International Road Federation (IRF )

IRF launches a new Start-up Label

The International Road Federation (IRF) is proud to announce the launch of a Start-up Label to support innovation within the mobility sector. This initiative reflects one of IRF’s core principles of fostering innovation and progress by providing access to cutting-edge knowledge and expertise.
The IRF Start-up Label is designed to support mobility start-ups with high impact potential by helping them showcase their credibility and sustain trust with their clients, investors and employees.

To obtain the label, start-ups will go through an in-depth assessment process. An IRF expert panel will assess each start-up application to determine whether the company can create a significant impact in terms of innovation, safety, efficiency, sustainability and evaluate the viability of their business model. Start-ups must be involved in at least one of the following areas of action:

  • road safety, road efficiency and sustainability.
  • intelligent transportation systems (ITS),
  • cooperative, connected and automated mobility (CCAM),
  • road financing and economics,

Laureates of the IRF Start-up Label will benefit from IRF’s official endorsement for three consecutive years. During the 1st year, they will gain professional mentoring on a topic of their choice provided by IRF experts. Start-ups will also be invited to participate in IRF networking events, providing them exposure to their relevant audiences. During the 2nd and 3rd year, IRF will assist with bespoke actions aligned with start-ups’ priorities.

We are excited about this initiative that brings IRF closer to the needs of the start-up community. Innovation is a key aspect in the mobility sector, and we want to help start-ups to exploit their value proposition to the maximum and achieve the best possible market fit.

IRF President – Bill M. Halkias

Are you interested in getting IRF’s seal of quality? 

Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.