London property developer, The Canary Wharf Group, will this summer launch an accelerator programme geared towards tech start-ups with smart city plans.
Eric Van der Kleij (pictured above), who is currently running the property developer's start-up programme, known as Level39, told V3 that smart city start-ups and entrepreneurs would soon be invited by the firm to play with London's data.
The accelerator programme would be helped along by a "significant partner", Van der Kleij said, although he could not name who this would be yet
"We'll be inviting start-ups, and people who have great ideas for future cities, to experiment with visualisation tools like the citydashboard.org/London, and use this data along with Canary Wharf Group data to create future cities data clouds," he said.
"We're expecting a lot of interest. So many large technology companies also have a stake in the smart city agenda, like Intel and Cisco."
The experimentation will see the launch of future smart city accelerator programme, and will be held in the Level39 offices, which are based on the 39th floor of the 1 Canada Square building.
Level39 was officially launched by both Van der Kleij and London mayor Boris Johnson on the 18 March as an accelerator space for early-stage start-ups in the areas of financial technology, retail technology and smart cities technology. However, the space has yet to hold any smart city start-ups.
The new programme, which Van der Kleij said will probably be launched in June, will begin as the Canary Wharf Group expands its London footprint further, from its ownership of most of the Canary Wharf area to the 20 acres of land eastwards, known as Wood Wharf.
Before taking up his role with the Canary Wharf Group, Van der KleiJ was the chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation.
The accelerator programme follows the March announcement of an £150m government project to boost the use of smart city technologies in London and other UK cities in the areas of health, transport, energy and public safety services.
The Future Cities Catapult centre in London is the latest part of the project and will been given an initial budget of £50m over the next five years by the Technology Strategy Board.
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