Leading Cities, an early pioneer in the global Smart City ecosystem, is proud to announce the end of the AcceliCITY Smart City startup application process and congratulates the semi-finalists in this year’s competition. Leading Cities and QBE North America are honored to work with these semi-finalists, each of whom have demonstrated the critical role they can play in developing more resilient cities worldwide.

At a time when municipalities in every corner of the Earth are facing a multitude of crises triggered by the current global pandemic, the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge has sourced some of the most promising solutions to future-proof our cities, protect their residents and workers and establish more equitable conditions for all. The AcceliCITY program and its partners, help these startups succeed by connecting them with mentors from Leading Cities’ global network of smart city experts and city leaders. Of the hundreds of companies from 37 countries that applied to be a part of the AcceliCITY program, 50 were chosen as exceptional contenders. The applicants represent 23 different verticals such as, Internet of Things, AI/Machine Learning, Mobility/Transportation, Urban Agriculture, Smart Health, Smart Water, Security, Environment, Clean Energy, Building Technologies, to name a few.

“Each year the quality of applicants continues to increase, demonstrating the growing maturity of the Smart City industry. Being selected as a semi-finalist in the AcceliCITY program, among such impressive competitors, is already an outstanding achievement and worthy of the attention that cities around the world will now give each semi-finalist,” said Michael Lake, President & CEO of Leading Cities.

Each semi-finalist will work with Leading Cities and QBE mentors throughout the rest of the competition. Mentors will guide them to the proper channels, networks, people, and knowledge to do business with cities worldwide and to help them achieve their goals, increase the value they can offer, and help them grow.

With the application process behind them, these companies will also participate in a two-month, web-based curriculum featuring smart city leaders from around the world. Companies that are selected as finalists will participate the AcceliCITY Boot Camp, where they will have the chance to connect with potential clients and investors. The boot camp makes a direct impact on the implementation and realization of a participant’s mission and ensures finalists will have the solid foundation on which to build future success for their company as well as communities across the globe.

To view and learn more about the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge 2020 Semi-finalists click here.