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A² Accelerator „Smart City 2018“: Challenges to the smart city

Like many other large cities in the world, Berlin faces great challenges: the city is growing, becoming more densely populated and has an ageing population. Berlin is undergoing profound structural changes. The city of the future will be an intelligent city – a smart city. Smart technology will play a major part in confronting the ecological, social, economic and cultural challenges of growing metropolitan areas and in finding comprehensive, interdisciplinary solutions.


Our A² Accelerator “Smart City” wants to make a start where future innovation is visible today: energy, smart buildings, communication, IT and security. The Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof offers start-ups the unique opportunity to test LPWAN-based applications together with our programme’s industrial partners. Berlin Adlershof boasts its own water, wastewater, gas and electricity grid, which is an ideal “micro-urban laboratory” for testing smart city applications. The focus will be on sensor technology.

The Programme

Participants of the five-month A² Accelerator programme will deal with all the critical issues specific to their product, their company, and their respective industry in thematic sessions. You will have the chance to determine which coaching you require.

The programme strikes a careful balance between theory, practice and networking, ensuring that there is enough time to take care of everyday business. The programme aims at enabling participants to apply the learned know-how to their own product, or service, and to improve it continuously in cooperation with their mentors and industrial partners.

Moreover, you will receive coaching on all important aspects of business leadership by successful founders and coaches. This high-quality package creates an added value for our participants that will set them apart from the competition.

The training and coaching programme comprises between 3-4 joint thematic sessions that each last two days and 2-3 individual consulting services according to your start-up’s needs. The entire duration of the programme is 5 months. Expected timeframe of the project: end of August 2018 – early January 2019.


The Industrial Partners

Aareal Bank Group

The Aareal Bank Group is one of the leading international property specialists. Based in Wiesbaden, the company is active in Europe, North America and Asia. Its business segments include structured property financing and consulting / services. Its parent company, the Aareal Bank AG, is listed in the MDAX index.

MVV Energie AG

With 6,100 employees and an annual turnover of 4 billion euros, MVV Energie AG is one of the leading energy companies in Germany. The company’s strategy focuses on expanding the use of renewables, strengthening energy efficiency, further developing highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) solutions, smart and high-performance grids, and innovative business models.

Berliner Wasserbetriebe

The Network Partners

bne Association of Energy Market Innovators

Energy, heat, mobility. The energy market is becoming renewable and electric. Our members are fully committed to this process. Together, we are paving the way for new business models.

ZVEI - German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association

ZVEI is one of Germany’s most important energy industry association. It represents the interests of a high-tech industry with a broad and highly dynamic product portfolio.

The Coaching Partners

PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers

Osborne Clarke