Urban Impact is a brainchild of passion - for urbanism, technology, sustainable business and organizational excellence. In our daily work, we pair the unobvious: a public sector ethics combined with a start-up/VC growth mindset to shape the city of tomorrow. We believe you need a deep understanding of both worlds to enable truly transformative change. Our credo: innovate with gatekeepers, not against them. And together with your help and support, we are on a mission to become Europe’s leading ecosystem platform on Urban Tech. Join the ride!


Jonas Schorr

Co-Founder & Managing Director

A Berlin native, Jonas always had an insatiable curiosity about the world and thrives on bringing different people together around a common vision. Prior to founding Urban Impact, Jonas spent ten years working on international projects in the field of sustainable city-making across Europe and Asia.

His clients included city governments, international city networks, think tanks, philanthropies and academic institutions. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on his son who just learned to ride his bike.

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Dominik Zalewski

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Dominik spent the last decade working with top Venture Capital teams helping to support Europe’s best entrepreneurs on their journey from pre-Seed stages to IPOs. As an urban economist by training, he previously worked with cities to co-create urban development strategies and help them finance sustainable infrastructure projects.

In his free time he sketches pursuing the dream of publishing his comic book at some point.

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Sophie Persigehl

Content Lead

Sophie is a city planner by training and passionate about urban innovation shaping the city of tomorrow. As Content Lead, she supports the team across a variety of projects and outreach activities. She is enthusiastic about photogaphy and secretly knows the lyrics to your favourite song.

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Lucas Teixeira

Creative Director

Lucas is a technology-savvy designer experienced in creating and presenting forward-thinking concepts. As Urban Impact’s Creative Director, he is in charge of storytelling, visual communication and strategic presentations. His free time is spent spearheading an alliance of creatives that rethink the future.

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Supporting Us

Aleksandra Balkiewicz-Żerek

Aleksandra or ‘Ola’ is a senior researcher and our on-the-ground expert on Polish urban tech based in Warsaw.

Andrew Stevens

Andrew is a senior researcher with a special focus on city networks and local government innovation across the UK and Japan.

Anthony Townsend

Anthony is a world-leading authority on the future of mobility, author of two seminal books “Ghost Road” and “Smart Cities” and a close collaborator for our thought leadership activities.

David Altabev

David is an expert on digital city strategies, startup collaboration and innovative public procurement in the UK and Europe and advises us on a number of topics, including CityOpps.

Friedrich A. Neuman

Friedrich is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on impact investing in cities.

Kasia Zalewska

Kasia is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and seasoned analyst of future market trends and startup opportunities.

Marcus Lukic-Walther

Marcus is a biologist and innovation expert for nature-based approaches, including blue and green infrastructure topics.

Dr. Michael Mischke

Michael is a mobility expert, ecosystem builder and storyteller.

Oliver von Quast

Oliver is an energy expert, innovation consultant and investor. He has a special expertise in corporate innovation programs for city utilities.


We like to be straightforward about what drives us. Here are our core values and a glimpse into our company culture.


driving unexpected connections


driving responsible action


driving meaningful engagement


driving continuous learning


driving long-term thinking

Mindful work ethic

driving ambitious work balanced with family life

Shape the future city with us

Interested in working with us? We are always looking for talented people and partners who share our mission.

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