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Toyota Mobility Foundation invites cities to take up its challenge

Toyota Mobility Foundation invites cities to take up its challenge

Local governments have until 18 September to apply

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) is seeking mid to large-size cities across the globe that could be potential entrants into TMF's Sustainable Cities Challenge – which is live and open for entries until 18 September. 

This $9 million challenge is a partnership of TMF, Challenge Works, and the World Resources Institute. Through two stages, the Sustainable Cities Challenge will award $9 million to improve access to safe, equitable, and sustainable mobility solutions for all. 

Two-step selection process

Cities around the world can fill out a short initial entry form by 18 September 2023, after which ten cities will be shortlisted, and receive a range of capacity-building support in how to design and run an open innovation challenge.

At the next stage, three cities will be selected as partners to host a $3 million challenge in 2024, with direct support and engagement from the Sustainable Cities Challenge team.  Below are a few examples of how cities could benefit from taking part in this initiative:

  • Chance to unlock up to $3 million in innovation funding to address local mobility issues, whilst also accessing innovation and mobility-related capacity-building support.
  • This includes a $100,000 stipend to support the city's participation in the Challenge and to build staff capacity (where possible and in line with local laws and regulations).    
  • Invitation for two representatives to the Sustainable Cities Challenge Academy in Dallas, Texas, USA, in November 2023, where a range of experts will provide support and training in challenge design, innovation, and urban mobility. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the Challenge.
  • Follow-up bespoke challenge design and problem definition sessions for local teams.  
  • Communications and publicity support to raise awareness of your involvement in the Challenge.  
  • Access to peer sharing with a cohort of nine other innovative city teams. 

If participation is of interest, please head over to the website where you can sign up for a 1:1 session with someone from our team. At that link, there are also recordings of recent webinars we've had where we talk in more detail about the Sustainable Cities Challenge.  



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