Shared micromobility operator Voi has won the “Global Startup of the Year” award at the independent Global Startup Awards in Copenhagen.
Founded in 2012 and held annually in the Danish capital, the Global Startup Awards acknowledge businesses that are no more than five years old and have been nominated by the public.
This year Voi was the winner from a field of 98 global finalists, with previous victors including Pleo, UiPath, Zendesk and Supercell.
Having launched in 2018, the Swedish micromobility firm has deployed its e-scooters and e-bikes in more than 70 cities across 11 countries.
Voi ranks second behind only TIER in terms of the number of e-scooters available for hire in Europe and has recently announced plans to become climate positive by 2030.
The operator has been carbon neutral since January 2020 and hopes to replace one billion car journeys with micromobility trips by the end of this decade.
“We are honoured to have been named Startup of the Year at the Global Startup Awards,” said Douglas Stark, COO and co-founder of Voi.
“This award is in recognition of the hard work of our skilled employees and also underlines the role that companies like ours can play in driving the green revolution in European cities. There is an overwhelming need for innovative transport solutions across the world if we are to reach ambitious climate targets and create more efficient, liveable cities. This is something we’re committed to achieving with our e-scooters and e-bikes at Voi.”
Kim Balle, founder and director of the Global Startup Awards, added: “Voi have won the award because their electric scooters have managed to create better, greener and more cohesive transport in many countries. With electric scooters in over 70 European cities, Voi has become a great success in a very short time, because they meet the growing demand for innovative and sustainable means of transport. Voi is in many ways a great inspiration for other startups and we congratulate the entire organisation on this award.”