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STYX Urban Living Lab

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Urban Living Lab Benefits

In addition to traditional VC funding, our portfolio startups benefit from access to STYX Urban Living Labs across our European locations. They are designed to aid founders in reducing their startup's time to market and propelling them to readiness for follow-up funding:

PoC

During the investment process, we proof your concept with potential users and customers in the Urban Living Lab.

Solution Fit

Take advantage of the expertise of our partner ecosystem and the access to real buildings and the operations behind.

Market Entry

Enter the market with a proven use case from the Urban Living Lab and build your own pipeline enriched by STYX.

Living Lab Process

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Industry Focus

We only invest in startups who can demonstrate clearly how they benefit from accessing a Urban Living Lab.

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Testing Sites

Make your idea visible - test, validate, and showcase your product in real buildings and the operating structures behind.

02

Market Know How

Do you solve the challenge the right way? Get direct access, insights, and unfiltered feedback while working with local real estate champions.

03

Customer Access

Does your solution offer enough value for customers to pay for? We help you figure it out and build your first success story to enable further growth.

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Growth Opportunities

Through European ecosystem, we offer market access to relevant beachhead and growth markets including Germany.

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Urban Living Lab Process

Cities and buildings are complex and interconnected ecosystems: Our Urban Living Lab methodology helps early stage startups to succeed in the built environment and reduce their time to market.

Industry Focus

We only invest in startups who can demonstrate clearly how they benefit from accessing a Urban Living Lab.

01

Market Know How

Do you solve the challenge the right way? Get direct access, insights, and unfiltered feedback while working with local real estate champions.

03

Growth Opportunities

Through European ecosystem, we offer market access to relevant beachhead and growth markets including Germany.

05

Testing Sites

Make your idea visible - test, validate, and showcase your product in real buildings and the operating structures behind.

02

Customer Access

Does your solution offer enough value for customers to pay for? We help you figure it out and build your first success story to enable further growth.

04

Ecosystem Overview

We are a growing European ecosystem of committed partners who are deeply rooted in the local business communities of some of the most vibrant municipalities.

Industry Experts

Andreas Kautz

"We believe in the combination of early stage VC and urban living labs. After seeing the initial results, we invested in STYX Mannheim.

Head of Equity Investments @Sparkasse RNN

Simon Engelhorn

"I co-invested in several startups alongside STYX. Their entrepreneurial mindset, professional handling and industry specific knowhow, helps me to focus on topics where I can best help my portfolio startups.

COO @Engelhorn

Jan Machuletz

"Our industry is in the midst of a big shift. To embrace more sustainability and technology in our portfolio, we offer STYX' startups access to 5M+ sqm of light industral real estate assets to embrace these trends.

CEO @Atalanta

Dr. Markus Gick

"Tuning into the real estate and urban tech market and collaborating with specialized and professional partner like STYX, helps us as an industry agnostic accelerator and pre-seed investor to better understand such a relevant market.

MP @xdeck

Thorsten Hackspiel

"Through STYX we have access to a strong pipeline of startups from all across Europe. As a boutique M&A advisory with 1 Bn € annual transaction volume, we help STYX startups to get exit ready.

MP @ox8 Corporate Finance

Marcel Hauptenbuchner

"As an asset manager for a large pension fund, we need to make sure to be always a step ahead in ESG compliance. By giving STYX and their portfolio startups access to our 2000+ residential units we make our portfolio more sustainable.

CEO @H&H Immobilien

Partner  Organisations

STYX Living Lab Criteria

Stage:

Pre-Seed

Investment:

up to 200.000€

Styx Fit:

Strong Urban Living Lab use case and value add potential.

Focus:

PropTech, Green & CleanTech, Smart City, ConTech

Focus Geography:

Europe

Strategy:

First lead or co-lead investor, supplying additional capital in one follow-up round led by new investors.

Are you eligible?

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"Tuning into the real estate and urban tech market and collaborating with specialized and professional partner like STYX, helps us as an industry agnostic accelerator and pre-seed investor to better understand such a relevant market."

"In working with STXY, I have gotten to know the entire team not only as professional investors, but above all as full-blooded entrepreneurs with foresight."

"In STYX we have a reliable partner giving us access to pre-qualified and innovative solutions to achieve our mission: Developing high quality neighborhoods in prime locations."

"I think the STYX model is very valuable for the future of our cities. Through my own activities in the PropTech and start-up world, there are synergies that can be used and expanded."

"Tuning into the real estate and urban tech market and collaborating with specialized and professional partner like STYX, helps us as an industry agnostic accelerator and pre-seed investor to better understand such a relevant market."

"In working with STXY, I have gotten to know the entire team not only as professional investors, but above all as full-blooded entrepreneurs with foresight."

"In STYX we have a reliable partner giving us access to pre-qualified and innovative solutions to achieve our mission: Developing high quality neighborhoods in prime locations."

"I think the STYX model is very valuable for the future of our cities. Through my own activities in the PropTech and start-up world, there are synergies that can be used and expanded."

"Through STYX we have access to a strong pipeline of startups from all across Europe. As a boutique M&A advisory with 1 Bn € annual transaction volume, we help STYX startups to get exit ready."

"Our industry is in the midst of a big shift. To embrace more sustainability and technology in our portfolio, we offer STYX' startups access to 5M+ sqm of light industral real estate assets to embrace these trends."

"As a small family office it is vital to us to explore new asset classes like venture investments, while making sure our real estate assets are ready for the future. With STYX we found a professional and trusted partner to combine both."

"We believe in the combination of early stage VC and urban living labs. After seeing the initial results, we invested in STYX Mannheim."

"Through STYX we have access to a strong pipeline of startups from all across Europe. As a boutique M&A advisory with 1 Bn € annual transaction volume, we help STYX startups to get exit ready."

"Our industry is in the midst of a big shift. To embrace more sustainability and technology in our portfolio, we offer STYX' startups access to 5M+ sqm of light industral real estate assets to embrace these trends."

"As a small family office it is vital to us to explore new asset classes like venture investments, while making sure our real estate assets are ready for the future. With STYX we found a professional and trusted partner to combine both."

"We believe in the combination of early stage VC and urban living labs. After seeing the initial results, we invested in STYX Mannheim."

Industry Expertise

Benefit from decades of startup, real estate and investment expertise.

Real World Testing

Access buildings, infrastructure and customers from all across the real estate value chain.

STYX Urban Living Labs, your shortcut from idea to market

Imagine a place where your startup, your investors, customers and users are all on the same page. The Urban Living Lab is such a place - it's all about true value add for early stage startups in and around the built environment.

FAQ

What should I do before contacting STYX as a startup?

Before contacting STYX to inquire about a potential investment, founders should consider STYX's investment criteria. STYX invests at the earliest stage possible in European companies carrying a strong Urban Living Lab use case and value-add potential. STYX invests in startups in the following verticals: PropTech, Green & CleanTech, Smart City, and ConTech.

How do I make sure my pitch deck is on top of the pile?

We generally try to follow up with any startup inquiry that broadly matches our investment criteria. To ensure you are on top of the pile, highlight why you think you are an Urban Living Lab match or try to receive a warm intro through a network partner or fellow VC fund. Moreover, submitting your pitch deck through our website is definitely a great option.

STYX has no Urban Living Lab in my European location. What can I do?

STYX considers and has, in the past, invested in startups across Europe, no matter if a local Urban Living Lab exists in the given location. Just contact us through the contact options provided on the website (Submit your PitchDeck, LinkedIn, Email).

Why is STYX focusing on cities and buildings?

On the way to achieving EU climate goals, cities and buildings are a giant factor, and we think it's an amazing opportunity. Currently, 70% of emissions are produced in cities, and by 2030, 58% of the housing stock will be unrentable under EU taxonomy. The time to act on this opportunity is now.

I am not a startup. How can I collaborate with STYX?

STYX collaborates closely with the municipalities where it operates its Urban Living Labs, and we are constantly looking to expand to new locations. So, if your city wants to unlock private funding on the way to achieving public policy goals, you know where to find us.

Get in touch

You are a startup, potential partner or fellow Investor? Get in touch and let's shoot for the moon.

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