Submit an idea

City finance lab

Submitting an idea to the City Finance Lab can benefit you in a number of ways.

Shortlisted ideas receive guidance from leaders of prominent public and private sector organisations and analysis from leading city finance experts.

Winning ideas become part of a network that can provide political and financial support and showcase their ideas to further potential partners and investors. Read about the City Finance Lab Committee here.

Euro 85,000

Average value of the analytical and communications support received by shortlisted City Finance Lab winners

1. Submit a summary of your idea

June 4th – July 31th

Click here to submit a summary of your idea (max. 500 words) by 10pm UTC+1 on July 31th, 2018.

2. Submit a full proposal

June 4th – August 6th

We will notify idea proponents within 3 working days whether or not they should submit a full proposal. The submission deadline for full proposals is 10pm UTC+1 on August 6th, 2018. Click here to download the template.

Read more on how the City Finance Lab process works and other key dates here.

Submit my idea

What are we looking for?

Submitted ideas must fulfil the following criteria. They are the same criteria against which we analyse submissions and City Finance Lab Committee members select winning ideas. They must be:

  • Relevant – how will your idea finance climate-relevant solutions in cities?
  • Innovative – how will your idea tackle investment barriers yet to be addressed or do so more effectively than existing approaches?
  • Transformative – what level of investment could your idea mobilise and does it address issues common to multiple European cities?
  • Financially sustainable – how will you reduce and possibly phase out any public financial support?
  • Feasible – do you already have close links to one or more cities or other potential implementation partners and investors? If not, which partners do you feel could be interested?