The MRDH is optimizing the public transportation facilities, which will be necessary as it is expected that the demand for public transport will grow. Together with RET and HTM, MRDH is searching for innovations that contribute to finding a solution for the current growth restriction, and that solves the bottlenecks in the public transport network during peak hours. YES!Delft is scouting startups that are offering an innovative, efficient and feasible solution for this challenge.
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The Metropolitan region of Rotterdam The Hague (MRHD) features public transportation facilities to be proud of. For the long haul, people are working hard to optimize these facilities. That will be necessary as it is expected that this region will expand with more than 400.000 residents in the upcoming decades, which automatically results in a growing demand for public transport.
Agreements are already being made about an investment program for the public transportation with a horizon up to 2040. These agreements must ensure that the growth continues, customers are satisfied or become more satisfied, the region remains accessible to everyone and the agglomeration power of the region strengthens. At the same time, there are already a number of bottlenecks in the system, or places where new bottlenecks are likely to arise. MRDH, together with RET and HTM, are searching for innovations that contribute to finding a solution for the current growth restriction, and that solves the bottlenecks in the public transport network during peak hours.
A COLLABORATION WITH YES!DELFT
Throughout recent years, the MRDH has successfully collaborated with tech incubator YES!Delft. Together with Get in the Ring, a global network of support organisations, corporations and governments that want to make an impact, YES!Delft is responsible for scouting startups across Europe, who are offering an efficient and feasible solution for the challenge within the region.
The challenge is all about mapping out efficient and feasible solutions to reduce the strain within public transportation during peak hours. This is a necessary topic because public transportation facilities within the MRHD will expand, simply because the number of travellers come from an organic autonomous growth.
STARTUP SELECTION CRITERIA
The most important selection criteria of your startup is that your product needs to offer a solution that fits the challenge. Besides that, you startup needs:
- A minimum of two co-founders;
- To operate in the tech industry;
- A completed prototype or MVP;
- To be scalable, innovative and impactful;
- To have someone who is able to speak either English or Dutch.
WHAT IS THERE TO WIN?
The winning startup receives a pilot together with MRDH, RET and HTM.
The Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH) is an urban metropolis comprising 23 municipalities, a population of 2.3 million and employment for 1.2 million. 13.5% of Dutch people work here, representing 15% of the Gross National Product. A major economic centre of the Netherlands. Every town and village has an identity of its own but partnerships are forged to strengthen the region’s economy. The MRDH has been the principal for all public transport in the region of Rotterdam and The Hague since the 1st of January 2015.
The Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram(RET) is the public transport company within the Rotterdam city region, and provides transport by bus, tram, metro and boat. As an integrated public transport company, RET is also responsible for the management and maintenance of the vehicles and infrastructures, by doing so the RET manages the entire transport process.
The Haagsche Tramweg-Maatschappij (HTM) is a public transport company that is operating trams, light rails and buses in The Hague, Rijswijk, Leidschendam, Voorburg, Delft, Zoetermeer, Wateringen, Pijnacker and Nootdorp.