QBE seeks entrepreneurs and start-ups to create more resilient cities

QBE seeks entrepreneurs and start-ups to create more resilient cities

Published: 02-04-2021 10:43:54 | By: Bob Koigi | hits: 1851 | Tags:

QBE North America has partnered with non-profit organization Leading Cities to launch the QBE AcceliCITY Urban Resilience Challenge for the third consecutive year.

The global competition accelerates the growth of start-up companies transforming cities worldwide.

The Challenge is designed to harness and support technology innovations that create more resilient cities with solutions that address risk, equity, and sustainability.

Todd Jones, CEO, QBE North America and President of the QBE Foundation: "As an organization we are uniquely positioned to help people and businesses build resiliency against emerging risks. It's evident that our cities are in critical need of more resilient solutions to react in difficult times. The QBE Accelicity Resilience Challenge exemplifies our dedication to create meaningful change and provide needed resources to help people and communities successfully achieve their ambitions."

The challenge comes with a total prize pool of $150,000 in funding for the winning entrepreneurs or ventures to further develop their ideas and benefit the broader community. Previous organizations to win the challenge include Bioo, who leveraged innovative technology solutions to address climate change, and DrugViu, which aimed to solve for greater health equity for minorities.

Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities, said the cities that will come to thrive in the post-pandemic era are taking advantage of the astounding innovation arising at this time.

Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities: "The QBE AcceliCITY program acts as the vehicle by which start-ups and municipal governments can work together with the goal of driving resilience, equity and sustainability in communities."