MobiGoIn-Action Transportation and Mobility Immersion Program

How cool would it be if your city’s goal was to leverage technology to better the lives of its citizens? Smart cities are doing just this!

As technology evolves, smart mobility and smart city initiatives will have a life-changing effect on us all – better arrangement of transportation and options, more advanced healthcare and public service, business efficiency and customer service, traffic management, etc. As our systems get smarter and our networks increase, the improved connectivity and inclusivity will help our cities thrive for years to come.

On February 23rd-28th, Silicon Valley Forum partnered with MobiGoIn-Action and the French Tech Hub to host a European business delegation transportation and mobility immersion program. The delegation consisted of 16 mobility startup companies from France, Italy, Germany, and Sweden.  During their stay in the Bay Area, the companies met with key players from both the private and the public sector in the transportation industry.  They also participated in B2B matchmaking sessions, received individual mentoring from Silicon Valley experts, and pitched their businesses to potential partners and investors.

Check out the lineup from this info-packed, 4-day program:


DAY 1: Monday, February 25, 2019 – Welcome and Workshops


  • Presentation: Lead Generation and Product/Service Sales
    • Julien Boubel, Sales and Investors Lead, Top Funnel
  •  Presentation: International Trade EU-US: Conditions and Internal Market Insights
    •  Baptiste Dubois, Accounting and Tax Services, KVB Partners
  •  Pitch Workshops, Feedback, and Mentoring
    • Donna Griffit, Corporate Storyteller
  • Individual Mentoring Sessions


DAY 2: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – Company Visits


  • Presentation: The Next Generation of Smart Cities
    • Jill North, Innovation Program Manager, City of San Jose
    • Ulysses Vinson, Chief Marketing Office, City of San Mateo


  • Presentation:  The Digital Vortex and Smart Cities: How Cisco is Shaping the Future
    • Joel Barbier, Managing Director of Economics Practice


  • Presentation: Playing a Role in Mobility Innovation
    • Allen Shi, Partnerships Manager, IoT/Mobility


DAY 3: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – B2B, Company Visits, and Pitch Night


  • B2B Matchmaking Session 1
    • Mark Thomas, VP of Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Ridecell
    • Doug Gould, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Zoox
  • B2B Matchmaking Session 2
    • Leandro Margulis, VP & GM of Dev. Relations, TomTom
    • Lei Qi, Principal, Alliance Ventures
    • Thomas Schemkes, CEO, RIDE
    • Kristen Link Hernandez, Customer Relationship Manager, TomTom
    • Jeff Fletcher, Technology Scout, Ford Motor Company
    • Eric Louttit, CMO, Ivy Mobility

@SFMTA – San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

  • Presentation: San Francisco’s Mobility Strategy
    • Darton Ito, Director of Innovation, SFMTA

@French Tech Hub – Pitch Practice and Smart Mobility Pitch Night!

  • Pitch Competition Judges:
    • Marc Amblard, Mobility & Autotech Expert
    • Mitra Broomand, AutoTech Venutures
    • Doug Newcomb, Senior Industry Analyst
    • Alexis Icikovics, PSA


DAY 4: Thursday, February 28, 2019 – Program Review & Conclusion

@French Tech Hub – Presentations and Program Review

  • Presentation: Automotive Market Session
    • Doug Newcomb, Senior Industry Analyst
  •  Presentation: Silicon Valley Immersion: The Secret of a Disruptive Strategy
    • Cédric Eloy, Head of Innovation strategy and Florent François, Head of Digital Strategy, Armstrong by DAHER
  • Presentation: Insights into Smart Mobility
    • Marc Amblard, Mobility and Autotech Expert
  • Individual Mentoring Sessions


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About Silicon Valley Forum Immersion Programs

Silicon Valley Forum creates unique, high-quality Silicon Valley immersion programs, startup workshops, business luncheons, pitch nights, demo days, and more for corporates, accelerators, government and universities worldwide. Each program can be tailored to your delegation’s specific needs, find past Silicon Valley immersion programs here and download our program brochures to learn more about what we can do for you!


Blog Author:

Erin Ferguson
Marketing & Special Projects Manager

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