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Our mission

Accelerate the decarbonization of buildings with better planning

The people behind the software

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We are an impact-driven software company specialized in urban energy planning. Founded in January 2020, Urbio is a spinoff from climate-tech university EPFL, born in the bubbling technology park of Energypolis in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Because climate change has no borders, Urbio is growing fast to tackle the energy transition globally.

Our multidisciplinary and international team has deep expertise in the fields of energy modeling, data science, machine learning and human-computer interaction. Stemming from years of research and industry experience in renewable energy, Urbio enables our customers to make quick, data-driven and science-based decisions to decarbonize buildings at the pace required by the urgent climate situation.

The hacker, the hipster and the hustler

Nils ​– the hacker – and Sébastien ​– the hipster – first teamed up in 2014 at EPFL to explore how humans and computers could join forces to design sustainable cities. Combining Nils’ aptitude for energy modeling with Sébastien’s passion for digitization and design, they developed the first prototype of Urbio that transformed the way energy infrastructure was planned. Nicolas – the hustler – completed the founding team in 2019, bringing a decade of market experience in the utility and consulting sector. 


Urbio's vision for truly sustainable, carbon-free cities has since attracted talented people, advisors and investors around the globe who believe in Urbio’s ability to accelerate the transition to net-zero buildings.

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Team

Nils Schüler

Combining a methodical and visionary mindset, Nils leads Urbio’s product teams to create high-impact software, staying always one step ahead of client needs with an actionable roadmap.


Nils holds a PhD in computational methods from EPFL, with expertise in mathematical optimization, data management and energy systems.

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Co-founder & CTO

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Alina is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of Urbio’s data, building trust and reliability in customer decisions.

After graduating from Imperial College London, she did her PhD at EPFL, where she developed Machine Learning models to estimate renewable energy potentials, processing large building and climatic data.

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Alina Walch

Data Scientist

Alex onboards, trains and supports Urbio users, shaping the processes and knowledge-base required for their long-term success.

Alex has a Master in Energy from EPFL, and received an excellence award for his thesis on energy planning applications. He also gained field experience working as energy consultant and auditor in Europe.

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Alexandre Jewell

Customer Success Manager

Thibaud enable the intuitive, accurate, and fast exploration of Urbio's spatial datasets.


He holds a PhD from EPFL, which focused on the adoption of digital 3D geo-tools in spatial participatory planning. He developed his software development and geospatial technologies through multiple projects in industry.

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Thibaud Chassin

GIS Developer

Sébastien Cajot

Sébastien Cajot is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Urbio. With a passion for blending digitization and sustainability, his vision is to accelerate the energy transition with software.
 

Prior to Urbio, Sébastien obtained a PhD in human-computer interaction from EPFL and EIFER/EDF. Throughout his career, Sébastien has led teams with interdisciplinary backgrounds to carry out complex projects in energy planning and sustainability.

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Co-founder & CEO

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Ari ensures the quick generation of accurate scenarios for Urbio users, cracking the most complex computational and energy-specific challenges.

With a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zürich, Ari worked over 6 years for a leading software company, developing innovative solutions to design future energy networks in cities.

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Ari Artinian

Senior Software Engineer

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Nicolas Sommer

As Chief Commercial Officer, Nicolas is relentless when it comes to ensuring the success of Urbio customers and detecting new market opportunities.


Nicolas holds an executive MBA from the Geneva School of Economics and Management, and has 10 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, working both for utilities and energy consulting.

Co-founder & CCO

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Marina Kraus

Marina designs Urbio’s user interface and experience to provide an intuitive exploration and interaction process.
 

She is a polyvalent designer with several years of experience working at the interface between IT and the environment. She realized numerous digital projects in which she elaborated creative design solutions.

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UX/UI Designer

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Francois brings 30 years of international business development experience in highly successful startups such as the software unicorn Nexthink.

His mission is to bring Urbio into new markets and establish strategic partnerships that will accelerate the adoption of its groundbreaking technology and help clients transition to decarbonized energy systems.

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Francois D'Haegeleer

Head of Growth

Colin supports companies in achieving their energy transition by introducing them to Urbio.


His personal enthusiasm for the energy revolution grew stronger during his studies in ZHAW, in the German part of Switzerland. He gained hands-on experience as product manager in the environmental sector. 

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Colin Fuchs

Business Developer

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Our tailwind

Board

Alex Stöckl

Alex is a Founding Partner at Wingman Ventures, Switzerland’s leading pre-seed fund backing breakthrough tech companies with the potential to become global market leaders. Prior to that, he invested for several years in tech startups with Creathor Ventures, one of Europe's leading early-stage venture capital funds.


At Urbio, Alex helps the company position for long-term success and exchange best practices with other deep tech and SaaS companies. 

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Wingman Ventures

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Rokas Peciulaitis

Rokas is a Founder and Managing Partner at Contrarian Ventures, a leading European hands-on, community-focused, and founders-vetted early-stage venture capital firm focused on climate tech. Prior he was a derivatives trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is the founder of EnergyTech Summit - the biggest energy tech gathering in EU, and Climate50 - the most comprehensive global climate tech investor ranking.
Rokas supports Urbio in designing a sustainable growth strategy aligned with the future needs of the energy industry.

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Contrarian Ventures

Advisors

Vincent Bieri

​Vincent Bieri is lead advisor of Urbio, bringing more than twenty years of experience in technology marketing, sales, and product management.

Vincent is the co-founder of the Swiss unicorn Nexthink. Working also most notably at Cisco Systems, Vincent holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Fribourg, Switzerland, and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

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Lead Advisor, Innosuisse

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Pascal Dutheil

Pascal Dutheil supports the team with independent advice and hands-on solutions regarding business expansion and market intelligence.

Pascal is a financial advisor with 15 years of experience in venture capital and technology startups. He has supported over 120 high-tech startups, with significant financing transactions successfully completed, including client contracts, funding rounds, acquisitions, and exits.

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Financial Advisor, Innosuisse

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François Maréchal

​​​​Prof. Maréchal provides technical support and strategic advice to ensure the scientific validity of the product.

EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is a world-leading technical university that specializes in climate action and engineering. The Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering (IPESE) group led by Prof. Maréchal focuses on computer aided decision support methods for the efficient use of renewable energy in cities.

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Scientific Advisor, EPFL

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Partners

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