Funds $50K per team
Takes 0% equity
The Urban Future Competition debuts the world’s most revolutionary smart mobility, smart city, and smart grid technologies by bringing the brightest entrepreneurs together with mission-driven investors, policy leaders, and corporate sponsors for a prestigious pitch competition in NYC. Thanks to BP, New York Community Trust (NYCT) and NYSERDA, we are able to offer each of three winners a $50,000 cash prize and admission into the ACRE incubator at UFL, NYC’s longest running cleantech incubator program.

New York's supportive state and city governments, flourishing tech sector, and massive scale make it the #2 startup ecosystem in the world. The city has become the ideal laboratory for creating sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Apply today to build a better tomorrow.

WHY APPLY
In addition to the cash prize and admittance to the internationally acclaimed ACRE incubator, winners of the competition will gain access to both BP’s and ACRE’s community of experts...
The Urban Future Competition debuts the world’s most revolutionary smart mobility, smart city, and smart grid technologies by bringing the brightest entrepreneurs together with mission-driven investors, policy leaders, and corporate sponsors for a prestigious pitch competition in NYC. Thanks to BP, New York Community Trust (NYCT) and NYSERDA, we are able to offer each of three winners a $50,000 cash prize and admission into the ACRE incubator at UFL, NYC’s longest running cleantech incubator program.

New York's supportive state and city governments, flourishing tech sector, and massive scale make it the #2 startup ecosystem in the world. The city has become the ideal laboratory for creating sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Apply today to build a better tomorrow.

WHY APPLY
In addition to the cash prize and admittance to the internationally acclaimed ACRE incubator, winners of the competition will gain access to both BP’s and ACRE’s community of experts who will help to scale their businesses and accelerate their paths to success.

ACRE companies have raised more than $340 million in follow on funding and have a survival rate of >90% since the program’s inception in 2009.

Winners receive:

- $50,000 cash prize with zero-equity stake
- Entrance into NY’s premier cleantech incubator
- Global recognition and promotional media opportunities
- Partnership opportunities with leading industry corporate or public agencies

ELIGIBLE STARTUPS

Four finalists will be selected per track to pitch to an esteemed panel of industry experts and investors.

Track 1 - BP Smart Mobility Prize

Companies driving next generation transportation technologies, such as vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles, and mobility-as-a-service.

Technologies of interest to BP include but are not limited to:

Electric Vehicles
Battery
Digital Mobility
Sustainable Lubricants
Alternative Fuel
Freight and Logistics

Track 2 - NYCT Smart City Prize

Companies creating healthier and more resource-efficient cities through next generation innovations in urban technologies.

Air Quality and Comfort
Big Data and Analytics
Machine Learning and AI
Real Estate Technology

Track 3 - NYCT Smart Grid Prize

Companies that reduce emissions through both business model and energy innovation and support the next generation energy system.

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
Energy Monitoring or Controls
Battery Storage
Energy Efficiency
Energy Blockchain
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Staff

Jiro Otsuka
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Jiro Otsuka Program Manager at Urban Future Lab
Joe Silver
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