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Toyota Motor Europe and Spanish digital business school ISDI have partnered up to host a Demo Day next week to showcase five start-ups innovating in sustainability and inclusive mobility for all.

At the Demo Day on June 24 at ISDI’s headquarters in Madrid, each start-up will have a chance to pitch the technologies they have been developing related to the themes of ‘Mobility for All’, ‘Carbon Neutrality’ and ‘Circular Economy’ in front of top investors, Toyota and ISDI executives, and the media.

Toyota has invested over £85,000 in equity-free funding, opening their facilities as testbeds and matching experts to support the development of proof of concepts with the startups.

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ISDI has provided training, mentoring, brokerage with corporations and investors to support the business development and investment needs of the startups.

The Demo Day is the final stage in the program for the five winning start-ups selected to participate in Toyota Startup Accelerator (TSA), which was set up in partnership with ISDI Accelerator, the investment lab of ISDI Digital Business School.

The Revolve Wheel by Revolve Air, which claims to be the world’s first active wheelchair that fits the standards of universal cabin luggage or compact car’s trunk, is in the category ‘Mobility for All’.

Revolve is designed and invented by Andrea Mocellin, and occupies up to 60 per cent less space when folded (from 665mm to 260mm).

Jesús Tapia, Head of ISDI Accelerator, said: “This accelerator offers five of the brightest companies from around Europe to help us all facilitate the cognitive shift we need to engage in if we ever want to see a carbon-neutral or negative future in the world of mobility.”

Monica Perez Lobo, Head of Sustainability and ESG Management at Toyota Motor Europe, added: “Innovation is part of Toyota’s DNA. In order to create happiness for all, we keep challenging ourselves to break down barriers of what is possible today for a better tomorrow.

“As a global mobility company, we are reducing the footprint of our products and services, and the winners of the Toyota Startup Accelerator are clearly contributing to this. We hope to see the five startups successfully complete this accelerator program and disrupt our mobility and sustainability solutions in the years to come.”

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