Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
June 26-28, 2017, Austin, TX, In Partnership with usignite

Smart Cities Startup Challenge

Smartcities Startup Challenge

Startup Submissions - Due March 17th

Announcing the 2017 SmartCities Startup Challenge which provides the opportunity for SmartCities focused startups to pitch and interact with an esteemed panel of judges representing venture capitalists, city officials, business executives and thought leaders.

The Top 10 submissions for the B2B category and the Top 10 submissions for the B2C category will do a 5-minute pitch and have a 5-minute Q&A session with the judge panel. In addition, each finalist will be assigned a pitch coach who will help refine and prepare your for your presentation on Pitch Day.

Submit Startup - Due March 17th

Challenge Details

There is an enormous global opportunity for startups to bring new technologies and solutions to cities and help solve major civic challenges such as transportation, health, energy and pollution. Unfortunately, there are often bureaucratic process and policies that get in the way of startups meeting and engaging with key city officials or influencers in order to gain traction. By partnering with the SmartCities Connect Summit, the SmartCities Startup Challenge allows startups to pitch, engage and receive feedback from city officials and representatives as well as investors and thought leaders in this space.

Submission into the SmartCities Startup Challenge is Free, but is specifically intended for startups who are still in the seed/angel funding or bootstrapped stage (i.e. have not raised a Series A round of investment). If selected as a finalist, there is no fee to pitch. Selected startups will be offered the additional opportunity to exhibit at the SmartCities Innovation Showcase, to receive one full-registration waiver and to be included in the Smart Cities Opportunity Report and Innovation Networking System, for $750.


  • LiveOak Venture Partners
  • TrueWealth Ventures Central
  • Texas Angel Network
  • S3 Ventures
  • City of Austin Chief Innovation Officer
  • SJF Ventures
  • CoFounder of BazaarVoice and Data

Replicability • Scalability • Measurability • Interoperability

Topics Include:

  • Energy Solutions
  • Transportation
  • Sensor Networks
  • ICT Networks
  • Cyber Security
  • Buildings & Efficiency
  • Urban Planning
  • Islands/Isolated Communities
  • Water Management
  • Waste Management
  • Weather Solutions
  • Gov/Civic Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Healthcare Solutions
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Finance Solutions
  • Education Solutions
  • Tools & Platforms
  • Data Analytics/Science
showcase and panel photos
showcase and panel photos

In Partnership with


SmartAustin ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish Austin as a leading place for SmartCities startups, investors and thought leaders by building a vibrant community of SmartCities startups, attracting and connecting them to investors and bringing exposure through the press and media. SmartAustin was established in 2016 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

Smart Cities Connect

Smart Cities Connect ( is the world’s largest city-only membership community which supports a private forum for city leaders to exchange information and best practices as well as a digital platform with webinars, white papers, news and events in support of Smart Cities globally.


2017 Platinum Sponsors

Austin Energy



2017 Silver Sponsor


2017 Bronze Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

2017 Premier Partners

Premier Partners

2016 Supporting Organizations


Produced by  TechConnect

In partnership with  US Ignite