The Urban Intelligence team are thrilled to get a seed investment deal over the line in preparation for a fresh start in 2018.
We have worked tirelessly over this year to passionately plea for a drastic cultural shift in the planning world to enable better decision-making. As we prepare to bring 2017 to a close, here is what you can expect from us in 2018:
Energised by the ‘Future of Planning’ movement alongside fellow revolutionaries such as Stefan Webb and Euan Mills at the Future Cities Catapult, we have been interacting with a variety of planning stakeholders to build on and improve our innovative Howard platform.
Over the next 6 months, we will expand our sphere of interest from London to embrace the wider South East and other regions of the UK, making use of our learning from industry partners and customers. We will be building features that provide first-of-a-kind insights for the property and planning industries anchored in planning policy, harnessing an ocean of data that is emerging to better inform decisions.
Of course, we won’t be able to change the system alone, and we will be keenly seeking new partners to accompany us on our journey in the coming year. If your organisation (public or private) shares our vision and would like to work with us, get in touch!
We are very proud to announce that after a year of near-misses, we completed on a £600,000 seed investment round led by the Development Bank of Wales this week. The round also included an extraordinary line-up of business angels from the property sector, including Alex Price (Chief Executive of Palmer Capital Partners) and James Stevens (Head of Real Estate Development at Aberdeen Standard Investments).
Of course, we are continuously grateful for our many steadfast supporters, including Pi Labs and Geovation, who have been instrumental to our success this year. We are excited to catapult into 2018 with all of our supporters and investors, old and new, firmly behind us.
To realise our vision, we will be on the hunt for exceptionally talented individuals, and over the coming weeks and months we will be advertising a variety of new job roles in software development, planning, data science and commercial development. If you like what we stand for, are passionate and have a history of delivery, then we want to hear from you.
In January, the business will relocate to Wales, opening a new office at Cardiff’s cool Tramshed Tech, contributing to the flourishing digital scene in the Welsh capital. We will be tapping into the local pool of planning and tech talent, whilst also establishing new links with local universities and government authorities. We will continue to pioneer new methods for town planning fit for the 21st century in our new home.
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Finally, we would like to thank all of our users, customers, investors and supporters for your encouragement over what has been a challenging (and rewarding) year of fighting! We will repay the energy you have given with interest in the coming 12 months.
In the meantime, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year in 2018!