Urbike is a Brussels-based cooperative that promotes the transition to greener urban deliveries by switching small truck deliveries to cargo bikes, thanks to innovative technologies that streamline processes and standardise delivery modules. Their use of Fleximodal’s bicyclift trailer allows bikes to carry up to an additional 180 kg, facilitates the moving of wooden pallets by attaching itself directly to them and also has an option of loading a standardised cargo crate. They provide a crucial alternative to carbon-intensive delivery vehicles that clog our streets and pollute the air, as well as contributing to Co2 emissions.
Certified by the National Cooperation Council (CNC), urbike has partnered with a number of stakeholders (Smart cooperative, ULB’s mobility lab, delivery partners…) to generate new models and ways of working to make last mile delivery a viable option for Brussels-based businesses. While this phase is well underway (project BCklet), urbike has now partnered with Financité, a membership organisation which promotes finance as a tool to achieve social change. The objective is to raise 150,000 Euros to fund the purchase of equipment, the launch of delivery activities and the preparation for scale-up in 2020.
You can, until the end of February 2019, invest in urbike and by doing so become a cooperative member. This means that you will have a right to vote on the cooperative issues (1 person = 1 vote), the opportunity to participate to events and workgroups, as well as receiving up to 6% of the dividends on the annual profits made by the cooperative. There is also a bonus: because urbike is certified by the CNC and is a social economy cooperative, you can benefit from a tax reduction of 45% of the capital invested thanks to the Tax Shelter.
To invest you must buy a minimum of 5 shares priced at 100 Euros each (500 Euros), with a maximum of 50 shares for a single member. To buy share, simply fill in the form on urbike.be and a urbike representative will get in touch with you shortly. If you wish to invest more than 5,000 Euros, get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org