Urbantech accelerator URBAN-X launches sixth startup cohort
URBAN-X, a leading accelerator for startups reimagining city life, today announced its sixth cohort of companies. URBAN-X is part of the Innovation and Brand Strategy practice at MINI and partners with venture firm, Urban.Us. The seven startups were selected from a competitive group of hundreds of applicants from across the globe and are building solutions to some of our cities most pressing issues.
Each company selected will participate in a 20-week intensive accelerator program to help develop hardware, software or IoT products and successful go-to-market strategies. Companies have access to hands-on assistance from URBAN-X’s expansive network of global experts – including world-class engineers and designers from BMW, software developers, policy experts, marketing and sales leaders, UX/UI designers and communications experts. Cohort 06 is also the first class to receive a $150,000 investment per company, up from $100,000 in previous cohorts.
The program will culminate in a Demo Day during Climate Week NYC in September 2019, where teams will present their solutions to an audience of investors, policymakers, customers and more. Following demo day, the companies are introduced to investors at investor days beginning in New York and the Bay Area.
Cohort 06 includes the following startups:
- 3AM Innovation: Situational tracking during emergencies to improve on-scene awareness for first responders
- Cove.Tool: Automated building performance modeling to save time and money for early stage design
- Evolve Energy: Reducing carbon emissions while saving costs via renewable energy, real time pricing and home IOT
- Food For All: Tackling food waste by partnering with popular restaurants and offering quality meals for as little as $4
- Hubbster: Building stronger communities by transforming public spaces into social experiences
- Pi Variables: Enhancing road safety and traffic guidance via innovative hardware, software and design-focused solutions
- Varuna: A cloud-based platform that provides analytics and insights to improve water quality by optimizing utility operations
MINI launched URBAN-X in 2016 as part of their Innovation and Brand Strategy practice focused on improving city life. URBAN-X engages with the brightest minds solving some of the most complex issues people living in cities face today, like mobility, energy consumption, infrastructure, housing, food waste, water and more. The accelerator now has 44 companies in the portfolio, with 85% of companies having gone on to raise their next round of capital.
“Cohort 06 is working on solutions to some of the most critical issues impacting our cities today,” said Esther Bahne, MINI Head of Brand Strategy & Innovation. “Through URBAN-X, MINI is making an investment that inspires entrepreneurship, design and collaboration with creative thinkers to develop sustainable solutions to real problems.”
“Cities and emerging technology companies are powerful partners in helping to tackle our cities biggest challenges,” said URBAN-X Managing Director, Micah Kotch. “We look forward to working with Cohort 06 and bringing their solutions to scale across a diverse set of industries that impact city living.”
In 2017, Urban Us partnered with URBAN-X to help fund and develop the accelerator’s next generation of human-focused city innovation.
“Urban Us and MINI share a deep commitment to advancing the future of our cities through technology, investment and mentorship,” said Shaun Abrahamson, URBAN-X Investment Committee and Managing Partner at Urban Us. “Since partnering with MINI, we’ve seen incredible results from URBAN-X startups. We are ready to get started to help Cohort 06 startup founders achieve long-lasting results.”
Applications for URBAN-X’s next cohort of startups, Cohort 07 are open. Interested early-stage companies can apply at www.urban-x.com/apply through October 1, 2019.
URBAN-X is a leading accelerator for startups reimagining city life. Founded by MINI and run in partnership with Urban.Us, URBAN-X helps early-stage companies work with and in cities. URBAN-X has a global reach unparalleled by any other urbantech accelerator. Startups have access to a network of over 2,000 partners around the world, including entrepreneurs, investors, and public-sector leaders, who support founders through the URBAN-X program. During the year, URBAN-X leadership visits cities worldwide—in the US, Europe, Asia and beyond—to meet entrepreneurs and individuals shaping the future of urban life. URBAN-X is based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.