The Program

CityConnect is a startup accelerator for smart cities ideas, to help ambitious entrepreneurs build world-class startups to transform cities and communities on a global scale.


Each startup will receive up to $100k in funding to start, and access to our global network of investors upon completion of our 6 month accelerator.


Entrepreneurs will complete BlueChilli’s structured accelerator program, with our world-class curriculum delivered by Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and the startup ecosystem’s best mentors.

Market Access

Startups will be given the opportunity to test their ideas and secure pilot opportunities through our broad suite of partners and collaborators, to quickly build their brand, distribution and scale.


Our full service tech team can support CityConnect startups with back-end and front-end development, UX, product management and growth marketing. We can complement your team with skills you need when you need them.

CityConnect is a global program, with its first intake in Australia. To make sure that the best innovations get out into the world, we are connecting with innovators in cities across the world.

BlueChilli is Australia’s fastest growing startup accelerator. We specialise in helping founders become CEOs, to turn their ideas into successful businesses. Combining the best elements of a digital agency, incubator, accelerator, and venture capital fund to support entrepreneurs along their journey, we’ve partnered with 120 entrepreneurs to date to launch their tech startups.


Our team is dedicated to helping cities and communities flourish through technology and entrepreneurship. Johanna Pitman, Program Director, brings a deep understanding of smart cities and partnerships with government and large organisations. Brett Geoghegan, Accelerator Director, is a serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BlueChilli. Tommy Ekman, Program Coordinator, is responsible for all program logistics and processes, events and day-to-day engagement with startups and advisors.

Johanna Pitman

Johanna Pitman

Program Director

Brett Geoghegan

Brett Geoghegan

Accelerator Director

Tommy Ekman

Tommy Ekman

Program Coordinator

Shape your future

What’s your game-changing idea to reinvent cities?
Applications for CityConnect are opening soon – stay tuned!