VINCI Start-up Tour competition: VINCI Concessions unveils its four “favourites” 7 March 2016
VINCI Concessions, a subsidiary of the VINCI Group, today unveils the four “favourites” awards of the VINCI Start-up Tour, a roving European competition designed to identify promising innovative initiatives that reinvent the digital experience for users of infrastructure (motorways, airports, stadiums, high-speed rail lines, etc.) operated by VINCI Concessions. Each winning initiative will receive a […]
VINCI Concessions, a subsidiary of the VINCI Group, today unveils the four “favourites” awards of the VINCI Start-up Tour, a roving European competition designed to identify promising innovative initiatives that reinvent the digital experience for users of infrastructure (motorways, airports, stadiums, high-speed rail lines, etc.) operated by VINCI Concessions. Each winning initiative will receive a €10,000 endowment and an acceleration contract covering support by VINCI Concessions experts serving as mentors and pilot testing of the innovation on an infrastructure concession managed by one of VINCI Concessions’ subsidiaries.
The four “favourite” start-ups:
The VINCI Autoroutes “favourite” award goes to Keyclic.
Auditioned in Bordeaux, the Keyclic start-up is developing a geolocation-based solution that enables infrastructure users to report a problem, malfunction or suggested improvement in real time. This service will help infrastructure operators optimise their call-out response and maintenance and deliver top-quality service.
The VINCI Stadium “favourite” award goes to Lineberty.
Auditioned in Paris, Lineberty is an application that virtualises waiting lines. This innovative service enables users to take a digital number. The application then automatically notifies the user when he or she will be called, so that users do not need to uselessly wait in line. The solution will notably smooth access to stadiums and reduce waiting times at refreshment stands, rest rooms, etc.
The VINCI Airports “favourite” award goes to Business In The Air.
Auditioned in Lisbon, the Portuguese Business In The Air start-up proposes to create a community service that puts business people in touch with each other. It uses professional social media to identify people present in an airport at the same time and set up business meetings between them.
The LISEA “favourite” award goes to Spot It.
Auditioned in Bordeaux, the Spot It start-up offers a solution enabling users to explore the regions surrounding the infrastructure via a geolocation-based audio guide with content designed for all audiences.
Other initiatives identified during the VINCI Start-up Tour auditions will also be offered VINCI Concessions acceleration. The full list of these start-ups will be unveiled on 31 March.
Over 400 teams entered initiatives. The entries were first shortlisted and auditions were then held in 12 cities in France, Portugal and the United Kingdom for the 131 shortlisted start-ups, at which they presented their innovations. 80 VINCI Concessions employees from all types of activity (marketing, engineering, operations, communication) and an equal number of representatives of the Group’s partners (local authorities, French Tech associations, local start-up incubators, companies and start-ups) served on the audition juries throughout the process.
An initiative at the heart of VINCI Concessions’ open innovation strategy
Launched in November 2015, this competition is part of VINCI Concessions’ open innovation strategy and extends its close cooperation with start-ups over the past several years. In 2014 and 2015, VINCI Concessions organised two hackathons in France that brought start-ups, students and developers together for 48 hours to co-design digital services and applications focused on optimising the service offering available on VINCI Concessions infrastructure. VINCI Concessions’ acceleration programme now covers seven young start-ups.
VINCI Airports, operating internationally in the airport sector, develops and operates 25 airports: 11 in France, 10 in Portugal (including the Lisbon hub), 3 in Cambodia and the Santiago airport in Chile. Served by nearly 150 airlines, VINCI Airports’ network of airports handled about 52 million passengers in 2015, up 11.4%1 from 2014, and generated €820 million in revenue. VINCI Airports builds on its expertise as a comprehensive integrator and on the professionalism of its 5,400 employees to develop, finance, build and operate airports; it also leverages its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimise the management of existing airports, to extend existing airports and to build comprehensive new airport infrastructure. In December 2015, VINCI Airports acquired AERODOM, the company holding the concession for 6 airports in the Dominican Republic (4.5 million passengers in 2015), which runs until 2030. In a joint venture with the Japanese company ORIX, VINCI Airports also signed the 44-year concession contract awarded by the New Kansai International Airport Company (NKIAC) covering the Kansai and Osaka international airports (37.7 million passengers in 2015).
1 Data includes traffic at Toulon Hyères airport from 1 January 2015
VINCI Autoroutes :
As Europe’s leading motorway concession operator, VINCI Autoroutes serves more than 2 million customers every day on the networks of its four concession companies – ASF, Cofiroute, Escota and Arcour. As a long-term partner of the French State, which grants these concessions, VINCI Autoroutes serves regional development policies and helps meet its customer’s mobility needs.
Key figures: 4,386 km motorway network – 172 service areas - 268 rest areas - 322 toll plazas. Full information is available at: Radio VINCI Autoroutes (107.7), www.vinci-autoroutes.com, facebook.com/VINCIAutoroutes, Twitter @VINCIAutoroutes, www.fondation.vinci-autoroutes.com, or telephone 3605, 24/7 (service free of charge + toll charge).
VINCI Autoroutes launched a start-up accelerator to support innovative entrepreneurial initiatives in the fields of travel, daily mobility, road safety and the environment.
VINCI Stadium is the entity supporting operation of Europe’s leading stadium network, in which VINCI Concessions is the majority shareholder.
VINCI Stadium, a subsidiary of VINCI Concessions, brings its know-how and develops business expertise to serve a new management model applying to all the stadiums making up its network: the Allianz Riviera in Nice, the MMArena in Le Mans, the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, the Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park stadium in London.
VINCI Stadium strives to facilitate and enhance the spectator experience by offering a range of sports and concert events and developing a wide variety of related services.
LISEA is the company holding the 50-year concession contract for the SEA Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line. It is responsible for financing, designing, building, operating and maintaining the line.