From 17 to 21 September 2018, the ITS World Congress is hosted at Bella Center in Copenhagen. It is the world’s largest international congress for intelligent transport systems (ITS). The Congress expects to welcome more than 4,000 delegates, 10,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors from around the world. For the first time in the history of ITS World Congresses, there will be a startup area to push innovation and growth within green mobility.

The City of Copenhagen is the proud host of the 25th ITS World Congress, when it comes to Copenhagen. The Congress is organised by ERTICO – ITS Europe, ITS America, ITS Asia-Pacific and the European Commission, and will showcase the latest and most cutting-edge Danish and international ITS solutions. The overall theme of the congress is “ITS – Quality of Life”, and the Congress will provide concrete answers to how intelligent transport systems improve the quality of life for both road users and citizen.

When the Congress rotates to Copenhagen, it will be with a special focus at startups. The Congress will unveil a unique special exhibition space exclusively dedicated to start-ups called AREA C – Startup Connector. AREA C will be the first-ever exhibition space dedicated to young ventures in the history of the ITS World Congresses. It is a unique opportunity for startups to access and connect with leading experts in the fields of future mobility, logistics and smart city. The exclusive benefits for young ventures are only available to the top 32 most promising startups.

The 32 startups are from 15 different countries, including the Danish startup Dropboy ApS who has developed an app which makes every day easier for companies with distribution.

“The World Congress rotates around the world and celebrates its 25th anniversary in Copenhagen. We are proud that it is Copenhagen who, for the first time, hosts a special startup area. We believe it can generate growth and create new jobs in Greater Copenhagen”, says Steffen Rasmussen, Head of Projects in The Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen.

The industry supports that Copenhagen does a special effort for young, newly started companies who want to join the global market of transportation.

“The World Congress is the world’s largest of its kind and an important showcase of businesses within Smart Cities and ITS. Being part of the startup area can be crucial to a new business who wants to sell its ideas and products to the transport industry”, says Jesper Højte Stenbæk, Director of Policy for Transport and Infrastructure at The Danish Chamber of Commerce.

The programme of the startup area includes matchmaking with investors and industrial leaders, an EU-workshop and a workshop organized by Nordic Innovation who supports projects within innovation and trade.

For more information about AREA C, including the programme and a list of participating startups, please visit: https://itsworldcongress.com/startups/area-c-startup-connector/