Cities are the backbone of CIV:LAB’s network.

Our unique model enables collaboration among city actors to solve pressing urban issues in a sustainable and scalable manner.

Our Model

We connect urban innovators

We create diverse and agile platforms for collaboration between city actors to solve pressing urban issues in a sustainable and scalable manner through:


Facilitating and promoting dialogue between citizens, academia, industry, and governments


Integrating leading institutions into the urban innovation ecosystem


Guiding innovators through development and accelerating success


Providing support raising capital to fund innovations, pilots, and scale


Providing a global network and exchange platform for local stakeholders

Our Cities

We have created urban innovation networks in New York City, Detroit and London

New York City

Our original model, CIV:LAB emerged out of the NYC urban tech community’s need for coordination. Together with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), CIV:LAB’s flagship program, The Grid, launched in 2019 and has 130+ members.


Our second city-wide model, Detroit Urban Solutions was built alongside Wayne State University and TechTown in 2020. DUS was inspired by advisor Bruce Katz’s work with Mayor Duggan and aims to cultivate and enable Detroit’s rich and historical innovation community to solve neighborhood level challenges.


Our first city outside of the US. Built on work with Imperial College Business School and the University College of London, CIV:LAB is working on urban innovation with partners from the borough level to the city level.

Our Vision

A vibrant global network

CIV:LAB’s ultimate goal is to build a vibrant global network of cities collaborating to drive urban innovation.