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Nordic Innovation partners with the Nordic Smart City Challenge 2021

The Nordic Smart City Challenge is inviting startups with brilliant new ideas to present and pitch innovative solutions that will address Nordic cross-regional urban challenges as we transition to a ‘new normal’ post COVID-19. The Challenge is an initiative run by the Nordic Smart City Network and PUBLIC, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers,

Nordic Innovation has joined the Challenge as partners and see the initiative as a positive addition to several of our ongoing activities like the Nordic Healthy Cities project and the Health, Demography and Quality of Life program, the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program and the Nordic Sustainable Cities special initiative. Nordic Innovation is co-initiator and long-time collaborator of the Nordic Smart City Network.

The Nordic Smart City Challenge is part of Nordic Smart City Days, launched in collaboration between Nordic Edge and PUBLIC, which is taking place on 18th and 19th February 2021. This new event is aimed at giving Nordic urban tech startups the opportunity to come together, network and meet public customers and investors.


Learn more and apply


The Nordic Smart Cities Challenge is looking for innovators providing technology solutions to the following three challenges:

  • Challenge 1: Enabling a healthier city lifestyle
  • Challenge 2: Supporting sustainable communities and urban infrastructure
  • Challenge 3: Reimagining transport, mobility and flow in cities

We welcome all relevant applications from startups, and are particularly interested in solutions addressing the areas listed in the sub-categories. Solutions that span more than one challenge are welcomed. To submit an application startups must complete the application form and attach a video of their pitch. We estimate that the application process should not take more than half an hour.

Click here for more information about the challenges and to apply

Pitch event

The Nordic Smart City Challenge Pitch Event will take place virtually on 18 February – the first day of the Nordic Smart City Days. Selected startups will be invited to pitch their solution to a panel of judges who will decide on a winning startup for each of the three challenges.

The winning startups will receive mentoring from key individuals in the Nordic Smart City Network and will be fast-tracked to the Nordic Fund Event on the 19th February, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their solution and have 1-2-1 meetings with investors. Winning solutions will also be promoted on NordicBaltic.Tech and across PUBLIC’s, the Nordic Council of Minister’s and the Nordic Smart City Network’s channels.

Information and FAQ

For more information and FAQs about the Nordic Smart City Challenge 2021, please visit the official website at https://nordicbaltic.tech/challenge.


Rasmus Malmborg - Senior Innovation Adviser

Rasmus Malmborg

Senior Innovation Adviser
Rasmus has extensive international experience in complex project management, predominantly within health care system development. Prior to joining Nordic Innovation, Rasmus has been with LHL International for nine years and worked the last four years as CEO.

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