Techstars Smart Mobility becomes the first Italian accelerator of the cities of the future

September 15, 2021
Techstars is working to develop new partnerships with leading global companies and involve a growing number of high-profile mentors and investors in the programme.

After working and investing in more than twenty smart mobility companies in the last two years of the program, Techstars Smart Mobility will expand its program to become the first Italian accelerator focused on Smart Cities. The successful collaboration with the project's three partners, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center , will continue and the accelerator will continue to be based at OGR Torino.

Urbanisation is a never-ending problem. Today, more than 55% of the global population lives in cities and the number is expected to reach 68% by 2050 according to the United Nations. With population growth, urbanisation will add another 2.5 billion people to cities over the next three decades. Environmental, social and economic sustainability is essential to keep pace with this rapid expansion that exploits our planet's resources.

Cities will need to find new solutions for their growing populations, transport, housing, energy and infrastructure challenges, as well as for employment and basic services such as education and health care. There is a great need to promote and transform cities so that they are more accessible, inclusive, sustainable and resilient.

Over the last few months, the entire Techstars Smart Mobility team has been working hard to align the accelerator programme with the rapidly growing Smart City environment in Turin, Italy, in order to provide the best possible experience for all the startups that are part of it.

Introducing this new feature Martin Olczyk, Managing Director of the programme, wanted to highlight how the city of Torino is changing its face, thanks to other ongoing projects: "Torino City Lab Torino City Lab is offering testing solutions for autonomous mobility, drones, 5G, data, circular economy, aerospace, health and robotic companies. Casa delle Tecnologie Emergenti House of Emerging Technologies involves the City, the Universities and the best companies, providing working and testing spaces with first class infrastructures (access to 5G, consulting and financial support) to enable innovative technologies applied to Smart Road, Urban Air Mobility, Industry 4.0, and innovative services for Public Administration. The city of Turin is focusing on six macro-themes for the future of its Smart City and is not only aiming to attract talented entrepreneurs, but also to provide support and long-term benefits".

The accelerator will continue to invest up to $120,000 per company, targeting industries that are already part of the OGR Torino ecosystem but also other companies operating in key areas of focus for the other partners in the programme:

  • Smart Mobility
  • Manufacturing/Industry 4.0
  • Digital Health (health information systems, telemedicine, Ambient Assisted Living)
  • Fintech
  • Agritech
  • Cultural Heritage.

In addition, companies that are using data and technologies such as big data, AI, IoT, DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) to improve their decision-making processes and operating in the following sectors will also be considered:

  • Environment/Climate
  • Security (civil and IT)
  • Energy, water and waste
  • Electrification
  • Economic development
  • Engagement and community
  • Sustainability across the SDG spectrum
  • Smart buildings.

Le domande sono aperte fino al 27 ottobre e verrà dato il via al prossimo programma alle OGR Torino il 24 gennaio 2022.



Luca Coppolella
Head of Content


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