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.
THE ACCELERATOR FOR STARTUPS REIMAGINING CITY LIFE.
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.