Four Startups to Work with Delhi Metro to Enhance Digital Mobility Solutions and Last-Mile Connectivity
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New Delhi, India (16th March, 2023): Delhi’s Transport Department, in collaboration with WRI India and Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), announced the four winners of the Station Access and Mobility Program (STAMP) Challenge today. The winners are MetroRide, OpenMove, Tummoc, and Whide.
The winners represent some of the best solutions in last-mile connectivity and mobility-as-a-service (MaaS). Through STAMP, Delhi aims to enable a single platform that will allow better information dissemination, journey planning, and payment integration. It also aims to build more efficient last-mile services in areas that require better connectivity.
The four winners of the STAMP Challenge will receive a combined research grant of over USD 100,000 to demonstrate their solutions in Delhi. The pilot solutions are slated to roll out between March and April 2023. Delhi Transport Department and WRI India will provide mentorship and implementation support to all the teams for designing and deploying the pilots.
Ashish Kundra, Principal Secretary and Commissioner, Transport Department, GNCTD, said, “We saw several exciting and innovative solutions presented at STAMP Delhi. These solutions have the potential to be implemented and scaled up across the entire NCT and provide seamless, end-to-end connectivity to all commuters. Platforms like TMF and WRI India’s STAMP Challenge demonstrate the power of harnessing India’s robust startup ecosystem to solve transport challenges in our cities.”
MetroRide is a last-mile e-rickshaw aggregator that is currently operational in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The team’s solution helps commuters save time and money while accessing the metro.
OpenMove is a ticketing and journey-planning application, based in Trentino, Italy. It allows users to plan, book, and pay for their journey from a single platform.
Tummoc is a Bengaluru-based transit application that provides real-time information and ticketing. In Bengaluru, Tummoc’s platform allows commuters to track public transport and buy bus passes.
Gurugram-based Whide provides commission-free last-mile services, including autos and cabs.
Of the 59 total applications received, 28 teams made it to the interim jury stage. Twelve teams were selected for an intensive two-day Bootcamp, which allowed them to engage with domain experts and mentors from partner organizations.
Pras Ganesh, Executive Program Director, Asia Region, Toyota Mobility Foundation, noted, “TMF’s primary objective is to provide mobility solutions with the commuter as the focal point of the technology. Our cohort for STAMP Delhi showcased a wide variety of applications, both national and international, to improve the commuter experience. In Delhi, STAMP will help develop a mobility-as-a-service and aggregator platform that can be used as a best practice for the region, a complex task that requires a multi-stakeholder approach—but we fully expect our winners to rise to the challenge.”
“Urban transport cannot exist in silos. With several options for commuters in cities, private and public stakeholders need to come together to both improve commuting and maximize potential ridership and revenue. STAMP Delhi, the seventh edition of the STAMP Challenge, provides the platform for our winners to use research-backed insights and government support to scale their solutions.” explained Madhav Pai, Interim CEO, WRI India.
Through the Bootcamp, teams received support on the legal, technical, and business development aspects of developing better mobility solutions and were guided on how to refine and customize their ideas for Delhi Metro. The Bootcamp was followed by a Pitch Day, where teams presented their solutions to a jury consisting of government officials and private sector organizations, following which, the final four winners were chosen.