Six digital start-ups have the opportunity to secure a share of a £210,000 fund in a new national competition launching on September 1 which looks to find solutions to some of the “most pressing challenges” of urbanisation.
Organised by IC Tomorrow, a division of the government’s Technology Strategy Board, the Connected Cities contest is searching for “urban environment innovators” with digital solutions which help to advance connected buildings, communities, services, and the environment.
As well as a £35,000 share, the six winners will also be partnered with industry leaders such as EDF Energy, Intel, Siemens and Kimberly Clark, where they will trial their ideas for at least three months.
The competition follows on the back of a recent Connected Cities Assembly where IC Tomorrow suggested UK cities are “feeling the strain of rapid growth” with a “lack of sufficient infrastructure” and “meaningful data analysis”.
IC tomorrow programme manager, Matt Sansam, said: “We’re living in an increasingly urban world and there is an urgent need for sustainable innovations that will help us maintain our current quality of life without too much detriment to the environment.
“New technology alone isn’t going to be enough – collaboration is key to solving these challenges, which is why IC tomorrow is bringing together some of the leading companies in the Connected Cities space as challenge partners. We look forward to seeing a range of inventive applications from start-ups and small businesses, even if they are only at ideas stage.”
Entries for the Connected Cities contest open on September 1 with briefing event taking placing at Canary Wharf’s Level39 on September 10.