Accelerating towards sustainable cities

Catenda recently won a place among ten startups for Urbantech 2019, starting this week in Copenhagen. Urbantech is an accelerator and innovation program for high quality startups who are creating solutions in urban technology.

Urbantech runs through 2019-2021, admitting ten startups in each cycle. The program focuses on urbanization, construction, indoor environments, energy and fiber connectivity. It is financed by The Danish Industry Foundation, Realdania, COWI, EWII and VELUX.

Dag Fjeld Edvardwsen pitching at Urbantech
Dag Fjeld Edvardwsen pitching at Urbantech

The road to Urbantech

Catenda with our BIM-collaboration platform Bimsync was invited as a candidate for the Urbantech program a while ago, then followed a long selection process among the 400 applicants. The process involved several screenings and many questions to answer in each step. We survived every step and together with 18 other companies from all around the world, we made it to the finals in Copenhagen in June. The ten best companies would win a place each of the UrbanTech program.

I head the Customer Success department, and am also one of the founders of Catenda, and it was great fun to present in the finals. It was a very interesting and nice experience. The most interesting part was probably the initial two-minutes and later one-minute pitch we all made to the selection committee. You really have to make sure that each word counts when you summarize our startup business idea, something I care so much about, into 120 and then 60 seconds.

All the efforts we put in proved fruitful, and we were very happy to be selected among the 10 startups that won the finale.

The other nine startups are:
Next Energy Technologies from United States
AIRBOXLAB from Luxembourg
SAALG Geomechanics from Spain
Anyware Solutions from Denmark
Moeco from Germany
PurCity from Denmark
Rysta
from Germany
Powerfox from Germany
OrxaGrid from United Kingdom

Bloxhub, the Copenhagen venue for Urbantech 2010
Bloxhub, the Copenhagen venue for Urbantech 2010

A season of learning and inspiration

The expectations from Urbantech is that the participating startups will be able to scale their businesses even further after the program has ended, and to become even stronger parts in creating the future of sustainable cities. It is structured like a traditional accelerator with a 3-month onsite program, but unlike other accelerators their stated end-goal is to create meaningful partnerships between startups and partners.

The program itself started on the 19th of August, and is 12 continuous weeks of working, learning and collaborating with the partners and the other startups. For the first week Catenda will be represented with CEO Håvard Brekke Bell and myself. Then we will play tag-team to have a significant presence over the following weeks. This will be fun!

By Dag Fjeld Edvardsen, Catenda Co-Founder and Head of Customer Success

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