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Shaping Future Cities

07 March 2019 / by FM Editor (author)
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Global design, engineering and consulting business Arcadis has launched a three-month "City of 2030" accelerator at its new digital innovation hub in Amsterdam, in collaboration with U.S. seed capital provider, Techstars.


Created to address challenges associated with mass-urbanisation, the accelerator programme features ten startups which have been selected for their potential to transform cities through digital innovation:

  • Urban Data Eye (Spain): data analytics on use of public space, by applying Artificial Intelligence on the life stream of cameras
  • ModelMe3D (Netherlands): City and asset digitization and 3D real time master planning platform
  • Iomob (Spain): Blockchain enabled mobility as a service platform
  • Etalyc (United States): Data analytics play applied to traffic management systems
  • Senscity (Australia): Climate change impact assessment platform to inform investment decisions on cities' green spaces
  • CAALA (Germany): Sustainable building design and carbon footprint optimization across the entire asset life cycle
  • Cityflag (United States): City/citizen engagement platform, social network for city services
  • Kndrd CoLiving (United States): Housing as a service, Proptech for the coliving industry
  • Mela Works (United Kingdom): Real-time project and task management field collaboration application
  • Pause (United States): Meditation pods with companion software for public spaces


Each startup team will be assisted with developing and preparing their concept for funding, with a Demo Day for showcasing their ideas scheduled for the end of May.


Arcadis will also be launching in-house initiative, the Digital Studio Incubator, at the new hub on 1 April.


Global Director of Innovation, Patrick van Hoof, explains:

"We have to establish both internal and external initiatives to identify and carefully grow 'the new'.


"We are serious about being a digital front-runner in our industry and therefore have to develop certain value propositions ourselves, as well as co-create and buy into what happens at the frontier through early stage ventures".



FM Editor


FM Editor

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