Large corporations and investors seeking innovative projects and solutions
In the Smart City Open Innovation Marketplace
Entrepreneurs or SME, large companies, technology or research centres with new ideas for smart cities, will take part in the Smart City Open Innovation Marketplace (OIMP), a space where they will be given a 15-minute slot to explain their projects and ideas face-to-face with major corporations and investors who specialise in Smart Cities.
The 155 companies already signed up come from Argentina, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and the United States. They will have the opportunity to meet up with representatives of the technology purchasing divisions of major multinationals to explain their ideas and projects and try to get the investment they need to see them to fruition.
Breakdown of the proposals submitted
Of the proposals submitted, 36% are from the sector of Technology and Innovation; 14% from Energy; 13% from the field of Collaborative Cities and Smart Society; 12% concern Mobility; 10% from the Environmental sector; and Emergency Management, Smart Geo and Urban Planning represent 4% each of the proposals, while 3% concern Governance.
The technology purchasing divisions of major multinationals are taking part:
Accenture, Aqualogy, Cisco, Enel-Endesa and Ferrovial.
Plus the following investment funds:
Active Capital Partners, American Industry Acquisition Corporation, Baring Private Equity Partners, Compas Private Equity, EIX Technova, High Growth Partners and Saba Accel.
Mobile World Capital, the main driving force behind the OIMP:
The plan to turn the city of Barcelona into the world mobile technology capital has a specific industrial programme focused on the development of solutions in the urban environment known as mSmart City. The idea is to collaborate with the Smart City Expo World Congress in designing a space which promotes innovation in urban environments along with mobility and mSmart City has also taken part in the selection of participating projects, bearing in mind its industrial potential and capacity to influence the main challenges currently facing the world's cities.