Smart Cities Marketplace

Bringing together cities, industries, SMEs, investors, researchers and other smart city actors

The Smart Cities Marketplace is a major market-changing undertaking supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industries, SMEs, investors, researchers and other smart city actors.

Today, approx. 78% of European citizens live in cities, and 85% of the EU’s GDP is generated there. Many European cities are forerunners in the much-needed transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy. Cities are central to delivering on key challenges for Europe’s society and economy: jobs, growth and investment, innovation, energy efficiency, low-carbon development and CO2-Reduction – to name a few. They are instrumental for the development, replication and deployment of low-carbon technologies to fight climate change or adapt to it. Linking and upgrading infrastructures, technologies and services in key urban sectors (transport, buildings, energy, ICT) in a smart way will therefore improve quality of life, competitiveness and sustainability of Europe's cities, and ultimately help decarbonising them. But a number of challenges are hindering this: markets are often fragmented, missing out on their full economic potential; many innovative solutions require new business models and financing solutions for decreasing risk; since demand for better infrastructures and services is high and still increasing but public budget is under pressure, knowledge needs to be shared effectively and capacities developed.

To help European cities and industries facing these challenges, the European Commission has launched in 2012 the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). It aims to create an open, collaborative Marketplace for smart city solutions at the intersection of transport, energy and ICT and to drive market transformation through development and replication of solutions at large scale. The EIP-SCC is driven by public and private partners. A high level group, established in 2012, created and adopted the EIP-SCC's Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). In October 2020 the EIP-SCC changed its name to the Smart Cities Marketplace.

The role of the Marketplace is to:

  • expand the Matchmaking activities to foster market uptake and to supplement the EU’s funding activities in the sector, through deal meetings, leading to an overall investment of at least € 50 million per year
  • establish a new roadmap – considering the new matchmaking and market uptake focus – with clear milestones and deliverables

The Smart Cities Marketplace is an initiative of the European Commission of the EU, as part of its programme about Smart Cities. As of September 2019, the Smart Cities Marketplace is run by a consortium consisting of Vito/Energyville (Belgium), DNVGL (Netherlands), Th!nk E (Belgium), Tecnalia (Spain), Steinbeis 2i (Germany), ICLEI (Germany), RdA (Portugal), Locality (Netherlands) and Tilde (Latvia).

Steinbeis 2i is responsible for dissemination and communication of all Marketplace activities. Within this Smart Cities Marketplace tender, Steinbeis 2i GmbH is responsible for:

  • Increasing the visibility of the Marketplace (press releases, website, podcasts, videos)
  • Improve internal communication within the various projects as well as external communication of project results to the public and interested stakeholders
  • Organisation of matchmaking events and participation in events such as Smart City Expo Barcelona, Nordic Edge Stavanger, European Sustainable Energy Week Brussels
  • Promote replication of successful strategies and methods

Project duration: 09/2019 – 09/2022

Participating countries: all European countries

Portrait Sabine Haeßler
Sabine Haeßler
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Portrait Gabi Kaiser
Gabi Kaiser
0711 123 4033