Monday 23 February 2015 – Media Release

Twelve new startups join Cognicity’s smart cities accelerator: Two winners will pilot their integrated resource management and automated building management technologies on the Canary Wharf estate

Twelve innovative startups have been selected as finalists for Canary Wharf Group’s Cognicity Challenge. These unique and agile companies will work alongside four other streams of finalists to develop an interoperable suite of smart city technologies, which will be piloted on the Canary Wharf estate.

The concept of interoperability might be new to some, but it has been recognised by many experts as the key to creating a true smart city,” explains Mikele Brack, Head of Smart City Programmes for Cognicity. “The Cognicity Challenge aims to move beyond stand-alone solutions, with the technologies developed and piloted during the accelerator creating a fully integrated and interoperable suite of innovations.”

The new startups selected for the accelerator will join the first cohort in High Growth Space:24 at One Canada Square. During their 12-week residency the selected companies will have the opportunity to develop their smart city technologies with specialist mentoring and training from experienced Canary Wharf Group executives and industry experts from other major players, including Intel and Innovate UK. They will also have access to the existing Level39 startup community and mentors.

The Cognicity Challenge is the first phase in Canary Wharf Group plc’s smart city initiative, which will build on the Group’s bold legacy of innovation. Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “Canary Wharf Group has been at the forefront of property development since 1988 when construction began on the estate. Our vision for the Canary Wharf estate was recognised around the world as ground-breaking and innovative, and our execution of that vision has resulted in Canary Wharf’s status as the most future-forward part of London. The Cognicity Challenge will help us write the next chapter of that vision.”

The Integrated Resource Management finalists are:

  • KiWi Power: a smart grid company that monitors and controls energy usage in order to reduce consumption during peak demand.
  • Open Energi: a smart grid startup whose Dynamic Demand technology enables the National Grid to balance electricity supply and demand on a second by second basis.
  • SEaB Energy: a waste management and renewable energy startup that develops Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants, which retail, agricultural and hospitality businesses can use to transform waste into a source of renewable energy.
  • Power Drive Efficiency: a company that has developed a technology that monitors and dynamically adjusts motor performance to match load requirements.
  • Strawberry Energy: a Serbian startup that installs Wi-Fi enabled charging stations that are solar-powered, bringing the Internet of Things to public spaces.
  • Stinex: a company that offers real-time analytics and reporting for activities in cities, including traffic flows, retail activities and crowd tracking.

The Automated Building Management finalists are:

  • Boldmind: an Internet of Things startup that develops bespoke apps to control connected systems and devices, while also analysing the data they generate.
  • Converge: a building automation and monitoring company with an end-to-end solution for the collection, storage and analysis of sensor data.
  • Demand Logic: a company that uses big data analytics to discover energy savings and performance improvements in commercial buildings.
  • Exa-Informatics: a big data analytic startup that aggregates and analyses information from different devises while reducing the risk of unauthorized exploitation of that data.
  • Future Decisions: a company that uses data mining, predictive algorithms and custom-designed sensors to create intelligent, self-regulating buildings that can also talk to one another.
  • OrbiFire: a smart cities fire application suite that leverages city data in a 3D, real-time environment for informed decision-making when dealing with a building fire.

Six winners, one for each stream of the Cognicity Challenge, will each be awarded £50,000 in grants and also offered the opportunity to pilot their technologies within the Canary Wharf estate, including its 4.9 million sq ft mixed-use phase. The pilots for the third and fourth streams will start at the end of May 2015. It will be a groundbreaking step involving industry-leading change within the Canary Wharf Group’s operations, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to building the cities of the future.

The Cognicity Challenge was launched on 21 October 2014 and comprises six streams, two of which are still open for applications online: Connected Homes and Virtual Design and Construction –


For more information please contact:

Gaia Arzilli, Cognicity
T: 07772892688

Aleka Bhutiani or Sarah Bishell, FTI Consulting / Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 3727 1048
T : 020 3727 1050


About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc is a fully integrated property development, investment, and management group. In two decades the Group has not only transformed Canary Wharf into 16 million square feet of superior office, retail and leisure space, but has also been called upon to spread its expertise in tall building design across London.

About Cognicity
Cognicity is the city of the future, realised today. This pioneering project identifies and accelerates the development of smart city technologies, transforming Canary Wharf into a smarter, more aware city.

This is achieved through the Cognicity Challenge, which is divided into six streams and is currently open for applications for stream 5 & 6. Partners and sponsors provide guidance to the selected companies for 12 weeks and the winners will receive a £50,000 cash prize. They will also have the opportunity to pilot their solutions in the ongoing development of Canary Wharf.

The full list of streams is:

  • Cognicity Challenge: Sustainable Buildings
  • Cognicity Challenge: Integrated Transportation
  • Cognicity Challenge: Integrated Resource Management
  • Cognicity Challenge: Automated Building Management
  • Cognicity Challenge: Connected Home
  • Cognicity Challenge: Virtual Design & Construction

The Cognicity Challenge is a Canary Wharf Group plc initiative and is run by innovation experts ENTIQ (formerly Pivotal Innovations.)

For more information and to apply visit:


The Cognicity Challenge has been designed and delivered by ENTIQ, a global leader in innovation delivery, new venture development and ecosystem creation, and the pioneer of an authentic, impactful innovation model.

Founded in 2013 by seasoned entrepreneurs Claire Cockerton and Eric Van der Kleij, Entiq, under our former Pivotal Innovations brand, has established a bold reputation for delivering innovation for corporate enterprises, property developers, government, academics and startup innovators. We have successfully delivered genuine, tangible innovations for clients such as Dassault Systèmes, EY, Number 10 and Canary Wharf Group, we have led the design and development of world-leading innovation ecosystems including Innovate Finance and Cognicity, and our founders led the creation of and development Level39 in its first 2 years.