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May 21, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Second day of Techstars four-city stop includes pitches at the “CO.MOBILITY Summit”

Eight of the 10 participants who finish their three months in Knoxville in two weeks described their companies.

Eight of the 10 companies in the “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator” that will wrap-up its three-month program in two weeks pitched to attendees at the “CO.MOBILITY Summit” Tuesday in Chattanooga.

It was the second of four pitches the teams are making this week. After Monday’s stop in Cincinnati and Tuesday’s in Chattanooga, they will be in Atlanta Wednesday and Nashville on Thursday (see article here).

Brandon Bruce, Techstars Managing Director, presented two of the companies – Orbital Arc and NeuroX1 – whose Founders were elsewhere. Those pitching at the event at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga included:

  • AutoMetrics which is committed to enhancing manufacturing quality by building the machine brain for industrial automation. Powered by machine learning and analytics, its Inspection 4.0 technology provides real-time monitoring for welding and other industrial operations to reduce costly defects and downtime.
  • Dig Robotics develops a dedicated guidance and control system for excavators. It improves efficiency by 40 percent by ensuring bucket fill every cycle, while reducing excavation time, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Flutter Care builds digital health tools to promote maternal and fetal health. The Flutter Care Pregnancy Health Companion includes an always-on real-time fetal kick counter to promote inclusive, informed, and accessible perinatal care.
  • Narval develops synthetic Antibody Mimetic ProteinsTM (AMP) to replace conventional antibodies in novel first-in-class therapeutics and make antibody drugs accessible to everyone. The company makes antibodies as affordable, accessible, and easy to use as small molecule drugs.
  • NKA Bio develops new medicines to improve critical care. Its lead product, NKA01, is a temperature-stable antibody for trauma patients. With an injection of NKA01 by a trained Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic, more time is available for transport and lifesaving surgery.
  • Perleybrook Labs seamlessly connects to existing ONVIF IP (Open Network Video Interface Forum) cameras or proprietary USB cameras, transforming them into intelligent mounted vision sensors. By continuously monitoring the workplace, the company’s lead product named Flagman can identify potential safety hazards and alert personnel in real-time, helping prevent accidents before they occur.
  • 3D Solar is enabling the carbon zero future by engineering highly efficient, easy to manufacture, deploy-anywhere solar. Their process allows micro-solar 3D cells to be manufactured close to carbon neutral by re-using glass from discarded solar panels.
  • Witching Hour utilizes advanced materials to reduce faults and ignitions of power lines that can lead to catastrophic forest fires. The start-up’s technology can reduce mitigation costs by up to 97 percent.

Bruce invited those in the audience to attend the Demo Day on June 6 at Regas Square in downtown Knoxville.

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