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The Smart Cities industry has seen an increasing number of accelerators, incubators and entrepreneurship programs emerge for startups and entrepreneurs to gain exposure, become more productive, or make connections.

It is still hard for Smart Cities startups to get noticed by VCs, but these programs are proving to be extremely useful for startups looking for capital and other help.

That's why we've compiled a list of the 21 best accelerators and incubators in the Smart Cities industry.


21 Smart Cities Accelerators and Incubators

1) Plug and Play Tech Center

1) Plug and Play Tech Center

Plug and Play is an innovation platform that brings together huge enterprises and startups.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Sunnyvale
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Ali Safavi, Jackie Hernandez, Saeed Amidi
  • Number of investments: 1,285
  • Number of exits: 116

You can find their website here.

2) InnoEnergy

2) InnoEnergy

InnoEnergy is the European innovation engine for sustainable energy.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: The Netherlands
  • City: Eindhoven
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Diego Pavía
  • Number of investments: 127
  • Number of exits: 2
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 5

You can find their website here.

3) Synesis Group

3) Synesis Group

Synesis uses cutting-edge AI, Cloud, and Big Data technology to create large-scale services for governments and global consumers.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Belarus
  • City: Minsk
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Alexander Shatrov, Denis Mishin, Nikolai Ptitsyn
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

4) Upward

4) Upward

Upward is a global incubator dedicated to reviving second-tier towns through innovation.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: New York
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Shana Schlossberg
  • Number of investments: 10

You can find their website here.

5) Techstars Alabama Power EnergyTech Accelerator

5) Techstars Alabama Power EnergyTech Accelerator

The Alabama Power EnergyTech Accelerator is a Techstars program that focuses on energy technology and utility solutions innovation.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Birmingham
  • Number of investments: 13
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 13

You can find their website here.

6) Katapult Accelerator

6) Katapult Accelerator

Katapult Accelerator is an accelerator program situated in Oslo that supports impact entrepreneurs with a technology foundation.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Norway
  • City: Oslo
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Anders Lier, Haakon Brunell, Tharald Nustad
  • Number of investments: 36
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

7) Via ID

7) Via ID

Via ID is a long-term business accelerator that funds projects connected to sustainable mobility.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: France
  • City: Marquette Lez Lille
  • Started in: 2010
  • Number of investments: 49
  • Number of exits: 4

You can find their website here.

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8) Innosphere Ventures

8) Innosphere Ventures

With a commercialization program and a seed stage VC fund, Innosphere Ventures helps scientific and technology-based enterprises succeed.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Fort Collins
  • Started in: 1998
  • Number of investments: 3
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

9) AcceliCITY

9) AcceliCITY

AcceliCITY is a startup accelerator that acts as a launchpad for new urban solutions companies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Boston
  • Started in: 2010
  • Number of investments: 31
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 9

You can find their website here.

10) ParticleX

10) ParticleX

Tech startup investor and accelerator based in Hong Kong.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Hong Kong
  • City: Hong Kong
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Mingles Tsoi
  • Number of investments: 17

You can find their website here.

11) Walerud Ventures

11) Walerud Ventures

As investors, advisors, and part-time workers, Walerud Ventures joins pre-seed and seed stage enterprises. Deep technology that is good for the environment.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Sweden
  • City: Stockholm
  • Started in: 2002
  • Founders: Bengt Walerud, Caroline Walerud, Jane Walerud
  • Number of investments: 23
  • Number of exits: 8

You can find their website here.

12) Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

12) Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

LACI is a private non-profit that aids in the commercialization of clean technologies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Fred Walti II, Neal Anderson
  • Number of investments: 2

You can find their website here.

13) Space3ac

13) Space3ac

Space3ac is a reversed innovation initiative that connects technology entrepreneurs with enterprises.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Poland
  • City: Gdansk
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Krzysztof Kanawka, Maciej Mickiewicz, Wojciech Drewczynski
  • Number of investments: 121
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

14) Plug and Play Spain

14) Plug and Play Spain

We are Spain's premier innovation platform, connecting the world's best entrepreneurs with industry leaders.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Spain
  • City: Paterna
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Alberto Gutiérrez, Juan-Luis Hortelano, Ruben Colomer, Saeed Amidi
  • Number of investments: 51
  • Number of exits: 5

You can find their website here.

15) EIT Urban Mobility

15) EIT Urban Mobility

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has launched a program called EIT Urban Mobility (EIT).

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Spain
  • City: Barcelona
  • Number of investments: 7

You can find their website here.

16) Techstars Smart Mobility

16) Techstars Smart Mobility

The Techstars Smart Transportation Accelerator focuses on revolutionary smart mobility technology for smart cities and smart infrastructure.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Italy
  • City: Turin
  • Number of investments: 22

You can find their website here.

17) Urban Future Lab

17) Urban Future Lab

The NYU Tandon School hosts the Urban Future Lab, which is New York City's centre for smart cities, smart grid, and renewable energy.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Started in: 2009
  • Number of investments: 6

You can find their website here.

18) Impulse Partners

18) Impulse Partners

Impulse Partners is a strategy consulting firm that assists venture capitalists and corporate venture capitalists with startup sourcing, due diligence, and business development.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: France
  • City: Paris
  • Started in: 2011

You can find their website here.

19) EMERGE CoLab (Powered by TechNexus Venture Collaborative)

19) EMERGE CoLab (Powered by TechNexus Venture Collaborative)

The hub for an ecosystem of businesses, startups, first responders, and cities working to improve efficiency and public safety through technology.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Chicago
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Fred Hoch, Terry Howerton
  • Number of investments: 11

You can find their website here.

20) Smart City Works

20) Smart City Works

Virginia is home to the first smart city business actuator.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Washington
  • Started in: 2016
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 13

You can find their website here.

21) SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator

21) SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator

The HHL Accelerator – SpinLab – promotes the growth of entrepreneurial and innovative teams looking to expand their enterprises.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Germany
  • City: Leipzig
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Eric Weber
  • Number of investments: 78
  • Number of exits: 3
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 26

You can find their website here.

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