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The Urban Future Prize Competition 2021

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Application Deadline: May 5th 2021

For a fifth year, and with the generous support ofThe New York Community Trust, Carrier, MUFG Union Bank, and NYSERDA, the Urban Future Lab is pleased to host the Urban Future Prize Competition, which brings the brightest climatetech entrepreneurs together with mission-driven investors, policy leaders, and our local community for our annual competition and summit. This year, we are able to award three winners with $50,000 cash prizes.

As in past years, two of these awardees will be startups who receive admission into the ACRE Incubator, New York’s longest-running and most successful climatetech program. Our third prize this year will be awarded to a New York State-based community organization focused on reducing climate emissions while solving for social inequalities. 

New York’s forward-thinking state and city governments, thriving tech sector, and massive scale make it one of the top startup cleantech economies in the world. The city has become the ideal laboratory for creating sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing climate challenges.

Prize:

The Urban Future Prize Competition seeks entrepreneurs who are building world-class startups that contribute to a more resilient and sustainable planet. The Prize is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit and awards the best solutions to the climate change crisis. Two prizes of $50K eachwill be awarded to two companies who embody the drive and mission needed to address the greatest challenge of our time. A third prize will be awarded to a New York State-based community organization focused on reducing climate emissions while solving for social inequalities.

The Future Environments Prize 

Sponsored by Carrier and The New York Community Trust

Eligible startups for the Future Environments Prize address climate change through work in areas including, but not limited to:

– HVAC

– Buildings and Urban IoT and Sensor Networks

– Energy Efficiency 

– Lighting

– Controls 

– Urban Infrastructure and Resilience

– Cement, Steel, and Building Materials

– Transportation and Mobility

The Future Vision Prize

Sponsored by New York Community Trust

Eligible startups for the Future Vision Prize address climate change through technology or business model innovation beyond buildings and urban design. Categories include, but are not limited to:

– Smart Grid 

– Renewable Energy

– Grid Flexibility 

– Energy Distribution and Storage 

– Enabling Financing Solutions

– Circular Economy

Official Website: Urban Future Prize Competition

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