Smart City Challenge 2015

In association with

IBM Urban Design London

Build the next-generation city.

And win access to up to £750,000 worth of investment in your start-up.

Venturespring, the international venture development studio, in association with IBM and Urban Design London, presents Smart City Challenge 2015. If you can develop a winning Smart City app that addresses some of the biggest problems facing cities today, your app will be showcased to the world and your startup will be pitched to investors and VCs in Venturespring’s extensive investment network.

What you have to do is:

  • Check out the Smart City challenges
  • Create your app with IBM’s Bluemix
  • Submit your entry
  • Become the winner

Do you have what it takes?

Smart City Challenge 2015 is now closed for submissions.

What you can win

The boost your startup needs.

Access to £750,000 of investment

The winning entry will be pitched to our network of investors.

Up to £100,000 worth of growth support

Receive expert advice, vital PR and business acceleration resources.

A worldwide showcase

Your startup will get the exposure it needs to achieve success.

How to participate

  • Step 1

    Familiarise yourself with the Smart City Challenge themes.

  • Step 2

    Create your free IBM Bluemix account.

  • Step 3

    Build your prototype app on IBM Bluemix.

  • Step 4

    Submit your app, app URL and description.

The Judges

Your entry will be reviewed by a panel of judges selected
for their breadth and depth of expertise in technology,
venture capital, business and urban planning.

Boris Johnson

Mayor of London

Known for his plan to make London the world’s tech capital and his championing of Tech City, Boris Johnson is also the founder of the London Tech Ambassadors Group.

Joe Mitton

Senior Adviser to the Mayor

Joe Mitton is Senior Adviser to the Mayor of London for business and science. He advises the Mayor and provides strategic direction to civil servants in the Greater London Authority on business policy.

Cassandra Harris


Tech City’s TopTech100 list and Great British Entrepeuneur finalist, Cassandra works with corporate incubators, accelerators and venture divisions to create internal startups.

Harriet Green


Harriet leads IBM’s new Internet of Things division, where some 2,000 researchers, developers and consultants will work to help clients unlock new value from data.

Mike Butcher


Mike Butcher (FRSA) is Editor At Large at TechCrunch. Mike has been named by Wired UK as being one of the fifty most influential Britons in technology today.

Luke Davis

IW Capital

Founder and CEO of IW Capital Luke is a leading authority on tax-efficient investments, especially Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)-qualified companies.

Justin Cina

Justin heads up marketing at, which connects entrepreneurs with early-stage investors. Gust also manages startup and tech community hub, Tech.London.

Helen Kelisky


Helen is responsible for IBM’s business with telecommunications and media companies across UK and Ireland, and is also a member of the IBM leadership team.

Tim Farazmand


Tim is responsible for originating transactions at private equity house LDC and is Chairman of The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

Katherine Donaghy

Urban Design London

Katherine is an urban planner who works with policy makers, planners and designers to improve efficiency and quality of life in the urban environment.

Margaret Perchik

MMC Ventures

A former investment banking technology researcher, Margaret is responsible for sourcing new deals, deal execution and sector research at venture capital investors MMC.

Simon Devonshire


A serial entrepreneur, Simon built and led Wayra Europe, Telefonica’s business accelerator, which has invested in digital startups valued at over €150m.

Jason DaPonte

Transport for London

As Innovation Manager, Jason works with industry, academia and the public to bring new ideas for transport in London to life.

Richard Woodling

Ordnance Survey

A managing consultant in the Smart Cities team within Ordnance Survey (OS), Richard works with organisations in the development of smart city activities.

Bill Morrow

Angels Den

Recently named ‘most influential figure in alternative finance’ by City AM, Bill is the founder of Angels Den, which raises investment for early-stage companies.

Boyd Carson

Sapphire Capital Partners

An EIS investment specialist, Boyd helps companies raise finance, invests in selected companies and acts as a director of several companies that have raised money via the EIS.

Manoj Saxena

The Entrepreneurs Fund

The chairman of Cognitive Scale and founding MD of The Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV, a $100 million cognitive computing seed fund, also advises IBM on its $100 million Watson Cloud Ecosystem Fund.

Rishi Anand

Venture Giant

Rishi is the UK based entrepreneur behind Venture Giant (, an online platform connecting startups and entrepreneurs with its exclusive network of investors.

Chetan Mistry

Smith & Williamson

As a founding member of the technology team at Smith & Williamson, Chetan works to help entrepreneurial and fast-growth companies succeed in their business and financial objectives.

Jack Sheehan

Cloisters Ventures

A former equity analyst and advisor to tier one banks and leading hedge funds, Jack is the founder of private investment platform Cloisters Ventures, which specialises in early-stage businesses.

Register for Smart City
Challenge 2015

Ready to take part in Smart City Challenge 2015 powered by IBM? Great! Just fill in your name and email address below and we’ll send all the information you need straight to your inbox!


Now give yourself a head start.

The first step in the Smart City competition is to create your account on the powerful IBM Bluemix Platform.

An email containing the Smart City Challenge details is winging its way to you now.
Meanwhile, you need to create your free IBM Bluemix account, the cloud-based development platform with which you’ll create your app.

Create your free IBM Bluemix account now

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