Smart City Works Receives $75,000 Rockefeller Foundation Grant



Foundation gives Smart City Works grant to assist in 100 Resilient Cities effort

Washington D.C.—Smart City Works, a next-generation business accelerator focused on improving life and infrastructure in cities, received $75,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation to help make American cities more resilient.

Smart City Works will help the Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to physical, social and economic challenges by providing information and expertise on urban technology solutions.

“We are extremely excited to be working with 100 Resilient Cities,” said David Heyman, co-founder of Smart City Works and a former Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who helped establish resilience as a core mission of the U.S. Government. “Building resilient communities is central to each of our organizations, and a critical function that mayors, cities, and communities across the globe are struggling to take on. We’re proud to bring the innovation and power of start-ups to be part of their solution set.”

Smart City Works, which has helped pioneering urban technology companies bring products to market, will collaborate with 100 Resilient Cities to better understand municipal resilience needs and identify key technology solutions that cities can adopt.

“We will help understand the demand signal from cities, and where technology can help,” Heyman said. “Part of building stronger and more adaptive cities is understanding the commercial market for resilience, and that’s a key focus of our company.”

About Smart City Works. Smart City Works is a next generation business accelerator, called a BUSINESS ACTUATOR, that can rapidly move early stage ventures to commercialization, help bring products to market faster, and reduce investor risk. We focus on companies that improve the livability, operations and resilience of cities large and small, with special emphasis on urban tech, IoT devices and the built environment. Smart City Works offers business acceleration, innovation and commercialization programs to support government innovation, and foster rapid growth in companies of all sizes.

Contact: David Heyman at