Urban US

We fund startups that upgrade cities for climate change

Venture Capital
  • Program Type
    Venture Capital
  • Avg Funding Amount
    $20M
  • Investment Stage
    A, B, C, Exited, Pre-Seed, Seed, Seed+
  • Portfolio Size
    71 Companies, 1,500 investors
  • Investment Location
    New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles
  • Industry Focus
    CleanTech, Energy, GovTech, Real Estate, Smart Building

Our startups are upgrading cities with optimized buildingsfood resilienceclimate insurancefun EVswater demand shaping, and more.

We help startups overcome challenges that are unique to the city- and climate-related industry sectors.

The Urban Us platform is managed by a team of 12 people. Before working together, we founded and sold technology companies and invested across all stages from pre-seed to growth and across equity and debt. The team has previously worked at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, First Round Capital, BMW Group, NYSERDA, and Roosevelt Institute. Our team members have graduate degrees from Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, UPenn, and NYU.

Why do founders choose us?

First and best-aligned partner

Urban Us usually makes the first institutional investment in a startup. Often, the startup does not have their first paying customer. For that reason, we get to build unique relationships with founders. First, we are well aligned – we want them to be capital-efficient to avoid dilution. Second, we get to play a trusted advisory role as startups make critical decisions about partners, fundraising, and geographic expansion. It is easy to make promises, but we try our best to deliver. In 2020, Urban Us partners took two of eleven top spots on a list of nearly 400 investors, “The VCs who founders love the most.”

Diverse, relevant experience

The Urban Us platform is managed by a team of 12 people. Before working together, we founded and sold technology companies and invested across all stages from pre-seed to growth, working with both equity and debt. The team has previously worked at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, First Round Capital, BMW Group, NYSERDA, and Roosevelt Institute. Our team members have graduate degrees from Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, UPenn, and NYU.

Aligned and supportive partners

Beyond our core team, we have corporate partners who offer startups access and domain expertise, such as MINI (BMW Group), Takenaka Corporation (construction and real estate in Japan), and Gerdau (industrial globally), as well as limited partners from KKR, NEA, Nvidia, Uber, Salesforce, and Alphabet.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.

Let’s Get Started.

To apply or join the program, please submit an application.