Defining the Skyline of Tomorrow

Urban Tech

RMZ Foundation will help start-ups break ground and thrive in a city-driven and place-led world by creating a niche for innovation spaces that balance organizational desires, technological power and human needs. A structured urbanization whose benefits will outweigh economic, social and environmental costs and catalyze a new form of city building that fosters cross-disciplinary approaches to urban growth and development.

Urban Innovation challenge:

Urban Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity for social innovators to collaborate with Department of Engineering, Columbia University, RMZ Foundation and CoWrks India to create a larger social impact.

The Challenge empowers young problem solvers to propose a unique solution to a given theme/problem which would have the potential to benefit a large population in the society and get empowered with tools, community and connections with an unrestricted capital. They need to grow from a prototype to a fully functional organization and bring their bold vision to reality.

academic partner

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (popularly known as SEAS or Columbia Engineering) is the engineering and applied science school of Columbia University. The school consists with around 300 undergraduates in each graduating class and maintains close links with its undergraduate liberal arts sister school Columbia College which offers Bachelor of Arts degree.

strategic partner

RMZ Foundation is a social commitment of RMZ Corp in India, was established to promote the well-being of our lesser abled members of society as well as engage with impact initiatives to reach out to the public.

implementation partner

CoWrks is a co-working space with a pan-India presence, built for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, and Fortune 500 companies. The CoWrks Foundry is a startup accelerator housed within CoWrks, focused on elevating young startups, specifically in the social enterprise, urban tech and enterprise tech domains through a disciplined 6-month program.

Potential Cities for Urban Innovation Challenge in India

Features of Urban Innovation Challenge in India

  • Infrastructure and Lab support by Cowrks
  • Platform for Columbia Alumini
  • Social impact funding from RMZ Foundation
  • VC and Angel Office hours
  • Pitch nights
  • Networking opportunities and Industry linkages
  • Annual Retreats, Workshops
  • Awards and Accolodaes

The Theme for Urban Innovation Challenge 2018:

FUTURE OF WORK: Driven by accelerating connectivity, new talent models and cognitive tools, work is changing. As robotics, AI, the gig economy and crowds grow, jobs are being reinvented, creating the “augmented workforce.” We must reconsider how jobs are designed and work to adapt and learn for future growth.


how does the model work

  • find- The Urban Innovation Challenge shall identify top 15 urban solutions for the cities and also extraordinary leaders with passion and determination to build scalable solutions to complex social issues
  • fund- The Innovation Challenge shall be funded by RMZ Foundation with a multi-layer unrestricted capital which is critical to early-stage ideas to grow exponentially
  • mentor- Department of Engineering, Columbia University shall support the Innovation challenge from prototype to a fully functional stage with an aim for long-term relationship with RMZ Foundation to create positive social impact in India