Finding the Solutions to Create Resilient Cities

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Finding the Solutions to Create Resilient Cities

QBE North America is launching today the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge with non-profit organization Leading Cities for the third consecutive year. The global competition accelerates the growth of start-up companies transforming cities worldwide.

The Challenge is designed to harness and support technology innovations that create more resilient cities with solutions that address risk, equity, and sustainability. It comes with a total prize pool of $150,000 in funding for the winning entrepreneurs or ventures to further develop their ideas and benefit the broader community. Previous organizations to win the challenge include Bioo, who leveraged innovative technology solutions to address climate change, and DrugViu, which aimed to solve for greater health equity for minorities.

Banner Add“The cities that will come to thrive in the post pandemic era are taking advantage of the astounding innovation that is arising at this time” says Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities. “The QBE AcceliCITY program acts as the vehicle by which entrepreneurs and city leaders can work together with the goal of building more resilient communities.” 

Competition details

  • Submissions will close on April 30th, 2021
  • Semi-finalists will take part in eight-week virtual accelerator program
  • Finalists will participate in a B2G boot camp and pitch competition
  • One winner will receive $100,000 and a pilot project in a city while two additional prizes of $25,000 each will also be awarded, along with additional resources and access to valuable connections to help scale their initiatives

To apply or find out more about the challenge, please visit


About the Author

Mike LakeMichael Lake is the President and CEO of Leading Cities, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Leading Cities’ mission is to achieve a sustainable planet by leading with Smart Cities. As President and CEO, Michael establishes and develops relationships with municipal governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and universities around the world, creating a global network of partner cities dedicated to implementing Smart City solutions.