What makes us different is the combination of a VC mindset and a deep understanding of the language, culture and politics of cities. We believe you need to be fluent in both to get a holistic view and enable truly transformative change.
We support solutions which have broader positive externalities for the environment and society. We believe it is not necessary to compromise business performance for the sake of impact and work with great companies and leaders who prove that every day.
We are a small and nimble team, which means we move fast but try not to break things. We improve through patient and effective execution.
We like difficult and geeky urban tech cases. We usually work with technology which influences complex urban systems and go the extra mile to understand deeper before we start tinkering.
We look for truly disruptive solutions mainly across four urban tech verticals (utilities, mobility, infrastructure, civic tech). To separate the signal from the noise we apply the strict VC methodology of business validation and our own impact evaluation focus.
We know that we can’t grasp all the complexity on our own. That’s why we nurture a rich network of city officials, experts, academics and NGOs. We also love to learn directly from the start-ups and corporates we work with and bringing those different perspectives together.
Our work is cross-border in every sense. We connect different agents and nurture the nascent urban tech ecosystem in Europe and globally. We want to break the national silos of cultures, languages and regulations. We help to overcome those barriers so that the best urban technologies and teams can deliver substantial impact and scale globally.
Action detached from its consequences is corruptive. Whatever we do, we take full responsibility for it. It also enforces a true no-bullshit approach. If you risk your own name, time and money you tend to be more effective, focused and practical.
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