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Open call


Open date: Friday 1 June 2018   Close date: Sunday 30 September 2018 Register your interest

Synchronicity opens up a global IoT market where cities and businesses develop shared digital services to improve the lives of citizens and grow local economies.

The purpose of this open call is to create a global market for human-centered IoT-enabled urban services which are interoperable, replicable and reusable across cities and across domains. SynchroniCity will cover three specific themes: sustainable mobility, citizen engagement and environment & wellbeing as well as a an open theme.

With a lack of standardised technology solutions on the global market, there is a dependency on specific vendors, making it difficult to integrate new technologies. This means there is a high risk of vendor lock-in and a reluctance in making larger investments into new smart city infrastructure. SynchroniCity is taking an inclusive approach to grow the ecosystem and to create new services that tackle urban challenges.

There is available funding of €3M to facilitate a second wave of new innovations. Each application can be funded with:

  • Up to €100,000 if an startup applies alone
  • Up to €200,000 for Pilot Groups of 2 organisations
  • Up to €300,000 for Pilot Groups of 3 organisations or more

The project is funded under Europe’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme connecting 34 partners from 11 countries over four continents.

Who should apply?

This is an opportunity for early stage IoT companies that have already demonstrated their solution in a relevant environment.

Companies can apply alone or in a pilot group. The lead applicant must provide an IoT data enabled application or a full-stack solution.

Next steps

SynchroniCity is designed to actively encourage startups, scaleups and cities to join the marketplace.

For additional information on how to get involved, please visit