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BABLE Smart Cities Closes €5.7 Million Investment Led by Drees & Sommer

The leading international engineering and consulting firm and Europe’s leading Smart City facilitator join forces to scale up impact in Smart and Climate-Neutral City development and implementation

For the German version of this press release click here.

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept 27, 2023

Leaders in the two companies met in the Drees & Sommer headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. From left to right: Alexander Schmidt (CEO/Founder, BABLE), Michael Beckert (Leading Consultant, Drees & Sommer), Sascha Hempel (Partner International, Drees & Sommer), Tamlyn Shimizu (Global Partnerships & Communications Lead, BABLE), Steffen Szeidl (CEO, Drees & Sommer), Nikita Shetty (UK & Ireland Lead, BABLE)


STUTTGART, Germany, Sept 27, 2023 – BABLE Smart Cities, a visionary scale-up company, announced a significant milestone in its journey towards reshaping the future of cities. BABLE Smart Cities secured close to €5.7 million in private investment with Drees & Sommer emerging as the principal investor in this transformative venture. In addition, BABLE is receiving a total €3.4 Million in innovation grants.

In an era where urbanisation is on an unprecedented rise and the need for sustainable, intelligent, and green city solutions is paramount, BABLE Smart Cities has positioned itself as a game-changer in the field of Smart and Climate-Neutral City development. Drees & Sommer, the leading European consulting, planning and project management enterprise, recognised the potential for innovation and progress inherent in BABLE Smart Cities' vision.

Alexander Schmidt, CEO and Founder of BABLE Smart Cities, states:

“Several cities we are actively working with are each committing to invest around €1 Billion per year on climate-neutral solutions – and more will join this group.
At BABLE, we can continue doing what we have been doing, but now at the tremendous scale needed. Together we can solve urgent challenges and facilitate future-proof, smart and green cities.”

Sascha Hempel, International Partner at Drees & Sommer, adds:

“Together we aim to develop the leading B2G platform and boost our reach in the consulting business for the public sector and governmental services. With this new partnership, we will be able to match the growing need for public, social, and digital infrastructure in a sustainable, innovative, and economically viable way for a world we want to live in.”

In 1970, Drees & Sommer was founded in Stuttgart, Germany and has since become a name associated with innovation in the building sector. In 2017, BABLE Smart Cities was founded, also sharing the birthplace of Drees & Sommer in Stuttgart. In the last years, Drees & Sommer has been emphasising the need for sustainable and digital practices and has also been focusing on the rise of the Smart District concept in Europe. As part of their new initiative in digitalisation and internationalisation, BABLE hits its growth stage at the ideal time to compound these goals. Together, Drees & Sommer and BABLE Smart Cities aim for joint goals in Smart and Climate-Neutral City projects with very ambitious targets, which are aligned with the urgent global need to achieve climate neutrality, and it underscores the immense impact this partnership can have on shaping sustainable and intelligent cities worldwide.

But how will they achieve it?
BABLE’s expertise around urban innovation with Drees & Sommer’s capabilities to manage large-scale projects creates the perfect storm to make impact at scale.

Municipalities working towards their Smart and Climate-Neutrality goals as well as companies with solutions in the area are welcome to reach out and sign up to BABLE’s free knowledge hub on

Discussing the vision for the future includes partnerships across multiple departments in both companies.


For media inquiries and further information, please contact:
Tamlyn Shimizu

About BABLE: BABLE Smart Cities is Europe's leading facilitator for Smart and Climate-Neutral Cities, born as a spin-off from Fraunhofer Research Society. With a decade of experience in the field, it offers practical insights gained by practitioners, for practitioners. Its mission is to accelerate change in the public and private sectors by providing market access and knowledge. BABLE has facilitated over €2Billion in Smart City projects with cities, towns, and regions. The BABLE free knowledge hub connects innovators and the public sector, providing access to the most comprehensive Smart City datasets and insights in Europe. To learn more about BABLE, visit

About Drees & Sommer: The leading European consulting, planning and project management enterprise, Drees & Sommer has supported private and public clients and investors for over 50 years in all aspects of real estate and infrastructure – both analog and digital. Through future-oriented consulting, the enterprise can offer solutions for successful buildings, high-return portfolios, powerful infrastructure and livable cities. The company’s 5,100 employees in 59 locations around the world work in interdisciplinary teams to provide support for clients from a wide variety of sectors. All the services provided by the partner-run company take into consideration both economic and ecological concerns. Drees & Sommer calls this holistic approach ‘the blue way’.

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