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Jessica Hernandez

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June 12, 2019

Residential electric load disaggregation and personalized recommendation platform

The company was started by Bruce Townson in 2010; it received research and development funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and has no disclosed venture capital investments. The company is a developer of residential electric load disaggregation ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

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June 12, 2019

Electricity monitoring for homes and businesses

The company was started by Trevor Orton and Nick Gamble in 2009; it has raised $800,000 from Waterloo North Hydro, which acquired a 23% stake in the company back in 2013. The company develops electricity monitoring hardware using current transformer (CT) sensors to measure energy consumption at the ... read more.
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Anthony Vicari and Chloe Holzinger

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June 12, 2019

Silicon nanocomposite materials for Li-ion battery anodes

Sila Nanotechnologies develops and manufactures silicon nanocomposite materials for Li-ion battery anodes that it claims are a drop-in replacement for conventional graphite anodes Most of its materials have a high silicon loading of about 50%; while the company could not disclose further details on ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

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June 12, 2019

CO₂ sequestration; produces graphite nanoplatelets and graphene oxide

Apoorv Sinha founded Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) in 2014. To date, the company has raised about $1 million from National Resources Canada, National Research Council Canada, Alberta Innovates, and the Carbon XPRIZE competition. The company is a developer of a process that adsorbs CO2 ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

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June 12, 2019

3D sensor fusion and perception platform for autonomous vehicles

Develops a sensor fusion and software perception platform for autonomous vehicles; claims differentiation in achieving higher levels of perception accuracy and reliability Core innovation is in its upsampling approach, in which additional information is extracted and inferred from frame-to-frame ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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June 12, 2019

Natural language understanding based on transfer learning and knowledge base

Natural language understanding (NLU) platform that uses vector-based semantics and transfer learning to analyze text information, such as identifying words and phrases, understanding their relations, and conducting emotional analysis Uses  common-sense AI approach empowered by its proprietary ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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June 12, 2019

Automation and optimization software for deep neural networks

Develops software that uses AI tools like reinforcement learning and transfer learning to automate and optimize the design of deep neural networks (DNNs) so that they can run on edge devices with limited computational resources Claims that its software is able to decrease the computational overhead ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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June 12, 2019

Natural language processing-enabled online conversational platform that connects consumers in need of advice to product experts

The company was started by four co-founders with significant experience in entrepreneurship and venture capital; the company has raised a total of $55 million in investments, including the most recent $41 million Series C round in October 2017; some of the key investors include Bpifrance, Idinvest ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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June 12, 2019

Retail analytics

The company was founded by Bill Martin in 1993, who served as its CEO until its acquisition by Tyco International in 2016; later that same year, Tyco International merged with Johnson Controls; ShopperTrak now remains as a business unit of Johnson Controls. The company is a developer of retail ... read more.
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Shriram Ramanathan

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June 11, 2019

There is no doubt that commoditization in the marketplace has accelerated. The Boston Consulting Group recently noted that markets are maturing faster and company life cycles have halved in the past two decades. While there is ample data to support this conclusion, all readers need to do to convince... read more.

Analyst Insight

5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The rapid growth of AI in China has caught the world’s attention. The country has surpassed the U.S. in every possible measure – government support, R&D activity, VC funding, and market traction. Is China ready to take over the world when it comes to AI? What are the opportunities and threats? In this report, we will dive deep into innovation data to understand the progress of AI in China, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, identify some key players, and lay our recommendations for what clients should do / expect.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

In the world of overhype and hashtags, few themes have dominated the global dialogue as sustainability and the circular economy. While there have been numerous contributing factors, much of this hype has resulted from the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its New Plastics Economy to reduce plastic waste. Although the foundation now has hundreds of partner companies, the majority of interest started in January 2018, when 11 companies - Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz - responsible for over 6 million tpa plastic packaging a year joined the foundation to move towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packing by 2025 at the latest. Given that we are one year closer to the 2025 target, how close are these companies to accomplishing their goals? In this report, we aim to evaluate the likelihood of these goals by examining the technologies these brands are involved with, the other technologies being developed to help accomplish these goals, and expected scale-up of these innovations.