Each URBAN-X cohort enters into 20 immersive weeks of product development and network-building. Working trips to Munich, San Francisco and other cities are designed to help you meet customers, investors, and partners. URBAN-X companies work shoulder-to-shoulder with world-class electrical and mechanical engineers, industrial design talent from MINI and BMW, user-experience and interface designers – as well as insights from leaders in growth hacking, sales and communications/marketing.
What We Offer
MORE THAN INVESTMENT
URBAN-X invests up to $100,000 when you are accepted to the program plus significant in-kind software, marketing design, engineering and legal services.
After the five month program, you’ll be in a better position to show investors that you have an opportunity not to be missed
EXPERTS DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU
Access to a full-time team of resident experts in customer development, investment strategy, design, user experience, mechanical engineering, software development, growth hacking, communications, urbanism and design. Teams that are accepted to URBAN-X will be matched with mentors, advisors and prospective partners and customers.
NETWORK BUILT FOR STARTUPS AND CITIES
We work with founders, investors and advisors who’ve built many of today’s most notable startups that are transforming cities. We’ll help you meet and work with their founders. We’re uniquely positioned to offer ‘sandboxes’ for startups working in areas like mobility, food and waste, the built environment, and utilities.
THE URBANTECH STARTUP PLAYBOOK
We’ve created a playbook just for startups that work on city problems. We’ll explore topics like working with regulators and selling to local government. We also have sector specific workshops for teams working in areas like utilities, real estate and mobility. We’ll build on curriculum we’ve used with the National Science Foundation’s iCorps program, and tested with the first urbantech startup class at the University of Chicago Booth School.
We produce a Demo Day experience that gives founders a powerful platform to present their market-ready prototypes and business concepts to an audience of investors, thought leaders and media.
A stimulating, collaborative environment within A/D/O, a creative space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn dedicated to exploring new boundaries in design. For teams developing hardware, A/D/O offers the equipment you need include 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, oscilloscopes, and more.
COMMUNICATIONS DESIGNED FOR FOUNDERS
As you meet mentors, customers and investors, we’ll provide systems to manage all these interactions, help you implement effective strategies for communications, and tap into local MINI markets around the world. We will also coach you on how to best work with the media and press
GUIDANCE THROUGH THE FUNDRAISING PROCESS
We’ll work alongside other investors to help you reach your next critical milestone after URBAN-X. The right group of investors will be a great extension of your team to provide support in everything from sales and marketing to product development. We’ll make introductions to investors that invested with us previously to back many of the most notable startups working on city problems. We also have additional funds available to invest when you graduate. When it makes sense, we’ll syndicate deals on angel.co via the Urban Us syndicate.
While you’ll be a short ride away from some of the best investors, mentors, and the biggest urbantech market in NYC, the Bay Area is home to a large number of our mentors and co-investors, so we’ll make sure they have a chance to meet you. We’ll also visit Munich, which is home to MINI and BMW. Teams in Munich can help fast track product development and business development opportunities. We’ll work with your startup to determine which large companies and global cities you need to meet, and set you up for success there.
PARTNER OFFICE HOURS
The time we’ll spend together during weekly check-ins with the URBAN-X management team will be an essential part of your experience. During these sessions you’ll be asked to share updates on a range of topics that help us determine where we can help most.
PARTNERSHIPS AND PERKS
We have partnered with many corporate and local organizations to provide the URBAN-X teams with perks and partners who can be transformative to their growing companies. Corporate partners and perks include Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Hubspot, Intercom, Intel, IBM and BMW/MINI. Local partners include the space at A/D/O, the Smart Cities New York’s network, and potential pilot space in Downtown Brooklyn.