Accelerating the shift to a low carbon-economy!
Why we do what we do!
The world is experiencing a mobility transformation. In a world with limited resources growing at a breathtaking rate, we cannot afford to have cars parked 95% of the time. Or that many cities devote up to 50% of their space to vehicles. This needs to change. And it will.
At Urban Connect we believe that companies are fundamental actors in the mobility transformation process that we are experiencing. Not in vain, most of the traffic-related efficiency and time losses (average person spends 1 week/year stuck in traffic) are related to commuting to work.
Our mission is to provide companies with holistic mobility solutions that create more sustainable and efficient work environments. Whether bicycles, e-scooters, or e-cars, we stand for shared usage. We want to change the way we commute to work.
Modern micromobility is shaped by a vehicle that even a kid can lift up. This space efficient and fast commuter tool provides absolute flexibility to the user in an urban setting and is absolutely fashion friendly. Should you go to work in a suit-n-tie or jeans-n-jersey – you’ll feel convenient either way.
E-scooter 1-3 km journey:
E-bikes 3-15 km journey:
Mid-length commutes are the fastest by an e-bike. An all-in-one vehicle ensures you avoid traffic, get some workout, improve concentration, save time and always find a free parking spot. A corporate E-Bike sharing fleet proved to be a huge success by many of our clients.
E-cars 15 + km journey:
Individual car ownership is inefficient and costly. Corporate E-Car sharing by Urban Connect allows reliable, convenient and an affordable user experience with a seamless operational cycle ensured by our technology. Car share members typically use other modes of transport, including walking and cycling, that is beneficial to commuters health.
2018 Category Mobile
2018 Category User Experience
We are a young company based in Zurich, led by passion to reduce traffic congestion in the urban areas. We're reshaping the urban mobility landscape in Swiss cities.
Judith is the CEO and Co-founder of Urban Connect. She grew up in Rubigen, and currently lives with her family in Kreis 5 in Zurich. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Zurich, a degree she started shortly after graduating from performing arts school. Judith is also a member of the 2018 European cohort of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, which is an executive leadership program designed for women entrepreneurs ready to scale operations and grow to become global market leaders.
Judith loves helping clients solve big problems related to their mobility systems.
Favourite spot in Zurich: Letten
Favourite sport: Bikram Yoga
Favourite drink: Coffee
Rebecca is Urban Connect’s Marketing and Brand Content designer. She grew up in Ecuador, and moved to Europe when she was 18. After finishing her Industrial Design studies in Kiel Germany she moved to Switzerland to do study for a Masters in Product Design at the École cantonal d’art de Lausanne. After working 3 years in London for an international Design Agency she moved to Zurich, in pursuit of nature and less busy roads to cycle on.
She believes cycling has a major impact in mental and physical health, her goal is to get everyone to cycle to work!
Favourite sport: Climbing
Favourite thing: Hot shower
Favourite mountain pass to cycle: Große Scheidegg
Ivan is Urban Connect’s Backend Web Developer. In his homeland Russia, Ivan studied Physics, became a programmer, and co-founded two software agencies. These days he lives with his family in Serbia.
Ivan has helped a lot of startups during his freelancing career. The list includes GitLab, where Ivan played a role of Developer Advocate which was different to his usual role. He shares his experience in his career as a speaker at conferences since 2010, teaching junior developers and writing a book for Rails developers.
He has joined Urban Connect to take the platform to the next level in terms of stability, features and scalibility.
Favourite hobbies: cycling, bouldering and reading
Tobias is Head of Operations at Urban Connect. He is a Swiss and Indian citizen, born and raised in Zurich.
He made an apprenticeship as a design engineer and worked for several years in the R&D department of Cimpress, an international printing company. In Tunis, Tunisia Tobias built up a new design team for Cimpress, trained the employees and defined the workflows.
After this experience he graduated with a bachelors degree in Transportation Systems Engineering with a focus on micro-mobility. This is how he came into contact with Urban-Connect.
As Head of Operations he is responsible for customer support, maintenance, new installations and purchasing. In cooperation with the Tech Development Team he also helps to improve Urban Connect's products and software.
Tobias is a motorcyclist and loves to go on big tours with his wife. Floorball is his passion; as a referee and sports director of the performance department of a local club he helps young and old players to practice their passion.
Favourite city: Rome
Favourite animal: Ant
Fun Fact: Related to Nicole Scherzinger
Christian is the CGO of Urban Connect. He acquired more than 12 years of professional experience in strategy development and business building, both as management consultant (Berylls Strategy Advisors, Oliver Wyman) and as COO and CFO of an e-commerce/online marketing startup.
He studied Physics (M.Sc.) at the University of Leipzig and ETH Zurich, followed by almost two years of research in Neuroinformatics. He also is a GARP-certified Energy Risk Professional.
Christian is a passionate mentor and team builder and convinced that any team should and can be so much more than just the sum of its individuals.
Favourite parental activity:
napping with my baby son
Favourite leisure activity:
sports followed by sauna
“we all only deserve a Styrofoam cup"
Robert is the Co-founder of Urban Connect. He grew up in South Africa, before moving to the US to study. He has academic degrees in Economics (BA, Bates College), Banking and Finance (MA, HSG) and International Affairs (MA, HSG) and will hopefully soon be awarded a PhD.
He has worked in banking for Credit Suisse and Julius Baer, and is also the founder of the think tank Redesigning Financial Services. He is also a frequent lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, where he won the 'Best Teacher' award in 2019. Robert loves the process of sharpening the value proposition Urban Connect can offer to better serve our clients.
Favourite Film: Shawshank Redemption
Favourite Book: Catch 22
Favourite Food: Asian Fusion
Javi is Urban Connect’s Product Development Manager. Javi first studied Industrial Engineering where he grew up in his beloved Basque Country. He then moved to Switzerland in 2015 to study a Master’s degree in Technology Management at ETH in Zurich.
Previously, he co-founded Blinkers, a Swiss mobility start-up (who happened to have UC as a client), and worked as an Engineer in P&G and Daimler.
Javi likes to focus on growing the capabilities of the platform in a way that adds value to clients and users, so that UC can help accelerate the transition to cleaner and more environmentally friendly mobility.
Favourite sport: Climbing
Favourite way of travelling: Bike-packing
Favourite book: The Power of Now
Simon is responsible for a successful costumer support at Urban Connect. He grew up in a suburb of Zurich and currently lives in Dietlikon.
He is a fromer chef and completed a further education in the human recource area.
Simon is social and public active as a board member, sport manager and coach in a local sports club.
Favorite sport: floorball
Favorite band: imagine dragons
Favorite food: italian
Finn is part of the business development team at Urban Connect. He obtained a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Sheffield before working for 5 years as a project design engineer at a manufacturing company. He designed large pieces of maintenance equipment for aeroplanes and helicopters to allow safe and easy maintenance work and was responsible for delivering entire projects from cradle to grave.
He is passionate about sustainability and wanted to work in a more environmentally friendly sector, hence the move to Urban Connect, where he uses his experience in problem solving to develop the business and improve the efficiency of certain parts of the business.
He loves to be out in the fresh air – hiking, camping, surfing, cycling, swimming, and skiing. Get this lad out to the mountains and he is always happy! In his spare time, he likes to design and make furniture and spend hours trying to fix his old BMW 3 series that is often breaking down!
Favourite Film: Guardians of the Galaxy
Favourite Album: Bright Eyes - I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
Favourite Food: Roast lamb on a Sunday evening
Goran graduated from a degree in Computer Science in Belgrade Serbia, where he remains living now. He shortly worked for the army and after that has been working on projects large and small in development. From gaming to international security and biometrics. From 5 person startups to 5000 employee companies. During his career he has become certified as a CSM (Certified Scrum Master) and A CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).
He enjoys software crafting and tinkering with electronics as well as motorcycle riding, classical science fiction and spending time with animals.
Favourite mean of transport: Motorcycle
Favourite city: Amsterdam,
Favourite book: Isaac Asimov's Foundation
Arha is a brilliant mechanic at Urban Connect. He grew up in Eritrea and moved to Switzerland where he now lives in Aarau.
Arha used to cycle professionally for his country Eritrea and won the Eritrean under 23 Championship and came 3rd at the elite level in his country. He has travelled over the world to race and to improve his cycling ability - places such as the African Cycling Centre in South Africa and the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland.
Over the last 3-4 years Arha has worked as a bike mechanic to help with customer satisfaction and to get as many people out on the bike as possible. He is great at finding and fixing problems and always there to help with any questions that users may have on site.
Favourite Sport: Cycling
Favourite Hobby: Volleyball
Favourite Food: Shrimp Pasta
Estelle is part of the Business Development Team at Urban Connect. She graduated from SOAS with a Bachelor of Science in International Management and Chinese, which included a year and a half in Asia. During her studies she did an exchange at the partner university BNU (Beijing Normal University), worked in the M&A team of Baidu in Beijing as well as in the Venture Fund Arbor Venture in Hong Kong.
After graduating she started her professional career in the Impact Investing department at Lombard Odier, a private bank in Geneva. Estelle then did a three year Financial Analyst Graduate Scheme at Partners Group, one of the largest private markets investment manager in the world.
Estelle is passionate about start-ups and the possibility to shape the world by nurturing innovation at an early stage.
Favourite salmon: Swiss Alpine Lachs
Favourite animal: Giraffe
Favourite challenge: increase my own sustainability and consciousness
Mauro is Urban Connect’s CFO and is also deeply involved in Business Development.
Prior to joining Urban Connect, Mauro gained experience in consulting at PwC and in the retail industry at Aldi as an Area Manager responsible for multiple stores, their staff and sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of St.Gallen. During his studies he spent two semesters in Sydney at the University of Technology Sydney.
Mauro has an entrepreneurial mindset and is passionate about the opportunity to help scale Urban Connect to new spheres.
Favourite sport: Icehockey
Favourite hobby: Travelling
Favourite Food: Ossobuco & Wine