The QBE AcceliCITY Challenge sources global start-ups with innovative technological solutions that address the complex environmental, social and economic challenges faced by cities.


Applications will be open for entrepreneurs from around the world to enter the challenge from April 1st-30th, 2022. Applicants can enter through the QBE AcceliCITY webpage. All applicants compete for: 

  • Solution of the Year - The grand prize winner of the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge will receive $100,000 city pilot sponsorship generously provided by QBE.
  • Regional Prizes - AcceliCITY East & AcceliCITY West programs will each award $25,000 city pilot sponsorship generously provided by QBE.

About Leading Cities

Leading CitiesLeading Cities is a Boston-based global non-profit founded by Dublin, Boston, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Lyon, Hamburg, Lisbon, Zapopan, Vancouver, and Haifa. It was built on the philosophy that cities, which for the first time represent most of the world’s population, are essential to overcome our great challenges—climate change, human equity, and technology development. Originally established in 2008 at Northeastern University, it later spun off as an independent organization expanding beyond research to advance government sustainability and resiliency. Since then, Leading Cities has evolved to provide a wider range of services for governments, start-ups, and corporations. To connect its global networks, LaunchPad 11 was launched as the first metaverse ecosystem for Smart & Resilient City innovators by clustering entrepreneurs, investors, and decision-makers. Its signature program, the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge, is considered one of the Top 5 Govtech accelerators in the world.


For questions, contact QBE Foundation Manager Josie Barnett.