Technology for a better London

Technology for a better London


"As one of the world’s leading technology hubs, we need to be bold and think big, to experiment and try things out that have not been done elsewhere. I see London’s future as a global ‘test-bed city’ for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed, amplified and scaled."

Sadiq khan, Mayor of London


Tackling London's
biggest issues

The Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge is calling on tech startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative solutions to London’s biggest challenges. It focuses on three major issues facing London.



Making London a compassionate, inclusive city where older people can live and feel well.



Making London a city that is greener, cleaner and ready for
the future. 



Creating a fairer, more inclusive city and economy for people from all walks of life. 

The Challenges


There are seven Civic Innovation Challenges, chosen for their potential to support an ageing population, tackle climate change and reduce inequality. Each challenge is sponsored by a leading corporate or public body who will work with the startups and SMEs to test their solutions. 


What the programme offers


Access customers

Build links with potential customers and partners

Validate solutions

Test and validate your solutions directly with market leaders

Business support

Access workshops, mentoring and £15,000 to support testing


Be part of the Mayor's Civic Innovation Challenge


June and July

Applications open
Applications are open from 11 June - 8 July 2018.



Business support
15 startups and SMEs shortlisted to attend workshops and mentoring sessions with Bethnal Green Ventures to help them prepare for running a successful pilot. Approximately 3-5 days attendance required.


Customer discovery
Shortlisted startups and SMEs meet with the Challenge Partners to better understand the problem and set the criteria for a successful pilot. The output will be a clear plan on how to test and validate their solution with support from the partner.


October and November

Experimentation and validation

One startup or SME from each challenge (seven in total) will be selected to progress to the experimentation and validation phase. They will work closely with the Challenge Partner for two months to test and validate their solution and receive £15,000 from the GLA to support costs.



Demo day

This is the big day where startups and SMEs will present the results of their pilot and share learning with an audience of potential customers, investors, partners and supporters.


WHAT happens afterwards?

Challenge Partners will actively explore ways to continue working with the startup or SME. This could involve ongoing implementation and integration, and/or access to additional funding, customers and partnerships.


Challenge Partners


Supporting partners