We’re down in Sunnyvale, Calif., where Alchemist Accelerator is hosting a demo day for its most recent batch of companies. This is the 23rd class to graduate from Alchemist, with notable alums including LaunchDarkly, MightyHive, Matternet and Rigetti Computing. As an enterprise accelerator, Alchemist focuses on companies that make their money from other businesses, rather than consumers.
Twenty-one companies presented in all, each getting five minutes to explain their mission to a room full of investors, media and other founders.
Here are our notes on all 21 companies, in the order in which they presented:
i-50: Uses AI to monitor human actions on production lines, using computer vision to look for errors or abnormalities along the way. Founder Albert Kao says that 68% of manufacturing issues are caused by human error. The company currently has three paid pilots, totaling $190,000 in contracts.
Perimeter: A data visualization platform for firefighters and other first responders, allowing them to more quickly input and share information (such as how a fire is spreading) with each other and the public. Projecting $1.7 million in revenue within 18 months.
Einsite: Computer vision-based analytics for mining and construction. Sensors and cameras are mounted on heavy machines (like dump trucks and excavators). Footage is analyzed in the cloud, with the data ultimately presented to job site managers to help monitor progress and identify issues. Founder Anirudh Reddy says the company will have $1.2 million in bookings and be up and running on 2,100 machines this year.
Mall IQ: A location-based marketing/analytics SDK for retail stores and malls to tie into their apps. Co-founder Batu Sat says they’ve built an “accurate and scalable” method of determining a customer’s indoor position without GPS or additional hardware like Bluetooth beacons.
Ipsum Analytics: Machine learning system meant to predict the outcome of a company’s ongoing legal cases by analyzing the relevant historical cases of a given jurisdiction, judge, etc. First target customer is hedge funds, helping them project how legal outcomes will impact the market.
Vincere Health: Works with insurance companies to pay people to stop smoking. They’ve built an app with companion breathalyzer hardware; each time a user checks in with the breathalyzer to prove they’re smoking less, the user gets paid. They’ve raised $400,000 so far.
Harmonize: A chat bot system for automating HR tasks, built to work with existing platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams. An employee could, for example, message the bot to request time off — the request is automatically forwarded to their manager, presenting them with one-click approve/deny buttons that handle everything behind the scenes. The company says it currently has 400 paying customers and is seeing $500,000 in ARR, projecting $2 million ARR in 2020.
Coreshell Technologies: Working on a coating for lithium-ion batteries, which the company says makes them 25% cheaper and 50% faster to produce. The company’s co-founder says they have 11 patents filed, with two paid agreements signed and 12 more in the pipeline.
in3D: An SDK for 3D body scanning via smartphone, meant to help apps do things like gather body measurements for custom clothing, allow for virtual clothing try-ons or create accurate digital avatars for games.
Domatic: “Intelligent power” for new building construction. Pushes both data and low-voltage power over a single “Class 2” wire, making it easier/cheaper for builders to make a building “smart.” Co-founder Jim Baldwin helped build Firewire at Apple, and co-founder Gladys Wong was previously a hardware engineer at Cisco.
MeToo Kit: A kit meant to allow victims of sexual assault or rape to gather evidence through an at-home, self-administered process. Co-founder Madison Campbell says that they’ve seen 100,000 kits ordered by universities, corporations, nonprofits, and military organizations. The company garnered significant controversy in September of 2019 after multiple states issued cease-and-desist letters, with Michigan’s attorney general arguing that such a kit would not be admissible in court. Campbell told BuzzFeed last year that she would “never stop fighting” for the concept.
AiChemist Metal: Building a thin, lightweight battery made of copper and cellulose “nanofibers.” Co-founder Sergey Lopatin says the company’s solution is 2-3x lighter, stronger and cheaper than alternatives, and that the company is projecting profitability in 2021. Focusing first on batteries for robotics, flexible displays and electric vehicles.
Delightree: A task management system for franchises, meant to help owners create and audit to-dos across locations. Monitors online customer reviews, automatically generating potential tasks accordingly. In pilot tests with three brands with 16 brands on a waitlist, which the company says translates to about $400,000 in potential ARR.
DigiFabster: An ML-powered “smart quoting” tool for manufacturing shops doing things like CNC machining to make custom parts and components. Currently working with 125 customers, they’re seeing $500,000 in ARR.
NachoNacho: Helps small/medium businesses monitor and manage software subscriptions their employees sign up for. Issues virtual credit cards, which small businesses use to sign up for services; you can place budgets on each card, cancel cards and quickly determine where your money is going. Launched nine months ago, NachoNacho says it’s currently working with more than 1,600 businesses.
Zapiens: A virtual assistant-style tool for sharing knowledge within a company, tied into tools like Slack/Salesforce/Microsoft 365. Answers employee questions, or uses its understanding of each employee’s expertise to find someone within the company who can answer the question.
Onebrief: A tool aiming to make military planning more efficient. Co-founder/Army officer Grant Demaree says that much of the military’s planning is buried in Word/PowerPoint documents, with inefficiencies leading to ballooning team sizes. By modernizing the planning approach with a focus on visualization, automation and data re-usability, he says planning teams could be smaller yet more agile.
Perceive: Spatial analytics for retail stores. Builds a sensor that hooks into existing in-store lighting wiring to create a 3D map of stores, analyzing customer movement/behavior (without face recognition or Wi-Fi/beacon tracking) to identify weak spots in store layout or staffing.
Acoustic Wells: IoT devices for monitoring and controlling production from oil fields. Analyzes sound from pipes “10,000 feet underground” to regulate how a machine is running, optimizing production while minimizing waste. Charges monthly fee per oil well. Currently has letters of intent to roll out their solution in over 1,000 wells.
SocialGlass: A marketplace for government procurement. Lets governments buy goods/services valued under $10,000 without going through a bidding process, with SocialGlass guaranteeing they’ve found the cheapest price. Currently working with 50+ suppliers offering 10,000 SKUs.
Applied Particle Technology: Continuous, real-time worker health/safety tracking for industrial environments. Working on wireless, wearable monitors that stream environmental data to identify potential exposure risks. Focusing first on mining and metals industries, later moving into construction, firefighting and utilities environments.