading provider of renewable energy software and integration services. Its mission is to make solar and battery energy storage a fundamental part of a cleaner, more intelligent distributed energy infrastructure. The QBots.AI software platform will optimise the performance of energy storage, lowering costs and maximizing return on investment throughout the system’s life.
Escargo is a Cargo Bike last mile delivery service focused on providing a zero emissions, affordable, high quality logistics support for businesses within Exeter. They are seeking to develop a MVP and establish the market opportunity for last mile delivery in Exeter.
Binit is a platform which allows businesses to collectively purchase waste management services. Binit uses insights from data to tailor solutions aimed at reducing waste and increasing the value of products and resources throughout their life cycle.
The Exeter City Futures City Space
To bring the team and the first cohort closer to the city, and provide all the support necessary as they develop their solutions, Exeter City Futures has moved to new premises in the city. The space at Broadwalk House on Southernhay offers the perfect location in which to accelerate our first teams.
This move will make it easier for Exeter City Futures to engage with citizens and make sure the solutions developed are those which are best for the city.
As we start to accelerate our first teams we’re also preparing for our next cohorts. Our next challenge definition cycle began at TEDx Exeter to inspire a new round of challenges to be put out for solutions in the autumn. To get the conversation started there are now several topics on our Ideas Board. We encourage members to post their own topics and ideas about the problems facing the Greater Exeter area becoming more sustainable. Why not also sign up to the Summer Connect event!