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Arcadis launches smart city start-up programme

The programme, powered by US seed accelerator Techstars, targets start-ups with innovative solutions that will help shape the cities of the future.

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The accelerator is looking for disruptive ideas that will help build future smart cities
The accelerator is looking for disruptive ideas that will help build future smart cities

Arcadis and Techstars are calling on start-ups with disruptive ideas and pioneering technologies to improve the quality of life in cities to participate in its 2030 accelerator.

 

The global design and consultancy organisation for natural and built assets has announced the second year of the Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator, powered by US seed accelerator Techstars.

 

Shaping future cities

 

The accelerator programme targets start-ups with innovative solutions that will help shape the cities of the future.

 

After a selection process, 10 start-ups will work with the programme team for three-months. The objective is to support start-ups that are working to revolutionise lives, work and travel in cities across the following topics: mobility; resilience; resources (energy, water, food and air); urban development; and regeneration.

“Today’s challenges for the communities we live and work in need unconventional solutions, for which we have to tap into different thinking, new technologies and entrepreneurial spirit”

The start-ups will receive support from industry mentors to swiftly grow their business, fine tune products and business development efforts, build relevant networks, and develop client connections and industry insights.

 

Arcadis provides the 10 companies with working space at the Arcadis Innovation Hub in Amsterdam. Arcadis and Techstars will invest in the 10 selected companies, each receiving a 3 per cent equity stake.

 

“We are excited to embark for the second year in a row on a journey with innovative start-ups in our joint quest to shape the city of the future. Today’s challenges for the communities we live and work in need unconventional solutions, for which we have to tap into different thinking, new technologies and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Patrick van Hoof, global director digital innovation at Arcadis

 

He continued: “Arcadis is determined to make this an integrated part of its solutions-based consultancy offer.”

 

First-year start-ups still supported

 

The 10 promising business initiatives of the first year of the programme continue to be supported by the Arcadis Techstars programme. Examples include CityFlag, a collaborative and AI-enhanced digital platform for municipalities to communicate directly with residents, and Urban Data Eye, a data analytics technology that maps and measures the location, movement and density of people in urban spaces.

 

According to Arcadis, not only did these and other accelerator alumni companies triple their year-on-year revenues in aggregate during the inaugural programme, but many are successfully raising capital for growth and working closely with its businesses and clients worldwide on pilots and commercial agreements.

 

The new programme is supported by an Arcadis-Techstars roadshow where staff will travel the world in the coming months to meet with and source prospective start-ups for the 2020 programme.

 

Selection and offers made to 10 start-ups will take place in December 2019 and the program at the Amsterdam hub will start in March 2020. The selected start-ups will be able to present their ideas to an audience of potential investors at a demo day in May 2020.

 

Interested start-ups can find out more here.

 

 

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