Climate change: solve it with us.

Thank you to this year's applicants. Together, we're addressing the biggest crisis of our generation.

Congratulations to our winners: Watchtower Robotics and Amperon! 


The Urban Future Prize Competition

The Urban Future Prize Competition is one of the largest U.S.-based startup competitions for cleantech and smart city entrepreneurs. The Competition showcases the world’s most revolutionary smart city and smart grid innovations by bringing the brightest entrepreneurs together with mission-driven investors, policy leaders, and corporate sponsors for a prestigious cleantech summit in New York City. Through generous support from The New York Community Trust, NYSERDA, and Con Edison, we are able to offer each of two winners a $50,000 cash prize and admission into the ACRE incubator at the Urban Future Lab, New York City’s longest running cleantech incubator program.

New York's forward-thinking state and city governments, thriving tech sector, and massive scale make it one of the top startup ecosystems in the world. The city has become the ideal laboratory for creating sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

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The Urban Future Summit


The Urban Future Lab hosted the first ever Urban Future Summit on Earth Day 2019. We started the day with a keynote by Alicia Barton, President & CEO of NYSERDA, and two cleantech panels. The afternoon featured the culmination of our Urban Future Prize Competition - a pitch competition with our ten finalists. We are pleased to announce that Watchtower Robotics won the Smart City Prize while Amperon took home the Smart Grid Prize.

The Summit was generously sponsored by The New York Community Trust, Con Edison, Silverstein Properties, and NYC EDC's the Grid.


The Prizes

The Urban Future Prize Competition prizes reflect two areas in which innovation in cleantech is leading the way for wide-scale change: Smart Grid and Smart City.


New York Community Trust
Smart Grid Prize

Eligible companies are those that reduce emissions through business model or technological innovation and support the next-generation energy system.


New York Community Trust
Smart City Prize

Eligible companies are those that create healthier and more resource-efficient cities through next-generation innovations in urban technologies.

The Winners

A $50,000 cash prize and admittance to the internationally acclaimed ACRE incubator will be awarded to one winner in each of two categories. Winners of the competition will gain access to ACRE’s community of expert advisors, mentors, and investors who will help to scale their businesses and accelerate their paths to success. 

ACRE companies have raised more than $380 million in follow-on funding and have a survival rate of over 90% since the program’s inception in 2009. ACRE companies are also eligible for up to $300,000 in non-dilutive grants.


The Timeline

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The Sponsors


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