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Congratulations to our winners: Watchtower Robotics and Amperon!


The Process

The Urban Future Prize Competition is a set of prizes aimed at recognizing and fueling the growth of the world’s most promising cleantech startups. Winners are selected by an esteemed group of climate and sustainability solutions experts. Winners are granted admission to the ACRE incubator at the Urban Future Lab, New York City’s longest-running cleantech incubator.


The Requirements

Eligible Startups

Applicants should be early-stage startups that have raised under $5M and are able to clearly articulate the potential sustainability impact from their core product or service.

Companies may be internationally based but must be willing to locate at least one employee at the ACRE incubator in NYC, if they win.

Submit Application

Applications must be submitted via F6S no later than Friday, January 14th, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST. Emailed and late entries will not be considered.


Once selected, semifinalists will be invited to interview with the Urban Future Lab Prize Selection Committee.


If selected for the finals, applicants must designate one person from their team to attend the pitch showcase at our cleantech summit on April 22, 2019, in NYC. Finalists will be informed no later than March 11, 2019.

Pitch Practice Sessions

Finalists will be coached by experts in advance of the pitch day event.

As a Winner, You Agree To ...

As a condition of the award, companies must commit to move at least one full-time employee to the ACRE incubator at the Urban Future Lab in Downtown Brooklyn. Relocation and rent costs are not covered. Prizes will be administered in two tranches over the course of a minimum six-month incubation period based on program milestones created by ACRE staff and agreed upon by the awardee.

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