Thank you for rocking Urban Tech Forward 2023 with us!

Europe’s premier event for urban tech innovators

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Urban Tech Forward 2023 highlights

Decarbonising cities.
For people. For the planet. For good.

We all need better cities – more efficient, future-proof and safe to live in.

With two out of three people predicted to live in the cities by 2050, urban stakeholders need to do a lot of planning to keep up with the rate of urbanisation. The demand for innovation in the sector is as high as ever. The time for urban transformation is now.

Urban Tech Forward returns with a mission to accelerate the development of net-zero cities. Designed to rethink spaces where people live and work – through the prism of decarbonisation and resilience – it brings together urban tech innovators, VCs, real estate developers, policy-makers and most prominent entrepreneurs to shift the way we build and make real progress on achieving a zero-carbon future.

What To Expect


The Latest Buzz

The Main Stage is where you’ll delve into the nitty-gritty of market trends, soak up wisdom from the experts and meet the movers and shakers of the urban tech sector.


Innovators' Spotlight

At the Tech Talks stage, we hand the mic over to 50+ entrepreneurs decarbonising our cities. Get inspired by their vision and walk away with a whole bunch of investment ideas.


Urban Tech Challengers

Once a year, we host an epic pitch battle for urban tech startups. Grab some popcorn and cheer on 40 rising stars shaking things up in the ever-evolving sector.


Building Connections

Our Speed Dating program is the ultimate matchmaker for startup executives and investors. Network with decision-makers and build a community of shared interests.


Exhibit Space

Find your next BFF (business friend forever) at our exhibit space. It is the innovation hub of the event, where meaningful conversations flow and new connections blossom.


Incredible Experience

Productivity and fun collide at Urban Tech Forward. Enjoy an action-packed schedule of learning and entertainment, plus discover the vibrant city of Warsaw.


Ulrich Ahle

CEO @ FIWARE Foundation

Iris ten Have

Head of Science @ Extantia

Edelio Bermejo

Head of Global R&D @ Holcim Innovation Center

Valentina Shegoyan

Managing Partner @ REACH UK – Second Century Ventures

Renaud de Viel Castel

COO and Head of Global Expansion @ Rubicon

Shaun Abrahamson

Managing Partner @ Third Sphere

Mimi Eelman

Strategy – Energy Transition @ City of Amsterdam

Michal Lakomski

Director of Digitalization and Cybersecurity Office, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor  @ Smart City Poznan

Jason Whittet

Digital Innovation Lead @ Amazon Web Services

Wouter Draijer

CEO @ SolarMente

Colleen Schutte

External Venturing @ NOVA by Saint-Gobain

Lech Kaniuk

CEO @ Sunroof

Dr. Olayan Alharbi

Business Development and Innovation Advisor to the Vice Minister @ Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing Ministry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Matthias Schanze

General Partner @ Rethink Ventures

Diego Santamaria Razo

Partner and Vice President @ Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Tim McCaffery

Global Investment Director – Deep Technology and Life Sciences SCG Corporate @ Siam Cement Group (SCG)

Juan Nieto

GP & Founding Partner @ Zacua Ventures

Conan Lauterpacht

Founding Partner @ Sustainable Future Ventures

Ami Kotecha

Co-Founder & Group President @ Amro Partners

Ines Bergmann-Nolting

Managing Partner @ Greencode Ventures

Shoba Viswanath

Early Stage Investor in Portfolio Companies @ Wefunder

Niklas Grunewald

Managing Partner @ Redstone Built World

Philipp Von Gilsa

CEO & Co-Founder @ Inc

Bartosz Bartoszewicz

Deputy Mayor, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor @ Smart City Gdynia

Charbel Aoun

Smart Cities and Spaces Director – EMEA @ NVIDIA

Daphne De La Grandiere

Circular Economy Project Manager @ Saint-Gobain

Johan Berhin

Founder & Designer @ Green Furniture Concept

Katarzyna Wszola

Director of Innovation @ Veolia Poland

Arjun Jaira

Investor @ A/O

Benjamin Kafri

Global Head of Innovation, Client Relations and Partnerships @ Bloomberg NEF

Boris Segal

Director, Digital Partnerships @ CBRE

Franc Mouwen

EIC Program Manager @ European Innovation Council (EIC)

Fabian König

Investment Manager @ PropTech1 Ventures

Daniel Scholz

Managing Director @ Footprint

Andreas Winter-Extra

Partner @ Kompas VC

Hans van Houwelingen

Managing Partner @ Urban Impact Ventures


And many more!

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Data Partner

Industry & Media Partners


Welcome To Warsaw

This year’s Urban Tech Forward is taking place in Warsaw – the dynamic capital of Poland. One of the most exciting cities to visit in Europe offers an intellectual feast that’s rich in history and charm.

Home to luxury retail outlets and modern skyscrapers resting next to historic libraries and museums, the city is known for the unique atmosphere that is both cosmopolitan and, at the same time, rather raw.

Make the most of your time at Urban Tech Forward by staying in one of the recommended hotels and soak in the electrifying energy of the city.

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