Test-bed city London

Test-bed city London

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The Mayor of London has launched its Civic Innovation Challenge to match start-ups with leading firms and organisations to solve some of the city’s major challenges. The UK capital is looking for innovative solutions to reduce inequality, prevent climate change and support the city’s ageing population.

The Mayor of London’s office has broken down these problems into what it calls seven solvable challenges in the shape of dementia services, active travel, electric vehicles, delivering affordable homes, financial inclusion and digital skills, loneliness and isolation, and physical activity.

Start-ups working on the initiative will receive £15,000 in backing and work with corporates and public organisations to develop and test their solutions, while also getting support and mentoring from early-stage investor Bethnal Green Ventures.

The Mayor of London’s office says it is looking for innovative solutions that addresses the challenge, a working product or prototype that can be piloted, strong team with a registered company in the UK, and the potential to solve the challenge at scale.

"As one of the world’s leading technology hubs, we need to be bold and think big, to experiment and try things out that have not been done elsewhere,” says London Mayor Sadiq Khan. “I see London’s future as a global ‘test-bed city’ for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed, amplified and scaled.”

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