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THE ACCELERATOR FOR STARTUPS REIMAGINING CITY LIFE.
URBAN-X is a venture start-up accelerator by MINI and Urban Us that educates, invests in and advocates for companies shaping the future of cities through technology and design.
ENGINEERING THE CITY AS A SERVICE.
With URBAN-X, MINI helps early-stage start-ups to turn their ideas into viable solutions and scalable businesses, making cities more efficient, more liveable, and more loveable. URBAN-X is the only urban tech accelerator backed by an automotive company focusing on the future of cities.
Together with our partner, the investment fund Urban Us, we invest up to US $100,000 per team and help up to 20 companies per year realize their vision. Our experts-in-residence include MINI staff who offer their mentorship in the fields of design, engineering, product development, distribution, user experience, marketing and branding. Each URBAN-X cohort lasts 5 months and ends with a demo day for investors, city officials and customers. The intensive, 20 week program assists both hardware and software ventures; there are no geographical limitations on where founders can come from.
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CITIES THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN. TURNING COMPELLING IDEAS INTO VIABLE SOLUTIONS.
The URBAN-X management team, resources, and program are based at A/D/O - a 23,000 square-foot creative space founded by MINI and located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Start-ups supported by URBAN-X become part of a creative environment with access to a digital fabrication studio, a retail shop, a world-class workshop and a unique opportunity to engage customers and showcase their work to a global audience.