ATOM mobility, the company that helps to build a micromobility business, has just launched the ATOM Academy. The goal is to educate people, who are willing to start a business in this specific field or improve operations.
“The whole idea of ATOM is to provide more than just software. And the ATOM Academy is one step closer to the goal. We want to educate our customers, as well as provide them with an understanding of what is available out there and how all these technologies can help them to be more efficient in their business,” says Jürgen Sahtel, Head of the ATOM Academy.
The content is based on extensive knowledge of various industry leaders as well as ATOM's own insights from operating the first scooter-sharing business in Riga, Latvia. Moreover, during the process of creating the academy program, ATOM interviewed its customer base so it got valuable feedback about what its customers would be interested in. However, the focus is on topics that could save customers time and money in this business.
Help for beginners, valuable at any stage
At first, the idea was that the ATOM Academy would be a great help to ATOM customers. Most of them are at a very early stage - they buy software and hardware from the manufacturer. However, maybe they still don’t know exactly how to run this business. The ATOM Academy is there to help them figure it out: “There are situations in which entrepreneurially-minded people visit a city and see scooters. Then they go back to their city and decide that vehicle sharing should also be available in their small community. So how can they make this happen? In most cases, they don't know anything about procedures or best practices or what is actually needed to make this scenario a reality. The ATOM Academy is intended to help with that. So when a new customer comes along, he can have a blueprint to follow based on industry standards and knowledge, as well as contacts of people that might help,” says Jürgen.
The content is tailored for all stages of companies, including larger ones that want to expand their businesses to different cities and countries. All the content at ATOM Academy is available in video format through the website. There are currently three blocks of content - getting started, launching and operations, as well as optimization and growth. Overall, 15+ units are available with an average length of 35 minutes, so it would take few weeks to a month to go through all ATOM Academy courses. It is recommended that participants watch at least one video in two days and take notes. Afterward, it is possible to arrange a meeting with Jürgen at any time to discuss questions that arise along the way.
Industry experts available free of charge
All lectures are in the format of conversations with the leading experts in shared micromobility. They have all launched successful businesses in the field. For example, Polina Mikhaylova is a co-founder of KNOT - the company that designs, produces, and installs docking stations for scooter services. Sébastien Marteau is responsible for business development at Fluctuo. The company aggregates more than 200 shared-mobility fleets and provides insights into a target city's shared mobility metrics and trends allowing operators to prepare successful launches. Please visit the ATOM Academy website, where you will find the list of experts.
And that's not all. Jürgen says that since the shared mobility industry is evolving fast, there will be new ways to optimize the operations, and the ATOM Academy will make sure to keep its students up to date. “For example, now MaaS is a big thing. In addition, we have created a feedback system for ATOM Academy users so they are able to provide feedback about subjects they would like to know more about,” says Jürgen. Furthermore, he emphasizes that all this content could be useful for those still considering setting up a micromobility sharing business.
The ATOM Academy is free of charge for existing customers. “But, if there is someone, who is seriously considering starting a business then, we have an option to offer to go through the ATOM Academy content with a small one-time investment, which will later be deducted from the software price. So it’s an investment as well as a commitment,” explains Jürgen.
Apply for the ATOM Academy by filling in the application form here.