IoT Startups Create Exciting Future During Seamless Demo Day
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino Addresses Community of Entrepreneurs and Investors
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 28, 2016 — Seamless IoT, the global Internet of Things (IoT) commercialization program, today held its Demo Day, the final event in a 12-week program that connected four IoT startups with six large, Michigan enterprises. Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, one of the leading voices in IoT and tech, spoke to the audience before the participating teams presented their work and prototypes to the Midwest investment and entrepreneurial communities.
Four startups including DogTelligent, Gideon AI, Promethient and Workit were brought into the program by six enterprise consortium partners including Amway, Faurecia, Meijer, Steelcase, Priority Health and Spectrum Health. Together, the startups and consortium partners developed new prototypes and new potential markets for smart, connected devices.
“What we want from the Internet of Things should reflect what we want from our future. People have complex relationships with their environment, which means IoT needs to design for changes in behavior and long-lasting relationships,” said Deschamps-Sonsino. “We need new and better stories that include smart, connected products serving the needs of a community, not just an individual.”
Participating Seamless startups reached significant milestones during the Seamless Accelerator and presented them during Demo Day. They include:
- DogTelligent, refined the Connected Collar engineering and developed the first-ever cTouch prototype, which allows dogs to speak and respond to their owners
- Gideon AI, (formerly Alfred Smart Home) developed a new artificial intelligence, application interface and brand identity to reflect its move beyond smart homes to smart, connected users across many environments
- Promethient, developed a heated/cooled auto seat prototype with Faurecia and office environment with Steelcase
- Workit, created a connected, mobile recovery program which can be deployed across enterprise
“A startup will have numerous ideas to get their products to market, but only a small number will produce results that will sustain the company. Seamless was created to provide neutral ground for financial, intellectual and social capital to converge and create ground-breaking, connected environments and products,” said Mike Morin, director of Seamless IoT. “Seamless helps startup companies develop a commercialization lifecycle, which results in long-term success for their product’s growth, and opportunity for new value creation for enterprise.”
Dubbed the “Internet of Things” (IoT), this next generation of connected objects and “things” is estimated to have a potential impact of $2-14 trillion on the global economy by 2020. A recent study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers found, one in every six businesses is planning to roll out an IoT-based product, and more than 75 percent of corporate enterprises are exploring how to use IoT to improve their operations.
The Seamless IoT program provides enterprises with collaborative, light weight, low friction access to emerging technologies and businesses in a region that has quietly manufactured much of the physical spaces and objects encountered in today’s built environment. At the same time, it provides startups with unprecedented access to intellectual and commercialization capital that they need to move their development forward.
Seamless IoT consists of a three-month program, operating in semi-annual cycles. All participants receive direct access to enterprise leaders working in their field of manufacturing and design, seed capital, as well as the resources of strategic vendor partners. Applications are now open for the third season through June 30, 2016. Members of the Seamless Coalition are intimately involved in the selection process. The third season of Seamless begins on Sept. 12. Applications are available at www.seamlessaccelerator.com.
Seamless Accelerator is the leading global Internet of Things (IoT) commercialization program. It is led by a consortium of six, non-competitive, enterprise partners, including Amway (home/personal care), Faurecia (automotive), Meijer (retail), Steelcase (office environment), Priority Health (health insurance) and Spectrum Health (health care). They provide seed capital and mentorship to guide participating startups into the marketplace. Details at seamlessaccelerator.com.
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