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PY - Urban Future Competition (2016)


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NOTE: Applications for the Urban Future Competition have now ended. For all other applications, please consider applying directly to the ACRE incubator at

is a business incubator focused on the support of Smart Cities and Smart Grid technology startups. Companies accepted into the program receive a full array of business support services, office space, and access to community - all in exchange for monthly rent starting at $450/month. Competition winners will receive two free months at the incubator.
The incubator does not take any equity from companies. 

The Competition

The 2016 Urban Future Competition is a new Smart Cities and Smart Grid business competition in New York. Startups with transformative business solutions for global urban energy and sustainability challenges will compete to pitch their solutions to a jury of investors, market partners and successful entrepreneurs to win two $25,000 awards, one for each category: Smart Cities and Smart Grid. Winners will also join as members of the ACRE incubator and will be given the opportunity to meet with mentors from the strategic partners and sponsors, including the Smart Grid teams at the largest utilities in NY.

The Urban Future Lab launched the Urban Future Competition on June 14th, 2016 at New York Energy WeekThe Competition will run over three months in summer 2016 and the application is due August 14th. Finalists will pitch at Jury Day on September 12th and the Awards will be announced on September 27th at the Greentech Media REV Future Conference. See for more information.

Two winners will be given $25,000 awards, one for each category: Smart Cities and Smart Grid

Winners will also:
• Join ACRE to establish and expand their companies in New York
• Be given exclusive mentor meetings with industry partners and sponsors

Applications must be submitted no later than Sunday August 14th, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. Emailed and late entries will not be considered.