Arup European Innovation Challenge: call for collaboration with innovative start ups to create healthier cities

Portrait Jan Wurm Jan Wurm Consultant,Amsterdam
16 September 2022

Bring your innovations to life by collaborating with Arup, a leading sustainable development consultant with deep domain knowledge and a powerful network.

Arup is looking to partner with start ups to design ideas that can make cities healthier, thriving places to live. The Innovation Challenge forms part of Arup’s Venture activities that forge innovative ecosystems across the private and public sector to create and implement sustainable technologies, products and services for the built environment. 

With 70% of the population expected to live in cities in 2050, establishing a healthy urban environment is crucial for people's wellbeing. Focused on resilience, cities are being called on to regenerate natural ecosystems. The integration of nature-based solutions, such as green and blue infrastructure, with urban systems presents a vast field for innovation to address the current and future challenges of a changing climate.

A green graphic of a city A green graphic of a city

With this initiative, we aim to form lasting partnerships with start ups and innovators to devise solutions that will support private and public stakeholders in tackling five key urban challenges:  

  • Urban heat island effect 
  • Air pollution 
  • Biodiversity degradation 
  • Vulnerable water systems  
  • Food insecurity

We are now scouting for start ups across Europe to present their innovative and scalable solutions to our panel of experts in an upcoming virtual pitching event being held in November 2022.  

By collaborating with our cities, planning and design experts as well as engineering specialists, invited start ups will have the opportunity to accelerate their route to market and unlock financial revenues. 

If you are a start up with a solution for one of the five challenges and are eager to collaborate with us as a leading sustainable development consultant, please reach out to [email protected]