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THE GLOBAL BUSINESS
AND POLICY CONFERENCE
ON CITIES

Gathering private and public sector organisations, startups and investors
building future cities.

Join us in LONDON, 8:00AM,
November 19-20, 2020s

THE GLOBAL BUSINESS
AND POLICY CONFERENCE
ON CITIES

Gathering private and public sector organisations,
startups and investors building future cities.

Join us in LONDON, 8:00AM, NOVEMBER 19-20, 2020

ABOUT

INSPIRING CITIES

The Global Forum On Cities is the global business and policy forum on cities organised by Things Growth. The platform partners with 100+ global leading cities, technology and innovation organisations, corporates, public entities, start-ups, incubators and industry experts.

The Forum is a series of global events as well as a platform for innovation, programmes and projects for city stakeholders. It provides ideas, contents, resources and opportunities in 10 tracks or work streams:

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

ABOUT

INSPIRING CITIES

The Global Forum On Cities is the global business and policy forum on cities organised by Things Growth. The platform partners with 100+ global leading cities, technology and innovation organisations, corporates, public entities, start-ups, incubators and industry experts.

The Forum is a series of global events as well as a platform for innovation, programmes and projects for city stakeholders. It provides ideas, contents, resources and opportunities in 10 tracks or work streams:

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

WORK STREAMS


ENERGY & UTILITIES

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Energy & Utilities.

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

TRANSPORT & SERVICES

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Transport & Services

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES & SUSTAINABILITY


Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Enviromental Services & Sustainability

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

Infrastructures & Services
(Real Estate, Roads, Railways and Airports)

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Infrastructures & Services

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

HOSPITALITY, RETAIL & TOURISM

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Hospitaly, Retail & Tourism

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

GOVERNMENTS & PUBLIC POLICY

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Governments & Public Policy

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

SMART CITIES & TECHNOLOGY

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Smart Cities & Technology

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

SOCIAL IMPACT & CLIMATE ACTION

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Social Impact & Climate Action

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

EMERGING & FUTURE CITIES

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Emerging & Future Cities

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

PRINCIPLE INVESTORS

Projects can be in any of the below categories or any other related to Principle Investors

Energy Utilities Transports Environment Sustainability Infrastructures Real Estate Roads Railways Airports Hospitality Retail Tourism Governments Public Policy Smart Cities Technology Social Impact Climate Action Emerging Cities Future Cities

SPEAKERS

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Rikesh Shah

Head of Commercial Innovation

Transport for London (TfL)

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Ecatarina Harling

Associate Director

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)

Emmanuel DOSSOU-YOVO

Emmanuel Dossou-Yovo

Founder & Managing Director

Things Growth

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Jonathon Spanos

Head Of Commercial & Innovation

Virgin StartUp

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Edd Atcheson

Principal of Experience Innovation

Adobe

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Marc Potton

Senior Strategy & Innovation Development Manager, Ventures

British Telecoms (BT)

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Marc Massar

SVP, Head of Product Strategy, Innovation Experience & Standars

Worldpay

Jean-Charles Seghers

Jean-Charles Seghers

Head of Climate Transparency & Pathways - Sustainability Expert

The Climate Group

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Pedro Rente Lourenço

Co-Founder

Spike.AI

Joel Huang

Joel Huang

Associate Director, Data Science & Analytics

Publicis Sapient

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Ashish Saxena

Leader & Head of Digital Transformation/Principal

Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Noemi de Hevia Mendez

Lead Telecoms Consultant

CGI

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Jeff Peel

Founder & Managing Director

Quadriga Consulting

Gavin Jones

Gavin Jones

Founder & Managing Director

Gavin Jones Consulting

Sam Sahana

Stamatoula Matsoukis

Director

Euclides Risk Solutions

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Sam Sahana

CIO & Transformation Leadership Advisory

Wallgreens Boots Alliance

CORPORATES / WHY JOIN

Network

Commercialise

Network

Learn

Co-Innovate With Startups

Co-Innovate With Startups

Accelerate

Accelerate

Network

Network

Mentor

Mentor

APPLY


BUILD


Engage with leaders, mentors,
investors and industry experts.
Unique opportunity to gain the support
and resources to start or scale up. APPLY NOW!'

APPLY


BUILD


Engage with leaders, mentors,
investors and industry experts.
Unique opportunity to gain the support
and resources to start or scale up. 
APPLY NOW
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STARTUPS / WHY APPLY

FINTECH BLOCKCHAIN

JOIN A NETWORK

Meet people and organisations
that help you get straight to the point.

A Community of Mentors
Accelerate

ACCELERATE

Access our resources
and move further and faster.

A Value Creation Infrastructure
FINTECH BLOCKCHAIN

MEET INVESTORS

Start building a relationship with
mentors and investors.

An Access To Venture Capital

APPLY


ACCELERATE


Develop technical and entrepreneurial skills,
Fast track to start-up accelerators. APPLY NOW!

APPLY


ACCELERATE


Develop technical and entrepreneurial skills,
Fast track to start-up accelerators. 
APPLY NOW!

FORMAT

The aim of the competition is to provide individuals and teams with the technical resources to facilitate creating their own venture.
At the end of the 2 months, candidates will be judged on a demonstratable piece of venture creation work or research they have produced and its entrepreneurial application.

August 1st
Sign Up Opens

Initial sign ups for inidividuals and teams

August 1st
Competition Starts

Teams and individuals begin working on projects

October 2nd
Informal Review

Informal review with a member of the Varsity Venture Program team to check on progress, offer feedback and suggest more resources to support the project wich would have applied by then

November 19th
Application deadline

On November 20th, the day after the deadline (the day before the conference), announcement by Varsity Venture Program team of the short-list of projects to go through to the final stage on the competition/conference day.

November 21st
Competition Day

Culmination of the projects. An opportunity to showcase the work of the teams and to hear some inspirational talks from some of our judge panelists

COMMUNITY

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SCHEDULE

DAY 1

  • Thu. November 21st
    • 8:00am - 8:50am

      Breakfast

      Opportunity to network
    • 8:50am - 9:00am

      Start of the Forum

      Short Introduction
    • 9:00am - 10:00am
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Energy & Utilities

      To be announced shortly
    • 10:00am - 11:00am
      Climate Tech & Social Impact Panel

      Transportation Services

      To be announced shortly
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm
      FinTech Panel

      Enviromental Services & Sustainability

      To be announced shortly
    • 12:00pm - 01:00pm

      Lunch

      Opportunity to network
    • 01:00pm - 2:00pm
      FinTech Panel

      Infrastructure Development

      To be announced shortly
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Smart Cities & Technology

      To be announced shortly
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Hospitaly, Retail & Tourism

      To be announced shortly
    • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Principal Investors

      To be announced shortly
    • 5:00pm - 5:05pm

      Conclusion to Day one

      Short address

DAY 2

  • Fri. Novemeber 22nd.
    • 8:00am - 8:50am

      Breakfast

      Opportunity to network
    • 8:50am - 9:00am

      Introduction to Day Two

      Short briefing of activities
    • 9:00am - 10:00am
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Goverment & Public Sector

      To be announced shortly
    • 10:00am - 11:00am
      Climate Tech & Social Impact Panel

      Social Impact

      To be announced shortly
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm
      FinTech Panel

      Emerging & Future Cities

      To be announced shortly
    • 12:00pm - 01:00pm

      Lunch

      Opportunity to network
    • 01:00pm - 02:00pm

      Introducing The Startup Challenge

      Short introduction
    • 02:00pm - 03:00pm

      Pitching Session One

      Ten minute pitches from each of the competing teams
    • 03:00pm - 03:15pm

      Refreshment break

      Short networking opportunity
    • 03:15pm - 04:00pm

      Pitching Session Two

      Ten minute pitches from each of the competing teams
    • 04:00pm - 04:30pm

      Jury Deliberation

      Networking break with start-ups
    • 04:30pm - 05:00pm

      Winners Announced

      Break for more refreshments and judge delibration followed by the
    • 05:00pm - 05:10pm

      Conclusion Day Two

      Short address

DAY 1

  • Thu. November 21st
    • 8:00am - 8:50am

      Breakfast

      Opportunity to network
    • 8:50am - 9:00am

      Start of the Forum

      Short Introduction
    • 9:00am - 10:00am
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Energy & Utilities

      To be announced shortly
    • 10:00am - 11:00am
      Climate Tech & Social Impact Panel

      Transportation Services

      To be announced shortly
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm
      FinTech Panel

      Enviromental Services & Sustainability

      To be announced shortly
    • 12:00pm - 01:00pm

      Lunch

      Opportunity to network
    • 01:00pm - 02:00pm
      FinTech Panel

      Infrastructure Development

      To be announced shortly
    • 02:00pm - 03:00pm
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Smart Cities & Technology

      To be announced shortly
    • 03:00pm - 04:00pm
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Hospitaly, Retail & Tourism

      To be announced shortly
    • 04:00pm - 05:00pm
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Principal Investors

      To be announced shortly
    • 05:00pm - 05:05pm

      Conclusion to Day one

      Short address

DAY 2

  • Fri. November 22nd
    • 8:00am - 8:50am

      Breakfast

      Opportunity to network
    • 8:50am - 9:00am

      Introduction to Day Two

      Short briefing of activities
    • 9:00am - 10:00am
      ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

      Goverment & Public Sector

      To be announced shortly
    • 10:00am - 11:00am
      Climate Tech & Social Impact Panel

      Social Impact

      To be announced shortly
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm
      FinTech Panel

      Emerging & Future Cities

      To be announced shortly
    • 12:00pm - 01:00pm

      Lunch

      Opportunity to network
    • 01:00pm - 02:00pm

      Introducing The Startup Challenge

      Short introduction
    • 02:00pm - 03:00pm

      Pitching Session One

      Ten minute pitches from each of the competing teams
    • 03:00pm - 03:15pm

      Refreshment break

      Short networking opportunity
    • 03:15pm - 04:00pm

      Pitching Session Two

      Ten minute pitches from each of the competing teams
    • 04:00pm - 04:30pm

      Jury Deliberation

      Networking break with start-ups
    • 04:30pm - 05:00pm

      Winners Announced

      Break for more refreshments and judge delibration followed by the
    • 05:00pm - 05:10pm

      Conclusion Day Two

      Short address

PAST EVENTS

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LONDON

NOVEMBER 19-20, 2020

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