October 25 – 26, 2023, Warsaw, Poland

Europe’s premier event for urban tech innovators








Networking days

Urban Tech Forward 2022 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

Tanja Kufner

Head of Start Up & Venture Investments @ Nemetschek Group

Christos Passas

Design Director @ Zaha Hadid Architects

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

Michal Lakomski

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

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

Heliodor Macko

CEO @ SEAK Energetics

Alexander Sommer-Fein

Managing Director & Head of Strategy & Innovation @ LZH Group

Shoba Viswanath

Early Stage Investor in Portfolio Companies @ Wefunder

Niklas Grunewald

Managing Partner @ Redstone Built World

Philipp Von Gilsa

CEO & Co-Founder @ Kontakt.io Inc

Bartosz Bartoszewicz

Deputy Mayor, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor @ Smart City Gdynia

Johan Berhin

Founder & Designer @ Green Furniture Concept

Kris Kemeny

Founder & Managing Director @ Tekfen Ventures

Agata Bendik

Program Manager @ Plug and Play Tech Center

Daniel Emmett

CEO @ Next Energy Technologies

Hugo Silva

Principal @ Pi Labs

Hamdi Hafizoglu

Managing Director @ Sabancı Building Solutions

Louisa Dickins

Co-Founder @ LMRE

Silje Gronning

Senior Investment Associate – Climate tech & renewable energy @ Energy Impact Partners

Fabian König

Investment Manager @ PropTech1 Ventures

Daphne De La Grandiere

Circular Economy Project Manager @ Saint-Gobain

Andreas Winter-Extra

Partner @ Kompas VC

Hans van Houwelingen

Managing Partner @ Urban Impact Ventures

Boris Segal

Director, Digital Partnerships @ CBRE

Daniel Scholz

Managing Director @ Footprint

Sami Moughrabie

Managing Partner @ Atmos Ventures

Moritz Jungmann

Investment Principle @ Future Energy Ventures

Michal Bas

Principal @ VentureFriends

Linus Waltenberger

Team Lead – Corporate Development @ STRABAG

Janne Rauramo

Executive VP @ Betolar

Liliana Cruz

Decarbonization Investment Analyst @ CEMEX Ventures

Charbel Aoun

Smart Cities and Spaces Director – EMEA @ NVIDIA

Alessandro Zaccaria

Investment Director @ 360 Capital

Emet Zeitz

Business Development Manager @ Net Zero Insights

Mark Windeknecht

Climate Tech Investor @ World Fund VC

New speakers are announced weekly.
Stay tuned!


And many more!






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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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