Boris Johnson encourages tech start-ups to boost London’s regeneration

Companies urged to develop technologies to cope with demand of the capital's growing population

Boris Johnson’s office and the Institute of Sustainability have announced a competition to encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop technologies that will support London’s regeneration projects.

Businesses have the opportunity to pitch to organisations involved in major redevelopment projects, to cope with the demands of the capital’s growing population.

Regeneration areas such as Imperial West and the Olympic Park are members of the Smart London Districts Network, created to support  the mayor’s vision for smart city innovation.

Small businesses are being encouraged to develop solutions to meet the challenges of the London’s rapid growth, including apps and platforms to help local people, businesses and facilities management services engage with one another.

Individuals, sole traders, small businesses, academic institutes, public sector bodies and large companies are all eligible to compete for the chance to pitch their innovations. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12 June.

Matthew Pencharz, senior advisor to the Mayor of London on environment and energy, said: “This competition provides an opportunity to connect innovators with some of the capital’s highest profile businesses; and to support their ambition to take forward some of London’s largest areas of redevelopment.”

Ian Short, the chief executive of the Institute for Sustainability and Smart London Board member, commented: “We are working directly with organisations delivering large-scale redevelopment projects, to bring forward innovative smart technology which directly meets their needs and will help make their districts more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.”

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