Nordic Smart City Challenge

The Nordic Smart City Challenge is an initiative run by the Nordic Smart City Network and PUBLIC, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, inviting startups with brilliant new ideas to present and pitch innovative solutions that will address Nordic cross-regional urban challenges as we transition to a ‘new normal’ post COVID-19.

The Nordic Smart City Challenge is part of Nordic Start-up Days 2021, launched in collaboration between Nordic Edge and PUBLIC, which is taking place on 18th and 19th February 2021. This event is aimed at giving Nordic urban tech startups the opportunity to come together, network and meet public customers and investors.


The Nordic Smart Cities Challenge is looking for innovators providing technology solutions in the following three challenges:

  1. Enabling a healthier city lifestyle
  2. Supporting sustainable communities and urban infrastructure
  3. Reimagining transport, mobility and flow in cities

We welcome all relevant applications from startups, and are particularly interested in solutions addressing the areas listed in the sub-categories. Solutions that span more than one challenge are welcomed. To submit an application startups must complete the application form and attach a video of their pitch. We estimate that the application process should not take more than half an hour.

Application Close: 5. February, 2021.

Pitch Event

The Nordic Smart City Challenge Pitch Event will take place virtually on 18th February – the first day of the Nordic Smart City Days. Selected startups will be invited to pitch their solution to a panel of judges who will decide on a winning startup for each of the three challenges.

The winning startups will receive mentoring from key individuals in the Nordic Smart City Network and will be fast-tracked to the Nordic Fund Event on the 19th February, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their solution and have 1-2-1 meetings with investors. Winning solutions will also be promoted on NordicBaltic.Tech and across PUBLIC’s, the Nordic Council of Minister’s and the Nordic Smart City Network’s channels.

Go to the events homepage to read more and apply for the Nordic Smart City Challenge.


Nordic Smart City Challenge is part of Nordic Start-Up Days 2021.

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