nello, a Munich-based startup which strives to simplify urban life, has just closed its financing round of €1.5 million. Besides existing shareholders HBT Holdings and KfW, KPN Ventures invested in this round. KPN Ventures is the venturing arm of Dutch telecommunications group KPN and is one of the leading European IoT investors.
Contextere is an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) software company focused on enabling a connected workforce. It uses artificial intelligence to develop an intelligent personal agent that can provide insight on the job.
Upcycles envisions itself as an off-the-shelf logistics solution for companies that want to move into the e-bike delivery business. We first encountered the company when we checked out Urban-X in Greenpoint, a space incubating companies building businesses around cities’ intractable conundrums.
Rather than focus on the disruptive and competitive nature of new technology, New York’s smart city czars are emphasizing collaboration with business and other smart cities.
A year-old partnership between BMW’s MINI division and SOSV, the world’s largest accelerator network for pre-seed startups (it graduates more than 150 a year), URBAN-X runs eight companies through three-month sprints from start to Demo Day.
The co-founder of Contextere, a new startup based at Invest Ottawa, says the oft-repeated claim that technologies such as robotics and the myriad of devices connected to the Internet are going to make human labour obsolete is a misconception.
Powered with rejuvenated office spaces, redeemed warehouses at places like the old Navy shipyard, and seen as a residential alternative to Manhattan, the Nets aren’t the only ones taking part in Brooklyn’s economic revival.
Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan and Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño Jr. spoke to the second cohort of Urban-X, A/D/O’s resident accelerator for connected-city startups. It got philosophical.
URBAN-X, a tech startup accelerator based in New York City, has announced a second cohort of companies including some with eyes directly fixed on local government.
WearWorks CEO Keith Kirkland said that in testing they found that something like 80 percent of users preferred the haptic feedback to where they shouldn’t go, and that everyone found the binary of buzzing/no buzzing pretty intuitive.
Waste is a big concern for cities — after all, no one likes looking at trash on the street. But it ends up there anyway for various reasons: bins overflow, sometimes they’re hard to find and worst of all, some people just don’t care what they do with their trash.
There’s a new home for URBAN-X, and a new round of entrepreneurs will be working with BMW’s MINI engineers on technology and design for urban environments.
The internet of things has changed our world. Once inanimate objects are now awake. Light bulbs, dishwashers, ovens, cars, thermostats…all in endless communication between themselves in an effort to be more efficient.
Wie sicher ist der digitaler Hausschlüssel? Da wartet man auf eine langersehnte Lieferung, doch wenn der Postbote dann vor der Tür steht, ist man außer Haus.
A/D/O is a 23,000-square-foot creative community hub devoted to “exploring new boundaries in design, and [providing] a home for pioneering work and a forum for interdisciplinary debate.” Read more: A/D/O: BMW MINI launches 23,000-square-foot creative hub in former warehouse in Greenpoint | Inhabitat New York City
I love driving. I love the open roads and the freedom to go wherever I please whenever I want. I love the feel of power beneath my foot, the growl of the engine as I step on the gas pedal and feel the car lurch forward to accelerate.
Amid North Brooklyn’s man buns and artisanal kale donuts, the Urban-X accelerator is bulking up to focus on smart city challenges.
Most tech startups are currently affecting urban environments without substantially effecting the most significant urban problems such as affordable housing, education and efficient public transport. It seems this is about to change, thanks to several startup hubs, incubators and accelerators that actively target urban issues by supporting young enterprises focused on urbanism.
Urban-X, a hardware-focused accelerator program for companies “shaping the future of cities through technology,” is moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn.
If selected, startups will receive $60,000 in seed capital through the Urban-X Cohort 2 Accelerator Program.
Sure, bike helmets help protect your noggin. But in today’s world of lightning-fast tech advancements, why is this staple of the modern cyclist still so boring and disconnected?
“It’s not the first helmet to incorporate signals or cameras, but it includes many safety features at once—and is actually easy to use.”
While the basic helmet may keep your cranium covered, it’s probably doing little more than that. Newer “smart helmets” combine modern features with protection, but the latest from Brooklyness may offer an experience like no other. The Classon bike helmet is designed to improve safety and visibility with gesture-activated turn signals, automatic brake lights, blind […]
Food waste is the single largest portion of the waste stream going to landfills – even larger than plastic.
In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists released a report, “Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities,” which gleaned insight from the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey. Among the many data points about growth, cyclist demographics and more, the League discovered that from 1990 to 2012, bike commuting had grown fastest in […]
La start-up fait du traitement et de l’usage des données un cheval de bataille pour améliorer le fonctionnement des villes.
New York-based company Industrial/Organic has begun developing a new way to process food waste on a small scale. The system could be replicated in warehouse spaces, similar to a brewery, throughout urban areas, where haulers would pay tipping fees to dispose of organic material.
In 16 years, if all goes as planned, New York City will no longer send any trash to landfills. That includes the million-plus tons of food waste the city generates every year. But, like other cities that are trying to recycle organic waste, New York faces a challenge: there aren’t yet enough places to take […]
Coders stayed up all night at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon this weekend in Brooklyn, New York. With just 24 hours to build something meaningful, it was no easy task. But four gentlemen met at the event and decided to build an app that could help keep homeless people off the streets and give them the […]
This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon is set to be the best yet. We’re a week away from the main event and are giddy with excitement.
MINI and HAX, a division of venture capital firm SOSV, announced the names of its first cohort of the URBAN-X startup accelerator program–and St. Louis’ CTY was on the list. Led by CEO Tara Pham and CTO Martin McGreal, the “analytics for places” company is the maker of a plug-and-play urban analytics sensor called Numina.
St. Louis startup CTY, which develops technology to provide analytics and data for physical places, has been accepted into the an East Coast accelerator designed to help grow companies focused on impacting urban life.
MINI is rolling on new ground today as it announces the first nine companies that will participate in the company’s URBAN-X startup accelerator program. The automaker has partnered with HAX, a division of venture capital firm SOSV, to create a cohort of innovative startups with the goal of improving the quality of life in cities.
Meet Stae, a New York-based startup that wants to make cities and tech startups work together. Major cities are getting denser and facing bigger challenges. And yet, innovation is coming from private companies. These companies are starting to have better insights about how a city works compared to local governments.
Businessmen from Kaliningrad Muscovites are going to teach to ride a scooter rolling. The idea is good, but not for our tiles and borders, experts warn.
BMW’s Mini brand now is joining the movement by automakers — and many other huge companies — to get closer to innovative and disruptive technologies, products and services by dangling help for startups that may be able to bring Mini the next great thing instead of Mini waiting to invent it.
MINI, group company, and HAX will invest in startups with solutions to improve the urban environment
What will the city of the future look like? We’re starting to see new technologies capable of helping future urban populations share more resources, reduce costs and communicate in new ways and BMW’s MINI would like to be at the forefront of this movement.
Riding a bike in the city is a little like being a gazelle on the lion-infested Sahel: You never know when some fanged beast is going to sneak up behind you and decide you’re lunch. It can be a rush — but it can also be terrifying, especially in spots where you have no option but […]