Urbantech route to Impact

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According to the UN World Urbanization Prospects, 54% of the world’s population live in urban regions, and projections suggest this will increase to 66% by 2050. In addition, megacities are increasing while rural populations are shrinking.

Cities not only offer opportunities for economic development but it is also often cheaper and more environmentally friendly to provide basic services in densely populated areas rather than rural areas. In other words, sustainable urbanization is key to successful development.

Accelerating the development of sustainable cities – one pilot at a time

At Urbantech, we believe that the best way to create impact at scale is through corporate-startup engagement. Startups bring innovative ideas and technologies that can solve today’s fundamental problems, while corporates have the experience and resources to bring these ideas to scale.


Each year we bring together the world’s best urbantech startups with our corporate partners, COWI, EWII and VKR/VELUX in Copenhagen, Denmark to help accelerate the development of sustainable cities.

Run – we are committed to running as sustainably as possible

We reduce our own footprint through being carbon neutral through offsetting recycling & reusing wherever possible working with partners that take sustainability seriously

Grow – we help grow startups that have sustainability at their core

We focus on urban solutions that make construction more effective, buildings and power systems more flexible and public spaces more functional. The startups we work with have sustainability at their core and we support them in their journey to maximum impact.

We transform cities through the knowledge created through our program

We make it a priority to help the knowledge created through Urbantech escape into the wider ecosystem. We do this to support Denmark as an Urbantech Hub and to deepen the sustainability mindset in the people, companies – and the wider ecosystem.

Urbantech Impact Reports

Nordic Urbantech Report

In partnership with Innovation Lab Asia / Nordic Venture Alliance

Case studies on a range of Urbantech startups from across the Nordics. And the collection is growing on the new NAVA website.

Urbantech Impact Index Report

In partnership with Impact Index

It’ll mess with your mind a bit, and will introduce you to some new challenges – with that, and a set of other exciting indicators, the Index Impact Project is able to profile startups in a fresh light. And in this report you’ll also meet three case studies – Kobots, InfoTiles and Parametric.

Regenerative Cities Report

in partnership with Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies

Explore possible futures, including tools like the Futures Cone, learn more about Planetary Boundaries – and map your work against the Regenerative Framework.


Connect with the many people who are working to accelerate the development of sustainabkle cities.


Watch our YouTube series on the Circular Design Tool done in collaboration with InFuturum and the Danish Design Center. And Read about the latest urbantech topics and get to know the ecosystem through our Q&A series.


Partner / invest / explore our startups and help accelerate the development of sustainable cities.