Capital is necessary but not sufficient. When startups re-imagine cities, they need access to the right people, expertise, opportunities and insights.
Each week, we meet new people who are interested in urbantech. Some are founders, and others are investors. Many work with city governments, universities, or companies interested in working with startups as partners or customers.
Today, there are more than 1,500 people. We do a lot of introductions via email, and we’ve created a directory to make it easier for people to connect with one another.
We spend a lot of time researching specific companies and sectors. And people constantly share research, opportunities, events, or relevant news. Every two weeks, we compile the best content and share it via our Urban Us Network email updates.
When we started out, we organized Smart City Startups. In our second year, people participated from __ cities. Today, we focus on smaller events and workshops, as founders tell us these have been more useful.
We worked with University of Chicago Booth School to create the first MBA class for entrepreneurs interested in building urbantech startups. We’re exploring more ways to organize and share what we’re learning.