Smart Cities Marketplace at polisMOBILITY

24.05.2023 - 26.05.2023


Cologne, Germany

polisMOBILITY is an international event that takes a whole-system approach to the future of mobility and urban life. Innovative, lively and inspiring, it will be held at Cologne’s trade fair grounds from 24 to 26 May 2023. The trade fair has been conceived as a platform for dialogue between all players in the field of urban mobility.

The Smart Cities Marketplace will offer its matchmaking services to participants of the conference. Meet us at the EIT Urban Mobility stand (stand number  D018/E019 in hall 1.2)  in the Cities & Regions area, join our presentation on matchmaking in the expo area, and/or pre-book a 1-on-1 meeting with the matchmaking team by sending an e-mail to with the subject “polisMOBILITY | meeting with matchmaking experts” and join our financing workshop in the mediaLOUNGE.

Smart Cities Marketplace activities:

Matchmaking presentation on Cities & Regions /citySTAGE, 24 May (16:00 CEST) 

The Smart Cities Marketplace: We help you finance your Smart City Idea

Are you exploring options to make your city or town climate-neutral and truly smart? The Smart Cities Marketplace helps you finance your Smart City Idea!

Cities are facing the new energy market reality and remain crucial to speed up the deployment of renewable energies and improve energy efficiency. However, they often lack the technical and financial capacity to take advantage of all available opportunities.

The SCM matchmaking process facilitates and supports the development, financing, uptake, and upscaling of proven solutions in the areas of clean energy, sustainable mobility and ICT to help communities, towns and cities accelerate the transition towards climate neutrality.

Learn how the Smart Cities Marketplace can support you! The Smart Cities Marketplace expert Luigi Lo Piparo introduces the activities and how to benefit from our free-of-charge services.

Learn how we:

  • Help you with your Smart City financing.
  • Support you in the preparation of the financial part of a project concept to make it more attractive for investors.
  • Consult with you about the rollout of smart and sustainable investment projects.

Smart Cities Marketplace financing workshop in the mediaLOUNGE of polisMOBILITY, 25 May (11:00 – 12:00 CEST)

How can the Smart Cities Marketplace help you finance your city project?

Discover how the Smart Cities Marketplace helps cities overcome financing challenges and implement successful smart city projects. Gain direct insights and experiences shared by our expert panel of cities, investors, and companies.

Securing financing for Smart City projects can be a daunting task for many cities, especially small and mid-sized ones that are facing limited budgets and competing priorities. This session offers insights into how cities can overcome these challenges by collaborating with different entities and leveraging various financing opportunities.

Our expert panel features a city representative, an investor, and a technology provider who will share their experiences in finding project and financing partners to ensure a successful implementation and further management of smart city projects. By attending this session, you will gain valuable knowledge and inspiration to help your city or municipality secure financing and implement smart city solutions.

The Smart Cities Marketplace will introduce the free support mechanism of its matchmaking activities and how cities and stakeholders can benefit from this service. After the session, all participants will have the opportunity for a follow-up one-on-one consultation with the Marketplace experts.

Practical Details

City Event
On 27 and 28 May 2023, immediately after the trade fair event, polisMOBILITY will transform into a city event and move to the centre of Cologne. The aim of this format is to engage members of the public and civil society in a conversation about sustainable mobility concepts.

The polisMOBILITY conference plays a key role in this regard. The interdisciplinary conference pays particular attention to strategies and solutions for future mobility ecosystems. Its strategic focus is to facilitate dialogue between businesses and municipalities (B2G) as well as between companies themselves (B2B).

Like Koelnmesse, our public and private sector partners are committed to a mobility transition characterised by innovation and solutions spanning the public and private sectors are committed to a mobility transition characterised by innovation and solutions that span multiple industries. The annual general meeting of the Association of German Cities will be held at Koelnmesse’s Congress Centre East at the same time as polisMOBILITY.