Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 22, 2020

Hydropowered sensor platform for leak detection and pressure management

The company was started by Mulundu Sichone, a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur who has since served as its CEO, and Felix Müller, who had formerly been a startup consultant and left Pydro in 2017; Miguel Linares, who has a background in mechanical engineering, joined the company as CTO in early ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

February 21, 2020

Smart skiing system that consists of sensors on body and skis, software analytic tools, and a smartphone app

The company was founded by Martin Kawalski and Piotr Lukasik in Switzerland to develop a smart skiing system that helps consumers analyze their skiing skills; between 2016 and 2018, the company raised several rounds of investment funding, with undisclosed amounts from Intel Capital, Swiss Startup ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

February 21, 2020

Smart retail platform based on camera and thermal sensor as well as digital signage solution with real-time adjustable content

Smart retail platform includes an edge computing device called AiCE and an online system; AiCE consists of a smart camera and thermal sensor to collect consumers' demographic and behavioral data Developed a digital signage technology that can detect how deeply the consumer is interested in the ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 21, 2020

Developing a glycolysis-based depolymerization process

The company was founded by a joint venture between Green Lizard Technologies, Panima Capital, and Abundia Industries in December 2018 under the name Apeiron Plastics Limited; while Panima Capital and Abundia Industries are investment and capital management groups, GLT is a spinout of Queen's ... read more.
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Chloe Herrera

Owning the Energy Transition

February 21, 2020

Battery separators and current collectors with a focus on Li-ion battery safety

Develops and licenses battery separators and current collectors; also leads a consortium of battery developers and manufacturers to enable Li-ion battery technology adoption Co-founded by Brian Morin, who previously founded Dreamweaver International and developed its separator technology; Carl Hu, ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

February 21, 2020

Quantum machine learning software

Rahko develops quantum machine learning (QML) software for near-term quantum computers, primarily aimed at chemical simulation at the quantum level. The company built a platform called Hyrax for prototyping and testing QML algorithms; Hyrax includes an application library (common, pre-built quantum ... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 20, 2020

Biodegradable plastic alternative made from pea protein

Xampla was founded in 2018, but its core technology is based on academic research conducted over the past 10 years by Tuomas Knowles at the University of Cambridge. Knowles began his research by investigating the mechanism for how spider silk proteins can be "untangled and aligned" at a ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation More...

February 19, 2020

Mass transfer of microLEDs

VueReal develops a massive parallel cartridge-based printing process (not pick-and-place) for printing micro- and nanodevices; this primarily includes microLEDs for displays but also other types of semiconductor devices like flip-chip, vertical, and sensors. In addition to its microprinter and ... read more.
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Arij van Berkel

Owning the Energy Transition

February 19, 2020

Smart power outlet with backup battery for appliance-level backup power, scheduling, and monitoring

Founded by Caleb Scalf, Roy Moorefeld, and Max Lewin in 2017 and has since participated in the Boomtown and UpRamp accelerator programs; in March 2018, it was selected for the Free Electrons accelerator program Has raised $1.9 million in seed funding and grants so far and is currently raising an ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 18, 2020

Omnistereo solid-state camera hardware and software platform for autonomous robots

The company was founded by Rajat Aggarwal (CEO), Rohan Bhatial (COO), and Anoop Namboodiri (CSO); founders have expertise in computer vision, virtual reality (VR), robotics, circuit design, and software engineering from academia and from companies including Siemens; DreamVu raised an undisclosed ... read more.
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Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Preparing for quantum computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Quantum computers promise to solve certain problems that are not addressable even by today’s high-performance computers. Previously inaccessible advantages in new product development and operational improvements are being targeted through applications like quantum chemical simulation and optimizing vehicle routes for fleets. Quantum computers are not yet advanced enough to provide advantages for business applications, but the last few years have shown it growing rapidly in innovation activity. To prepare organizations for this emerging technology, we answer why quantum computing is valuable, when it will be ready, and how interested organizations should engage.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.