Climate Smart Cities Challenge

Climate Smart Cities Challenge

The Climate Smart Cities Challenge is an open innovation competition to identify climate smart solutions to reduce the climate impact of Bogotá, Colombia; Bristol, United Kingdom; Curitiba, Brazil; and Makindye Ssabagabo, Uganda, while creating a better future for all. It is a competition that asks innovators – technologists, SMEs, start-ups, developers, finance experts and more – to submit their best ideas and solutions to one of the unique challenges identified by the four partner cities.




5 Jan 2022


Up to 80 finalists will be selected (up to 20 per city). The finalists will benefit from:

Support and engagement activities with a partner city: finalists will be able to work with city stakeholders to fine-tune solutions, adapt to the city context and form relationships with other teams to create teams of complementary partners (more details on each city page)
Facilitated matchmaking process to find collaboration partners and form teams
Access to coaching and mentoring support to develop product and business model
Potential to build relationship with city stakeholders
Profile-raising opportunities, including;
– Finalists featured at the Expo 2020 Dubai
– Winning teams featured at the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland,
– Potential media opportunities,
– Exposure to potential investors
Opportunity to contribute to tangibly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a better future for all
A few selected finalists will have the opportunity and financial support to be part of the Global Cleantech Summit and meetings with investors in the field at Dubai Expo 2020.

Following the finalist engagement period, up to one team per city will be invited to progress. The selected teams will share up to 400,000 Euro in a planning phase prior to ultimately demonstrating potential solutions in 2023. Consortia may also be able to access financial support that cities can help leverage in the system demonstrator phase.

Finalists will benefit from matchmaking support to form teams. Support will include speed-dating sessions among the finalists and deepened match-meetings to form relationships; guidance in choosing partners, kicking off collaborations and setting goals and objectives; assistance with maintaining momentum; and support with preparing final submissions.


20 January 2022: The finalists will be announced at Expo 2020 Dubai
February 2022- May 2022: Finalists and cities co-creation period
June 2022: Winning teams featured at the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland
June 2022- November 2022: Planning Phase - Winning teams plan for demonstration of their solutions in cities
2022-2023: System demonstration



Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).


Credit: Climate Smart Cities Challenge 

Date Added: 18 Nov 2021

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