Out in Tech NY | How I Built This with URBAN-X

September 18, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ? Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Out in Tech New York and URBAN-X present a roundtable discussion with LGBTQ+ startup founders and VC’s about the challenges of launching a venture in the urban design space. We’ll also discuss how to create inclusive and equitable workplaces and the importance of solutions that amplify diversity in cities. 

Join us for an exciting discussion about entrepreneurship and inclusive urban design and stick around for the networking social after the panel! 21+

About URBAN-X: In the face of rapid urban growth and extreme climate change, cities and entrepreneurs play a pivotal role in providing solutions for sustainable, resilient, and equitable living. At URBAN-X, our purpose is to empower and invest in entrepreneurs who are reimagining city life. We embrace the challenges and opportunities of city-scale systems by providing an immersive five-month program, during which founders are exposed to customers, city officials, end-users and potential investors. Our definition of success is defined by the capability of our founders to launch and scale their solutions to hundreds of cities, creating positive impact at scale.



Nathan Poekert, Global Director, Communications & Marketing – MINI Innovation & Strategy at BMW Group

Nathan’s work is dedicated towards identifying the sweet spot where brand innovation and performance can live in harmony. He is the Global Communications Director at BMW Group where he oversees marketing, communications, advertising and PR of brand innovation and “beyond car” initiatives for MINI. 

Rema Matevosyan, Founder and CEO at Swiftera

Rema Matevosyan is the co-founding CEO of Swiftera, the high altitude imaging company. She believes that our communities deserve accessible and quality geospatial intelligence in the face of urbanization and climate challenges, and that situational awareness makes our cities more resilient to natural and human-made disasters.

Claire Wo, Founder and VP of Energy Systems at Blueprint Power

Claire is passionate about solving environmental and energy issues through engineering, policy, and thoughtful design. Claire is the co-founder and VP of Energy Systems at Blueprint Power, where she is responsible for energy system design, market analysis, and regulatory engagement. 

Michael Delucia, Principal at Sidewalk Labs

Michael Delucia is responsible for originating, conducting due diligence and executing investments, currently focused on tech-enabled infrastructure. He helped design the financing strategy for Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto.

Liz Sisson, COO at Urban Us and Program Manager at URBAN-X

Liz is a program manager for the URBAN-X accelerator. Before joining the team, Liz was a Managing Director at the Roosevelt Institute, an economic think tank. In that role, she helped deploy public policy initiatives in local communities spanning across a wide range of issue areas including economic development, transportation, environmental impact and housing.


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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ? Jane Jacobs


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