COMMUNITECH FAST TRACK CITIES

Call for solutions

Canadian tech companies with commercial-ready solutions are encouraged to propose solutions for the following challenges.

Selected companies will receive coaching and support from a roster of experienced leaders in the transportation industry from across Canada.

Fast Track Cities:Transportation challenges

Challenge: Tools and technology to extend Vision Zero measures beyond the three Es.


Our cities have long suffered from century old solutions to street safety, such as traffic calming devices like speed bumps and bollards. 

Technological innovation can address issues like street design, vehicle technology, and new mobility solutions rather than blaming motorists and other users of the transportation system for accidents, accessibility, and pollution.

Challenge: Develop alternatives to using personal motor vehicles as the major mode of transportation. 


Historically, our transportation system has prioritized personal motor vehicle transportation. 

Cities need solutions that support use and accessibility for multimodal travelers, and use of micro mobility and active transportation.

Challenge: Introduce solutions that make our urban centers more productive, safe and accessible at the curbside. 


Congested streets lead to increased emissions, reduced accessibility, and increased hazards for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. 

How might we manage curbsides differently to address the competing demands of delivery drivers, motorists looking for parking, and active and micro mobility users?

Ready to apply?

Applications are submitted through the Upplift Platform. By using this platform you will be able to apply to multiple challenges without re-entering information about your company or solution. 

Applying to a challenge will be a two step process entirely on the platform. Visit Upplift to start the process by setting up your profile. Watch the following video for step-by-step instructions for completing your application.

Call for solutions is now closed. Deadline to apply was October 12, 2023.

FAQ

The program focuses on the challenges identified by municipal and transportation sector partners, in an effort to surface solutions with the end goal of commercialization through piloting and procurement opportunities.

  • Working with both tech leaders and industry partners, we explore the landscape to shape the focus of the collaborative.
  • Together, we define the most relevant and pressing challenges faced by the transportation industry.
  • We issue a call for solutions to the tech community and select qualifying Canadian companies to address the challenges identified.
  • Companies selected to pitch will be awarded a free Communitech membership* (for those not currently members) offering access to valuable feedback and connections with partners, coaches and advisors, all facilitated by the Communitech team.
  • Companies selected to participate in the program will present their solutions at a hybrid showcase event designed to gain exposure and make connections with the invaluable community and industry leaders in attendance
  • We facilitate introductions between founders and partners and provide support in navigating next steps, with the end goal of commercialization of made-in-Canada solutions through piloting and procurement.

*Free memberships will be offered until next renewal date following selection.

Fast Track programs are open to any Canadian tech company with a solution to the proposed challenges. 

No. Those selected to pitch will be awarded a free Communitech membership until the next annual renewal date to ensure all selected companies have access to valuable feedback, growth coaching, and connections with partners and advisors before the showcase pitch event. 

Challenge cycles from problem statement development to showcase pitch events are approximately 4 months long. Each challenge cycle will have a specific focus area (i.e., movement of goods). The process for companies successfully pursuing pilots with partners will vary in length of time depending on preparedness and needs of industry/municipal partners.

Yes. We strongly encourage you to re-apply should you not be selected for the first cycle.

Challenge statements will be different for each cycle

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