The Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge is an initiative that matches startups and SMEs with leading companies and public organisations to solve some of London’s biggest challenges.

The Mayor is searching for innovative solutions which can help to reduce inequality, prevent climate change and support London’s ageing population. These large and complex problems have been broken down into seven solvable challenges.

Startups on the Civic Innovation Challenge will work together with corporates and public organisations to develop and test their solutions, while receiving business support and mentoring from Bethnal Green Ventures. This is a valuable opportunity for startups and SMEs to validate their solutions directly with potential customers and partners.

  • Build links with potential customers and partners

  • Test and validate solutions directly with market leaders

  • Access business support, mentoring and £15,000 to support testing

  • Profile and exposure for being part of the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge


What we’re looking for

  • An innovative solution that addresses the challenge

  • A working product or prototype that can be piloted

  • A strong team with a registered company in the UK

  • The potential to solve this challenge at scale


For more information about what happens during the Challenge check out our programme outline.