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Backed by ATL Spotlight: Urjanet

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Urjanet, the global leader in utility data aggregation, simplifies how organizations access and use utility data, enabling them to focus on their business. The Urjanet Utility Data Platform collects, processes, and delivers data from over 5,000 electric, natural gas, water, waste, telecom, and cable utilities worldwide to support each customer’s exact utility data needs.

FAQ: Sanjoy Malik, CEO & Founder

Sanjoy Malik How did Urjanet get started?

Urjanet is my third, and by far most meaningful, venture. My first two companies, Synchrologic and Air2Web, were both in the SMS and wireless space, because that was a familiar industry to me. With Urjanet, on the other hand, we started out with the aim of making a difference. We saw that some of the world’s largest corporations were struggling to get a handle on their utility data, and it was holding them back from measuring and managing their energy use, and thereby reducing their carbon footprint. So providing the world with easy access to utility data became our mission and remains our mission to this day.

What made you decide to build your company in Atlanta?

Urjanet was actually founded at the Georgia Tech ATDC Incubator. Once the company took off and we started looking for our own office, it was a no-brainer to stay in town, close to our roots. Atlanta also has a unique energy that’s perfect for startups like us, with unparalleled talent coming from local schools and universities and a rapidly growing VC community.

What inspires you and your team?

From the start, we wanted to remove as many barriers as we could to help businesses cut their carbon footprint. But every day, we’re discovering new ways utility data can help people, and it continues to inspire us to grow and to innovate. Building credit files with utility data is just one example. Data on utility payment history can help unbanked and underbanked consumers get a credit card, get a loan, and maybe even start their own business.

What’s on the horizon for Urjanet?

Right now, we’re focused on expanding our reach globally as well as developing our product for eCommerce, alternative credit scoring, digital identity solutions, and more. Ultimately, we aim to build a utility data ecosystem, where people across industries can come together around the central tool of utility data and exchange insight and resources to help each other unlock its full value.

What does being “Backed by ATL” mean to you?

To be a part of this cohort of local businesses that have demonstrated such potential and acumen is no small honor. Backed by ATL has provided us with an exceptionally valuable network with which to learn and collaborate. Atlanta will always be home to the Urjanet team, no matter how much we grow, and we are immensely grateful to both the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the city for their support. 

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