Smart Cities Connect  Conference & Expo

  MAY 8-10, 2024 | RALEIGH, NC

TechConnect, a division of ATI

   11th Annual
Smart Cities Startup Challenge  

We want to share your technology with our community!

In alignment with the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ($550 Billion), National Security Strategy, and National Defense Strategy, TechConnect and Smart Cities Connect are proud to partner with the RISE Consortium for the 11th annual Smart Cities Startup Challenge.


  • Applications: Open Now
  • Deadline for SCSC submissions: Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Notifications: Week of March 11, 2024
  • Deadline to Confirm: Week of March 25, 2024

Apply Now



  1. Apply here.
  2. If selected to pitch, choose your registration participation option!

Questions about the Startup Challenge? Contact Emma Mooney, Outreach and Project Manager

Click HERE to view 2023 participants
Click HERE to view past finalists

The RISE Consortium accelerates key technologies and communities supporting the nation's infrastructure, energy, mobility, resilience, and security initiatives. RISE is managed by Advanced Technologies International (ATI), the Nation's leading R&D organization overseeing an extensive portfolio of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) consortia and innovation funding vehicles.


Smart Cities Connect will invite top-ranked submissions to give a brief presentation in the Smart Cities Startup Challenge.
Accepted submissions must pre-register and choose one Smart Cities Startup Challenge experience based on organization type:
Discounted Basic Registration (for startups and universities only): $375


Pitch and Exhibit Opportunity (Expo rates here):
Submissions that are not from startups or universities, proposals for expansions of existing companies, spin-outs or research from existing corporations, and other consulting projects must select the Exhibit Opportunity.

Business Pitch
Share your technology with experts in government, military and industry. You will have 5 minutes to highlight one of your company's technologies. This will be followed by valuable feedback, questions, and concerns from the experts you want to hear from to take your company to the next level

Demos and Drinks
Enjoy 10 drink tickets that you can share during happy hour in our expo hall. During this time, city, industry, investment, and military leadership will be directed towards showcase tables, one of which designated to your technology. This will help to gain your team additional exposure.

Smart Cities Booth
Upgrading to a booth from showcase table provides your company with a 10X10 station where you can share your technology for the full 2-day exhibition. Along with having a larger area to display your technology, exposition booths have prime placement. Additionally, city, industry, investment, and military leadership will be directed to visit your booth, helping gain your team maximum exposure.




Ian Aaron Ian Aaron
CEO, Ubicquia

Jodie Brinkerhoff Jodie Brinkerhoff
VP of Innovation, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Eric Drummond Eric Drummond
CEO/Founder, Innovation Corridor Investments

Andrew Felbinger Andrew Felbinger
Principal, Urban Innovation Fund
Tim Fowler Tim Fowler

David Graham David Graham
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Carlsbad, CA

Logan Grizzle Logan Grizzle
Partner, MUUS Climate Partners
Scott Haase Scott Haase
Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Paul Hoekstra Paul Hoekstra
Mobility BU Director U.S.A., TNL U.S.A.
Don Jacobson Don Jacobson
IT Business Partner for Innovation, City of Las Vegas, NV
Monali Mujumdar Monali Mujumdar
Startup Engagement Lead and Program Operations, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Flo Raitano Flo Raitano
Director of Partnership Development and Innovation, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

Dave Rios Dave Rios
DTIC-IAC Field Advisor, USCENTCOM, Cloud Lake Technology, LLC

Amanda Rohrer Amanda Rohrer
Senior Associate, Blackhorn Ventures
Kirsten Suddath Kirsten Suddath
General Partner, Next Frontier Capital (NFC)

Carlos Tamayo Carlos Tamayo
Innovation Manager, City of Colorado Springs, CO

Art Thompson Art Thompson
Chief Information Officer, City of Detroit, MI

For more information please contact Jennifer Rocha, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at


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  • 7AC Technologies, Beverly, MA
  • Acumentrics SOFC Corp., Westwood, MA
  • Agiltron, Woburn, MA
  • Algae Systems, Daphne, AL
  • Allylix, San Diego, CA
  • Alphabet Energy, Hayward, CA
  • AlphaGuardian Networks, San Ramon, CA
  • Altranex Corporation, Kingston, ON, CA
  • APDM, Portland, OR
  • Apex Wind Energy, Charlottesville, VA
  • Applied DNA Sciences, Stony Brook, NY
  • Aqua Engineers, Honolulu, HI
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL
  • Ascent Solar Technologies, Thornton, CO
  • Associated Energy Developers, Plymouth, MA
  • Australian National University, Canberra, AU
  • Autonomous Marine Systems, Arlington, VA
  • Avaya, Ontario, NY
  • Battelle, Columbus, OH
  • Blast Control Systems, Kilgore, TX
  • Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Bloomgi, Austin, TX
  • Bluerise BV, Delft, NL
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Arlington, VA
  • C-Motive Technologies, Madison, WI
  • Calm Energy, New York, NY
  • Cambrian Innovation, Boston, MA
  • CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, CA
  • Caterpillar, Mossville, IL
  • Cella Energy US, Exploration Park, FL
  • Charles River Analytics, Cambridge, MA
  • Chemica Technologies, Portland, OR
  • CODA Energy, Monrovia, CA
  • Columbia Power Technologies, Charlottesville, VA
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industry, Newcastle, AU
  • Community Cars, Pflugerville, TX
  • Concepts NREC, Chelmsford, MA
  • Cougaar Software, Vienna, VA
  • CURB, Austin, TX
  • Current Motor Company, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Cythereal, Lafayette, LA
  • Design Flux Technologies, Maple Heights, OH
  • Digit Group, Collierville, TN
  • DPRA, Knoxville, TN
  • Dragos Security, San Antonio, TX
  • DryWired Defense, Los Angeles, CA
  • E3 Clean Technologies, Athens, OH
  • E3 Water, Austin, TX
  • Eco Waste Solutions, Burlington, ON, CA
  • Edisun Heliostats, Pasadena, CA
  • Efficient Drivetrains, Milpitas, CA
  • Electrocell Technologies, Colchester, VT
  • Electrovaya Corp., Mississauga, Ontario, CA
  • Enel Green Power, Andover, MA
  • Energy Solutions, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Energy Technologies, Mansfield, OH
  • Energy Xtreme, Austin, TX
  • Energyfolks, San Jose, CA
  • Enervalis, Leuven, BE
  • EpiBiome, South San Francisco, CA
  • EthosGen, Dallas, PA
  • EVIK Diagnostic Innovations, Ottawa, ON, CA
  • Farmatic, San Francisco, CA
  • FastCAP Systems, Boston, MA
  • Fastec Ltd, Wellington, NZ
  • FireFly LED Lighting, Austin, TX
  • FireFly Power, Charleston, SC
  • Framergy, College Station, TX
  • Gehrlicher Solar America, Annapolis, MD
  • Gel4Med, Brighton, MA
  • Geli, San Francisco, CA
  • GeneFluidics, Irwindale, CA
  • General Nano, Cincinnati, OH
  • Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
  • Go Electric, Anderson, IN
  • GS Engineering, Houghton, MI
  • Halotechnics, Emeryville, CA
  • HDT Global, Fredricksburg, VA
  • HEVT, Chicago, IL
  • Highwave, Oxnsrd, CA
  • Honeywell, St. Petersburg, FL
  • HyCarb, Orlando, FL
  • Hydro Tasmania, Hobart, TA, AU
  • Hypori Federal, McLean, VA
  • IAP Worldwide Services, Alexandria, VA
  • Ibis Networks, Honolulu, HI
  • Ibis Power, Miami, FL
  • Igor, Johnston, IA
  • IMET Corp, Southhamptom, PA
  • Infra-Tect, Chandler, AZ
  • INI Power Systems, Morrisville, NC
  • Inkscreen, Austin, TX
  • Innocorps Research Corp., Saskatoon, SK, CA
  • Inovi Green, Honolulu, HI
  • Inscope Medical Solutions, Louisville, KY
  • Integran Technologies, Mississauga, ON, CA
  • Integrated Power, Lake Forest, CA
  • Intel Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • Intelligent Automation, Rockville, MD
  • Intelligent Optical Systems, Torrance, CA
  • Intrepid Robotics, Houston, TX
  • InvivoSciences, Madison, WI
  • ISSAC Corp, Colorado Springs, CO
  • ITC, Richland, WA
  • ITN Energy Systems, Littleton, CO
  • Jamaica BioEnergy, Kingston, JM
  • Joulebug, Raleigh, NC
  • K2 Energy Solutions, Henderson, NV
  • Keen Technical Solutions, Reisterstown, MD
  • Kelvin Storage Technologies, Poway, CA
  • Kinection, Napa, CA
  • Kisensum, Oakland, CA
  • KAIST, Yuseong-gu, KR
  • Lamda Guard, Halifax, NS, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Leidos, Framingham, MA
  • Leviathan Energy, Stony Brook, NY
  • Linnean Solutions, Cambridge, MA
  • Lionano, Ithaca, NY
  • LLB Consulting, Florence, AL
  • Lockheed Martin Corp., Palo Alto, CA
  • LuminAID Lab, Houston, TX
  • Mackinac Technology Co., Grand Rapids, MI
  • May-Ruben Thermal Solutions, Calgary, AB, CA
  • Mercurius Biofuels, Bellingham, WA
  • Midas Green Technology, Austin, TX
  • Mide Technology Corp., Medford, MA
  • Modula S, San Francisco, CA
  • MSW Power Corporation, Acton, MA
  • MTPV Power Corporation, Austin, TX
  • National Instruments, Austin, TX
  • National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, CO
  • Natural Power Concepts, Honolulu, HI
  • Navitas Systems, Woodridge, IL
  • NEOVEL Technologies, New York, NY
  • Neural Analytics, Los Angeles, CA
  • Neuro Kinetics, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nextek Power Systems, Detroit, MI
  • Nexus eWater, Canberra, AU
  • Neya Systems, Wexford, PA
  • NicheVision, Akron, OH
  • Nitrozyme, Los Angeles, CA
  • PanTher Therapeutics, Boston, MA
  • PeakNRG, Carlsbad, CA
  • Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • People Power, Redwood City, CA
  • PerkinElmer, Shelton, CT
  • Piedmont Biofuels, Pittsboro, NC
  • Plugwise BV, Sassenheim, NL
  • PolyDrop, Seattle, WA
  • Pono Home, Honolulu, HI
  • Poseidon Water, Houston, TX
  • Power Practical, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Pragma Systems, Austin, TX
  • Primus Power, Hayward, CA
  • ProsumerGrid, Atlanta, GA
  • Protonex, Southbroough, MA
  • Pvilion, Brooklyn, NY
  • QRA Corp., Halifax, NS, CA
  • Quantum Digital Solutions Corp., Marina del Rey, CA
  • Radiator Labs, New York, NY
  • Real-Time Innovations, Sunnyvale, CA
  • RealGreen Power, Honolulu, HI
  • REbound Technology, Boulder, CO
  • REhnu, Tucson, AZ
  • Renovagen, Harpenden, UK
  • Rentricity, New York, NY
  • ReSource BioEnergy, Walnut, CA
  • Retroficiency, Boston, MA
  • root9B, Colorado Springs, CO
  • RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
  • Sacred Power, Albuquerque, NM
  • Saft America, Highland, MD
  • Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM
  • Santec, Southern Pines, NC
  • Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, SK, CA
  • SBM Solar, Concord, NC
  • SDL Citadel, Dallas, TX
  • SEaB Energy Limited, Southampton, UK
  • SecureWaters, Tullahoma, TN
  • Sefaira, New York, NY
  • Semantic Designs, Austin, TX
  • SensorMetrix, San Diego, CA
  • Sharklet Technologies, Aurora, CO
  • Sheer Wind, Chaska, MN
  • Sheetak, Austin, TX
  • Siemens, Edgewater, MD
  • Sierra Energy, Davis, CA
  • Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, CO
  • Signature Science, Austin, TX
  • SiNode Systems, Chicago, IL
  • Sirnaomics, Gathersburg, MD
  • Smart Sustainability Consulting, Honolulu, HI
  • Smarter Grid Solutions, Brooklyn, NY
  • Solar Stik, Saint Augustine, FL
  • Solergy, Piedmont, CA
  • Solid Power, Louisville, CO
  • Southern Research Institute, Durham, NC
  • SparkCognition, Austin, TX
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Stryke Industries, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Suneris, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sunfolding, San Francisco, CA
  • Sweet Lighting, San Mateo, CA
  • Telkonet, Milwaukee, WI
  • Terragon Environmental Tech, Montreal, QC, CA
  • Terrajoule Corporation, Redwood City, CA
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Thermal Storage Systems, Los Angeles, CA
  • ThermoLift, Stony Brook, NY
  • ThermoVolt Solar, Holmdel, NJ
  • TM3 Systemsorporated, Royal Oak, MI
  • TNO, Delft, NL
  • Transformative Wave, Kent, WA
  • Ultrasonic Technologies, Wesley Chapel, FL
  • UMass Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA
  • Università di Palermo, Palermo, Italy, IT
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  • University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
  • University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • University of the South Pacific, Suva, FJ
  • University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, AU
  • UV Cleaning Systems, Beaverton, OR
  • Varentec, San Jose, CA
  • Vigilent, Oakland, CA
  • Virtual Technology, Rio Rico, AZ
  • VivaLnk, Santa Clara, CA
  • Warrior Biojet, Portland, OR
  • WegoWise, Boston, MA
  • Western Energy Systems, La Mesa, CA
  • Williams International, Walled Lake, MI
  • Xergy, Seaford, DE
  • Yan Engines, Austin, TX
  • Younicos AG, Berlin, DE
  • Zenogen, Eveleigh, AU
  • ZeroBase, Ferndale, MI
  • Zincair Power Technologies, Squamish, BC, CA

Past Sponsors & Partners

2023 Supporting Partners

Blackhorn Ventures
MUUS Climate Partners
Next Frontier Capital
RISE Consortium
Urban Innovation Fund

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