Co.Station launches into shared workspaces and MaaS
Co.Station, the shared workspace at the parvis of Saint-Gudule in Brussels, has just launched a mobility ecosystem called co.mobility. It aims to bring out “from October 2020, concrete mobility solutions, particularly in terms of smart applications and MaaS (Mobility as a Service), but also new services and infrastructures.
The objective of developing an integrated mobility solution in a single global platform is ambitious, as the field of mobility has become a continuous breeding ground for start-ups, and many established players are trying to break into it. But Co.Station can count on reliable partners for this initiative with AG Insurance, the bank BNP Paribas Fortis, Brussels Airport Company, railway company NMBS/SNCB, public transport operator, Stib/Mivb, and road assistance provider Touring.
Co.mobility wants to focus on themes related to mobility in Belgium, such as smart applications based on the exploitation of mobility data, the future car fleet (electrification, autonomy, and connected mobility), new services (micro-mobility, on-demand mobility), or new intelligent infrastructures.
In the first phase of ideation, eight ideas will be proposed within the framework of the ecosystem, based on a detailed business model and presenting real added value. Four prototypes of agile products or services will then be developed from October 2020. In doing so, Co.Station hopes to repeat the experience it has conducted in the field of energy with ‘The Internet of Energy’, a project in which more than 65 companies participated.
Most partners see the project as an opportunity to develop more efficient and greener mobility. And by aligning all modes of transport, they increase accessibility to their business and, of course, they can also attract new customers and companies.
New technologies also improve the experience of customers, and at the same time, promote the innovation culture of companies. They also see it as essential to work together with various partners on forward-looking solutions, “because the more we succeed in thinking globally with partners in all the areas involved, the more widely supported and more efficient the solutions will be.”
Since 2014, Co.Station brings together start-ups and scale-ups active in the field of technology and digitization in specially designed workspaces in Brussels, Ghent, and Charleroi.
In the future, Co.Station wants to stimulate the creation of innovation ecosystems in areas other than mobility, such as healthcare, media, smart buildings, or food. Companies and start-ups interested in participating in co.mobility can contact Grégoire Talbot. The registration closes on March 27th.