Partnerships for Horizon Europe: Smart City projects

Presentation of ideas and competences for project proposals, inspiring sessions and panels, and targeted 1:1 meetings for creating consortia

Are you interested in Horizon Europe calls related to smart cities and related topics such as mobility, safety, security, energy, smart communities? Are you building a consortium to present a proposal? Are you searching for partners?

Join this online event to have the opportunity to meet companies, research centres, universities, cities and other entities interested in presenting proposals to the Horizon Europe 2023 calls linked to the smart city topics. You will get the opportunity to expand your international network and create partnerships and consortiums.

The event consists in 3 half-day presentation sessions and 2 week for organising online meetings, following this agenda:

  • November 23rdSmart Mobility– Plenary session, keynote speaker, cluster members presentations of project ideas and company competences.
  • November 28th:Plenary session, keynote speaker, cluster members presentations of project ideas and company competences.
  • December 2nd: Plenary session, keynote speaker, cluster members presentations of project ideas and company competences.

 The event is free of charge but registration and profile activation is mandatory.

The brokerage event brings together organisations from a large number of European countries. This is a unique opportunity to generate new contacts to develop projects and ideas and asess collaboration opportunities for research, development and innovation. You can select your available slots to organise one-to-one meetings from the 24th November to the 13th December.
You may start requesting the B2Bs from the 1st November.


Register and create your profile with a PROJECT IDEAS AND/OR COMPETENCES to have the opportunity to present them in a pitch session during the virtual event.

The pitch sessions will take place on 23rd November, 28th November and 2nd December.

🚫DEADLINE for submission of ideas: Monday, 14th November 2022 at 23:59

Main smart cities topics covered by the event

  • Smart mobility and logistics
  • Efficient, sustainable and inclusive energy
  • Circular economy
  • Climate and environment
  • Solutions for urban districts
  • Safety and Security
  • Cybersecurity
  • Resilience
  • Data economy
  • Smart building
  • Tourism and cultural heritage
  • Health

For whom

Companies, research centres, universities, clusters and other entities from all European Member States and Horizon Europe associated countries interested in presenting proposals to the Horizon Europe 2023 calls linked to smart city topics.

Candidates for presenting project ideas and competences speeches must be cluster members of one of the organising clusters. Please refer to the cluster websites for more information.

Goals and benefits for participants

  • Create contacts and partnerships aimed at presenting proposals to the Horizon Europe calls (2023 – 2024).
  • Receive information about trends, facts, R&D&I interests related to smart cities and communities.
  • Publish and showcase your project ideas, competences and expertise to all participants.
  • Initiate and arrange promising pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings at the event
  • Generate and meet new contacts in a time and cost-efficient way, with common interests.

The matchmaking event brings together companies (buyers as well as suppliers) from a large number of European countries. This is a unique opportunity to generate new business contacts and contracts. The model is time- and cost efficient and result in business! Meetings will take place in a dedicated area and will be arranged in advance by means of this website.

2023 Horizon Europe calls updates

The Work Programmes for 2023-2024 should be published soon, all information available HERE

Open calls are found at the EU funding and tenders portal

Second RECIPROCITY Mobility Mission in Helsinki provides a comprehensive insight into replicable Finnish smart mobility solutions

The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (HURC) hosted the second RECIPROCITY Mobility Mission in Helsinki, Finland from 5-7 October. More than forty participants from all over Europe gathered to learn about Finnish smart and sustainable mobility solutions and projects that could be replicated in their home cities.

The three days in Helsinki were diverse and replete with information. On the first day the participants gathered in the newly built Urban Environment Building of city of Helsinki. The building houses the Urban Environment Division responsible for city planning, the building supervision and the city’s environmental services. Welcoming words were given by the RECIPROCITY project coordinator Anne Häner from Cluster Mobility & Logistics, R-Tech GmbH, Germany. Petri Suominen, Transport Planning Manager of HURC gave a brief overview of regional planning in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region – the largest region of Finland with more than 1.7M inhabitants which is about a third of the country’s population. The region is regarded as cool, vibrant and happy, although due to its size and large number of population it has many transportation challenges to be tackled.

Next Pihla Kuokkanen, Resource Planning Unit Manager from the City of Helsinki gave an insight in the well-functioning transport system of the City of Helsinki. She was particularly proud of the small number of car accidents and the fact that there have been no pedestrian fatalities in Helsinki during last years. Both the city of Helsinki and the surrounding Helsinki-Uusimaa region have set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2030. The main sources of emissions are heating and transport. To reduce traffic emissions, citizens are encouraged to walk or to choose low-emission transport alternatives. Investments are made in extension of tram lines and cycling lanes. Mikko Lehtonen, Project Manager at the city of Helsinki presented a review of Helsinki’s ITS Development Program which focuses on collection and utilization of traffic data, digital transport management, and the role of Helsinki in the new services and transport automation.

In the afternoon the participants went by metro to Open Innovation House at Aalto University in Espoo where Milos Mladenovic, Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning and Transport Engineering, introduced the participants with smart mobility solutions in the Aalto University campus area. Afterwards the pitches of five Aalto University spin-off companies; GIM Robotics, PARKZIA, AIVisionEye, Conveqs and Maptionnaire were presented. The participants learned about infrastructure-free and all-weather conditions solution for indoor and outdoor 3D localization of machines, wireless charging of autonomous movable robots while in moving, distance monitoring of cleanliness and air quality in shared vehicles and public transport, digital traffic twin and a digital platform that is a tool for the cities to connect with its citizens and learn their opinion about, e.g., their mobility preferences.

On the second day the participants gathered in the former Maria hospital that a few years ago was turned into the leading startup campus in the Nordics. A glimpse in smart mobility solutions was provided by Sami Sahala, Senior Smart Mobility Expert of Forum Virium Helsinki, the city of Helsinki’s innovation company that facilitates start-ups and pilots new mobility services and technologies. Juho Kostiainen from City of Helsinki introduced the Mobility Lab Helsinki (collaboration between City of Helsinki and Forum Virium Helsinki working together with different stakeholders) which is a testbed for smart mobility innovations, and gave an overview on the topical projects, e.g., traffic radars with open APIs installed in the Jätkäsaari district in the West Harbour area.

Next Marcus Nordström from MarshallAI informed how CO2 emissions are reduced by optimizing traffic lights, thus avoiding unnecessary stops of the vehicles. Atte Riihelä Senior Specialist at the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications talked about open data platform that comprises also mobility data. The topic for Renske Martijnse-Hartikka Project Manager at the Forum Virium Helsinki was autonomous vehicles in the streets of the City of Helsinki. Autonomous vehicles could be both – on the ground (delivery robots, street sweeping machines) and in the air (drones).

Aaron Koskela Mobility Digital Twin Expert and Raimo Tengvall Project Manager at the Forum Virium Helsinki shared information about the Digital twin project for mobility. As the day’s last presenter Harri Miinin Project Manager from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences introduced the Metropolia’s Smarter Mobility Innovation Hub and their Smart Countryside Mobility project.  In the late afternoon participants headed to a short site visit on the seashore to see Callboats – electric on-demand boats – in operation.

On the last day the participants gathered in the office of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, where Jussi Knuuttila, International Affairs Expert, briefly introduced the Helsinki Smart Region platform and also regional council’s tasks which include regional development, regional transport and land-use planning and the promotion of local and regional interests nationally and internationally. Harri Paloheimo from CoReorient presented the platform that helps businesses and consumers to adopt more efficient and convenient ways for everyday tasks with the help of their local communities, i.e., P2P platform for sharing or exchanging consumer goods, tasks and services.

The last session was a brief capacity building workshop in which the participants exchanged opinions on the Helsinki cases that could be replicated in their home cities and had more one-to-one discussions with start-ups and stakeholders.

The hosts of the Helsinki Mobility Mission event Sakari Saarinen and Ari Lainevuo from HURC thank all the participants and presenters.

Join the RECIPROCITY Mobility Assembly in Barcelona!

The RECIPROCITY project will host its next Mobility Assembly on 16 November, alongside the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The Mobility Assemblies are destined and open to any interested mobility stakeholder willing to increase awareness between financial Intermediaries as Venture Capital, Business Angel Networks or Banks, and mobility ecosystem, cities, industry, mobility providers or policy makers.

The Mobility Assemblies will include different actions as presentations of actors, initiatives and projects, one-to-one meetings, and working group meetings. The aim is to bring together different actors to foster potential cooperation in different areas related to sustainable urban mobility.



Register for the event here. You are a city, service provider, RECIPROCITY External Advisory Board Member or other European mobility stakeholder and you want to be part of the RECIPROCITY Mobility Assembly in Barcelona? Partial funding may cover travel/ hospitality costs and ticket fees for the Congress.



DAY 1 | 15.11.2022 : Visit of the trade fair by your own

You are welcome to already meet at the RECIPROCITY booth!

DAY 2 | 16.11.2022 : Mobility Assembly Programme

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and introduction of Mobility Assembly in Barcelona

09:10 – 10:30 Presentation of innovative mobility startup projects working on solutions for Smart Cities: Presentation of innovative mobility projects working on solutions for smart cities: New tools and ideas to accelerate the shift towards a sustainable model of urban mobility will be presented.

10:30 – 11:10 Matchmaking event: opportunity to generate new business contacts

11:10 – 16:00 Exhibitor area visit & bilateral meetings with RECIPROCITY stakeholders

16:00 – 17:30 Working group meetings: Through the example of use cases collected in RECIPROCITY, the aim is to explore and understand the financial needs and obstacles of innovative projects in the field of mobility based on the experiences of the participants.

  • Shared mobility
  • Maas – new functionalities
  • New urban models, coexistence between different mobility systems

17:30 – 18:50 Financing sustainable mobility projects, tools and examples: In this session, different lines of financing at European level for sustainable mobility projects will be presented, as well as examples of projects already implemented, both in the way they finance their investment and their business model.

18:50 – 19:00 Closing

DAY 3 | 17.11.2022 : Visit of the trade fair by your own

You are welcome to already meet at the RECIPROCITY booth