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About UrbanTech


Dreamit UrbanTech

A Growth-Focused Program for
Real Estate Tech, Construction Tech, and Smart City Startups

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About UrbanTech


Dreamit UrbanTech

A Growth-Focused Program for
Real Estate Tech, Construction Tech, and Smart City Startups

We're Unique

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Designed for Startups with Revenue or Pilots
Focus is on scaling, customers, and capital, not on building your product.

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No Large Upfront Equity
Required to Join
We get the right to invest in your next round.

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No Need to Relocate
Your Startup
You’re busy building
your company. Stay where
you are.

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Customer Sprints


Customer Sprints™

Customer Sprints


Customer Sprints™

 

You do dev sprints. Now you’ll do Customer Sprints.

Meet with leading real estate firms and construction companies.

During week-long Customer Sprints in multiple cities, founders present to C-suite executives and SVP-level decision makers to initiate partnerships, discuss pilots, and gain customers. Cut months off your sales cycle.

Over 50 Customer Sprint partners, including…

 
 

Build a smart city from the ground up

Strategic Property Partners (SPP) is transforming 53 acres of downtown Tampa into a connected, data-driven, sustainable district. Dreamit startups will work closely with SPP throughout the program and gain access to their partners in development, including design, architecture, construction, and technology firms. Startups can become partners in this years-long project, as over 9 million square feet of new commercial, residential, and retail space is created. 

 
  • $3B Total Investment

  • 9M Square Feet

  • 53 Acres

  • 5,000 New Residences

  • 650 New Hotel Rooms

  • 2.6M sq ft of Office Space

 
 
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Investor Sprints


Investor Sprints™

Investor Sprints


Investor Sprints™

 

You do dev sprints. Now you’ll do Investor Sprints.

Pitch U.S.-based investors in 1-on-1 meetings during week-long, bi-coastal Investor Sprints. Close your next round more quickly.

You’ll leverage Dreamit’s extensive network of leading VCs and urban tech-focused funds. During the program, you’ll go through an intensive pitch prep process, strategy sessions for targeting the right investors, and rigorous Mock VC Meetings™.

Over 1,000 venture investors, including…

 
 
 
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Coaching UrbanTech


Coaching

Coaching UrbanTech


Coaching

 

Work with our highly experienced UrbanTech team to identify, evaluate and pressure-test key assumptions while prepping for Customer Sprints and Investor Sprints.

You’ll receive critical feedback and insights during weekly meetings with Managing Director Andrew Ackerman and Program Manager Sarah Milewski.

 
 

Dreamit UrbanTech Managing Director Andrew Ackerman is a serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and angel investor. He began his career at Booz & Co consulting on strategy and operations for Fortune 100 clients. Later, Ackerman worked at Bunk1.com as COO/Head of Product, spending eight years building the product from scratch to the leading provider of web services to the summer camp industry. After exiting Bunk1 in 2008, Andrew managed a family office where he was responsible for both incubating new ventures and for managing over $50M of alternative assets including hedge, private equity, and venture capital funds, as well as a number of direct investments in private companies. Andrew was also the founding CEO of Layercake.com and is also a contributing writer to Fortune, AlleyWatch, The 74 Million, and other publications.

 
 

Program Manager Sarah Milewski focuses on operationalizing startup growth strategies during acceleration cycles. This includes connecting startups with industry experts, investment professionals, & potential customers. She works with the founders from admission into the program through raising their next rounds. Prior to Dreamit Sarah was a first-hire team member of an NYC beauty startup and co-founder of a venture that completed the MassChallenge accelerator program and henceforth has experienced startup world from many different angles.

 

Meet The UrbanTech Advisor Network

Maria Seredina
M&A & Partnerships
Zillow Group

Edgar Stach
Professor at Thomas Jefferson & Managing Director at e-Homes

Jerry Kestenbaum
CEO
BuildingLink

Jesse Devitte
Co-Founder
Borealis Ventures

 

David Gilford
Senior Director
Intersection

Steven Hodas
Head of Product
Citymart

Anand Babu
COO
Sidewalk Labs

Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri
Managing Director
Global Futures Group

Matthew Hoffman
VP of Innovation
Enterprise Community Partners

Guy Vardi
Chief Innovation Officer
Silverstein Properties

Cameron McCaskill
Sr. Director Sales
Qualcom

Mike Smith
President and CEO
WhiteSpace Advisors

Steven Evans
Manager of Sales
Mark43

Suresh Madhavan
Head of Ecosystem
machineQ at Comcast

Anthony Chow
Founder & CEO
Igloohome

Camille Renshaw
Founder and CEO
RenshawCo

Bimal Mehta
Business Incubation Lead
Schneider Electric

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Why Dreamit


Community

Why Dreamit


Community

 

Over 300 startups have completed Dreamit programs. These companies have raised over $800 million in follow-on funding and have a combined valuation of over $2 billion.

Over 50 urban tech startups are part of Dreamit’s alumni network. This tight-knit community share resources for accelerating growth, overcoming problems, meeting new customers, and raising venture capital.

Here are a few members of the UrbanTech alumni network…

 

Here's what some of our founders have to say:

 
  “The Dreamit stamp carries a lot of weight and made it easier for us to raise funding.”   — Russ D'Souza Founder, SeatGeek

“The Dreamit stamp carries a lot of weight and made it easier for us to raise funding.”
— Russ D'Souza Founder, SeatGeek

  "Because of Dreamit, we changed our model from a location-based app to a data-analytics SAS company, it turned out to be one of the best decisions for Parkloco!"   — Ronak Massand   Co-Founder, Parkloco

"Because of Dreamit, we changed our model from a location-based app to a data-analytics SAS company, it turned out to be one of the best decisions for Parkloco!"
— Ronak Massand
Co-Founder, Parkloco

  “Dreamit has provided ecomedes an amazing opportunity to fine tune our operatiions. Storytelling is at the core of traction with customers & investors and DreamIt has helped us dial in our story and market positioning in an accelerated time frame.”   — Paul Shahriari Founder & CEO, ecomedes

“Dreamit has provided ecomedes an amazing opportunity to fine tune our operatiions. Storytelling is at the core of traction with customers & investors and DreamIt has helped us dial in our story and market positioning in an accelerated time frame.”
— Paul Shahriari Founder & CEO, ecomedes

  “Dreamit customer immersions put us in front of extremely impressive partners & customers in a span of two weeks. Something that would be impossible to do on our own. The pitch refining process helped us craft a story that would resonate with each specific audience.”   — Shane Eten Founder, Lōtik   (a SamsungNext Venture)

“Dreamit customer immersions put us in front of extremely impressive partners & customers in a span of two weeks. Something that would be impossible to do on our own. The pitch refining process helped us craft a story that would resonate with each specific audience.”
— Shane Eten
Founder, Lōtik
(a SamsungNext Venture)

  “We came to the United States to be part of Dreamit. It was Dreamit that helped us understand the US market.”   — Ben Rubin Founder, Houseparty

“We came to the United States to be part of Dreamit. It was Dreamit that helped us understand the US market.”
— Ben Rubin
Founder, Houseparty

 

Want to learn more about Dreamit UrbanTech?

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Apply to Dreamit UrbanTech


Dreamit UrbanTech Spring 2019 Program

Apply to Dreamit UrbanTech


Dreamit UrbanTech Spring 2019 Program

Key Dates for the Spring 2019 Program:

December 31: Application Deadline | March 25: Kickoff Week
April 29 to May 10: Customer Sprints | June 17 to June 28: Investor Sprints

We are looking for B2B and B2C startups that have deployed a product, demonstrated early traction, and are solving urgent problems in the following areas:

CONSTRUCTION

Tools that help in executing any construction project from design to completion. Includes latest building technologies like 3D printing, robotics and modular construction that reduce the dependency on human labor and execute projects in shorter time span.

  • Inspections and surveying

  • Planning and collaboration

  • Prototyping and scaling

  • Data gathering

  • 3D printing or additive manufacturing

  • Augmented or autonomous tools

  • Drones

  • Building Information modeling

SMART CITY

Companies that provide connected hardware and/or solutions for collecting, transmitting and analyzing city-scale data on the way in which people interact with the city environment (i.e. traffic, utilities, etc.)

  • Water management

  • Energy management

  • Urban mobility

  • Street lighting

  • Public safety & Security

  • Industrial automation

  • Smart transportation

  • Data aggregation and analysis

REAL ESTATE

Software as a service and other types of technology companies that enable real estate transactions, the management of real estate properties, and other common real estate services.

  • Collaboration software

  • Marketplaces

  • Data and analytics

  • Building and project info

  • Drones, AR/VR

  • Design software

  • Financial and project management

  • Financial or insurance solutions relating to real estate

 
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