Circular City

Circular City launched an open call earlier this year seeking global startups building frontier technologies and developing novel products that address urban challenges in transitioning to a circular economy and improving energy efficiency in buildings. Selected participants will have the opportunity to partner with Newlab and NYCEDC to pilot their product or technology in New York City and engage with program partners, domain experts, and research institutions. The open call is now closed. Please check back for regular updates on the program. For questions, email [email protected].



Application Deadline: February 14, 2020
Final Selections Made: April 13–17, 2020
Pilot Design & Planning: April–May, 2020
Onboarding: April–May, 2020
Sneak Peek 2020 Projects Event: June/July, 2020
Research Development: March–August, 2020
Launch & Deploy Pilots (on a rolling basis): May–August, 2020
Monthly Workshops: May–August, 2020
Public Showcase: October 2020


Circular City 2020 Challenge Areas

The 2020 edition of Circular City is focusing on New York City’s transition to a circular economy and the future of energy efficiency in the built environment. Selected startups will address these challenges through piloting their technologies and products in real urban environments to help New York City work toward a more sustainable, equitable and accessible future.

Circular Economy Challenge

How might we support New York City’s transition from a linear economy to a circular economy? Circular City is seeking technologies or products that can eliminate waste or pollution or keep resources in circulation through reuse, regeneration and recycling across any industry, assisting in the transition to a circular economy.
Background & Resources

Energy Efficient Buildings Challenge

How might we improve the energy efficiency of buildings in New York City? Circular City is seeking technologies that can increase the efficiency of a building’s energy use by improving existing approaches or introducing new approaches to make buildings compliant with Local Law 97.
Background & Resources

Pilot Locations

Circular City has partnered with leaders who are excited to host pilots across New York City. Selected participants will work closely with Newlab, NYCEDC, and pilot site locations to determine viability and the optimal location for a pilot of their product or technology.

Governors Island: 172-acre island in New York Harbor within the borough of Manhattan that features a park, dozens of historic buildings, educational and cultural facilities, a rich arts and culture program, and a 22-acre National Monument.

Brooklyn Navy Yard: 300-acre industrial campus that previously served as the nation’s premier shipbuilding facility. The Yard, which is home to Newlab’s headquarters, is undergoing major expansion—adding over 2M square feet of space and 10,000 jobs by 2020. In coordination with Newlab, plans are underway to install a 5G and edge computing node, providing unique access for pilots that may benefit from this platform.

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership: non-profit responsible for managing three Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) that cover Downtown Brooklyn, including the MetroTech BID, Fulton Mall Improvement Association, and Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID.

Flatbush Junction BID: non-profit offering services and improvements to the “Junction,” a three-way intersection—Flatbush Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, and Avenue H—that serves as the “gateway” to the south and east parts of Brooklyn.

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