Circular City

Shaping more equitable,
livable, and resilient cities.
Circular City Studio, a program established with support from NYCEDC, encourages entrepreneurs to reimagine urban environments and help New York City address short, medium, and long term challenges facing our city.

The 2020 iteration empowers engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to pilot technologies that support NYC's sustainability agenda and rethink energy, waste, and recycling systems in New York City.

Selected teams will deploy products and services in testbeds around Manhattan and Brooklyn, working with program partners, domain experts, and research institutions to deliver solutions and introduce relevant technologies that can support community needs.

Studio partner
Studio partner
Supporting partners
Supporting partners
Supporting partners
Supporting partners
Supporting partners

Circular City partners play a foundational role in realizing a more equitable, livable, and sustainable New York. Your company or firm could be part of this necessary transition.
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Focus areas
Circular economy

The Circular City Studio harnesses NYC's boundless energy, inertia, and linear economy into a self-sustaining loop. Transitioning to an economy where goods and resources are part of a system of reuse, regeneration, and recycling is key to New York's climate adaptation response and long-term viability.

Energy efficient buildings

Buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in NYC, the Studio aims to increase the energy efficiency of city structures and urban environments by expanding existing infrastructure and bring new approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Key dates
Application deadline
February 14, 2020
Finalist selection
April 13 – 17, 2020
April – May, 2020
Pilot design and planning
April – June, 2020
2020 projects event
July, 2020
Launch and deploy pilots
June – September, 2020
Monthly workshops
May – September, 2020
Public showcase
December 2020
Pilot locations

Selected participants will collaborate with Newlab and pilot site locations to determine viability and optimal placement for their product or technology within the local community.

Governors Island

A 172-acre island in New York Harbor that features green space, historic buildings, educational and cultural facilities, a rich arts and culture program, and a 22-acre National Monument.

Brooklyn Navy Yard

A 300-acre industrial campus that once served as the nation’s premier shipbuilding facility. The Yard, home to Newlab headquarters, is undergoing a major expansion, with goals to add 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 opportunities for members and pilot programs.

Downtown Brooklyn Business Improvement District

A 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

A 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.

2020 Cohort
San Francisco, CA & Brooklyn, NY

Deploys and manages region-wide sensor networks to provide transformative visibility into air pollution and emissions, accelerating climate action.

Santiago, Chile

Builds a smart dispensing system that makes household cleaning products, detergents and other consumer products accessible, affordable and zero waste. It allows customers to pay the lowest price per ounce, and buy only as much as they need by refilling their Algramo packaging. Algramo enables a contact-free shopping experience, providing only the highest quality products in collaboration with brand partners.

Sapient Industries
Philadelphia, PA

Provides a turn-key plug load management solution that couples an enterprise SaaS web application with a comprehensive deployment of smart plugs and smart power strips for commercial buildings.