Conditions of competition and process
SCCL 2024

The Smart City Challenge Leipzig will be implemented in several steps. At the beginning of the competition call, ideas are collected for the proposed solutions. This is followed by the further development and implementation phase.

1. Development phase:

When the application deadline expires on 15.03.2024 at 16:00 (4 PM), the submitted ideas will be evaluated. The three best ideas for each challenge will be further developed over a period of two months. Each of the three applicants selected per challenge will receive 2.000 EUR (gross price) for the qualification and further development of the proposed solution.

In this phase, the solutions are further developed together with the city administration taking into account framework conditions to be adhered for the practical implementation. At the end, the further developed solutions are presented and evaluated in a pitch event.

2. Implementation phase:

Depending on the maturity level, complexity, probability of implementation, expected follow-up costs and verification potential of the presented solution, there is the option of implementing one pilot project per challenge.

A period of 6 months and a maximum budget of 25.000 EUR (gross price) is available for the pilot project. If the pilot project is developed in the form of open source solutions, an additional bonus of EUR 10,000 (gross price) will be paid.

(There is no entitlement to funding for one pilot project per Challenge).

In both phases, external experts from Leipzigs start-up ecosystem and experts of the cooperation partner Smart City Infrastructure Hub Initiative (external link)  the will be involved.

Deadline for applications and required documents

The deadline for applications for the Smart City Challenge Leipzig 2023 will be the 15.03.2024 at 16:00 (4 PM). The application papers should be submitted in form of a PDF presentation with a maximum size of 10 MB. It should include:

  • Short introduction of start-up (founder/team)
  • Problem solution (idea, procedure, implementation)
  • Calculation of costs for the complete implementation of the idea
  • Concept for a pilot project with a maximum budget of 25.000 EUR (gross price)
  • If necessary, references to similar projects
  • Maximum of 15 slides

Additional documents and videos are possible, however, the maximum size of the submitted documents is 10 MB. Required documents must be submitted in German language.

Contact for organizational questions

  • Sebastian Graetz
    Project manager Digital City Unit (Referat Digitale Stadt).

  • Contact persons regarding content related question can be found in each challenge.