Our Story

The hacker, the hipster and the hustler

Some say these are the required personalities for any successful team setting off on a mission as ambitious as fighting climate change. And we couldn't agree more.

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 truly sustainable cities. Combining Nils’ aptitude for computational methods and energy systems with Sébastien’s passion for digitizing decisions and designing unique user experiences, they began developing the first prototype of Urbio. Built for and with energy engineers in Switzerland, the software aimed at transforming the way energy infrastructure was planned.

This shaped the fundamental mission of Urbio: to promote sustainable and unbiased  decisions, by fostering synergies between people, computers and domains.

Realizing how their software could accelerate the transition to low-carbon cities, and propelled by the excitement of their first industrial partners, the founding team was completed in 2019 with an impact-driven hustler ​— Nicolas. As a market-savvy business developer experienced in renewable energy, he joined Urbio with an equal drive to realize the vision of sustainable, carbon-free cities.

Founding Team

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Nils Schüler

Co-founder, Technical director

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Nils Schüler is the co-founder and technical director of Urbio. Combining a methodical and visionary mindset, he works closely with internal teams and partners to create high-impact software, staying one step ahead of client needs with an actionable roadmap. 


Nils holds a PhD in computational methods from EPFL, with expertise in mathematical programming, data and energy systems. He has conceived data models and implemented optimisation routines over all scales of energy systems for over a decade.

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Sébastien Cajot

Co-founder, CEO, Product director

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Sébastien Cajot is the co-founder, CEO and product director of Urbio. With a track record and passion for blending digitization and sustainability, he designs the user experience of Urbio to fulfill the needs of professionals.

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

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Nicolas Sommer

Co-founder, Business development director

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Nicolas Sommer is the co-founder and business development director of Urbio, in charge of commercial aspects.  Outgoing and altruistic by nature, he dedicates his skills to the growth of Urbio and its customers' success.

Nicolas holds an executive MBA from HEC Geneva. He has 10 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, working for both an energy consulting company and a utility. He collaborated with private stakeholders and local governments to establish innovative business models in the energy field.

Advisors

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Vincent Bieri

Lead advisor

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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.

Pascal Dutheil

Financial advisor

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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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François Maréchal

Scientific advisor

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​​​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.

Investors and partners

Our tailwind

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The next page in Urbio’s story depends on other bright minds who care about climate and technology as much as we do. If this resonates, please reach out!