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Our Urban Innovators


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Our Urban Innovators


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A career development platform that re-imagines the hiring process while working to build a more inclusive workforce.

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A commuter shuttle service that builds better transit routes by learning commuter habits and preferences.

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An online platform that helps makers find spaces for their activities, like workshops and commercial kitchens.

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An online platform that connects local vendors and makers with unique opportunities to "pop up" their brands.

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A suite of tools that transforms water utility data into financial and conservation solutions for the community.

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An intelligent peer-to-peer mobile platform for street parking.

 

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A peer-to-peer platform to exchange cash currencies in person, based on the current rate, and for free.

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An urban vertical farming and retailing system designed to produce and sell local food.


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A mobile platform that
connects those with excess food to those in need.


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A mobile donation platform
for the homeless and other neighbors in need.

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An on-demand, multi-pickup ridesharing solution matching cars with multiple riders.

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An easy way to apply to multiple preschools online and manage the preschool admission process.

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A toolkit to help people invest 
in the places and projects they care about.

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A social platform to swap
items in exchange for things that spark your interest.

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A collaborative social pinboard for local and community events.
 

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A blue collar, online identity service that makes it easier to find work in the trades.

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Some Testimonials


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Some Testimonials


“The most valuable part was being able to have access to government leaders, which my own community and network wasn’t allowing me to do.”

The most valuable part was being able to have access to government leaders, which my own community and network wasn’t allowing me to do.
— Tejal Shah, KidAdmit Co-Founder
“When I first met Julie, and her co-founder Clara, HandUp was just an idea. Their support has been instrumental in getting us off the ground. They are home for a new kind of startup, urban ventures with social missions.”

When I first met Julie, and her co-founder Clara, HandUp was just an idea. Their support has been instrumental in getting us off the ground. They are home for a new kind of startup, urban ventures with social missions.
— Rose Broome, HandUp Co-Founder
“Tumml was uniquely suited to our needs. They connected us to government agencies, apprenticeship programs, and unions in a way that your typical tech accelerator couldn’t.”

Tumml was uniquely suited to our needs. They connected us to government agencies, apprenticeship programs, and unions in a way that your typical tech accelerator couldn’t.
— Patrick Cushing, Workhands Co-Founder
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Our Mentors


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Our Mentors


Suli is the Founder and CEO of TinyCo, a mobile social gaming company based in San Francisco, and an angel investor.

Suli is the Founder and CEO of TinyCo, a mobile social gaming company based in San Francisco, and an angel investor.

Suleman Ali

Gordon is the Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco where he advises public and private sector leaders on how information and communications technology can help solve complex urban environmental problems.

Gordon is the Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco where he advises public and private sector leaders on how information and communications technology can help solve complex urban environmental problems.

Gordon Feller

Phil is the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, administering more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces. 

Phil is the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, administering more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces. 

Phil Ginsburg

Nigel is the Co-Chair of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, working to building partnerships between internal agencies and outside entrepreneurs to pilot projects that address resident needs.

Nigel is the Co-Chair of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, working to building partnerships between internal agencies and outside entrepreneurs to pilot projects that address resident needs.

Nigel Jacob 

Jonny is the Program Director of Kiva Zip, a pilot program, launched by Kiva, that enables you to make direct loans to entrepreneurs in Kenya and the United States.

Jonny is the Program Director of Kiva Zip, a pilot program, launched by Kiva, that enables you to make direct loans to entrepreneurs in Kenya and the United States.

Jonny Price

Kirsten is the Co-Founder of Revolution Foods, which delivers 200,000 fresh, healthy meals a day at over 1,000 schools around the country. The company was named as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2012. 

Kirsten is the Co-Founder of Revolution Foods, which delivers 200,000 fresh, healthy meals a day at over 1,000 schools around the country. The company was named as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2012. 

Kirsten Tobey

Story is the Co-Director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, working to build partnerships between internal agencies and outside entrepreneurs to pilot projects that address resident needs.

Story is the Co-Director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, working to build partnerships between internal agencies and outside entrepreneurs to pilot projects that address resident needs.

Story Bellows

Nick is the Founder of Job Rooster, which was acquired by TrueBlue.  He now focuses on mentoring and investing in startups developing market-based solutions to environmental and social problems.

Nick is the Founder of Job Rooster, which was acquired by TrueBlue.  He now focuses on mentoring and investing in startups developing market-based solutions to environmental and social problems.

Nick Ellis

Ron is the New York City Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Co-Founder of Recylebank, which rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. 

Ron is the New York City Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Co-Founder of Recylebank, which rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. 

Ron Gonen

David oversees a real estate opportunity fund, and is the Executive Director of a private family foundation. He serves on the Board of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

David oversees a real estate opportunity fund, and is the Executive Director of a private family foundation. He serves on the Board of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

David Levine

Eric is the Vice President for Entertainment & Tech Policy at Verizon, where works to build partnerships with innovators and entrepreneurs.

Eric is the Vice President for Entertainment & Tech Policy at Verizon, where works to build partnerships with innovators and entrepreneurs.

Eric Reed

John is an advisor to Pritzker Group Venture Capital, as well as the former Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago.

John is an advisor to Pritzker Group Venture Capital, as well as the former Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago.

John Tolva

Joost is the Ventures Guru at the MIT Media Lab, where he studies Innovation Everywhere, from invention in research labs through action in entrepreneurial startups and innovation ecosystems generally. 

Joost is the Ventures Guru at the MIT Media Lab, where he studies Innovation Everywhere, from invention in research labs through action in entrepreneurial startups and innovation ecosystems generally. 

Joost Bonsen

Jeff is the Director of eGovernment Business Development at Microsoft and the former Co-Director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

Jeff is the Director of eGovernment Business Development at Microsoft and the former Co-Director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

Jeff Friedman

Nick is the General Manager for Policy & Outreach at Union Square Ventures, where he works on public policy and regulatory issues facing “peer networks” on the web, and leads advocacy initiatives that support web-based innovation.

Nick is the General Manager for Policy & Outreach at Union Square Ventures, where he works on public policy and regulatory issues facing “peer networks” on the web, and leads advocacy initiatives that support web-based innovation.

Nick Grossman

Jay is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco, where he works to introduce new ideas and approaches to encourage civic innovation and make government more lean and transparent.

Jay is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco, where he works to introduce new ideas and approaches to encourage civic innovation and make government more lean and transparent.

Jay Nath

Joanna is the Managing Director of Soda Rock Partners, where she serves as an investor, board member and senior advisor to several private high growth companies and non-profit organizations, such as the New Schools Venture Fund.

Joanna is the Managing Director of Soda Rock Partners, where she serves as an investor, board member and senior advisor to several private high growth companies and non-profit organizations, such as the New Schools Venture Fund.

Joanna Rees

Alison is a leader in the bikesharing industry, serving as President & CEO of Bicycle Transit Systems, as well as the former President & Co-Founder of Alta Bicycle Share.

Alison is a leader in the bikesharing industry, serving as President & CEO of Bicycle Transit Systems, as well as the former President & Co-Founder of Alta Bicycle Share.

Alison Cohen

James is the Managing Director of Common Angels, one of the first formal venture capital investing networks and the largest in the Northeast. It has invested $44 million from individual investors.

James is the Managing Director of Common Angels, one of the first formal venture capital investing networks and the largest in the Northeast. It has invested $44 million from individual investors.

James Geshwiler

Peter is the Chairman of Re:Imagine Group, a group of civic technologists, designers, and researchers. Previously, he headed Enterprise Marketing at Apple, where he grew its large business/government revenue to $1 billion annually.

Peter is the Chairman of Re:Imagine Group, a group of civic technologists, designers, and researchers. Previously, he headed Enterprise Marketing at Apple, where he grew its large business/government revenue to $1 billion annually.

Peter Hirshberg

Tory is a Partner at Catamount Ventures, which invests in mission-drive companies like Revolution Foods, for whom the pursuit of growth and revenue naturally produces societal benefits.

Tory is a Partner at Catamount Ventures, which invests in mission-drive companies like Revolution Foods, for whom the pursuit of growth and revenue naturally produces societal benefits.

Tory Patterson

Jonathan is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Palo Alto, where he plans and directs a technology strategy that assists City departments in providing quality services to citizens, businesses, and visitors. 

Jonathan is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Palo Alto, where he plans and directs a technology strategy that assists City departments in providing quality services to citizens, businesses, and visitors. 

Jonathan Reichental