City life can provide countless exciting options: culture, landmarks, food, history–plus traffic so congested that it obstructs you from reaching and actually taking advantage of said options. Along with the perks of city living come everyday challenges with real estate, environmental waste, personal safety and well-being. The benefits, excitement and value of urban living can sometimes fade in the face of the complications.
On the bright side, cities are hubs of innovation, as both a magnet for talented people and a hotspot for the problems they’re trying to solve. For example, this summer seven fledgling companies–each committed to building a better tomorrow for city dwellers–came together as the latest cohort of URBAN-X.
URBAN-X is a 20-week intensive incubator program funded by MINI and Urban Us that provides unique mentorship and guidance on design, production, deployment, publicity and more, leading up to a demo day where participants exhibit their products, fundraise and pitch investors. The program looks for companies that address urban challenges across a range of categories, who aim to make living in cities more efficient and enjoyable.
The next cohort of URBAN-X companies made its public debut this week. Ahead of their exciting work, we asked this year’s class of innovative URBAN-X alumni companies to share the challenge and discovery that inspired their enterprise and we learned how each is working to solve human problems with applied technology.