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URBAN-X by MINI Launches Newest Cohort of Startups Advancing Climate Solutions


URBAN-X, a NYC-based technology startup platform by MINI, announced its fourteenth cohort of startups committed to fighting pressing climate issues.

These startups are addressing and redefining solutions that push net zero goals creating more resilient communities, including an e-bike battery swapping for delivery workers, a landfill waste diversion operation, space-based solar power, and more.

The complete list of URBAN-X Cohort 14 companies includes:

  • Vertify Analytics: Providing AI image classification and drone scanning to streamline building facade inspection and energy retrofitting
  • Lectrium: Offering home EV-charger installation and EV dealer analytical tools to simplify the EV purchasing process
  • Rego: Automating waste diversion operations for residential buildings, making waste management more efficient
  • Velo.ai: Keeping cyclists safer with an AI-powered bike camera and light that monitors drivers nearby, preventing crashes before they occur
  • Popwheels: Empowering bike delivery workers by building a battery swap network for quick swaps and safe charging across the city
  • Chargely: Helping EV drivers find their ideal charging station based on their vehicle and personal preferences wherever they go
  • Virtus Solis: Bringing clean, uninterrupted energy to Earth by pioneering the first space-based solar power plant

Built by MINI in 2016, URBAN-X partners with startups to build bold technology solutions for a sustainable planet. It provides Pre-Seed and Seed-Stage entrepreneurs with individualized support that accelerates growth and builds businesses for the next generation of climate- and city-focused innovators. Core to its platform, URBAN-X offers engineering and design resources, investment capital from venture partner JVP, a global network of investors, policymakers, corporate strategies and end-customers, and premier educational content for a global network of founders.

The program has offices in Brooklyn Navy Yard.

MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented by a network of 104 MINI passenger car dealers located throughout the US. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of five unique vehicles.