New wave of Smart Cities Startups revealed at CityConnect Demo Day

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Ten entrepreneurs taking part in Australia’s first ‘smart cities’ startup accelerator revealed their cutting-edge tech products during a Customer Demo Day at BlueChilli in Brisbane on Tuesday the 13th of February.

The startup founders have now completed the first phase of BlueChilli’s CityConnect accelerator – backed by Advance Queensland – taking their businesses from idea to launch over a three-month period of rapid validation and product development.

Opening the DemoDay, QLD startup ecosystem leader and River City Labs Mentor in Residence, Peter Laurie, noted that CityConnect startups span from smart cities to the future of work. He commended BlueChilli’s CityConnect accelerator for providing a path into the startup ecosystem for first-time founders with deep industry expertise and a high level of empathy for the problem they are trying to solve.

City Connect Cohort at Demo Day
The startup founders at the CityConnect Demo Day.

The Demo Day on Tuesday the 13th of Feb saw a diverse range of solutions on display, featuring:

  • Ambient – an environmental mapping platform providing city planners and governments with real-time data on noise pollution and air quality
  • Coworkally – a chatbot specifically designed to drive accountability, productivity and motivation for entrepreneurs and freelancers working independently in the changing world of work
  • Inndox – digital logbooks for property for a connected community
  • Recrew – a flexible, scalable technology built for organisations that need to secure replacement staff at short notice
  • SciGround – an augmented reality smartphone app that allows children to turn local parks into virtual science playground
  • SmartLINC – a platform to enable government and the development industry to collect, plan, fund and deliver better public infrastructure
  • Switchboard – which leverages government and community data to create one place, one source and one solution to patch people into their city.

BlueChilli’s Director of CityConnect, Johanna Pitman noted the majority of the startups in CityConnect have already secured key pilots and partnerships to take their products to market; working with councils, government agencies and major corporates.

“We were excited to see Demo Day bring new connections for the founders, which will help drive further traction and growth,” Pitman said.

Over 90 people attended the event which included the who’s-who of Brisbane’s startup and investor ecosystem, as well as local and interstate representatives from government, councils and corporates in the property, banking and telecommunication sectors.

BlueChilli CEO, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin, noted that:

“After working on their businesses and having their products developed by the BlueChilli team, the CityConnect founders presented their working products to a packed room of clients and partners. The energy was palpable!”

“The event also cemented our commitment to supporting the Australian and Queensland startup ecosystem which we couldn’t have done without the support of our partners and Advance Queensland.”

The CityConnect startups now have 6 weeks to prepare for the investor dinner which will cap off the 6-month accelerator. The feedback from DemoDay will help prepare the founders to approach investors with market validation and customer traction.



CityConnect is Australia’s first open innovation program to identify and solve urban challenges.

Launched in Brisbane in 2017, the national program brings together leading corporates, governments, investors and universities to collaborate with startups developing launching smart cities solutions.

Director of CityConnect, Johanna Pitman said;

“Our cities are changing dramatically – we need them to change for the better. 

“Cities need to deliver better outcomes for their citizens – from better transport options to more inclusive communities. But a lack of collaboration and connectivity between all the parties involved has seen many great ideas fail to take off.

“This program is now solving solve this problem by bringing together a consortium of partners to tackle these challenges collaboratively.”

Visit the CityConnect website for more information and to register your interest.