Updated Mar 29, 2019

State of Place

www.stateofplace.co

Mariela Alfonzo

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State of Place’s AI-driven, built environment database, benchmark & analytics software (Moody's meets SimCity), quantifies what makes places walkable, livable & sustainable; recommends ways to improve them; & forecasts their triple-bottom line value.

We extract data on 290+ urban design features (e.g., sidewalks, benches, land uses) from digital imagery for every block. Our proprietary algorithms aggregate this data into a simple index from 0-100 that quantifies what people love about places. The customer can break down this score into ten urban design performance areas (e.g., pedestrian amenities, aesthetics, traffic safety), helping them ...
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We extract data on 290+ urban design features (e.g., sidewalks, benches, land uses) from digital imagery for every block. Our proprietary algorithms aggregate this data into a simple index from 0-100 that quantifies what people love about places. The customer can break down this score into ten urban design performance areas (e.g., pedestrian amenities, aesthetics, traffic safety), helping them objectively identify the assets and needs of a block, project, or neighborhood. Customers can automatically generate design and development recommendations, tailored to the goals they want to achieve (e.g., increasing office premiums vs. pedestrian volumes). Finally, our evidence-based forecast models that currently tie State of Place to real estate premiums - and the probability of a collision - allow customers to run unlimited scenarios to quantify which options have the biggest bang for the buck - both in terms of improving the built environment and also maximizing ROI. This not only takes the guesswork out of the design and development process, it saves time and unlocks value across the triple bottom line.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We’ve helped 28 cities & developers use data to make places better. With 2M+ data points collected manually, we now can use AI to automatically capture urban design data from images, become an international standard, and expand our forecast models.

Focus Areas:

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Key Partners
28
Customers
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Employees
$415,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Over 80% of millennials and boomers want to live in walkable places. But "walkability" is not merely a nice-to-have; it's tied to safety, health, and climate change worldwide. Yet, only 30% of cities are walkable. Why? Because citymakers are relying on intuition and gut vs. data and evidence to identify opportunities, create design and development solutions, and communicate their value. The process is inefficient, leaves value on the table, and is a barrier to creating a sustainable built world.

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Solution

State of Place’s AI-driven, built environment database, benchmark, & analytics software (Moody's meets SimCity), quantifies what makes places walkable, livable & sustainable; recommends ways to improve them; & forecasts their triple-bottom line value. Our tool helps the real estate, citymaking, retail, healthcare, and insurance industries unlock maximum ROI from public and private properties, internationally, while helping to build a more sustainable built world and combat climate change.

Target Beneficiaries

We help cities and developers use data to 1) ​identify the best ways to make places more walkable, livable, sustainable, while unlocking maximum triple bottom line value; 2) make the investment case for these places by quantifying their ROI​, to get faster approvals, funding, and buy-in for projects; 3) and objectively market and communicate the value of​ these​ projects. This not only helps our direct customers, it ensures that all people have equitable access to livable, sustainable places.

Mission and Vision

Growing up Miami's low-income suburbs, crossing the street was terrifying. I understood the power of "place" to shape us early on. I've dedicated 20+yrs toward using data to quantify -and advocate for- more walkable, livable, sustainable places. State of Place is a manifestation of this passion & data-geekdom, aiming to make those 20+yrs accessible at scale, so that all of us can enjoy awesome - sustainable - places people love. We're saving the world one exponential block at a time!

Competitive Advantage

State of Place combines a built environment database, benchmarking, and predictive analytics tool. It's unparalleled: We have 1) data no one else has and the ability to collect it at scale; 2) proprietary algorithms that aggregate this data into an index the market cares about, as our forecasting models tie it triple bottom line outcomes; 3) and a way to identify built environment changes that unlock maximum ROI, while mitigating climate change and creating a sustainable built world.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Amassing over 2M+ data points manually, we've now developed visual machine learning models to extract urban design data automatically from digital imagery for a whole city in just hours. Accordingly, we are raising a $1M seed round to 1) rapidly deploy our automated data capture to cover 20+ markets; 2) embed State of Place as a standard regulatory mechanism and benchmark, and 3) expand our forecasting models to include GHGs, air quality, health outcomes, and well-being.
Funding Goal1,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted700,000,000
New Implemented CountriesFinland, Czech Republic, China, Australia, Mexico
Recruit1 Sales/Marketing/Partnerships director; 1 data scientist; 1 junior developer
New FeatureExpanded forecasting models tying State of Place to GHGs, air quality, health outcomes, well-being, productivity and more

The Team Behind the Innovation

Mariela Alfonzo, Founder/CEO has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, 20+years of expertise quantifying value of urban design. She's a Fulbright Scholar, ULI 40 under 40, New Cities Foundation Placemaking Fellow and internationally-renowned expert/speaker. Michelle Woodhouse, COO has a Masters in Urban Planning, with 15+years experience in city planning, organization management, & design project management. Andy Likuski, CTO has a Masters in Urban Planning, 20+years experience in software development.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Apr 2019
New Product Or Service
New Forecast Model (Predicting likelihood of collisions based on urban design)
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Sep 2017
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONKickstart Accelerator
Sep 2012
Key Partnership
Implementation
Sep 2011
Created

Supporting Materials

SoPINTROInvestorDeck20190306.pdf