Women Startup Challenge: Emerging Tech Cohosted by Google

 

Emerging Tech 2018 | Finalists | Judges | Advisors | Sponsors

On March 6, 2018, the Women Startup Challenge: Emerging Tech showcased 10 of the best early-stage, women-led startups focused on Agriculture Tech, Augmented Reality, Biotech, Health Tech, Energy, IoT, Robotics, Space, Transportation, and/or Virtual Reality. The pitch competition was held at Google in New York City.

The $50,000 grand prize went to Timeless, an app developed by 14-year-old Emma Yang to help people with Alzheimer’s remember events, stay connected and engaged, and recognize people through artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology.

Emma Yang of Timeless wins the Women Startup Challenge Emerging Tech

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The Audience Choice Awards went to:

  • Astral AR, a drone piloting system that uses IoT and helps law enforcement stop bullets, and detect guns and bombs through walls.
  • Solstice Energy Solutions, which created SHYFT, a platform for millions of households and businesses in emerging markets that struggle with intermittent or costly power, where users can remotely monitor, control, and manage all power sources, including solar, generator, converter, and utility.

Google awarded additional prizes totaling $280,000 in Google Cloud and Firebase Credits. The 10 startups were chosen from close to 300 online applications.

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Women Startup Challenge Emerging Tech

 

Women Startup Challenge: Emerging Tech Finalists

Meet the 10 women-led startups who pitched their startups at the March 6 Women Startup Challenge.

  • Astral AR: A drone piloting system that uses IoT and helps law enforcement stop bullets, and detect guns and bombs through walls.
  • Curie Co: A life science company that utilizes enzymes and biocompatible materials to replace chemicals banned by the FDA in consumer health products.
  • Folia Water: A water filtration system made up of a single sheet of nano-silver filter paper, which can provide 50 liters of safe water at a retail price of 50 cents per sheet.
  • Neopenda: An affordable, wireless vital signs monitor that reduces response time to newborns in distress, and helps healthcare workers save lives in overcrowded and understaffed health facilities.
  • Re-Nuble: A patent-pending process to optimize plant nutrition by transforming food waste into chemical free, organic nutrients for both soil based and hydroponic cultivation where food waste is unable to be redirected for human or animal consumption in a recycled, safe, sustainable manner.
  • re:3D: Creators of Gigabot, an industrial human-scale 3D printer that prints from plastic recyclables creating access to local and sustainable manufacturing material, which decimates costs and scales barriers in additive manufacturing.
  • Solstice Energy Solutions: Created SHYFT, a platform for millions of households and businesses in emerging markets that struggle with intermittent or costly power, where users can remotely monitor, control, and manage all power sources, including solar, generator, converter, and utility.
  • Timeless: An app developed by a 13-year-old to help Alzheimer’s patients remember events, stay connected and engaged, and recognize people through artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology.
  • VNTANA: An Augmented Reality computing platform that allows consumers to interact with holograms of their favorite athlete, celebrity, or product while capturing real-time data to help companies generate leads, convert sales, and quantify engagement.
  • WaterSeer: A mobile water solution and device that pulls clean, fresh water from air right where people live, providing water security and independence to everyone. The device can produce 100,000s of gallons a year while collecting climate data.

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