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Urban Innovation Fund

Urban Innovation Fund

Urban Innovation Fund invests in companies focused on transportation , housing, food systems, sustainability, education, workforce, health, public safety, arts and recreation, business and financial services, and government and civic technology.

The Urban Innovation Fund is a venture capital firm that provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving what they feel are tough urban challenges. The Urban Innovation fund works to help their portfolio companies grow and to provide value for those companies.

With 82% of Americans living in cities, and two-thirds of the world's population urbanizing by 2050, there are a growing number of challenges facing urban dwellers. The Urban Innovation Fund invests in startups enhancing the livability, sustainability, and economic vitality of cities. They focus their investments on the transportation, energy and water, real estate technology, business services, financial technology, health and public safety, government technology, civic technology, food systems and the future of work sectors.

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Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

Valor Water Analytics is a company developing customized financial data and dashboard tools for water utilities and businesses. It participated in the W15 cohort of Y Combinator.

Catch is a company providing a benefits management platform for handling taxes, retirement, time off, health insurance, and student loan refinancing.

Dropcountr is a California-based enterprise software company.

Ride Report provides cities a software platform for running bike and scooter share programs.

The Town Kitchen is an Oakland, California-based company.

Visage is an artificial intelligence company founded by Joss Leufrancois.

Milk Stork is a Palo Alto, California-based e-commerce company.

Apana is a Bellingham, Washington-based commercial building company.

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People

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Role
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Andrew Felbinger

Associate

Clara Brenner

Founder and Managing Partner

Julie Lein

Founder and Managing Partner

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

How Urban Innovation Fund picks and grows companies | MIT Sloan

Dylan Walsh

Web

December 4, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

21st Century Solutions: Urban Innovation Fund co-founders awarded

August 26, 2016

Companies

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