Drum Roll Please… The Selections of the Techstars IoT Accelerator Have Been Announced!
This past April we partnered with startup accelerator, Techstars, in support of their mentorship-driven program, IoT Accelerator, which looks to accelerate startups in New York City that are positioned to transform the future of connected enterprise, smart cities, energy, advanced manufacturing, wearables, automotive, VR, drones, robotics, agriculture and the connected home.Today, we are excited to announce the 10 winners selected out of a competitive pool of applicants to join the 15-week program based on the potential for success they exhibit in their field. The startups will be paired with a set of phenomenal mentors, inclusive of our own Abhishek Shukla, Deborah Zajac, Hunter Ashmore, Karen Kerr, and Ty Findley, who will offer guidance for scaling and navigating the trials and tribulations associated with running a successful startup. A huge congratulation to those selected for the opportunity to participate in this amazing program – we’re excited to see what’s in store for the winners, each profiled below!DronesDronesmithTwilio’s recent IPO signals that taking out the hassle for developers to build tools is essential. While most drone companies focus on drone operators, Dronesmith focuses on the ease of use for developers. It is the first platform that enables devs to build, ship and run drone applications, parse and analyze data, create custom missions and update paths midflight. Dronesmith allows developers to write code that automatically translates to other platforms and captures info from inflight sensors. Las Vegas-born. Founded 2014.HealthcareNanotech GalaxyMedical images make up 90% of data generated by healthcare organizations, which are currently not mined for value. Nanotech Galaxy uses deep learning to analyze these images at scale and provide personalized patient insights to make healthcare organizations proactive instead of reactive. Founded by a vascular surgeon with a PhD in deep learning, Nanotech is an artificial intelligence platform with a goal of saving 1 million lives in the next 10 years. New York-born. Founded 2015.ConstructionUrban 3DThe construction industry is ripe for innovation. Brazilian-based Urban 3D is enabling the “Internet of Concrete” through a new method of production to fabricate infrastructure and housing. Inspired by her family’s construction business, founder Anielle Guedes spent three years working in Sao Paulo’s favelas to understand housing needs and local infrastructure. Brazilian-born. Founded 2014.Pillar TechnologiesConstruction sites are often tech lagging environments leading to inefficiencies and a lack of awareness. Pillar’s IoT sensor networks provides insights and prevents disasters by offering predictive analytics for safety concerns like fire outbreak, water damage, and mold growth. Pillar sends real-time alerts to general contractors so that they can manage their site’s integrity. Boston-born. Founded 2015.AutomotiveFueloyalThere are 14 million 18-wheelers traveling in North America at any moment. Each year, through fuel theft and fuel card misuse, trucking companies about 83 billion dollars annually. Fueloyal is looking to cut down abuse by 100% with smart fuel caps that provide real-time updates and keep an honest count. Chicago-born. Founded 2014.TEQ ChargingThere are currently 15 times as many electric cars on the road as there are charging stations. Without enough sockets, and because drivers need to be present to load up, charging is leading to expensive, frustrating habits. TEQ Charging connects individual power systems to channel energy where it’s needed. Cars stay plugged in throughout the day and drivers use their Android or IoS app to let the system know when they need power. Atlanta-born. Founded 2015. Advanced ManufacturingMosaic Manufacturing3D printing is a messy job. For each additional color or materials, machines have typically required extra nozzles. Mosaic Manufacturing’s Palette cuts, calculates and creates a single feed of PLA delivered through one nozzle. The Palette allows users to feed stainless steel, conductive electric filaments and carbon fiber-infused strands, too. The Palette is a desktop attachment that connects to all standard 3D printers so users can retrofit rather than buy a new printer.Ontario-born. Founded 2014.Food Service and LogisticsUnion CrateUnion Crate is a predictive solution that digitizes the outdated supply chain infrastructure. Our modular system uses machine learning to securely analyze multiple data points, automate logistics, purchasing and predict usage. We connect corporate buyers, sales teams and inventory operations on one simple interface. Our developer tools also allow users to quickly add automation, security and predictive analytics to their existing supply chain systems. The initial focus is in digitizing the food supply chain to reduce the 140 billion pounds of food wasted in the USA annually.Developer EvangelismXapix.ioXapix makes it easy for enterprise API developers to recombine endpoints, integrate and recombine data and services from multiple providers. As an open platform, Xapix also helps businesses promote and distribute API-based products, especially on mobile devices. Berlin-born. Founded 2015.IoT EcosystemLosantLosant’s WordPress-style platform empowers IoT developers to create programs, connect devices, manage analytics and anything else they can dream up. The coding language is drag and drop, greatly decreasing developers’ barrier to entry. Losant’s iOS and Android apps turn phones into remote controls for the IoT world. Cincinnati-born. Founded 2015.