URBAN-X is a venture accelerator founded by MINI and run in partnership with global venture firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) that invests in, builds and scales emerging and fast-growth companies shaping the future of cities through technology and design.
Breaking from the typical accelerator program, URBAN-X is a platform that works with companies from pre-seed to series C to advance their industry-transforming climate and urban technology solutions. Companies are selected on a rolling basis and participate in a curated program for at least 5 months, and up to 12 months, depending on the needs of each team. URBAN-X combines unparallelled climate and urban technology expertise with invaluable connections to government, corporation and nonprofit leaders to turn compelling ideas into viable, scalable solutions for urban life.
MINI was built upon a foundation of innovating sustainable mobility for city dwellers. Originally born as a small, efficient and urban car in response to a fuel crisis in the 1950s, MINI has since evolved, taking bold steps in creating an electrified future and pushing new, innovative sustainability measures that help improve our cities. Looking beyond the car to do this, MINI founded URBAN-X in 2016.
Through URBAN-X, MINI has built a portfolio of global startups working in areas across transportation and mobility, energy, real estate, construction, infrastructure and food, waste and water to tackle some of our most pressing urban challenges to help city dwellers thrive.