This is a blog post in the series “Resources for impact entrepreneurs”: Growth Opportunities for Impact Entrepreneurs. Part 4: Smart Cities & Urban Innovation Global and Regional Programs.
Awards and Competitions:
Smart City Expo World Congress: World Smart City Awards aiming to recognize and support innovative city strategies, projects and ideas that can potentially make an impact on citizens’ lives and turn our cities into more sustainable and inclusive places to live in.
Aveiro Urban Challenges: awarding startups, scaleups and R&D centres for the best ideas and solutions to resolve urban issues.
XTC: a social innovation startup competition; the sectors include smart cities.
Logrono, ecoembes, TheCircularLab: Circular Urban Challenge, a European competition between startups linked to the field of circular economy in which the best solutions are sought to address specific challenges that affect cities.
FIA: Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest, identifying, supporting and investing in the world’s most innovative and impactful technology companies in the Smart Cities ecosystem.
NSCN: Nordic Smart City Challenge, open to innovators developing solutions that will help to support local authorities to build the liveable and sustainable cities citizens will need now and in the future.
Hackathons, Incubators and Accelerators:
Cassini Hackathons: challenging hackers to develop innovative solutions that sustainably improve our green spaces in urban and rural areas.
Urban Mobility Incubator: a 10-week incubation program to transform mobility ideas into deployed prototypes; geographical coverage: the primary focus are participants from the Baltic states, but ready to consider teams from elsewhere in the world if interested in registering the company in Latvia.
Berlin Innovation Agency: Future City Startup Incubator, accelerating smart city startups; open to all nationalities, but founders must be registered in Berlin from the moment the program starts.
+Impact Accelerator: looking for startups working with Smart Cities; geography: Nordics (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway); the program will be a hybrid (virtual + in person), if people prefer to attend virtually, it is possible.
Techstars: Torino Cities of the Future Techstars Accelerator, focused on smart, efficient, sustainable and liveable cities; startups need to relocate to Torino for the entire length of the program (3 months).
Conscious Venture Lab: an acceleration program for mission-driven business solving problems around urban resilience and smart cities.
IMPACT: Growth Smart Cities & Infrastructure Accelerator, selecting growth-stage startups working to solve the challenges of urbanization by optimizing resource consumption and improving services through better management of supply and demand in urban life activities.
EIT Urban Mobility, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): acts accelerating positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.
Future Hub: Open Innovation Sustainability Accelerator, a kickstarter for startup & enterprise co-creation; the sustainability areas include smart cities; geography: Baltic countries.
URBAN-X: an accelerator for startups reimagining city life.
Plug and Play: three-month accelerator programs boosting startups through corporate business development, networking and pitch events, world-class mentorship, and the potential for investment; the sectors comprise smart cities.
Africa Mobility Initiative: Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator for transformative, practical, well researched and possibly tested solutions to urban mobility challenges in African Cities.
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