Global Urban Innovators

Startups and social enterprises transforming cities everywhere.



NewCities creates value by bridging relationships and sharing learnings between our Global Urban Innovators and our international community of business leaders, government decision-makers, and progressive thinkers. Since 2016, NewCities has recognized trailblazing startups and social enterprises creatively applying technology to tackle pressing urban challenges.

Startups committed to improving city life face a unique challenge: finding the sweet spot between suitability —  meeting a clear need— and sustainability, both environmentally and operationally. Our GUI community leads the worldwide conversation on cities and innovation by introducing new ideas and tools for achieving impact at the urban scale.

Are you a company or social enterprise founded within the past five years and committed to sustainable, equitable solutions for transforming city life? Let's work together in shaping a better urban future!  


EMC Squared Vehicles is a mobility startup building space efficient electric vehicles. Based in Southern California, EMC Squared is committed to improving quality of travel & significantly lowering operating cost of vehicle fleets with a highly scalable platform suited for shared usage.

Hrishikesh Ballal has a PhD in Geodesign from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. He is the founder of Geodesign Hub and has experience in organizing 130+ projects using Geodesign Hub.

Gaetan Vannay is the co-founder of Securaxis, a Swiss startup developing safety & security solutions by leveraging new technologies, with a focus on Acoustic & Artificial Intelligence to add the missing component to smart cities: the hearing, by monitoring sounds.


  • Refine the ability to tell their stories from the broader perspective of common urban challenges;
  • Connect with cities and companies in the NewCities network to build leads and  opportunities;
  • Engage online, participating in our programs and events while sharing insights on across our platforms.
  • Global Urban Innovator Membership starts at $5,000.