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On the way to becoming a mobility company for all, Toyota has teamed up with ISDI Accelerator and created the Toyota Startup Awards—recognizing startups with breakthrough solutions in the area of inclusive mobility.

As part of the Toyota Startup Awards we will bring eight finalists to 4YFN, the most influential startup event of the year. Finalists will even get the opportunity to exhibit their startup at the Toyota stand, get seen by 4YFN visitors and investors, participate in the pitching competition and compete for the Gold Medal prize—a fast track to the Toyota Accelerator Program powered by ISDI Accelerator. On the second day of the event (25/02/2020), the winners of the Toyota Startup Awards will be recognized on the main stage.

We are looking for innovative solutions to support inclusion of people with restricted mobility. These solutions could be overcoming obstacles presented by mobility impairments that are permanent or temporary; congenital or acquired with age or as a result of injury; physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional, and more.

Please go to the official website (​http://www.toyotastartupawards.com/​) and consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information about the program. You can submit your application to the program at the following URL: (​https://www.f6s.com/toyotastartupawards/apply​).
The deadline for submitting your application is ​26 January 2020 at 23:59 p.m. CET​.

Yes, although startups presented within the verticals listed above will be given priority, projects that address other challenges or themes within the area of social innovation will not be eliminated.

The eight finalist start ups will be entitled to the following package of services and perks:

  • Exposure at 4YFN: As a finalist of the Toyota Startup Awards, you will be provided with a booth inside the Toyota space at the 4YFN event as well as an exclusive time slot on the Toyota stage to pitch your solution.
  • Access to MWC Barcelona 2020 on Thursday 27 February 2020 for your startup’s team.
  • Accommodation in BCN: 4-star accommodation for up to two members of each startup. Travel and out-of-pocket expenses are expressly excluded.
  • Fast Track to Acceleration Program: Up to three of the eight finalists will be awarded the Toyota Startup Award. Winning the award entails a fast track to an Acceleration Program powered by the award-winning ISDI Accelerator. The Acceleration Program will include the following perks:
    • Financing: each startup that enters the Toyota Mobility Accelerator will receive funding as well as many other perks which written below.
    • Training “bootcamp”: This face-to-face event is designed to help startups gather more knowledge in business areas, with a practical format and featuring speakers from leading organizations, including ISDI and Toyota.
    • Business mentors: Each participating team receives three months of individual sessions with a high-level mentor custom-matched with the startup. Mentoring follows a personalized methodology and addresses current needs the startup is experiencing.
    • Specialist mentors: Startups can also learn from successful and veteran entrepreneurs, experienced investors and C-Level executives from big corporations/organisations such as Google, AirBnB and NASA. All of them have extensive experience working with startups.
    • “Perks” program: Participants have access to significant discounts from technological, marketing, legal and talent services, among others, provided by renowned companies such as Amazon, Braintree, Marketo, Sendgrid, and more.
    • Demo Day: At the end of the acceleration program, the finalists will present in front of Toyota executives, private investors, and other executives of large corporations and/or media.

This program is looking to offer the best experience for startups during the startup awards and consequently the following acceleration program. That is why we ask for the following:

Commitment​: To attend the 4YFN event in Barcelona from 24-26 February​ ​2020 and to show your products or services to the public if you are one of the 8 selected startups.

Priority in cooperation​: The winning startups are expected to always consider Toyota
among other options for future cooperation and possible investment discussions.

The Toyota Startup Awards powered by ISDI accepts applications from startups. A startup is considered as such if it meets the criteria of small and medium enterprises of the European Commission Recommendations, 2003/361/EC. Only startups that meet the following requirements are eligible for the acceleration program:

  • The startup must be legally established.
  • The startup has at least one CEO or business manager and a CTO or technical manager.
  • At least one full-time founder is dedicated to the project.
  • The startup has at least one MVP (Minimum Viable Product) fully developed.
  • The startup has serious technology, preferably with sustainable competitive advantages, although this is not a requirement.
  • The startup has a strong component of innovation, where innovation is understood in the broadest sense (product, process, business plan, and more).
  • Founder(s) must have high-level English language skills, as the competition will take place in English.
  • The startup is aligned with ​Toyota’s values and should respect EU legal regulations (e.g. GDPR etc.)

Yes, as long as you partner is not another automotive OEM and your project continues to meet the criteria described above to be considered a startup

No. The acceleration program is open only to legally established companies.

It is not an eligibility requirement, but it will be positively evaluated in the selection process.

The deadline to receive applications is 26 January 2020 at 23:59 p.m. CET.

Yes, as long as it is not organized by another automotive OEM.


No. You can only submit one proposal per startup. If there is more than one proposal at the close of the call, only the first project submitted in order of time will be evaluated.

Yes. The registration form is hosted on the F6S platform (https://www.f6s.com/toyotastartupawards/apply) and, in order to submit your application, it is necessary to register on that platform with your personal data.

Although the form is hosted on F6S, you must contact the ISDI Accelerator team via email info-accelerator@isdi.education. We will respond to you as soon as possible and will guide you through the necessary steps to complete the form successfully.

Yes, the ISDI Accelerator team will answer all comments within a maximum period of 48 hours (working days​)

The selection process has been designed to be fair, objective and (we hope) interesting for you. It will consist of the following steps:

Phase 1: General verification of eligibility.
All applications will be verified to ensure that they meet the following requirements:

  • Meet all eligibility criteria listed in the Applicant Guide.
  • Have sent the application through the official online platform https://www.f6s.com/toyotastartupawards/apply. Proposals submitted by any other means will not be considered for evaluation.
  • Have completed the application before the deadline, 26 January 2020 at 23:59 p.m.
    CET.

Phase 2: Pre-scoring.
Eligible proposals will be automatically scored according to the following criteria, obtaining up to 100 percentage points as follows:

  • Team (30% weight)
  • Business opportunity (30% weight)
  • Strategic fit (40% weight)

Phase 3: Jury evaluation
All applications that successfully pass Phase 2 will be evaluated and qualified by a jury of experts coming from ISDI Accelerator as well as Toyota Motor Europe. This evaluation will also be based on the criteria of team, business opportunity and strategic fit. The 8 highest scoring startups will be selected for the Toyota Startup Awards program.

To the eight finalists:

  • Exposure at 4YFN: As a finalist of the Toyota Startup Awards, you will be provided with a booth inside the Toyota space at the 4YFN event as well as an exclusive time slot on the Toyota stage to pitch your solution.
  • Access to MWC Barcelona 2020 on Thursday 27 February 2020 for your startup’s team.
  • Accommodation in BCN: 4-star accommodation for up to two members of each
    startup. Travel and out-of-pocket expenses are expressly excluded.

To the winning startups:

  • Fast Track to Acceleration Program: Up to three of the eight finalists will be awarded the Toyota Startup Award. Winning the award entails a fast track to an Acceleration Program powered by the award-winning ISDI Accelerator. The Acceleration Program will include the following perks:
    • Financing: each startup that enters the Toyota Mobility Accelerator will receive funding as well as many other perks which are written below.
    • Training “bootcamp”: This face-to-face event is designed to help startups gather more knowledge in business areas, with a practical format and featuring speakers from leading organizations, including ISDI and Toyota.
    • Business mentors: Each participating team receives three months of individual sessions with a high-level mentor custom-matched with the startup. Mentoring follows a personalized methodology and addresses current needs the startup is experiencing.
    • Specialist mentors: Startups can also learn from successful and veteran entrepreneurs, experienced investors and C-Level executives from big corporations/organisations such as Google, AirBnB and NASA. All of them have extensive experience working with startups.
    • “Perks” program: Participants have access to significant discounts from technological, marketing, legal and talent services, among others, provided by renowned companies such as Amazon, Braintree, Marketo, Sendgrid, and more.
    • Demo Day: at the end of the acceleration program, the finalists will present in front of Toyota Motor Europe Executives, private investors, executives of large corporations and / or media.

Yes, if you are selected as one of the final eight startups, you will receive a contract which makes your attendance at 4YFN legally binding.

As the 4YFN takes place in Barcelona, Spain, you will have to travel there for the duration of the event (24 to 26 February 2020).

No, not all expenses are covered. We will provide you with up to two hotel rooms per team, access to the 4YFN as well as a booth inside the Toyota space to showcase your product. Travel expenses​ ​and out-of-pocket expenses shall be covered by you.

Yes, the program may be canceled at Toyota’s request, if the volume or quality of applications does not meet Toyota’s expectations. Toyota may take this decision at any time unilaterally and will communicate it in writing to ISDI Accelerator who will be responsible for communicating it to startups.
This decision will not lead to any compensation in favor of startups, and startups won’t be able to file a claim for any reason against ISDI or Toyota.

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