Jonas Schorr is Partner at Berlin-based Urban Impact Agency and Urban Impact Capital with a mission to connect and accelerate Europe’s emerging Urban Tech startup ecosystem.
Jonas believes that truly transformative change to green cities can only happen if fast-scaling innovators and established players (public and private) work together in a spirit of mutual cooperation to enable what he calls “conscious disruption”. In 2020, he was invited to join the BMW Foundation’s “Responsible Leaders Network” to connect with like-minded change makers globally.
Prior to co-founding Urban Impact, Jonas spent ten years working on a variety of international projects in the field of sustainable city-making across Europe and Asia. His clients included city governments, international city networks, think tanks, philanthropies and academic institutions.
As a former bluebook trainee, he worked for the European Commission on sustainability awareness raising campaigns and the European Green Capital project. Over the past years he has been deeply involved in Berlin’s emerging Smart City scene, building up an urban innovation lab at Berlin’s Technical University. As part of TU Berlin’s international Summer School Program, he later developed and taught a hands-on Smart City course on discovering Berlin through the lens of urban entrepreneurship.
Before this, Jonas worked for the internationally renowned Urban Age program at LSE Cities, a pioneering investigation into the future of megacities around the world.
Jonas’ academic background is in international management and communications, which he was lucky to experience in a diverse set of countries and cultures including the UK (London School of Economics), China (Fudan University), Singapore (Nanyang Technological University) and Germany (International School of Management).
During his studies he researched international city networks, city branding and public diplomacy. His work was published at international conferences, online publications and book chapters, most recently in “Living in Smart Cities: Innovation and Sustainability“ (2018). Since 2014, he is a jury member of the biannual World Mayor Prize.