AcceliCITY: Startup Application

The AcceliCITY program is an opportunity for your organization to utilize Leading City’s global network of municipal governments, universities, corporations and Smart City experts to successfully build smarter cities while propelling your startup’s growth. Selected semi-finalists will participate in a series of webinars hosted by international business, civic and academic leaders. Selected finalists will be invited to a Smart City Boot Camp in Boston consisting of workshops tailored to your interests and needs as well as a pitch/demo day to showcase your innovations to potential and future clients, partners, investors, and mentors.

Rolling Application: Early applicants will be prioritized


(approximately 10 minutes to complete)

Real Resultskey dates

  • Direct contact with international business users, clients, investors, partners, and policymakers.
  • Access to globally recognized Smart City experts
  • Leading Cities’ proven track record of successful policy design and implementation
  • Leading Cities’ tools, channels, and know-how to implement your solution in cities worldwide
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How Smart City Startups Benefit


Each Finalist will be given more than $50,000 of in-kind support ranging from advertising to advisory services and network access. Selected startups will receive exhibition space at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain—the world’s largest Smart City event. Zero percent (0%) equity is taken.


Leading Cities leverages its global network of Smart City leaders in business, academia, and government to provide invaluable advice, insights, and opportunities to both Semi-finalists and Finalists. Mentorship opportunities vary from webinars to workshops and may include one-on-one meetings during the Smart City Boot Camp in Boston.

Investor Network

AcceliCITY leverages Leading Cities’ partnerships, including a network of more than 700 investors, representing almost 100 investment firms. Collectively, these firms invest billions of dollars annually in startups around the world.

Global Network

Leading Cities is a network of municipalities, city leaders, academic institutions, businesses and community leaders around the world. With operations in 10 countries and growing, the AcceliCITY program provides critical insights, access, and opportunities for Smart City startups seeking pilot projects and clients globally.

Alumni Opportunities

As a “graduate” of the AcceliCITY program, Smart City startups will have continued opportunities to build on their experience and secure the funding, clients, and partnerships needed for long-term success. Active Alumni will continue to benefit from the ongoing support of AcceliCITY, Leading Cities and its partners.

AcceliCITY Education Program

AcceliCITY programming is provided by global Smart City experts and is specifically tailored each year to meet the needs and interests of the current cohort. Sample programming includes:

Developing corporate partnerships | Boston’s Smart City Playbook | Doing business with municipalities
Smart City startup funding | Clean energy opportunities | Executing go-to-market strategies | And more…

Interested in being a mentor? Here is a link to the Mentor Application.

Sample Mentors


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