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Cities are Booming, and so is Urban Tech


By 2030, two thirds of the global population will be urban. City governments are looking to stimulate innovation, find solutions to climate change, and tackle the challenges that arise from a growing population. There is a pressing need to scale cities.


Together with Unknown Group, Scale Cities is launching a new initiative to support 30 scaleups that are solving city challenges in food, energy, waste, and mobility. Dealmaking Day fosters connections between scaleups, venture capital, and city governments, with the goal of supporting their international growth.

Scaling Urban Tech Together

Which of these themes does your solution apply to? 

Group 19

The current food system is under strain. The transition to a new, climate-neutral, and circular food system is essential to ensure the long-term supply of sufficient, sustainable, and healthful food in a healthy living environment. We need bridge-builders to help us make this transition: leaders who can think and act in systems and collaborate across fields of expertise to promote innovative solutions.

Group 21

To mitigate and fight climate change, we must reuse, repair, refurbish and recycle existing materials and products ‘to close the loop’ and adopt circularity in all aspects of our society. Together, we can implement new solutions around product and process innovation in order to bring additional value to materials, help reduce waste responsibly and shift to a fully circular economy!

Group 22

Our energy mix is transitioning away from oil towards natural gas and renewables. Organizations are putting in a lot of effort to decarbonize the economy and establish new ecosystems. Affordable, clean, and secure energy is essential for boosting economic productivity, improving quality of life, protecting the environment, and ensuring national security.

Group 23

The way we get from point A to point B is changing significantly. This shift is fostering a new personal mobility ecosystem, with implications far beyond the automotive sector. New, disruptive innovations will account for 56 % of overall revenues in the mobility business by 2030. New business models, production methods, service models, and distribution models necessitate the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

“Scaleups and governments tackling challenges in food, waste, energy and mobility – this is why SCALE Cities exists.”

– Bas Beekman, Founder SCALE Cities

Connect With the program's Authors

Meet our collaborative force of global cities


  • Till Stenzel

    Energy, Mobility

    Venture Partner at SET Ventures

  • Filip Van Innis

    Food, Energy, Mobility

    Investment Director at Fortino Capital

  • Lurdes Gramaxo

    Food, Energy, Mobility, Waste

    Partner and Executive Board Member at Bynd Venture Capital

  • Chika Yamamoto

    Energy, Mobility

    Partner at The Change VC, CEO at CROSSBIE

  • Charlotte De Puydt

    Energy, Waste, Mobility

    Investment Analyst at SPDG

  • Cédric Vermeulen

    Energy, Waste, Mobility

    Ventures at Plug and Play Tech Center

  • Heinrich Prokop

    President at Clever Clover B.V.

  • Jonas Schorr

    Energy, Waste, Mobility

    Partner at Urban Impact Invest

  • Bernardo Pequito

    Investment Director at Beta Capital

  • Miguel Pinho

    Head of Technology at Seedcamp

  • Ricardo Jacinto

    Partner at Shilling

  • Nadia Soultanova

    Energy, Waste, Mobility

    Head of Urban Network & LP Support at Urban Impact Ventures

  • Ruth Janssens

    Managing Partner at Morrow Ventures Belgium

  • Roel van Reenen

    Food, Energy, Mobility

    Jr. Investor at No Such Ventures

  • Rodolphe Rabot

    Energy, Waste, Mobility

    VC Investor at NCI

  • Duran Cesur

    Energy, Mobility

    Investor at Vinci Venture Capital

  • Pia Laguna

    Food, Energy, Mobility, Waste

    Climate Tech Investments at World Fund

  • Inès Mertens

    Investment Manager at

  • Rafael Conceição

    VC at Indico Capital

  • Julian Klaiber

    Food, Waste, Mobility

    Investment Associate at Munich Venture Partners

  • Klaus Grössinger

    Managing Director at Onsight Ventures

  • Gem Kua

    Energy Venture Analyst Lead at Rockstart

  • Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen

    COO at Unknown Group

  • Noortje van Heijst

    Investment Manager at Unknown Group

  • Bas Rogaar

    Head of Venture Acceleration at Unknown Group

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