Mayors control many aspects of their cities, but not everything is in their control. Sometimes changes occur on their own. That became the subject of research interest of investor Stonly Baptiste — exploring where and how innovation has appeared seemingly out of nowhere and has re-imagined cities over the last few years. What conditions are necessary for startup development and how to create them? What economy sectors’ improvement will provide a comfortable urban environment? How to distribute resources between them properly? Learn from the co-founder of the Urban Us venture fund and the partner of the URBAN-X accelerator — Stonly Baptiste.
Stonly Baptiste is the co-founder and the partner at Urban Us, the venture fund for startups that make cities and their environment better. He has spent the last 10 years as a serial entrepreneur, building five ventures spanning different economy sectors. Stonly has worked with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to help create an MBA class on how Entrepreneurship is being used to solve urban challenges. He was recently recognized as one of CNN Money’s 2015 Upstart 30: a list of game-changing companies, entrepreneurs and investors under the age of 40.
URBAN-X is the accelerator for startups reimagining city life and is located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. The program is organized by Urban Us and BMW/MINI to help these startups with the unique challenges of working with cities in sectors like transportation, real estate, local government, local services and utilities. BMW/MINI experts guide founders in design, manufacturing, engineering, marketing, community building and branding. Urban Us connects startups with the leading community of founders, investors, companies and city officials. Together, they've invested in many of the leading startups working on city solutions.
The lecture is part of the Moscow Urban Forum 2017.