URBAN-X RESOURCES.

The URBAN-X platform provides expert guidance on customer discovery and traction, product development, talent acquisition and brand and network-building to prepare startups for fundraising and growth. Our mentors are experts in urban climate challenges and deeply understand regulated industries, government procurement and urban design and planning. There’s no issue we aren’t equipped to help founders solve, from seed to Series C.

2,000+

NUMBER OF MENTORS AND POTENTIAL PARTNERS IN OUR NETWORK

$5M TO $25M

POTENTIAL INVESTMENT VIA JVP

1.5%

ACCEPTANCE RATE PER COHORT APPLICATION

4.78 / 5

NET PROMOTER SCORE
(LAST COHORT)

EXPERT DESIGN AND ENGINEERING SUPPORT.

Each startup in our portfolio has access to unparalleled design and engineering expertise through world-class MINI and BMW Group talent. Our Experts-In-Residence (EIRs) provide startups with actionable advice, hands-on work and deliverables in user experience design, mechanical and electrical engineering, design for manufacturing, software development and branding.

GLOBAL EXPOSURE.

Our team provides media and press access across our global network. We help create moments of impact and make them count, with opportunities to feature your solution and showcase your team to target customers in the US, EU and Asia. Our public relations partner Berlin Rosen is at the center of the global energy and climate debates — shaping conversations and influencing decision-makers around renewable energy, conservation, sustainability, climate change and clean transportation.

ACCESS IN GLOBAL CITIES.

We’ve curated a global community of urban planners, public and private sector leaders, investors, and successful founders who are developing solutions to confront the climate crisis. We’ll ensure you’re meeting with the most aligned partners and customers in global cities to help you level up.

Our network consists of founders who have built many of today’s most transformative, urban-focused startups and the investors who have backed them. While NYC is a center of gravity for startup creation and climate adaptation and mitigation, we’re also deeply connected in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Austin as well as cities like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona and Munich.

TAILOR-MADE PROGRAMMING.

Unlike other mentor-led programs, URBAN-X is partner-led. Participating teams receive customized, dedicated partner attention to help navigate go-to-market and sales, channel strategy, IP development and protection, product roadmapping, talent acquisition and raising capital.

OKR-driven weekly check-ins with URBAN-X and JVP partners are an invaluable part of our platform, providing essential assistance in areas where startups need the most help. Together we tackle the hardest parts of company building, from customer acquisition to cap table.

INVESTMENT OFFERING.

We’ve partnered with JVP, an international venture capital firm founded in 1993 to provide teams the capital they need to grow. JVP has raised more than $1.4 billion USD across nine funds, and will serve as lead investor for URBAN-X teams, with an intention to write $5-$25M checks, from Series Seed to Series C.

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DEPLOYMENT & CUSTOMERS.

We believe in the maxim ‘sales cures all ills’. At our core, we are hyper-connected to customers ready to deploy new solutions for the urban environment; from real estate portfolio owners to utilities, from the MUSH market to Wall St. We will put our extensive network to work to help you meet and secure potential customers because traction is paramount. View case studies.

FUNDRAISING GUIDANCE.

Our investor partners at JVP have been investing since 1993 helping startups reach their next critical milestone. With 52 exits across nine funds, they know how to get it done. Over the past five years, more than 85% of the URBAN-X portfolio has gone on to raise their next round of capital. We help you raise the right amount of money from the right investors, and put it to work in the right way. We’re with you every step of the fundraising process; from narrative and deck construction to term sheet negotiations.

FOLLOW-ON FUNDING.

Our teams have access to capital managed by JVP, which leads investments in URBAN-X companies with $5M-$50M checks. JVP is looking to lead investments in URBAN-X teams. Our alumni companies have raised in excess of $300M, with enterprise value creation in excess of $1B within 4 years. We’ve also had teams acquired by Octopus Energy, BP, and RTS.

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Any startup that has the ability to apply to URBAN-X should do it. They have been so hands on and meticulous with their advice, their feedback and the introductions they make for us. It’s not comparable, honestly. They care about their companies and they care about you as a person.

Arianna Armelli
Co-Founder of Dorothy

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It went way beyond what I expected. They were so hands-on. Partners, the core team and the Experts in Residence…They worked excellently as a team. They were really caring, too. It is important to enjoy the process, to enjoy the people you work with, to enjoy the minds that you collaborate with and to be productive in that environment -URBAN-X is excellent in that sense – it was so supportive.

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It was an excellent program. Our team had never built hardware before. We were coming off of CoInspect, which is a mobile workflow application. We wanted to build a sensor-based monitoring solution to reduce loss and waste. We needed to do it quickly – and URBAN-X enabled us to make that happen.

Manik Suri
Co-Founder of Therma





MEDIA & COMMS TRAINING.

We provide guidance to startups to create, implement and manage effective strategies for communications with media, internal team members, customers, and investors. We provide media training to teach founders how to talk with journalists about their companies.

INVESTOR EXPOSURE.

Our investor partners at JVP have been investing since 1993 helping startups reach their next critical milestone. With 52 exits across nine funds, they know how to get it done. Over the past five years, more than 85% of the URBAN-X portfolio has gone on to raise their next round of capital. We help you raise the right amount of money from the right investors, and put it to work in the right way. We’re with you every step of the fundraising process; from narrative and deck construction to term sheet negotiations.

PARTNERS.

Local partners include the New York City Economic Development Corporation and academic institutions including CornellTech, Columbia, NYU, and CUNY. Our companies are provided access to potential pilot space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and in downtown Brooklyn through the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

PERKS.

The right programs and software can have transformative benefits for startups. Our corporate partners and perks include credits from HERE, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Hubspot, Intercom, IBM, and more.

LIFE AT URBAN-X.

The URBAN-X program is hybrid, with a mix of online events and programs and in-person collaboration sessions in New York City. Companies are immersed in customer and product development, and provided networking opportunities to connect to the right people for growth.


Apply now to the urban-x program