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Urban-X cohort targets smart infrastructure, electric transportation and city waste



ImpactAlpha, May 2 — Urban-X, a partnership between smart-city venture firm Urban Us and BMW-Mini, graduated its fifth class of smart-city startups in its Brooklyn offices.

The startups’ pitches included products and services targeting safe and efficient construction, smart garbage trucks, electric car ride-sharing and financing, and e-commerce platforms for second-hand goods.

The teams were distributed geographically, Urban-X’s Micah Kotch told ImpactAlpha. “It makes it more challenging to provide them with the resources that they need for product development.”

Among this year’s cohort:

  • Buildstream, an internet of things and artificial intelligence effort to make construction safer and more efficient;
  • Toggle, a construction-robotics company focused on increasing productivity and reducing costs for construction projects;
  • GreenQ, based in Ohio, which installs sensors on garbage trucks to optimize waste collection;
  • Thrilling, an e-commerce platform for vintage and second-hand stores;
  • Treau, out of San Francisco, builds energy efficient home heaters and air conditioners;
  • Borrow, an electric-car lease provider;
  • Circuit, formerly Free Ride, an all-electric ride-sharing app.

Each startup will receives $100,000, and business coaching. “We were able to work with some of Urban-X’s branding experts to go through a whole rebranding process,” said Alexander Esposito, co-founder of Circuit.

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