SAN DIEGO, Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Energized by San Diego's emergence as a startup tech hub, a coalition of public and private entities has joined forces to create a startup accelerator competition that's expected to attract dozens of entrepreneurial entrants hailing from Southern and Northern California and beyond.
Presented by the City of San Diego as part of its Smart & Safe Cities Initiative, this virtual accelerator program from one of the global Blockchain technology leaders, ConsenSys, has been dubbed SmartCityEDU. Launched in early December, the program continues through late March, culminating with the first International Smart & Safe Cities Conference, March 21-22, 2019 at the University of San Diego.
Designed as an open invitation to startups, early-phase companies and aspiring entrepreneurs, SmartCityEDU is designed to be a showcase for the latest cybersecurity solutions, Internet of Things, and Smart City products and services based on Blockchain technology.
Initially launched in late 2016, San Diego's Smart & Safe Cities Initiative is a broad public-private collaboration of more than 1,000 technologists and entrepreneurs. The initiative's prime objectives are to improve the region's energy independence, empower consumers to use electric vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and encourage economic growth.
In addition to the City of San Diego, the event's lead presenters are CyberTECH, a San Diego-based coalition of startup and early-stage tech companies and entrepreneurs; and ConsenSys. Additional support comes from SDG&E, Cooley LLP, UC San Diego, Cal State San Marcos, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and Getaround.
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