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What is UrbanChallenge

UrbanChallenge is an open call competition for startups to develop new ideas to make the West Midlands a better place to live and work by pitching directly to the West Midlands Combined Authority and leading advisors.

Skills

Improving access to the right skills and apprenticeships

Environment

Better air quality monitoring, walking & cycling choices

Skills

Improving access to the right skills and apprenticeships

Environment

Better air quality monitoring, walking & cycling choices

“We are very excited to help Andy Street and the West Midlands Combined Authority explore how technology can improve local services. In cities across the world, innovators are transforming everything from traffic management to housing. The West Midlands has a great opportunity to become a country-wide test bed for UrbanTech, new technologies that improve people’s lives.”

 

– Daniel Korski, CEO of Public

What we look for

UrbanStart is looking for startups and established companies in the following fields

Service-based

Digital health and social care integration, recycling, pollution monitoring, traffic management and transport solutions

Place-based

Internet of Things & embedded technologies to improve London’s public realm for residents, businesses and visitors

Democratic

Civic participation and engagement to make better, more accountable decisions

Effective government

Cyber-security, performance & budgeting, data sharing to help public services work together

The Prize

  • Follow-up sessions with key officials, and budget holders across West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Support by Public’s team in developing proposition, pitch and sales strategy
  • Participation in some modules of Public’s flagship GovStart programme
  • Chance to engage WMCA’s senior leaders
  • Advisory session with Public’s team

Advisory panel

Meet the mayor and top UK investors

  • Andy Street
      Andy StreetMayor of the West Midlands
    • Alex de Carvalho
        Alex de CarvalhoCo-founder, Public
      • Saul Klein
          Saul KleinPartner, LocalGlobe
        • Cal Henderson
            Cal HendersonCTO, Slack

          Get in touch

          Message from the Mayor

          Digital is vital to the continued success of the West Midlands economy because it is the golden thread across all the industries which will provide jobs in the twenty-first century.

          Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands