Accelerating the development of sustainable cities

Corporate-Startup Engagement

Urbantech is a non-equity, pilot-focused accelerator program founded in Denmark in 2019.

In a high-energy, three-month program, the selected startups team up with three Danish corporate companies, to create pilot solutions within the urban technology – which often blossom into longer-term business relationships.

Urbantech Partnerships

Partnership approach

The program is structured like a traditional accelerator with a 3-month onsite program, but unlike other accelerators our end-goal is to create meaningful partnerships between startups and partners. During the program, we will help you grow your startup and engage you with the partners of the program.

€15.000 and no equity

This should be an enjoyable process for all parties, and we don’t want any barriers to keep you from joining the program. That’s why we don’t take any equity. Instead, we’ll give you €15.000 to join, and to help you cover travel and living expenses while in Copenhagen.

All we require from your team is commitment to the program and its partners. On top we will offer several benefits and free services.

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Be part of the urbantech hub

The program is hosted by BLOXHUB, which is part of the newly built, state-of-the-art building BLOX on the Copenhagen waterfront. BLOXHUB is an urban tech hub that brings companies, organizations and researchers together to co-create solutions for better cities. The program is powered by Rainmaking.

Timeline 2021

Application Opens

February 16

Virtual Info Meetings

March - April

Application Deadline

April 25

Selection Days

June 8-10

Program Starts

August 30

Demo Day

November 18

We’re looking for

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10 growth-stage startups

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Experienced teams

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Market-ready solutions

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Commitment to the program and its partners

Key Focus Areas

We are looking for startups working within the following areas:

The Built Environment

With increased urbanization, cities are challenged to work towards a sustainable future with quality of life for all.

We are looking for technology-driven and intelligent solutions for the built environment to increase efficiency and support sustainability.

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3D Process design
Energy Intelligence
Modularity in Urban Environments
Renewable / Recycled Materials
Smart Materials
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Digital Services
Emissions Reduction
Energy Capture Integration
Environment Monitoring
HVAC Management

Buildings, Inside & Out

Most of our lives are spent inside. This is where we live, work, learn and play. That’s why these built structures must help sustain a healthy and effortless way of life.

We are interested in solutions where technology improves the time spent inside and around buildings.

Energy & Hyper Connectivity

Cities will continue to evolve with the way buildings and people connect in the future. However, the built environment creates many challenges for connecting efficiently.

We are looking for technologies & services that enable the development of connected solutions.

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5G & Fiber applications
AI and Analytics
Energy Infrastructure
Edge Computing
Environment Sensors
EV Charging
Real-time Data
Open (Big) Data
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Circular Economy
City Analytics
Digital Inclusion
Energy Community Building
Consumer Data
Intelligent Assets
Interaction Design
User Experience


Urbanization and imposing climate changes require new collaborative models and community engagement. The digitally connected cities are challenged to find ways to enhance civic engagement, and improve and retain quality of life.

We are interested in behavioural analytics and UX for the cities of tomorrow.

If your startup is solving an urban challenge outside of this scope, we still encourage you to apply.


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Pilot-focused Partnerhips

The selected startups work on creating practical pilot solutions with Urbantech’s corporate partners – which often blossom into longer-term business relationships.

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Tailored pilot support

The selected startups receive expert support from the Rainmaking team. Urbantech helps its startups grow and find product/market fit.

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The program offers expert-led sessions covering all scaling and design fundamentals – as well as how to partner with complex large organizations and run successful pilots.

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Urbantech offers selected mentorship from industry experts, who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions.

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Network access

The selected startups receive access to the Urbantech co-working space at BLOXHUB and its extensive network for the entire duration of the program.

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Expenses Contribution

Each startup will receive a grant to cover participation costs. Additional benefits are provided by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft for Startups and Startup with IBM.

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