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The Startup Lab Pitch Competition featured 8 disruptive startups, each pursuing innovative emerging technologies and solutions. Startups gave 4-minute pitches to a panel of judges, followed by 2 minutes of judges’ Q&A, all for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes. Read more about our finalists below.
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IndustriesConsumer Packaged Goods, Foodservice, Fresh Foods, Healthcare
TechnologySensor Technology, Data as a Service
Adrich is the world’s first IoT-connected smart consumer platform that provides real-time post-sales analytics and product usage data. The system, consisting of both smart-label hardware and customizable software, collects immediate, highly-accurate volumetric measurements—from individual usage amounts to product fill levels—as well as time-of-day and geolocation information.
The smart tracker is affixed to the outside of product packaging and collects data autonomously, providing unprecedented perspective into the true-usage behaviors of consumers. This real-time usage data benefits consumers by enabling use cases such as need-based automatic replenishment.
It also delivers actionable insights to brands, enabling them to deliver products better suited to meet consumer needs; and it enables retailers to better predict consumer demand and drive customer loyalty and retention. By introducing re-usability into the supply chain, the solution can help bolster sustainability initiatives as well. To learn more visit, https://adrich.io/
IndustriesConsumer Packaged Goods, Grocery, Other
TechnologySmart Device, Computer Vision, Application
Garbi is a Smart Trash Can that uses Computer Vision to recognize discarded products, helping consumers build their perfect grocery list via Amazon, Instacart or other service. An interior, lid-mounted camera scans text, logos, packaging, branding, and barcodes every time an item is thrown away in order to identify the product.
This recognition provides real-time, individualized data about household consumption that can be applied to a number of use cases, including inventory management, food waste, sustainability initiatives and product forecasting.
For retailers, the data provides unparalleled insight into consumers purchasing behavior, including what products are likely to be purchased within the next 14 days. For consumers, Garbi is helping manage daily household inventory and routine weekly purchases to eliminate the need to make unnecessary trips to the grocery store. The solution also helps to reduce food waste, encouraging more sustainable product purchases and guiding customers towards the appropriate recycling solution. To learn more visit, https://garbican.com
IndustriesApparel, Consumer Packaged Goods, Foodservice, General Merchandise, Grocery, Other
TechnologyArtificial Intelligence, Robotics as a Service
Gather AI is the world’s first software-only autonomous inventory management platform. This robotics-as-a-service solution is made possible using a fleet of indoor flying drones powered by a proprietary autonomy engine and backed by a comprehensive analytics and management software suite.
In addition to performing physical inventory and cycle counts, Gather AI's drones can measure warehouse temperature, humidity, volume and rack conditions, enabling businesses to optimize environmental factors while completing inventory at a rate that is 15 times faster and 60% cheaper than manual processes.
The drones also collect and digitize data that informs metrics such as space utilization, SKU mismatches and asset path optimization, further enabling labor productivity improvement and accelerating the speed of decision making without the need to put employees at risk. To learn more visit, https://gather.ai/
IndustriesApparel, Consumer Packaged Goods, Foodservice, Fresh Foods, General Merchandise, Grocery, Healthcare, Other
TechnologyArtificial Intelligence, Spatial Intelligence
Pathr is the industry’s ﬁrst and only AI-powered Spatial Intelligence platform. Using cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence, Pathr turns previously unusable "raw" location data into actionable insights to help businesses grow revenue and increase customer engagement.
The technology helps businesses and organizations promote deeper, more meaningful interactions with key constituents—by anonymously mapping and evaluating their physical movement through any number of locations or venues. Because it operates in real time, Pathr has the ability to directly impact business outcomes as they occur, during the moments that matter most—for example, to influence an in-store customer sale.
Pathr utilizes all existing hardware—cameras, beacons, RFID and other tools—ensuring that users do not need to modify their infrastructure to take advantage of the platform. Pathr software also connects that data to specific use cases, enabling businesses to determine optimal timing for employee-customer interactions, increase top- and bottom-line profits, streamline operational efficiencies, improve loss prevention/mitigate theft, and more. To learn more visit, https://pathr.ai/
Produce Pics LLC
IndustriesFoodservice, Fresh Foods, Grocery
TechnologyArtificial Intelligence, Software as a Service, Application
Produce Pic’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform enables real-time, remote inspection of produce along the supply chain, improving transparency and communication between trading partners while helping to significantly reduce food waste.
Using the simple Produce Connect smartphone application, everyone from growers to corporate buyers can interact via live synchronous or asynchronous video while the AI image-processing platform automatically detects the quality of produce. Language barriers are overcome through the use of real-time translation (45 languages supported via Google Translate) so individuals can communicate in their native tongue.
The service is similar to “CARFAX” in the auto industry, providing a complete visual history of produce and a catalog of inspections from the point of growth to the final retail destination. Additionally, all video, image, and language translation data is recorded and archived for future reference.
IndustriesApparel, General Merchandise, Grocery
TechnologyInternet of Things, Application
The rapitag anti-theft solution enables physical retailers to gather the same customer data as an online merchant while enhancing their loss prevention techniques. The smart, self-opening security tags are robust, re-useable and can be employed across every product—including high-theft categories such as fashion, electronics and bottled goods.
rapitag can communicate via Bluetooth with routers, beacons and smart devices, making it possible to track every individual product along the value chain in real time. In combination with customer data, this allows retailers to better control the flow of products between stores, warehouses and suppliers to optimize inventory levels and showroom space.
rapitag enhances the retail experience for customers as well, combining the tangible benefits of offline shopping (test, try and touch products) with the convenience of e-commerce (one-click checkout). Using a smartphone application, customers can easily navigate to an item in-store, look up size/color/stock information, participate in loyalty programs and more. To learn more visit, https://rapitag.com/
IndustriesApparel, Consumer Packaged Goods, General Merchandise, Grocery
TechnologyGPS, Analytics, Application
SIRL (Search In Real Life) delivers indoor GPS & real-time analytics to precisely locate and connect people and products inside brick-and-mortar retail stores. This mobile solution improves the customer experience and employee efficiency while generating unique data streams aimed at increasing sales conversion and reducing operating costs.
SIRL’s wayfinding solution provides consumers with step-by-step navigation to within 12 inches of a given point and can even suggest an optimized route to fulfill an entire shopping list. SIRL integrates with POS systems and has the ability to track a shopper’s path and product searches—enabling retailers to build highly sophisticated customer profiles. Using SIRL’s dashboard, retailers cans easily send personalized recommendations or promotions in real-time to shoppers at the point of purchase.
The traffic analytics dashboard aggregates individual shopper journeys and provides actionable insights to store managers and operators based on how consumers are navigating your store. Store format, merchandizing and employee operational changes can be tracked over time and optimized using SIRL’s dashboard. To learn more visit, https://www.sirl.io/
IndustriesConsumer Packaged Goods
WeStock enables brands to better measure demand and grow retail sales by empowering customers to request specific products at their local store via smartphone application. From their personalized WeStock dashboard, customers can also discover new products and see which items are trending in their area.
Retailers have access to a separate dashboard to manage customer requests. By leveraging data pertaining to emerging brands, motivated consumers and local demand, retailers can streamline product request processes, expedite placement on store shelves and increase velocity and sell through at the store level.
This insight enables brand owners to turn their customers, followers and email subscribers into new retail leads. Via the dashboard, brands can access and organize their buyer contact list, identify high-performing retailers and catalog product requests to reach out to new retail partners. To learn more visit, https://www.westock.io/
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