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Business Models & Finance

Description

This Business Models and Finance (BM&F) Action Cluster was relaunched in October 2019, with new leadership. It will continue on the good work carried out in the past and strive to meet the evolving needs of the cities market. The Action Cluster aspires to be a platform of choice for stakeholder-dialogue, and to identify and remove the obstacles for the accelerated development of the smart cities market.

Objective 

To accelerate the development of smart city markets through knowledge sharing, innovation and expertise on business models, finance and funding and procurement.

Timeline

  • Q1-2020: start of initiative Financing Platforms (ongoing)
  • Q1-2021: start of initiative City Wisdom
  • Q3-2021: start of initiative City Coaching

Target Audience

Business models and financing & funding considerations start in the early phases of project planning and last after project completion involving the entire smart city ecosystem. Therefore we invite:

  • Lighthouse cities
  • Small- and medium-sized cities, including but not limited to H2020-SCC1 fellow cities
  • City service providers, e.g. city developers, regional utilities, ESCOs and technical solution implementation providers, procurement experts
  • Financing platforms
  • Banks and investment funds (also acting as re-financing entities of financing platforms)
  • Policy representatives (EU, national, regional)
  • Public agencies (energy agencies, development agencies)
  • Academia and researchers who want to engage in analysing city data and developing bankable business models for complex / innovative city projects

Desired Outcomes

The Action Cluster BM&F will capitalise on existing knowledge of ambitious smart cities in Europe. We will identify valid initiatives and innovative financing solutions. We will engage on several levels and aspire to become a platform of choice for stakeholder-dialogue. We will include in our dialogue the cities that participate in the EU-funded (H2020-SCC1) smart city projects. 

We will deliver this through 3 initiatives

  • City Wisdom was founded by Connectivity Alliance and led by Derrick Pisani. This initiative provides a platform for the observation and analysis of data from investments made in real city projects. Observations are exchanged between experts and city peers to develop and mature business models as tools that cities and financiers can use for advancing projects. We are currently recruiting city experts from across the board. [Read more about this initiative]
  • City Coaching (still being set up) will consist of individual city coaching. Coaches will be authorised to use the City Wisdom tools with cities and encourages to partcipate in maturing the tools. Coaches will also be encouraged to bring in their own experiences and tools. We are looking for city experts and existing coaches to join us. Contact us! [More about this initiative coming soon]
  • City Financing Platforms is led by Dr. Winfried Braumann. This initiative aims to increase the awareness of financing platforms which are adapted to the specific needs of small to mid-sized smart city projects. The are various models and share a common philosophy of connecting interested parties to close deals. The platform are especially popular in the areas of energy efficiency and renewables. City projects which are mature enough will benefit from this awareness to pass from plan to action. [Read more about this initiative]

We are supporting the Smart Cities Marketplace Matchmaking for Finance:

  • We will collaborate with any city that wants to share or mature its knowledge. Europe's cities can work together to support an educated smart cities marketplace and in turn accelerate the investment that is required for our cities to meet climate targets.
  • We will link cities with experts who are known to us, who may help the city to mature its projects or introduce them to people and organisation who can. The BM&F Action Cluster aims to become a go-to place for city experts, project managers and politicians to engage openly and learn.
  • We will facilitate links between city projects and city financing platforms from private finance to social capital. We aim to support the development of public/private investment in cities.

Contact

Get in touch with the Action Cluster Leadership by email: derrick@connectivityalliance.eu and juergen.ritzek@ee-ip.org.

We are based in Brussels in offices very close to the European Commission's, and will be happy to meet you. Get in touch.

 

     

    City Wisdom

    Action cluster

    Business Models & Finance

    Active Members

    6

    Live documents

    8

    Documents

    The Roadmap for the Market Place of the EIP-SCC
    English
    (1.93 MB - PDF)
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    Roadmap to a Smart Oulu
    English
    (422.59 KB - PDF)
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    Analysing the potential for wide scale roll out of integrated Smart Cities and Communities solutions
    English
    (9.57 MB - PDF)
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    80 Best Practices - Analysing the potential for wide scale roll out of integrated Smart Cities and Communities solutions
    English
    (9.17 MB - PDF)
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    Financing Innovation: AN OVERVIEW OF THE MAIN EU FUNDING PROGRAMMES
    English
    (3.33 MB - PDF)
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    KPIs and Standardisation (Presentation by the Smart Cities Information System team at the AC Meetings Workshop - 20 June 2017)
    English
    (643.78 KB - PPTX)
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    Trends in Smart City Development
    English
    (7.2 MB - PDF)
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    Getting smarter about cities
    English
    (1.42 MB - PDF)
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    Funding and financing schemes for SCC
    English
    (1.07 MB - PDF)
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    Public procurement models for SCC
    English
    (1.47 MB - PDF)
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    The Business Case for Smart Cities
    English
    (1.72 MB - PDF)
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    Business Models for Smart Cities Solutions Infographic
    English
    (709.63 KB - PDF)
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    CJ Roodink presentation on Match Funding & Mixed Finance Models
    English
    (2.46 MB - PPTX)
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    AC Meeting Agenda - June 2017
    English
    (146.64 KB - PDF)
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    Plenary Session - AC Pitches | BMFP Anja De Cunto Presentation | AC Meeting June 2017
    English
    (372.57 KB - PDF)
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    BMFP Workshop | Lessons learned from City-zen Sarah Bogaert | AC Meeting June 2017
    English
    (1.22 MB - PDF)
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    BMFP Workshop | Anja De Cunto - Eurocities | AC Meeting June 2017
    English
    (430.88 KB - PDF)
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    BMFP Workshop | Giovanna Galasso, PwC | AC Meeting June 2017
    English
    (1.03 MB - PDF)
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    BMFP Workshop | Minutes | AC Meeting June 2017
    English
    (699.04 KB - PDF)
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    Business Models, Finance and Procurement Workshop Document | AC Meeting June 2017
    English
    (460.93 KB - PDF)
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    Organising Smart City Projects Lessons from Amsterdam - Presentation
    English
    (2.32 MB - PDF)
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    Joint Cross Border Procurement
    English
    (1.53 MB - PDF)
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    'How can cities enhance collaboration with businesses?'
    English
    (2.85 MB - PDF)
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    Increasing capacities in Cities for innovating financing in energy efficiency
    English
    (1.44 MB - PDF)
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    Smart Cities in Action
    English
    (2.85 MB - PDF)
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    Horizon 2020 Work Programme for R&I 2018-2020
    English
    (1.87 MB - PDF)
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    Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy System
    English
    (2.99 MB - PPTX)
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    Call for H2020 Lighthouse Projects - Smart Cities and Communities 2018
    English
    (559.72 KB - PDF)
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    General Assembly 2017 Breakfast Sessions | Full Report
    English
    (1.06 MB - PDF)
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    General Assembly 2017 | Full Report (excluding Breakfast Sessions)
    English
    (683.12 KB - PDF)
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    EIP-SCC Brochure
    English
    (8.01 MB - PDF)
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    Business Models for Smart City Solutions Knowledge Wall Poster
    English
    (3.67 MB - PDF)
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    Agenda Integrated Planning and Business Models Action Clusters Meeting for EU Week of Regions and Cities
    English
    (325.63 KB - PDF)
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    Briefing Slides for the Action Cluster Initiatives Workshop - 25 Sept 2019
    English
    (1.71 MB - PDF)
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    Management

    Juergen Ritzek
    Chair
    Derrick Pisani
    Chair