Company Name:

Urban Data Collective

Incubation Round:

Explore, Experiment, Evolve

Application Track:

Track 3

Challenge Name:

Improving charge point infrastructure rollout and management for local authorities

Product Description

Charge4Cities is a decision support tool that empowers local authorities to understand charge point infrastructure utilisation, to forecast future demand and to manage their existing estate of charge points more effectively. It leverages our existing product, the Urban Data Exchange to integrate real time event data from charge points and smart parking sensors and other open data sources and makes it accessible for further analysis and smart decision making.

Charge4Cities enables more cost-effective rollout of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by minimising deployment costs and maximising their utilisation, while increasing revenue opportunities from EV chargers based on a better matching of supply with demand. It ensures residents’ demand for EV charge points is served appropriately, increasing citizen satisfaction and boosts their confidence for switching to EV to ensure more rapid EV uptake and compliance to meeting net zero targets.

Usage of Standards for data interoperability:

OCPI, Smart Data Models, OASC Minimum Interoperability Mechanisms

Reach Timeline

*Expose phase is open to all Experiment phase teams


London, UK


Energy | Public sector | Urban infrastructure


Company maturity:

Live funding and product-market fit

Investment level:

Angel, Pre-Seed

Funding raised:

< EUR 500,000

Collaboration opportunity:

Company Description

Urban Data Collective is a UK startup founded in 2020 as a spinout from the Digital Catapult, with the goal to accelerate the urban data economy. Its mission is to democratise access to real time Urban Data, so other people can do great things with it.

Urban Data Collective provides solutions to empower individuals, communities and organisations to unlock new value through urban data sharing and reuse, removing the complexities that go along with it.

Alex Gluhak - Founder & CEO

20 years experience leading R&D in IoT infrastructure & data technologies and their application to Smart Cities & Communities.

Sarah Gallacher - Engineering Lead and Co-founder

Expert in Machine Learning, IoT and Cloud Technologies and their application to Smart Cities and Buildings.

Jason Brewer - Full-stack developer

10 years experience spanning hardware/embedded systems and software engineering. Worked across a variety of sectors including Smart Buildings and Energy.

Jacob Aston - Front end developer

He has extensive experience working in diverse startups in tech and finance industries.

Nigel Matthews - Business development director

30 years experience in Public Sector BD at companies such as AWS, where he co-developed AWS’s Veracity smart city strategy and programme.