Challenges and Startup Support Archive

Welcome to the Challenges and Startup Support Archive

Below you will find brief descriptions highlighting past challenges and startup support activities organized by US Ignite.  Scroll down or click on the segment you wish to jump to below:

Challenge Competitions Variety

Since 2016, US Ignite has collaborated with municipalities across the U.S. through tech-agnostic competitions that support start-ups and drive community engagement. By partnering with companies and federal agencies, US Ignite Challenge Competitions become a vehicle for the further development of meaningful smart community applications and services. Navigate through a subset of past challenges using the carousel below to see the variety of technologies, partners, and target participants! 

Pathways to Sustainable Success

US Ignite launched the Smart and Connected Communities & Pathways to Sustainable Success project intending to foster a nationwide ecosystem of smart city startups that succeed in generating community benefits, profitable revenue growth, and jobs.

Using a mix of support tools – everything from challenge competitions to formalized training and assessments – US Ignite helped launch over 100 high-technology startups. Navigate through select examples using the carousel below.

META AR Developer Challenge

Funded by META, US Ignite awarded a $20,000 grant to three communities – Philadelphia, Raleigh/Town of Cary, and Long Beach – to host local Augmented Reality (AR) Developer Challenges. The local challenges aimed to help entrepreneurs and communities discover and leverage the possibilities of AR.

US Ignite worked with the grantees to offer their participating startups and small businesses support. These support mechanisms included mentoring, prototype and product development, and business strategizing. The META AR Developer Challenge delivered highly creative, resident-geared, and marketable AR applications. Explore some of the prize-winning AR apps developed using the carousel below.

InnovateSLC Smart City Accelerator

US Ignite partnered with Kinnect Capital (formerly VentureCapital.Org), an expert accelerator, to deliver a smart city curriculum for local startups in Salt Lake City, Utah. The smart city accelerator curriculum aims to drive funding and commercialization success to local participating startups over this three-year program (2022-2025).

The startups selected to participate in the first cohort received technical assessments to gauge their readiness and business maturity. Additionally, they had an opportunity to pitch to investors and connect with them at a live-pitch event. Learn about the first cohorts’ startups using the carousel below.

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