Tech Challenge

The Women4Climate Tech Challenge is an international contest open to any woman designing an innovative, climate-focused tech solution. C40 will support the innovation community in driving action in cities by promoting women’s projects to take climate action. Complementary to the Women4Climate Mentorship Programme, the key goal of the Tech Challenge is to promote concrete solutions with a measurable impact in cities.

Importantly, C40 will provide innovators and entrepreneurs with access to urban experimentation. C40's support will be custom-designed for each solution, depending on the project’s level of maturity and the needs: acceleration, incubation, residence within the city, co-design of experimentations with citizens and users.

Finalists and winners will receive financial or technical support from C40 and its partners, acceleration or implementation in C40's cities. All finalists chosen by the jury will be flown to pitch their projects in Paris before a panel of mayors and special guest judges. The winners chosen by this panel will receive assistance from and be promoted by C40, partners and cities in the next phase of experimentation and implementation.

Who can apply?

  • The contest is open to all adult women, including but not limited to students, innovators and professionals. However, the Women4Climate initiative will give preference to women who don’t already have access to active networks or relationships with city officials.
  • To be eligible your project has to be a women-led project. While we understand teams might be mixed, the woman applying, will need to be, if not founder or CEO, playing a leading role. C40 uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”. Transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify, have identified, or have been identified as female or woman are welcome to apply.

What are we looking for?

  • A wide understanding of urban sustainability, inclusive of mobility, food, waste, water, buildings, urban farming and air quality, will be respected in project proposals. The nature of the proposed solutions themselves is open as well. Your tech project can be at the prototype stage or have already launched.
  • Solutions can be tangible, educational or pedagogical and should have a clear city focus.
  • Solutions providing a technical service or product, or heavily relying on it. It can be digital, mechanical or civic technology.
  • Priority will be given to applications with measurable impacts in terms of CO2 emissions reduction.

They support us

Autodesk

Jury

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Taj
Ahmad-Eldridge

Senior Director of Investment, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Kevin
Austin

Deputy Executive Director, C40 Cities

Allyson
Kapin

Co-Founder of Rad Campaign and Founder of Women Who Tech

Christian
Vanizette

Co-founder of makesense.org

Shana
Krakowski

Manager of the Platform

Albane
Godard

Head of Urban Lab, Paris&Co

Salima
Maloufi Talhi

Program Manager, L’Oréal

Karen
Weiss

Senior Industry Strategy Manager, Autodesk

Shaina
Horowitz

Urban Tech Director, New Lab

Adi
Ashkenazi

Project Manager, Green Label for Business, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Sabine
Romon

Chief Smart City Officer, City of Paris