Startup SAFARI Cologne
Urban Impact partnered with Startup Safari to curate the Smart City track of their 2018 edition of this great European event. As track curator, our role was to scout for Cologne’s most disruptive Urban Tech innovators. We were more than pleased when Ampido and NEXT Kraftwerke joined the Smart City Track. We also hosted our first Urban Impact workshop with young innovators from Cologne.
Ampido brings the Sharing Economy to parking lots in cities. Otherwise vacant parking lots and easily be shared, booked and monetized by private owners, thus reducing search traffic in inner cities and increasing the usage of otherwise underused urban space.
Next Kraftwerke operates one of Europe’s largest virtual power plants of green energy, connecting small producers of renewables with consumers across Germany and many other European countries. We even got a chance to visit their real-time energy trading floor at their HQ in a beautiful old factory building. On this map you can see all of their renewable energy producing assets across Germany & central Europe. How cool is that?!?
Finally, big shout out also to the folks at Start-up Safari who believed in us as partners at an early stage! Special thanks go to Lukas and Lilith!