Monday 26 January 2014 – Media Release

Twelve smart city innovators selected for Cognicity Challenge

Winners will pilot new technologies for transport and buildings on the Canary Wharf estate

The Cognicity Challenge, Canary Wharf Group plc’s smart city initiative, has today announced the first 12 start-up finalists for their Sustainable Buildings and Integrated Transportation streams. The selected companies, a third of the total 36, will launch the Challenge and will be pioneers in helping transform Canary Wharf into a smarter city.

Today, the 12 companies will move into the newly opened High Growth Space:24 in One Canada Square, which is operated by Level39. During their 12-week residency, the selected companies will have the opportunity to develop their smart city technology with specialist mentoring and training from experienced Canary Wharf Group executives and other major industry players, including Intel and Nesta. They will also have access to the existing Level39 tech community and mentors at One Canada Square.

Sir George Iacobescu Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “We launched the Cognicity Challenge in order to promote the development of smart cities technology and the interoperability of systems in future cities. Welcoming these chosen smart cities start-up companies to Canary Wharf is a natural continuation of the Group’s original aim to create the cityscapes of and for the future”

Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 at Canary Wharf, commented: “As the developer of London’s original smart city, Canary Wharf Group is delighted to be working with these high calibre finalist companies to help further develop their products and solutions. The winning technologies will be piloted within the existing Canary Wharf estate, with the goal of embedding their solutions into the fabric of the new phase of Canary Wharf.”

The Sustainable Buildings finalists are:

  • 8point3 LED: a cloud based, intelligent lighting control and data collation system that enables ‘plug and play’ retrofitting of LED lighting via mains-borne signalling.
  • Jooxter: a French startup that addresses the underutilisation of spaces in large offices, dynamically reallocating spaces and improving the overall building efficiency.
  • Pavegen: a company that develops and manufactures flooring technology that converts the kinetic energy from your footsteps into renewable electricity.
  • Polysolar: a company seeking to prevent buildings overheating while also generating electricity through their glass technology.
  • Quantum Waste: a vertically integrated management company whose mobile, sustainable, decentralised and aerobic composting system makes waste processing technology more efficient and local.
  • Solar Cloth: a UK innovator in the design and manufacture of lightweight and flexible solar panels, including solar power coverings for non-load bearing roofs and car parking.

The Integrated Transportation finalists are:

  • Alchera Technologies: an intelligent road transport system that draws on data from sensor networks to reduce congestion, improve flow, and increase safety for all users within a city, pedestrians and road users alike.
  • BuzzStreet: a mobile app that improves transport flow by aggregating and analysing data sources across different transportation modes in real time.
  • KnowNow: a company that creates a platform to enhance people’s urban experience by analysing the movement of people, making transport more efficient and improving home delivery logistics.
  • MellowCabs: a South African startup that manufacturers and operates new, electric mini-cabs that provides on-demand, flexible and affordable taxi and transport services in cities.
  • Pie Mapping: creators of a smart road routing platform for freight vehicles that considers both dynamic and local restrictions.
  • Voyage Control: a company helping businesses manage, optimise and track their freight deliveries by streamlining logistics, helping with security and meeting environmental objectives.

The winner of each of the six streams of the Cognicity Challenge will be awarded £50,000 and offered the opportunity to further develop and pilot their technologies within the Canary Wharf Group estate, including the new 4.9 million sq ft mixed use phase. This ‘pilot phase’ for the first two streams is due to commence at the end of April 2015. It will be a groundbreaking step involving industry-leading change within the Group’s operations, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to building the cities of the future.

Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional company for London, said: “Cognicity is a valuable addition to London’s booming tech economy and great example of the Mayor’s plan for London to harness innovation and make the capital work even better as a city. This is an idea conceived, developed and ultimately built in London with the additional seal of approval from the city by offering the winners a Dot London domain name.”

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: 07772 892 688

Aleka Bhutiani, FTI Consulting / Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 3727 1048


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 will identify and accelerate the development of smart city technologies, transforming Canary Wharf into a smarter, more aware city.

This will be achieved through the Cognicity Challenge, which is divided into six streams and is currently open for applications for stream 5 & 6. Partners and sponsors will 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 are:

  • 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:

About Entiq

Cognicity is run by specialist innovation experts Entiq. Entiq is a global leader in innovation delivery and ecosystem creation. It pioneers authentic, result-driven innovation models and accelerates the growth of some of the world’s most cutting-edge startups.

Founded in 2013 by seasoned entrepreneurs Claire Cockerton and Eric Van der Kleij, Entiq, under our former Pivotal Innovations brand, has established a strong track record of delivering genuine, tangible innovations for clients such as Dassault Systèmes, EY, Number 10 and Canary Wharf Group, and has led the development and delivery of world-leading innovation ecosystems including Level39, Innovate Finance and Cognicity.