Small businesses aimed at city folks get help from Urban-X, backed by BMW’s Mini

Urban-X addressed the issues of congestion and pollution, for instance, by investing in a company called RoadBotics, which developed a system for monitoring the condition of pavement and rating it so that officials can review which roads are in greatest need of repair, leading to fewer traffic jams.
RoadBotics CEO Mark DeSantis said he was attracted to Urban-X because it offered contacts, support and access to other companies, not just funding. He wanted investors “who could do more for us than just give us capital.”