Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
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Smart Cities Startup Challenge

Smartcities Startup Challenge

Startup Submissions - Now Closed

Announcing the 2017 Smart Cities Startup Challenge which provides the opportunity for Smart Cities focused startups to pitch and interact with an esteemed panel of judges representing venture capitalists, city officials, business executives and thought leaders.

The Top 10 submissions for the B2B category and the Top 10 submissions for the B2C category will do a 5-minute pitch and have a 5-minute Q&A session with the judge panel. In addition, each finalist will be assigned a pitch coach who will help refine and prepare your for your presentation on Pitch Day.

Now Closed

Challenge Details

There is an enormous global opportunity for startups to bring new technologies and solutions to cities and help solve major civic challenges such as transportation, health, energy and pollution. Unfortunately, there are often bureaucratic process and policies that get in the way of startups meeting and engaging with key city officials or influencers in order to gain traction. By partnering with Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo, the Smart Cities Startup Challenge allows startups to pitch, engage and receive feedback from city officials and representatives as well as investors and thought leaders in this space.

Submission into the Smart Cities Startup Challenge is Free, but is specifically intended for startups who are still in the seed/angel funding or bootstrapped stage (i.e. have not raised a Series A round of investment). If selected as a finalist, there is no fee to pitch. Selected Startups will receive one full-registration waiver and will be included in the Smart Cities Opportunity Report and Innovation Networking System. Selected startups will be offered the additional purchase opportunity to showcase at Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo.


  • LiveOak Venture Partners
  • True Wealth Ventures
  • Central Texas Angel Network
  • S3 Ventures
  • City of Austin Chief Innovation Officer
  • SJF Ventures
  • CoFounder of BazaarVoice and Data
  • Dreamit Ventures

Replicability • Scalability • Measurability • Interoperability

Topics Include:

  • Energy Solutions
  • Transportation
  • Sensor Networks
  • ICT Networks
  • Cyber Security
  • Buildings & Efficiency
  • Urban Planning
  • Islands/Isolated Communities
  • Water Management
  • Waste Management
  • Weather Solutions
  • Gov/Civic Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Healthcare Solutions
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Finance Solutions
  • Education Solutions
  • Tools & Platforms
  • Data Analytics/Science
showcase and panel photos
showcase and panel photos

In Partnership with


SmartAustin ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish Austin as a leading place for Smart Cities startups, investors and thought leaders by building a vibrant community of Smart Cities startups, attracting and connecting them to investors and bringing exposure through the press and media. SmartAustin was established in 2016 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

Smart Cities Connect

Smart Cities Connect ( is the world’s largest city-only membership community which supports a private forum for city leaders to exchange information and best practices as well as a digital platform with webinars, white papers, news and events in support of Smart Cities globally.


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Bronze Sponsors

Dell EMC
Medef International
Sprint Curiosity
Think Big Partners

Premier Partners

Austin Texas
Light Reading

Supporting Organizaitons

Advanced Energy Economy
Austin Tech Alliance
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Colorado Technology Association
Cleantech San Diego
Dallas Innovation Alliance
Innovation & Tech Today
etrolab Network
Smart Cities San Diego
University Of Texas
Wi-Fi Alliance

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