Future State

By working closely with cities, our vision is to create successful smart city startups addressing shared city challenges. The first iteration of this program includes Liverpool, Oxford, Almere, Carouge, Paderborn, Tampere, Porto and Surabaya.

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How Can Your City Benefit?

Shared City Challenges

Work closely with other cities to identify shared problems that could be addressed by a new solution

Expert Mentorship

Receive dedicated Startup Consultant mentoring taking you through ‘user/problem fit’, the Lean Canvas & pitch readiness


Get access to £4 million of private investment that directly addresses your challenges

Startup Deployment

Startups will be deployed within the selected cities, stimulating jobs and the economy

Discounted Products & Solutions

Get early access to innovative solutions that address your key future challenges

Global Network & Community

Be part of creating a novel new way of driving innovation within smart cities

The Programme

The 12 month Future State programme costs £6k to take part. During the process, we will run through two private investment rounds for any startup idea that is successful.

Secure Your Place for the Next Round

Want to be Part of Investment Round 2 of Future State?

Applications are open. We have a maximum of 10 places available, which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, so be quick not to miss out this opportunity!

Closing deadline: January 31st, 2019

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What Next?

Cities in Round 1 has been invited to the kickoff call on Monday 26th of November, with the first face to face meeting taking place in Brussels on January 16th 2019, hosted by Future State in cooperation with Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC).

How to Prepare

Each city representative will be asked to bring their top 15 problems to the day.


Look at the problems suggested through other programmes or run a exercise, survey or event to help you generate problems to solve.


The more focused the problem the better. Break up bigger problems into smaller chunks and establish which part of the problem causes the most pain.


Talk to the people that you think might experience this problem. Can you find a number of people who face this and do they say it is a serious issue?

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