WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
TheCityFix Labs are an effort from WRI Ross Center, with the support of the Citi Foundation, to bridge the gap from idea to implementation and help cities understand what’s possible. Through a series of regional workshops, the Labs are cultivating innovative, private-sector solutions to urban development challenges. After applying to be a part of the Lab, a select cohort of entrepreneurs and businesses is guided by WRI experts to nurture their ideas and evolve their business models to better suit municipal decision-making and markets.
The selection of the project cohort in both countries was based on potential social and environmental impacts, project readiness, scalability, and potential bankability. TheCityFix Labs differs from most of the 100+ existing project preparation facilities (PPFs)—this technical assistance program is dedicated toward moving forward only sustainable infrastructure. The initial Labs in India and Mexico have directly supported entrepreneurs and cities, respectively.