About Cityzenith

Our Story

Cityzenith creates next generation software tools for building professionals. Headquartered in Chicago with hubs in New York, London, and New Delhi, the company is the world’s leading urban Digital Twin platform provider. 

Cityzenith was founded by leaders and team members fromGoogle Earth, Keyhole, Revit Technologies, Autodesk, and Sequoia Capital-backed BIM services unicorn Satellier.

We set out to create a single 3D earth model platform that would unify, correlate, and optimize all the disparate data systems and tools used to design, build, and run today’s modern cities.

Earlier versions of our Urban Digital Twin software platform were piloted in major cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Amaravati, Aberdeen, Orlando, and San Francisco during the last four years.

Cityzenith won its first major international award at the World Smart Cities Awards in Barcelona, for 'Top Innovation', which put the company on the map.

Cityzenith’s second major international prize was the ‘Digie’, at the prestigious Realcomm technology conference in Silicon Valley, for ‘Best Innovation in Commercial Real Estate’. This acknowledgment highlighted the company’s emerging focus on commercial real estate, infrastructure, and the energy sector, where we have thrived ever since.

2021 Best Smart Cities Technology
Top 10 Proptech Company 2021
Top 10 Digital Twin Company 2020
Best Innovation Award
Best Innovation in Commercial Real Estate
Innovation Award
Today, the company is on an upward path and executing on its ambitious plans. We’ve raised over $12 million since inception and doubled our headcount over the last year.

The word is definitely out—our ‘Clean Cities - Clean Future’ initiative was mentioned in the media over 1000 times in 2020. In June 2021, Cityzenith was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to join its Global Innovators community to help spearhead the WEF Net Zero Carbon Cities initiative.

The company also advises the European Commission DestinE Earth Digital Twin project, the World Smart Cities Forum, and the Digital Twin Consortium.

Michael Jansen

Founder and CEO, Cityzenith

An impassioned architect, urbanist, and entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led high-growth companies in the US and Asia for more than two decades.

Having studied architecture at Yale and Cambridge, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship, he worked as an architect in the United States, India, and China for several years, leading the Asia practices of two major US international architecture firms before the age of 30.

In 2004, Michael founded a major CAD/BIM services company in India backed by Sequoia Capital, which grew to over 500 employees in just four years, disrupting the global architecture profession.

Featured on CNN, CNBC, the BBC, and in several major business, government, and AEC publications worldwide, Michael has received several awards for his work, including the “40 Under 40” accolade from Building Design + Construction.

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