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Startupbootcamp’s IoT | Connected Devices accelerator has come to a head with its demo day.
After three months of acceleration, nine startups pitched their IoT applications to investors, partners, and mentors in London with more than 300 in attendance.
Many IoT products make big promises to the consumer but can they be executed as a viable business? Each of the startups that took part in the program needed to display not just engineering and technical ability but also a deep understanding of their business and potential customer.
“In the past three months we have been working alongside nine startups who really are making the future. Each team blends high-quality engineering and technical ability with strong business experience, something which is essential to any startup pushing IoT forward. They’ve worked very hard but this is just the beginning for them,” said Raph Crouan, Managing Director of the program.
“We’re looking forward to supporting them in the coming years and will be working hard in the next few months to help them secure their first round of funding and grow their customer base through successful pilot programmes and corporate partnerships.”
Here’s a round-up of the nine IoT startups that showcased their devices.
ThingTrax’s connected manufacturing platform uses hardware to gather data from machines around an industrial setting and delivers the data to managers, giving a snapshot of operations and any problems that may occur. It will be launching its third paid pilot program this February with a plastics manufacturer in the UK.
Doordeck wants to do away with office proximity cards and key fobs, replacing them with your smartphone. The startup has built a platform that allows managers to control who has access to doors through its app, and its device is set to be installed in one of the prominent office buildings on One Canada Square in the coming weeks.
Eskesso wants to simplify cooking and food preparation with its smartphone app-controlled sous vide device that allows for remote control of the appliance while out of the kitchen. The app also provides help with recipes and a marketplace for ordering meals online.
YodelUP has developed an on-glove wearable that allows skiers and snowboarders on the slopes to check their devices and notifications without the need to remove their gloves in the cold.
Trackener is a wearable device for horses that tracks a horse’s wellbeing by monitoring its heart rate and general behaviour around the clock. The device provides actionable data for horse owners, trainers, and jockeys.
Joyride is a tracking and analytics solution for bikes. The startup has been awarded a contract from Future Cities Catapult to run an initiative which encourages more families to get into cycling by improving safety for children. This program will begin in February.
HomyHub lets you control your garage door through your smartphone. Its app and hardware attached to the door allows for remote access and opening, perfect for the sharing economy or allowing for deliveries when no one’s around.
Woogie is taking on edtech with a voice-activated robot toy that uses AI and machine learning to interact with a child and its learning and helps parents to keep track of their child’s development.
CityCrop creates connected vertical indoor gardens for growing organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs all year round, aided by a smartphone app for monitoring their growth.
Following the success of this 2016 program, Startupbootcamp has already opened up applications for its 2017 IoT accelerator. If you’re working on a transformative device in the internet of things space and need help to develop that product into a business, click here for more details on applying.
Photos: Dan Taylor