A SUPPORT TEAM OF STARTUP MENTORS, ADVISORS & EXPERTS.

MINI and JVP have a network of over 2,000 professionals to support and mentor startups that are solving city problems. The network includes serial entrepreneurs, investors and public sector leaders. Urban-X startups also have access to expert advisors across sectors including public safety, public health, water and waste, utilities, construction, transportation, real estate and logistics.

MANAGEMENT TEAM.

Our core team acts as advisors for startups at every step of the program. We deliver the curriculum, ask the difficult questions, make connections and ensure startups get the optimal experience out of the program. Core team members are at URBAN-X every day and spend as much time with startups as they possibly can.

JOHAN SCHWIND

ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR

Johan is an expert in developing hardware and software solutions. With years of experience working for brands like Audi and BMW, as…

Johan is an expert in developing hardware and software solutions. With years of experience working for brands like Audi and BMW, as well as through his own consulting practice, Johan has designed products ranging from camera platforms going to space to infrastructure solutions providing clean drinking water in urban India. Johan shares insights and expertise on the design and development process – helping startups to iterate, prototype, test and succeed in building their vision faster.

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TRISTAN BEL

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Tristan has 12 years of experience in innovation and early-stage entrepreneurship, as the director of hardware tech incubator NYDesigns on the ecosystem…

Tristan has 12 years of experience in innovation and early-stage entrepreneurship, as the director of hardware tech incubator NYDesigns on the ecosystem side, and as the cofounder of Topager (urban farming) and Sitrep (urbanism studio) on the founder side. Tristan holds a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Marseille and a Masters in Competitive Intelligence and Innovation from Aix-Marseille University.

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SARAH SCHAPPERT

DIRECTOR URBAN-X EUROPE

Sarah is expanding the reach of URBAN-X throughout Europe and Asia. Working at BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany, Sarah facilitates the relationship…

Sarah is expanding the reach of URBAN-X throughout Europe and Asia. Working at BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany, Sarah facilitates the relationship between URBAN-X, MINI and the BMW Group. She is the co-founder of an online magazine and previously worked in the start-up scene before joining MINI. Based on her diverse experience and computer science and art history education, she has a passion for connecting left brain and right brain topics by finding the common ground.

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NEIL KHIAMAL

MARKETING MANAGER

Neil is passionate about meaningful marketing and wants to ensure that every post tells a story, whether through copy or visuals. He…

Neil is passionate about meaningful marketing and wants to ensure that every post tells a story, whether through copy or visuals. He joined URBAN-X straight out of university and has been a vital part of the marketing team ever since. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Binghamton University and is currently pursuing an MBA.

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EVA BECKER

LIAISON OFFICER BMW GROUP

Working from Munich, Eva builds and maintains the connection between URBAN-X and MINI. Being a former founder herself, she knows the challenges…

Working from Munich, Eva builds and maintains the connection between URBAN-X and MINI. Being a former founder herself, she knows the challenges startups are facing from her own experience. Eva is not only a foodie, but also a passionate problem-solver – and she works hard to find the right expert for every startup question within the BMW organization.

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Experts-In-Residence.

Experts-in-Residence, or EIRs, become extensions of our cohort teams. They are high-value specialists in areas like software development, visual design, mechanical and electrical engineering, product design, UI and UX. With resident expert support, our startups are positioned to build the best solution possible. EIRs are at URBAN-X multiple times during the week and during design intensives.

KAROL MUNOZ

UI/UX DESIGN

Karol is a strategically driven designer living at the intersection of culture and technology. A generalist by design, in the past ten…

Karol is a strategically driven designer living at the intersection of culture and technology. A generalist by design, in the past ten years she has worked inside studios making software for industry leaders and in-house at Condé Nast touching the most recognized names in journalism and culture. She co-founded a hardware startup and understand what they need from a design partner first hand. She is continuously studying how future technology will shape society, people, interaction and design.

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DEAN DIPIETRO

PRODUCT DESIGN & MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Dean has spent the last 20 years creating consumer products for mass-manufacturing overseas. With over fifteen patents filed and dozens of products…

Dean has spent the last 20 years creating consumer products for mass-manufacturing overseas. With over fifteen patents filed and dozens of products sold around the world, Dean enjoys helping people make new things. Dean is also an urban cycling advocate and music + lighting guru.

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MICHAEL SHARP

VISUAL DESIGN & BRAND DEVELOPMENT

Michael Sharp has been working as a creative in agencies large and small around the world, including in London, Amsterdam, Sydney and…

Michael Sharp has been working as a creative in agencies large and small around the world, including in London, Amsterdam, Sydney and New York. His career has spanned many sectors from the cool to the corporate – but always with the same passion for great design and new ideas. Michael has been lecturing in graphic design at the Shillington School of Graphic Design in New York since 2011. He co-founded the China heights gallery in Sydney and Lazy Susan gallery in NYC.

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JAMES CALHOUN

FULL-STACK SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

James Calhoun has 15+ years of experience leading development and production of complex technology solutions for enterprise companies and startup founders. He…

James Calhoun has 15+ years of experience leading development and production of complex technology solutions for enterprise companies and startup founders. He has worked with numerous languages to build award-winning websites, mobile applications, and experiential installations in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2013, James founded Rehash Studio, where he applies his experience to help startups plan and scale their technology platforms.

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ZIHAO WANG

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Zihao is a designer who specializes in branding and layout design. His work is guided by a strong belief in the functional…

Zihao is a designer who specializes in branding and layout design. His work is guided by a strong belief in the functional aspects of design. He has accumulated valuable experience working with organizations in Asia and North America. In his own practice, Zihao self-publishes artist books and other printed matter.

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Investment Committee.

Our investment committee is made up of a diverse group of experts that help URBAN-X maintain the integrity of the program and its startups while informing the overall direction and future of URBAN-X.

EREL MARGALIT

JVP

MICHAEL KELLER

MINI

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