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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Startups advancing Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure out of 480
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 480 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 475 solutions advancing Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure, get in touch.
Applied Autonomy advances Smart Mobility
Smart mobility is an integral part of smart cities, enabling the efficient movement of people and goods. In addition to reducing congestion, it is crucial for cities to achieve their clean energy goals. However, enabling smart mobility requires the collection and analysis of large amounts of data. To more quickly facilitate mobility solutions such as autonomous transportation or multimodal mobility, startups are leveraging big data and analytics.
Norwegian startup Applied Autonomy develops solutions for sustainable autonomous transportation. The company uses the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data to combine data from multiple sources such as connected vehicles and traffic data. This paves the way for applications in smart mobility ranging from geofencing and vehicle monitoring to on-demand trip management. The startup also offers a smart fleet management system for transport operators to run their fleets safely and efficiently.
Marine Performance Systems delivers Fluidic Air Lubrication for Ships
More recently, the shipping industry is transitioning to energy-efficient ships to reduce its carbon footprint. However, tens of thousands of existing vessels still need to be upgraded as well to meet the emissions reduction goals. This is why startups build retrofit solutions that upgrade existing vehicles. Some of these solutions focus on reducing friction as the ships sail because this presents an opportunity for improving fuel efficiency.
Marine Performance Systems is a Dutch startup offering retrofit solutions for the shipping industry. FluidicAL, the startup’s fluidic air lubrication solution, creates a layer of air underneath the ship’s hull. It uses patented fluidic oscillators to generate hundreds of thousands of micro air bubbles per second per running meter. This reduces the friction between the hull and surrounding water, thus reducing drag. Moreover, this solution reduces fuel consumption, emissions as well as fouling.
Origen Air provides Commercial Air Purifiers
In many major cities, air pollution is increasingly becoming a concern for residential and commercial buildings. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems lower indoor population by increasing filtration. However, this increases the energy consumption of HVAC systems and, consequently, increases energy bills. To this end, startups are working on a range of commercial air purifiers for different kinds of buildings.
Origen Air is a Canadian startup offering commercial air purifiers. The Sentinel, the startup’s proprietary air purifier, uses engineered plants that detoxify oxygen from the air. This improves indoor air quality (IAQ), thereby reducing the need for HVAC systems to frequently draw in the fresh air. Further, the startup’s solutions allow managers to monitor the air quality and energy savings of their buildings.
FinConecta enables Open Finance
Due to an increasing number of FinTech companies and shifting paradigms such as decentralized finance, traditional financial institutions are embracing technology more and more. Going beyond digitizing their operations, banks and institutional lenders provide FinTech companies with secure access to data. This trend, known as open finance, allows FinTechs to expand the reach of banking services.
US-based startup FinConecta builds 4wrd, an open finance platform. The platform offers a suite of tools and services such as digital banking models, Banking-as-a-Service, and Wallet-as-a-Service, to name a few. This enables financial institutions to digitize their services while for FinTech startups, it reduces the time to market and thus accelerates scaling their products globally.
Arch Systems analyzes Infrastructure Machine Data
With developments in Industry 4.0, there is a shift towards implementing the smart factory concept. Among other benefits, smart factories reduce waste and optimize production efficiency. However, the high setup cost of Industry 4.0 infrastructure deters some manufacturers from adopting it. Retrofit devices overcome this by providing the latest capabilities to legacy equipment.
US-based startup Arch Systems provides connected systems for data collection. It uses sensors to collect factory data in real-time, thus providing detailed metrics that enable manufacturing optimization. The systems then extract actionable insights from this data as well as facilitate predictive maintenance. The startup’s solutions are compatible with legacy machines, allowing manufacturers to transition to smart manufacturing principles without a high upfront investment.
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Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on zero hunger, no poverty, clean water & sanitation as well as taking climate action. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the UN’s SDGs, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download one of our free Industry Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.