Global City Teams Challenge Expo is one of the world’s largest trade fair presenting solutions in the area of Smart City. In preparation for this event, the National Research and Development Center held the first stage of the cycle workshop on cooperation between start-ups with local governments in the field of smart cities.

February 8, 2017 we met with representatives of start-ups, and on February 9 with local authorities to learn about their experience in building relationships.

March 1, we see the two groups that brought to a common main challenges and start creating action clusters.

During these meetings, we met the perspective of both communities and defined the key needs and challenges:










       1. Insufficient technology knowledge among officials

In the cities there is no specific individuals or departments responsible for technology implementation and strategy building a smart city. To reach the same person with whom you can talk becomes the first challenge.

       2. Decisiveness

The offices often difficult or even impossible to find a person entitled to make a decision on cooperation with the start of a startup and testing innovative solutions. You usually have to wait until the handle will be made official at the highest levels, which is, according to start-up too much time. 

      3. procedures

At the office all must agree with the procedural constraints, which elected innovative solutions is generally low and does not translate to the needs and improve the quality of life of residents.

      4. “Pioneer Complex”

Local governments usually afraid to take risks associated with the fact that the first in the country, province or district, bring previously untested solution.






Local governments

     1. Restrictions budget

Lack of financial resources to cooperate – start-ups often are not aware of how to operate the order and what are the budgetary constraints in local government.

     2. Scanning the market

Difficulties in identifying start-ups or teams that are working on solutions to the problem defined by the local government and the lack of testing tools offered by start-ups solution.

     3. procedures

Difficulties associated with the official procedures of the Public Procurement – still few local governments benefit from the so-called. Innovative partnerships .

      4. Insufficient technological knowledge

Little technological knowledge among local government employees difficult conversation with start-ups about their products and services.

What are your experiences in cooperation with local governments or start-ups in the area of Smart City? Leave your comment or write down the appointment on March 1 !