Urban Future Lab Announces Urban Future Competition

The Urban Future Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in downtown Brooklyn recently announced its Urban Future Competition for 2017 which will look for the world’s most revolutionary smart city, smart grid, and smart mobility technology startups. Winners in each track will receive $50,000 and the opportunity to grow their business in NYC’s clean tech incubator program, ACRE at the Urban Future Lab – gaining access strategic partners and corporate sponsors, networking events, and workshops and boot camps.

The Smart Mobility track is looking for next generation transportation technologies, including electrical vehicles (EVs), self-driving vehicles, high performance/low carbon vehicle materials, and mobility-as-a-service optimization. Smart City seeks solutions to create healthier and more resource-efficient cities, examining such factors as air quality, and the use of big data and analytics. The Smart Grid track is looking for companies that reduce emissions and support the next generation energy system.

“We are fortunate to be at the intersection of New York’s supportive state and municipal policies and in a city whose massive size and diverse population makes it the ideal laboratory for creating and testing solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges pertaining to sustainable urban development,” said Pat Sapinsley, managing director of clean tech initiatives at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. “Winners of the 2017 competition will join our vibrant community of change agents building a smarter, cleaner future for cities around the world.”

Applications to the Urban Future Competition are open until December 1st, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit Urbanfuturecompetition.com.

The competition is sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). “The state’s clean energy incubators are playing a vital role in advancing innovative companies and business models that will help New York meet Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading energy goals,”  Alicia Barton, president and CEO at NYSERDA said. “I look forward to congratulating the winner of the competition and watching the company become part of New York’s energized clean energy community.”