Last year, we launched the Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator in partnership with Aviva Canada with a focus on road safety. Through a rigorous evaluation process we selected three startups for the program, which then went on to launch successful pilots with Aviva Canada. We’ve shared those success stories (which are still ongoing) here.
Today, we’re excited to announce that applications are open for the second cohort. Our focus remains on road safety, but with an eye to the impact of COVID-19. These unprecedented times can’t be ignored, and they’re having a material impact on people’s every day lives. This is why we’ve added a new challenge under the broader topic of road safety: The New Normal. As our cities adapt to COVID-19, the road safety and transportation landscape continues to evolve. We’re interested in solutions that support increased pedestrian traffic, social distancing while traveling, enhancements to public transit and more.
There are a host of other specific areas of interest as well, including cycling safety, pedestrian safety solutions, data solutions, sensors & digital signage solutions and accurate detection solutions.
We’re looking for startups with products in-market and some level of traction. They may be seed stage, but we’ll also explore opportunities to work with later stage startups as well. The application period will run until late December, and the program will officially start in February, 2021.
Through our Pilot Program Accelerators, we work with corporate clients to partner more successfully with startups. The systematic approach to identifying the right startups, building a pilot partnership strategy, and providing mentorship and programming works. We love being at the intersection of innovative startups and big companies, because we believe and have seen the incredible potential and results that come out of bringing these groups together.
The Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator is an incredible opportunity for startups in the road safety space to work with a great partner in Aviva Canada, and find creative ways to solve real problems that matter.