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Semi-finalists Selected for AcceliCITY 2021

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

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Semi-finalists Selected for AcceliCITY 2021

Leading Cities, an early pioneer in the global Smart City ecosystem, is proud to announce the end of the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge solution provider application process and congratulates the semi-finalists in this year’s competition. Leading Cities and QBE North America are excited to work with these semi-finalists who each demonstrated the critical role they can play in building smarter cities worldwide. The purpose of AcceliCITY is to further the potential impact Smart and Resilient City solutions will have in cities and towns around the world. The AcceliCITY program and its partners, help these companies succeed by connecting them with mentors from Leading Cities’ global network of smart city experts and city leaders. Of the more than 500 companies from 44 countries that applied to be a part of the AcceliCITY program, Lup Colombia (Lup)was one of the 50 selected companies that stood out as an exceptional contender. The applicants represent 24 different verticals such as, Internet of Things, AI/Machine Learning, Mobility/Transportation, Urban Agriculture, Smart Health, Smart Water, Security, Environment, Clean Energy, Building Technologies, to name a few.

“Each year the quality of applicants continues to increase, demonstrating the growing maturity of the Smart and Resilient City industry. Being selected as a semi-finalist in the AcceliCITY program among such impressive competitors is already an outstanding achievement and worthy of the attention that cities around the world will now give each semi-finalist,” said Michael Lake, President & CEO of Leading Cities.

Lup is a Smart and Resilient City solution that transforms glass waste destined for landfill into low-carbon products that benefit key industries.

Lup will work with Leading Cities mentors throughout the rest of the competition. Mentors will guide Lup to the proper channels, networks, people, and knowledge to do business with cities worldwide and to help them achieve their goals, increase the value they can offer, and help them grow. With the application process behind them, Lup will also participate in a round of webinars featuring Smart and Resilient City leaders from around the world. In addition, if Lup is selected as a Finalists, it will participate in the AcceliCITY Boot Camp, where it will have the chance to connect with potential clients and investors. The boot camp makes a direct impact on the implementation and realization of participant's mission and ensures Finalists will have the solid foundation on which to build future success for their company as well as communities across the globe.

About Leading Cities

Leading Cities is a non-profit organization that drives resilience and sustainability for all by unleashing the potential of the world’s cities. Leading Cities connects cities across the globe with innovations and insights by delivering advanced research, emerging trends, and new technologies that improve the quality of life in urban centers.

Leading Cities partners with government leaders, corporations, startup companies, investors, and academics to keep cities evolving and working toward their potential, taking on challenges such as climate change, social justice, automation technology, cyber security, data analytics, accessibility, and global health.

AcceliCITY, a signature program, leverages the Leading Cities network of forward thinkers in the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors to advance innovation in local governments. The program lowers the cost and risk of innovation for startups as well as cities and corporations by streamlining the innovation and sales cycles for Smart City solutions.

You can learn more at or by following Leading Cities on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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