In June 2016, the City of Columbus (Ohio) won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $40 Million Smart City Challenge and has raised more than $100M in additional funding and sponsorships to continue smart city innovation! As part of their smart city initiatives, Columbus partnered with Singularity University to catalyze the development of even more smart city-centric solutions.

Just last month, GridCure was one of ten startups selected to participate in Singularity University’s Smart City Accelerator. In partnership with American Electric Power (AEP) and NCT Ventures, Singularity University is working to transform the way residents and communities work and live starting in Columbus.

As part of the program, GridCure has been given access to a wealth of resources, including world renowned Singularity University faculty, industry experts, and programs. In addition, we have been working directly with AEP to demonstrate the power of our technology. Our goal is to forge a long-term partnership with AEP and build lasting relationships with the Singularity University and NCT Ventures staff and with the fellow founders in our cohort.

Our next blog post will feature an interview with our main point of contact during the program, AEP’s Director of Enterprise Innovation & Technology, Chris Johnson. He’ll share his vision for the program and his outlook on a smart city future.

We’re super excited to embark on this journey – first stop: Columbus, Ohio.