Urbio receives support from Tech4Impact
In early 2019, the work from researchers Nils Schüler and Sébastien Cajot on sustainable city planning received preliminary funding from the Hasler Foundation to support the exploration of market applications and development of the product. After confirming the urgency of the problem - unprecedented urbanization coupled with the majority of carbon emissions stemming from urban centers - and the need from practitioners to access adapted decision support software, Urbio received follow-up funding and support in the form of a BRIDGE Proof of Concept grant, in the beginning of summer.
Last week, the Playgrant was obtained after presenting their project to a jury from the Tech4Impact program at EPFL. The aim of the program is to test and validate on the market advanced technologies which have strong sustainable and social impacts. With the clear mission to deliver innovative software for planning sustainable and livable cities, Urbio proved a suitable fit for this newly launched program.
Altogether, the funding will support the start-up in fine-tuning their product to the needs of planning practitioners, and further evaluate market opportunities for the technology.