RoboticsCats in AcceliCITY

It is an exciting journey.

There are 50 semi-finalists in this year’s QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge program. We are excited that RoboticsCats is one of the 50 startups!

What is AcceliCITY?

AcceliCITY is one of the largest Smart and Resilient City startup accelerators in the world. It focuses on startups that utilize smart city solutions to address risk, equity and sustainability in our urban environments.

Who is the program organizer?

Leading Cities, an international non-profit organization, connects smart cities across the globe with innovations and insight to drive resiliency, equity, and sustainability. It is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Figure 1: 2021 AcceliCITY Resilence Challenge Semi-finalist announcement

What is the accelerator program content?

The 5-month accelerator program is designed to help startups navigate the challenges of working with governments (YEAH!), convey venture value, and network within an expansive Smart and Resilient City ecosystem.

Because of COVID-19, the 2021 program will mainly consist of webinars and online workshops. Usually, the program will start at 10 am Eastern Time (10 pm Hong Kong Time).

What are the monetary benefits to the accelerator cohorts?

A US$150,000 pilot project!

The program culminates with a final pitch event where up to $150,000 in city pilot opportunities are awarded.

AcceliCITY’s direction is to help startups to do business with cities (governments) and  AccelCITY will accelerate the selling cycle by funding a pilot program. For companies targeting government customers, the first pilot deployment is very critical! We know that! And that’s why we’re keen to participate in the program!

“At Leading Cities, we recognize that startup growth and impact require capital from both investors and clients. The AcceliCITY program connects winners with funding, a pilot project, and a pipeline of clients from cities worldwide.”

Figure 2: 2021 AcceliCITY Semi-finalists (partial, source: leadingcities.org)

Who are the 2021 AcceliCITY Semi-finalists?

There are 500+ applicants from 44 countries. The 50 semi-finalists are from 23 countries:

1.USA: 22

2.Canada: 3

3.France: 2

4.Poland: 2

5.Spain: 2

6.Sweden: 2

7.Australia: 1

8.Brazil: 1

9.China: 1

10.Colombia: 1

11.England: 1

12.Finland: 1

13.Germany: 1

14.India: 1

15.Ireland: 1

16.Italy: 1

17.Kenya: 1

18.Portugal: 1

19.Switzerland: 1

20.South Korea: 1      

21.Turkey: 1

22.UAE: 1

23.Uganda: 1

Figure 3: Industry 4.0 Club at Clubhouse

The 2021 AcceliCITY accelerator program has just started. Many new and interesting things. I gave my first Clubhouse speech yesterday! Cool!

It is our honor to join the other 49 startups in this exciting journey!



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