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QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge

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Application Deadline: 04/30/2022
About Opportunity

QBE AcceliCITY is one of the Top 5 GovTech accelerators in the world. It serves as a runway for emerging urban solution providers while simultaneously reducing the risk and cost of innovation for cities.

Throughout the course of the program, teams participate in a business-to-government focused web-based curriculum, direct interaction with city leaders, free access to their virtual LaunchPad 11 global community, and an intensive Boot Camp led by international business, government, and smart city leaders. QBE AcceliCITY webinars and workshops are designed to help companies navigate the nuanced challenges of working with governments, distinguish and convey venture value, and network within an expansive Smart and Resilient City ecosystem. The program culminates with pitch events where $150,000 in city pilot opportunities are awarded.


Applications are judged primarily on the extent of the impact that the solution will
have on society, the seriousness of the challenge it solves, and the innovative nature
of the solution. Additional considerations are made regarding traditional startup
evaluation areas such as the general business model and market opportunity.

All General Track Applicants Compete for:

  • Solution of the Year
    • The grand prize winner of the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge will receive
      • $100,000
      • city pilot sponsorship generously provided by QBE.
  • Regional Prizes
    • AcceliCITY East & AcceliCITY West programs will each award
      • $25,000
      • city pilot sponsorship generously provided by QBE.

Smart Challenge Track: Urban Food – Paid Pilot

  • The City of Gainesville is looking to obtain pilot proposals for tech food-related projects that promote innovation and highlight the value and efficient management of food as a resource. While a broad scope of ‘food system innovation’ proposals will be considered, pilots for reducing food waste are highly desired. Pilots can address different aspects of food and its associated impacts over the entire life cycle, for example, innovative ways to grow food, source reduction, value-add transformations, packaging and preservation to consumption, recovery, and final disposal.
  • The pilot shall support the City in one or more “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” concepts on the food topic. This project may focus on providing education on this subject to benefit producers, businesses, consumers and/or food donation recipient organizations; and/or operationalization such as logistics for reducing food waste, food recovery, food packaging, food distribution, conserving recovered food, food dehydration, and on-site composting of wasted food.

All Semi-Finalists Receive:

  • Virtual Co-working Cluster
  • Free Membership
  • LaunchPad 11 is the World’s first virtual incubator and co-working space for Smart & Resilient City Solutions. Membership allows companies to efficiently connect with the global smart city ecosystem to rapidly grow and advance innovation in government.


  • Connect
    with clients, investors and partners
  • Grow
    your venture’s sales readiness
  • Win
    Up to $150,000 in pre-paid pilots

Application Procedure

Applications are now open for the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge.

Official Website: QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge

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