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Leading Cities and QBE are looking for resilient city solutions
Thomas Mueller21. April 20213 min read

Leading Cities and QBE are looking for resilient city solutions

For the third time, the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge of QBE North America collaborates with the non-profit organization Leading Cities. Start-ups have the opportunity to apply for the accelerator program. Since the smart city startup accelerator program launch, more than 1,500 smart city solutions from over 50 countries have been evaluated.

Semi-finalists of the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge take part in the eight-week virtual accelerator program. For the finalists, the program culminates in a virtual boot camp and a pitch day. The winner will receive USD 100,000 and a pilot project in a city. The start-ups that rank second and third will receive $ 25,000 and additional resources and access to valuable connections to help scale their initiatives. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

The QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge


The QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge 2021 is a global competition aiming to find start-ups that use technological innovations to create more resilient cities. This requires solutions that address risks, sustainability, and equity. Todd Jones, CEO of QBE North America and President of the QBE Foundation said: "As an organization, we are uniquely positioned to help people and businesses build resiliency against emerging risks. It's evident that our cities are in critical need of more resilient solutions to react in difficult times. "He adds: "The QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge exemplifies our dedication to create meaningful change and provide needed resources to help people and communities successfully achieve their ambitions."

By rationalizing innovation and sales cycles, resilient and intelligent city solutions, the risk and costs of innovations for start-ups, companies, and cities are reduced by the program. Previous winners included Bioo and DrugViu. Bioo uses innovative technology solutions to combat climate change. DrugViu is committed to more significant health equity for minorities.

Learn more about AcceliCITY and apply until April 30!

Apply now for the Challenge!


About QBE

QBE North America is a global insurance leader focused on helping customers solve unique risks, so they can focus on what matters most. Part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, QBE North America reported Gross Written Premiums in 2020 of $ 4.775 billion. QBE Insurance Group's 2020 results can be found at

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 27 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. The actual terms and coverage for all lines of business are subject to the language of the policies as issued. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's. Additional information can be found at or follow QBE North America on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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, cybersecurity, 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.


Thomas Mueller

Thomas Müller is Managing Partner at bee smart city. With more than 15 years of public sector experience, he is an expert on smart city strategy and projects.