Management Team

Shawn Broderick

Shawn Broderick

Managing Director for SOSV

Shawn has more than 20 years of experience creating value in software companies as an individual contributor, entrepreneur, intrapraneur, manager, investor, and leader. As a Partner at SOSV, he is currently focused on the operations and growth of their worldwide accelerator programs. In his spare time, he mainlines the secret truths of the universe.

Micah Kotch

Micah Kotch

Managing Director for MINI

Micah comes to URBAN-X from NYSERDA, where he served as the Director of NY Prize and Strategic Advisor for Innovation. He loves lean, and also spent 5 years as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering where he launched NYC’s first sponsored tech incubator.

Nick Plante

Program Director for SOSV

Prolific product designer, software architect, educator, and open data advocate. Formerly co-founder of Wefunder, Mogoterra, and RumbleX, Nick is currently leading technology and product efforts for SOSV, and running HAX’s NYC presence and connected cities IoT program, URBAN-X.

Miriam Roure

Program Director for MINI

Miriam is a designer, entrepreneur and urban strategist. She is the co-founder of UrbanField and part of the co-founding team of Deeds by The Social Coin. She previously worked at MIT Senseble City Lab and at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. She has architecture degrees from Cornell and Harvard Universities.

Nolan English


Nolan oversees daily operations, human resources, portfolio tracking and office management for both URBAN-X, and SOSV’s food business accelerator, Food-X. Nolan is also responsible for community management at SOSV where he works to foster strong teams and communities across the SOSV accelerator ecosystem. Nolan holds a BA in Literature from Bard College.

Experts-in-Residence & Staff

Dean DiPietro

Dean DiPietro

Product Design & Mechanical Engineering

Dean has over 20 years experience in mechanical design, design for manufacturing, and product development. To date, Dean has been awarded over 15 patents and designed dozens of products sold around the world. His extensive experience in overseas manufacturing makes him a particularly valuable member of the URBAN-X team.

Johan Schwind

Johan Schwind

Industrial Design

Johan is passionate about developing products at the intersection of engineering, aesthetics and digital technology. He has designed products ranging from consumer electronics to bikes to urban infrastructure solutions. Johan shares insights and expertise on the design process, customer needs and product development with our teams – helping them to iterate, prototype and succeed in building their vision.

Benjamin Schnabel

Electrical & Embedded Systems Engineering

Previously co-founder and CTO of Mr. Signal GmbH where he developed wireless hotspot technology. He is currently employed by BMW/MINI, and focuses on helping our startups design and develop their electrical components, PCBs, and related hardware.

Frank Yu

Content & Strategy

Frank is URBAN-X’s Chief Hypebeast. His extensive experience as a startup founder, technical manager, writer, financial analyst, and researcher, combined with his education in government from Harvard’s Kennedy School, makes him a unique resource for our companies. He is also an alumni of Chinaccelerator Batch 2 and owns a rare friends and family Supreme box logo t-shirt.

Greg Lindsay


Greg Lindsay is the Fast Company Urbanist-in-Residence at Urban-X. He’s a contributing writer for the magazine, as well as a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation, a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management.

Oversight Committee

Esther Bahne

Esther Bahne

Head of Brand Strategy & Business Innovation MINI & President MINI Business Innovation LLC

Sean O'Sullivan

Sean O’Sullivan

Managing Director, SOSV

Peter Schwarzenbauer

Peter Schwarzenbauer

Board of Management, BMW AG, MINI