Solutions that provide situational awareness for first responders and transform public spaces into social experiences are among the latest cohort of start-ups in the Urban-X accelerator.
Solutions that tackle food waste, build stronger communities and provide situational tracking for first responders are among the sixth cohort of start-ups in the Urban-X accelerator.
Founded by Mini, and run in partnership with the investor, Urban.Us, the accelerator is part of the innovation and brand strategy practice at Mini, run in partnership with investment firm, Urban.Us.
Start-ups are tasked with “re-imagining city life” and the seven companies were selected from hundreds of applicants from across the globe.
Each company selected will participate in a 20-week intensive accelerator programme to help develop hardware, software or IoT products and successful go-to-market strategies.
Companies have access to hands-on assistance from Urban-X’s network of global experts, including engineers and designers from BMW, software developers, policy experts, marketing and sales leaders, UX/UI designers and communications experts.
“Cities and emerging technology companies are powerful partners in helping to tackle our cities biggest challenges”
Cohort 06 is also the first class to receive a $150,000 investment per company, up from $100,000 in previous cohorts. It includes the following start-ups:
“Cities and emerging technology companies are powerful partners in helping to tackle our cities biggest challenges,” said Urban-X managing director, Micah Kotch. “We look forward to working with Cohort 06 and bringing their solutions to scale across a diverse set of industries that impact city living.”
The programme will culminate in a Demo Day during Climate Week NYC in September 2019, where teams will present their solutions to an audience of investors, policy-makers, customers and more. Following demo day, the companies are introduced to investors at investor days beginning in New York and the Bay Area.
Mini launched Urban-X in 2016 as part of its innovation and brand strategy practice focused on improving city life. The accelerator now has 44 companies in the portfolio, with 85 per cent of companies having gone on to raise their next round of capital.
Applications for Urban-X’s next cohort of startups, Cohort 07 are open. Interested early-stage companies can apply at www.urban-x.com/apply through October 1, 2019.
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