Smart Cities Connect  Conference & Expo
APRIL 4-7, 2022 | COLUMBUS, OHIO, In Partnership with US Ignite Application Summit

Virtual Smart Cities Startup Challenge 2021

Join us for the 8th annual Virtual Smart Cities Startup Challenge, delivering transformational solutions to global cities and military components. Leading startups will pitch their solutions and engage with a virtual audience of investment, city, industry, and military prospectors.  

Congratulations to the 2021 Virtual Smart Cities Startup Challenge Participants!

Challenge Details

There is global opportunity for startups to bring new technologies and solutions to cities and the Department of Defense to help solve major challenges including transportation, health, energy, resiliency, security and climate change. By partnering with the Virtual Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, the Virtual Smart Cities Startup Challenge allows startups to pitch to and engage with city officials, investment representatives, F1000 Companies, and military components.

Join us Wednesday, 14 April, from 12:00pm-2:30pm for startup pitches with live review panel feedback (via Chat), Panel, and Live Roundtable featuring the startups and review panelists! All SCC conference attendees welcome to join us for all the programs! We look forward to virtually seeing you there!

2021 Confirmed/Invited Supporting Partners and Review Panelists Include (as of 1 March):

The Ion
TechConnect Ventures
Urban Innovation Fund
Austin Technology Incubator
City of Somerville
Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Indiana 5G Zone
City of Long Beach
City of Alexandria, VA
Technology & Innovation City of Long Beach, CA

City of Eugene, OR
Booz Allen Hamilton
Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas
Denver Regional Council of Governments
New England Clean Energy Center
U.S. Central Command
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (former)
U.S. Navy/Alytic


2021 Supporting Partners:

The Ion
5G Zone Indiana
New England Clean Energy Center
Austin Technology Incubator
TechConnect Ventures

For Startup Challenge program inquiries, contact Jennifer Rocha -


Primary categories include:

Community Engagement

Policy, Funding, Commerce, Inclusion, Governance       

Digital Transformation

Data, AI, Sensors, IoT, Cyber Security, Privacy, Blockchain

Smart Mobility

Transportation, Autonomous, Public Transit, Ride Share

Urban Infrastructure

Networks, 5G, Utilities, Energy, Grid, Lighting, Water/Waste

Urban Operations

Public Safety, Planning, Emergency Response, Sustainability


Past Challenge Finalists Include:

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

2021 Platinum Sponsor


2021 Silver Sponsors

Dell Technologies
E Source
The Ion
Silicon Labs
WiSUN Alliance

2021 Premier Partners

Austin Texas

2021 Supporting Organizaitons

Advanced Energy Economy
Cleantech San Diego
Colorado Cleantech Industries Association
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Colorado Technology Association
Dallas Innovation Alliance
Innosphere Ventures
loT Playbook
Metrolab Network
Open Connectivity Foundation
Smart Cities San Diego
Smart Columbus
University Of Texas

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