Sofia City Air Pollution Challenge

Finals, 12-13 October 2017, Sofia

Apply until the 15th of September 2017 and get a chance to participate in the Urban Challenges pitch event in Sofia in October 2017, present your solutions to key stakeholders and accelerate your innovation!

The city of Sofia:
Bulgaria’s capital is home to ≈1.3 million people and it is the 15th largest city in the EU.

The problem:
The air over Sofia is polluted with fine particles (Particulate Matter 10). The city is situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains to the north and south, reducing the circulation of air, which leaves the polluted air lingering over the city for prolonged periods of time. During the cold months the issue is at its worst - PM 10 exceeds the recommended concentrations. The main contributing factors to this threatening issue are the domestic use of solid fuels as well as the heavy traffic of old private vehicles and lack of wind due to the topograpy of the region.

We are looking f...
Sofia City Air Pollution Challenge

Finals, 12-13 October 2017, Sofia

Apply until the 15th of September 2017 and get a chance to participate in the Urban Challenges pitch event in Sofia in October 2017, present your solutions to key stakeholders and accelerate your innovation!

The city of Sofia:
Bulgaria’s capital is home to ≈1.3 million people and it is the 15th largest city in the EU.

The problem:
The air over Sofia is polluted with fine particles (Particulate Matter 10). The city is situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains to the north and south, reducing the circulation of air, which leaves the polluted air lingering over the city for prolonged periods of time. During the cold months the issue is at its worst - PM 10 exceeds the recommended concentrations. The main contributing factors to this threatening issue are the domestic use of solid fuels as well as the heavy traffic of old private vehicles and lack of wind due to the topograpy of the region.

We are looking for solutions in the following areas:
The two main contributing factors to air pollution in Sofia are the growing number of old private vehicles on the street and the domestic burning of wood and coal.
#1 Transport and mobility
We are looking for ways to motivate behavioural change in people so that they use their cars less often.
#2 Energy use
The central issue to address here is the domestic burning of wood and coal. How can people be encouraged to shift from one energy source to another?
#3 Retrofit solutions
Additionally, we want to explore retrofit solutions for buildings and cars that would help capture some of the pollutants before they are released in the atmosphere.

Who can apply?
The applicants may be startups, spin offs and/or SMEs that offer effective and innovative solutions minimizing air pollution in urban areas. The solutions should fall within the three main areas mentioned above.

What will happen next?
Prior the finals a pitch bootcamp will be held in order to prepare the selected best start-ups which were selected by an expert jury for their final presentations. They will get the chance to participate in Sofia’s Urban Challenges pitch event which will be held in parallel to the high-level conference on European air quality – SOFAIR, organized by Sofia Municipality. The local coordinator of the initiative - Cleantech Bulgaria, will provide further mentorship, business development and local ecosystem network services to the winners in the pitch event.
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