DataCity Berlin is the first open innovation program created by NUMA, in partnership with the City of Berlin.
DataCity objective is to use data to design solutions tailored for the benefit of tomorrow’s cities. With the support of multiple stakeholders, we set up experimentation fields to allow startups to test their cutting-edge prototypes. Corporates and local authorities benefit from the solutions through new business opportunities, new services or quality improvement.
During this phase, we work with our corporate sponsors to define the challenges startups will apply to. It is a critical phase, key to ensuring long-lasting results. We apply strict criteria to select the challenges we will present to the ecosystem:
- Business model: ability to generate value for the city, the startup and the corporate sponsor.
- Open Innovation fit: interest in addressing the challenge through an open innovation program, compared to a traditional approaches.
- Time to market: possibility to test a solution quickly and generate revenues in the coming year.
NUMA team reviews applications, answers questions and provides feedback to help candidates draft the best proposals. To do so, we organize meetups with our corporate sponsors and the city agencies. The meetings represent unique opportunities for startups to present the approach they will develop during the program (if they are selected) to tackle the challenges. We ensure to select the startups providing the best approach to tackle the challenge. The matching between a challenge and a startup is based on the following criteria:
- Quality of the team
- Ability to roll out the proposed service experiment during bootcamps
- Potential to mass-produce the proposed solution
During the experimentation phase, the selected startups, the corporate sponsors and the city agencies working on the challenge work together to develop the Minimal Viable Product to validate the approach chosen to tackle the challenge. NUMA provides its expertise in startup acceleration and its methodologies in user-centric design as well as support from Software Developers, Data Scientists, IoT experts and UX Designers.
Once the experimentation phase is over, we measure the impacts resulting from the developed solutions and share the results during an international DemoDay. NUMA publishes contents on what have been produced during the program and diffuse them largely.
C40"Any innovations generated through DataCity and implemented in one C40 city could ultimately benefit the 90 other cities across the network and beyond. C40 are excited to work with NUMA and the next generation of startups in cities around the world on this crucial agenda."
Linc"DataCity’s unique acceleration model is a combination of three effective ingredients: a constrained scope of application for our startup technology; a confined timeline to force rapid execution; and structured interactions with the key corporate stakeholders who best understand the market needs. This approach has taken us from initial introduction to promising corporate relationships in a matter of weeks."
Project Manager, EDF R&D
EDF“DataCity was a tremendous opportunity to test our approach on energy communities. Our collaboration with Linc boosted our project, and led us even further on the way of creating new and attractive offers for our customers.”