Smart city open innovation program selects 95 startups

February 03, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Smart city open innovation program selects 95 startups
Early stage venture capital firm Scrum Ventures has announced that it has chosen 95 stage-agnostic startups to participate in its SmartCityX global open innovation program, aimed at putting technology, data, and resources to work to make better decisions and enhance the quality of life in cities across the globe.

Introduced in August last year, SmartCityX, says the company, is focused on bringing a diverse mix of startups together along with some of the most iconic Japanese corporations and industry thought-leaders to help make cities more livable, resilient, and sustainable.

"With the help of our program partners, we have chosen an incredible mix of innovative startups, including many that have already made an impact on cities around the globe," says Michael Proman, Managing Director, Scrum Ventures. "We are excited to begin collaborating with the participants, alongside our incredible corporate and municipal leaders to redefine the smart city category and place a particular emphasis on technologies that make cities more equitable and inclusive."

With a common vision of co-developing the "city of the future," SmartCityX, says the company, takes a diverse, people-centric approach in identifying next-generation technologies that can enrich lives and create more equitable and inclusive communities. SmartCityX startups roughly fall into six categories: Social Innovation, Infrastructure & Connectivity, Resources & Sustainability, Smart Buildings, Mobility & Transportation, and Consumer Products & Services.

95 companies were selected to participate in the inaugural program, including:

  • Aurora Labs (Israel) – Provider of remote software management, remote diagnostics, and over-the-air (OTA) updates for the automotive and IoT industries.
  • BlocPower (USA) – Energy technology provider rapidly greening American cities.
  • ClimaCell (USA) – Delivering actionable weather insights around the world.
  • ExaWizards (Japan) – Solving social issues through Artificial Intelligence for future generations.
  • Everledger (UK) – Helping businesses surface and converge asset information, using a symphony of secure technologies, including blockchain, AI and IoT.
  • Innoviz Technologies (Israel) – Provider of high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software that enable the mass production of autonomous vehicles.
  • Kiwibot (USA) – Provider of affordable delivery services for local commerce around the world.
  • Lazy Co. (India) – Redefining the way consumers use smartphones
  • May Mobility (USA) – Transforming cities through autonomous technology to create a safer, greener, more accessible world.

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