Tech Challenge

The Women4Climate Tech Challenge is an international contest open to women designing innovative, climate-focused tech solutions. C40 supports the innovation community by driving action in cities and promoting sustainable women-led projects. Complementary to the Women4Climate Mentorship Programme, the key goal of the Tech Challenge is to pilot concrete solutions with a measurable impact in cities.

Through the Tech Challenge C40 provides innovators and entrepreneurs with access to urban experimentation. Our support is custom-designed for each solution, depending on the project’s level of maturity and its needs: acceleration, incubation, residence within the city, co-design of experimentations with citizens and users.

The first edition of the Tech Challenge took place this year, hosted by the cities of Paris and Tel Aviv-Yafo.

The Women4Climate Tech Challenge addresses three issues that are high on our municipal agenda: the Environment; Women's Entrepreneurship; and Promoting Technology.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo

First edition highlights

The first ever edition of the Tech Challenge took place across 2018 and 2019. We received 105 applications, which got rated by a team of C40 experts. The 26 best applications were submitted to an external jury, who selected ten finalists in December.

The finalists pitched their projects to a panel of mayors and senior city officials in Paris on 20th February, ahead of the annual Women4Climate Conference. The winners chosen by this panel, Elodie Grimoin, co-founder of Urban Canopee and Inna Braverman, founder of Eco Wave Power, are now receiving assistance from C40, our partners and cities in the next phase of experimentation and implementation.

I look forward to seeing the projects being developed and deployed here in Paris and in Tel Aviv- Yafo. Women entrepreneurs and tech innovators are leading the way in creating the future that we want and the future we can trust in.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities

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