"More than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. They collectively contribute over 80% of the world's GDP. Our planet's sustainability depends on how we manage cities. Whether its air pollution, traffic congestion, obesity or depression - cities play a crucial role."
01 about us
We work with cities.
We experiment and test.
We Innovate Urban.
BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION
Research and Development
CityX is our platform for carrying out research and development on urban innovations. We identify urban problems, test hypotheses and carry out experiments to validate the results in the city ecosystem. During this problem-solving process, we develop knowledge products and technology solutions for the city stakeholders.
Advisory and Facilitation
GrowU is our platform to provide advisory and facilitation services to public and private sector players in the urban sector. We provide an end-to-end range of services including feasibility, market assessment, strategic planning, prototyping, marketing, networking, and fundraising for startups, development agencies and government.
UrbanPIE: Better Cities In A Minute
Urban PIE is India's first and only AI-powered bite-sized digital content website on urban innovations. It was selected for the Citizen Innovation Lab Hackathon, which was organised by CIIE.CO at IIM Ahmedabad and supported by Omidyar Network India. It brings together startups, tech companies, urban professionals, students, academicians, citizens, innovators, professionals, city officials, and policymakers.
Sustainable Community Tool
Sustainable Community Tool is a framework developed to to assess the cleanliness and sustainability of local neighbourhoods and residential societies. The self-assessment tool helps you identify how sustainable your neighbourhood is and what can you do to make it more sustainable better and environmentally resilient.
04 our story
Urban Innovation Lab was founded by Ram Khandelwal in 2021.
We are a mission-based innovation company. We're a startup recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), Government of India (GoI).
Our thought process is inspired by the ‘nine dots’ puzzle - thinking out of the box. We believe that cities are complex ecosystems. To solve the urban problems, we need to innovate. The orange color of ‘nine dots’ resonates our excitement, enthusiasm and warmth. It represents a state of readiness to make transition from a stationary state to a motion state.
‘Innovate Urban’ is not just a statement for us, but our core philosophy. We exist to make innovations in managing cities and making them better places. We believe that innovation can happen across process, products, user experience, and business model. Whether big or small, whether novel or just an improvement. It’s all innovation for us.
We explore new approaches to tackle urban challenges. We develop ideas and solutions to influence the city stakeholders for a better future for our cities.
We use an inter-disciplinary approach from fields such as architecture, urban planning, environmental engineering, anthropology, human behaviour, digital technology, and design thinking.
We strongly believe in the idea of collective success and crowdsourcing. We collaborate with individuals and organizations to solve urban problems.
Join us in our vision for a better urban future.
CEO & Founder
Urban Innovation Lab
Ram Khandelwal founded Urban Innovation Lab to bring together new ideas, knowledge and solutions into the urban sector. He strongly feels that the technologies have immense potential to solve unprecedented challenges of climate change and sustainability in cities. He's committed to making cities better places.
Ram is an urban sector professional with more than a decade of experience in consulting, research and teaching. He works closely with the UN-Habitat, the World Bank and the HCL Foundation. He has worked on consulting assignments in India, UK, Bangladesh and Tanzania. In his past roles, he led teams at PwC, IPE Global, Yes Bank, ICF International, CRISIL, SGI Global and Greater Noida Authority. He's an alumnus of IMT Ghaziabad, CEPT University, Ahmedabad and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
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