In October 2017, nine innovative startups from around the world travelled to London to take part in the 2017 cohort of Startupbootcamp IoT. Since then, they have been immersing themselves in an exhaustive acceleration program, meeting with mentors, attending workshops and developing their business models in preparation for the final 'Demo Day' set to take place on 24th January 2018.
We caught up with the startups as they approached the mid-point of the program to find out how they were progressing. They talked about what they've learned, the changes they've made to their products and business models and what they were looking forward to over the final weeks of the program.
About the Startups
The nine startups that are participating at Startupbootcamp IoT 2017 represent a wide variety of markets and applications, from agricultural monitoring and manufacturing solutions to data protection and immersive gaming devices.
Through an augmented reality interface, HUDlog is improving professional driver habits so that fleet managers can reduce their day-to-day fuel costs and vehicle maintenance expenses.
Thanks to a wireless monitoring module, Internet of trees allows conservation groups to monitor a whole forest, helping them detect fires and monitor environmental factors (such as temperature and soil conditions) affecting forest growth.
Mothive helps high-margin fruit growers to increase production yields and reduce the risk of crop disease by giving them the data they need to improve management activities (such as irrigation) and predict future cultivation.
Odyssey Sensors has built TankSentry, an easy, efficient and cost effective way for low-margin farmers to manage their water supply. Their solution can be integrated with existing data management subscriptions allowing farms to spend less money and time collecting and analyzing water data.
Robotic Solutions is giving the manufacturers and owners of cleaning machines a ready to install tracking device that helps an end-user improve clearning habits and increase operational efficiency.
Storybot is a screen-free gaming device for children which transports them into immersive worlds. New and popular games can be played solo or with friends to help keep children physically and socially active.
Sonodot increases a warehouse’s or manufacturer’s efficiency and safety by allowing them to track high-value assets (such as forklifts) or perishable goods. Sonodot’s plug and play device provides key stakeholders with this data in real time.
ThingBlox has developed a range of plug and play hardware modules that allow IoT devices to securely communicate with one another without the threat of being hacked.
Through a special long range RFID chip in a standard plastic card, Unifi.id gives building managers new levels of insight into where people are in their building, allowing them to deliver better service, improve security and safety, and optimise their utility usage.
As an official partner of the program, Farnell element14 will be continuing to follow the progress of Startupbootcamp IoT 2017 into the new year. You can watch our introduction to this year's startups here. For more information on the program, visit the official Startupbootcamp website.