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Urban Innovation Fund


Investing in transformative urban technology

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Urban Innovation Fund


Investing in transformative urban technology

We provide seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow's most valued companies.

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Landscape


With 81% of Americans living in cities, and two-thirds of the world's population urbanizing by 2050, there are a growing number of challenges facing urban dwellers – from transportation, to housing, to energy delivery. This unprecedented urbanization is giving rise to a new type of entrepreneur creating game-changing solutions to urban challenges. The Urban Innovation Fund provides capital and regulatory support for high potential startups that can transform the lives of billions of city dwellers.

Team


Team


Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator, which has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship over the last four years. In 2016, Living Cities named her as one of its "25 Disruptive Leaders." Julie's work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including CNN and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA from Stanford.

Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator, which has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship over the last four years. In 2016, Living Cities named her as one of its "25 Disruptive Leaders." Julie's work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including CNN and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA from Stanford.

Julie Lein
Managing Partner

Clara is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator, which has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship over the last four years. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara’s work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including Forbes and MSNBC, among others.   She earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU.

Clara is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator, which has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship over the last four years. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara’s work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including Forbes and MSNBC, among others.   She earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU.

Clara Brenner
Managing Partner

May is an Associate at the Urban Innovation Fund. Previously, she served as a Director at Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator, where she managed the accelerator program and worked closely with the organization’s portfolio companies. May’s writing on entrepreneurship has been featured in a wide range of outlets, including TechCrunch and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. She earned her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and her economics and law degrees from the University of Sydney.

May is an Associate at the Urban Innovation Fund. Previously, she served as a Director at Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator, where she managed the accelerator program and worked closely with the organization’s portfolio companies. May’s writing on entrepreneurship has been featured in a wide range of outlets, including TechCrunch and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. She earned her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and her economics and law degrees from the University of Sydney.

May Samali
Associate