At the end of 2014, Tel Aviv was named “The World’s Smartest City” in recognition of their work with their startup community to deliver innovative services to citizens. Other stakeholders are joining local governments in helping cities to become smarter by working with startups.

Canary Wharf Group plc is one of London’s leading real estate companies. They recently announced announced the first 12 start-up finalists for their Sustainable Buildings and Integrated Transportation streams. The selected companies, a third of the total 36, will help Canary Wharf transform into a smarter city. We don’t typical think about large realestate developments as cities, but we think they are going to be increasingly important to showcase what is possible. More details about the finalists.

Additionally, Verizon also announced the results of their Powerful Answers Awards. While not exclusively focused on cities, sustainability and transport categories included many winners relevant to cities.

And finally, startup contests like Challenge Cup are visiting cities around the world to highlight startups working on tough challenges. While they have many partners, the event is organized by 1776, a DC-based accelerator focused on areas such as health, education, cities and energy. Again while not exclusively focused on cities, the accelerator focuses on at least two categories of startups are making cities better.

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