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In 2015, the Foundation launched Global Urban Innovators, the first international initiative to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time by supporting and promoting the 10 most innovative startups and social enterprises that use technology to solve pressing issues in cities.

Chinmay Agarwal, Jugnoo

Chinmay is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Jugnoo. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and did a Joint Masters in Advanced Robotics on Erasmus Mundus scholarship from Ecole Centrale Nantes, France and Univ. of Genoa, Italy. He is also the co-founder and ex-CTO at Jugnoo’s […]

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Raphaël Gindrat, BestMile

Raphael Gindrat holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Transportation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He gained his management skills through a minor in Management of Technology and his 2-year term as President of the EPFL Student Association (8,000 members, CHF 1M budget). Raphael’s expertise comes […]

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Chris Gourlay, Spacehive

A former Sunday Times staff journalist, Chris covered architecture and planning, as well as leading the paper’s London coverage. He launched Spacehive in 2012 as a social business to stimulate new sources of funding and creativity for the civic environment. Since then the platform has helped to deliver a diverse mix of projects across the UK […]

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Anielle Guedes, Urban3D

Anielle Guedes is a young global entrepreneur dedicated to sustainable urban development since a young age across different sectors. At the age of 23, she has created law projects in Brazil for the municipal and state government of São Paulo, spoken at the UN, G20, World Bank, and other intergovernamental agencies several times, served as […]

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Geert Houben, Cubigo

Geert Houben received graduate degrees in Computer Science and Business Economics at Hasselt University in Belgium. In his first startup he designed and developed an optician software solution that was acquired by a large European retail chain. He then co-founded with a primary care physician Cubigo, which is a mobile platform with convenient access to healthy […]

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Niamh Kirwan, FoodCloud

Niamh Kirwan is Marketing and Communications manager with FoodCloud, an innovative social enterprise matching businesses with surplus food with charities that need it. She has worked with FoodCloud since 2014 managing media and stakeholder relations, marketing, digital media, communications and fundraising. Niamh has previously worked in environmental education and environmental policy. She has a an […]

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Aaron Lander, PopUpsters

Before moving to the Bay Area and working in sustainability and technology, Aaron began his career in marketing and communications for elected officials and campaigns. Aaron’s most recent accomplishments include being selected as a fellow in the “Top 30 Under 30” Next Generation LGBT Leaders by Coca Cola, a Westly Prize for Young Innovators recipient, […]

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Chong-Wey Lin, OurCityLove

Prof. Dr. Lin is the founder of the OurCityLove Social Enterprise Taiwan. Under his curation, the OurCityLove Social Enterprise developed series of smart phone Friendly Apps and cloud service system for city's accessible information. They also recruited, trained and coached people with various physical disabilities, such as spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, polio, and those […]

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Boluwaji Oyewumi, Wecyclers

Boluwaji Oyewumi is a passionate and versatile entrepreneur involved in the Nigerian start-up scene in Lagos. With experience in a wide variety of sectors, including offline payment startup www.sanwo.me, he currently leads business development at WeCyclers Nigeria Limited, a Lagos-based waste recycling social enterprise. Boluwaji was a recipient of the Total-NNPC Scholarship, and holds a […]

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Steven Ramage, what3words

Steven has over 20 years experience in the geospatial industry, and immediately prior to joining what3words was the Managing Director of Ordnance Survey International. He is currently a visiting Professor at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is a member of the Global Advisory Council supporting the Open […]

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