Introducing Katapult Accelerator Batch 2
Those crazy enough to change the world, usually do. Mission-driven, charismatic, innovative and incredibly passionate are just some of the many things our latest batch of companies have in common.
After the challenging mission to narrow down and shortlist companies from a pool of 1500 applicants globally, we have just kicked off with our second batch of 11 movers & shakers! Hailing from as far and wide as Kenya and India to our very own backyard, here in Norway, we´ve got some incredibly promising talent onboard!
Like us, they share a mission to make a positive impact in the world and are fueled and inspired by a deep desire to use exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning or the blockchain as a catalyst for that change. We are incredibly pumped and honored to not only support and empower each of them through our program but also be a part of their journey toward realizing their dreams!
As with Batch One, they will spend three months in Oslo, Norway through an intensive but incredibly rewarding program that will aim to slice and dice through to their sweet spots, hone in on their unique selling points and how to leverage the best technologies available, prepare them for investor pitches and the global stage and above all, ensure they have access to all the right support throughout their time with us and beyond.
To further strengthen things, they will also have access and receive invaluable support from the Katapult Accelerator team, 120+ mentors from across the globe, a carefully curated pool of investors and our partner organizations that include PWC, Amazon Web Services, IBM and Microsoft!
It gives us great pleasure to announce the 11 movers and shakers of Batch Two who are working toward being the change they want to see in the world!
Country: UK and Kenya
ConnectMed is leapfrogging traditional healthcare delivery by building a lightweight, distributed system in low and middle-income countries to provide affordable and convenient care missing in these markets. They do this through an in-pharmacy telehealth service that harnesses machine learning (ML) to utilise healthcare workers intelligently. Specifically, ConnectMed uses ML to predict what type of healthcare worker can appropriately handle a given patient case (triage/allocation) and to automate supervision and guidance of lower skilled healthcare workers (decision support/augmentation).
Roughly one-third of the food produced for human consumption every year, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, gets wasted. A lot of it goes to waste before it even leaves the grocery stores and at Deligate they are aiming to change that. Deligate provides you with an effective routine for date controls and helps you identify the items that are in the risk zone of expiring. Reduce food waste and guarantee your costumers the best quality possible. Provides you with an effective routine for date controls and helps you identify the items that are in the risk zone of expiring. By reducing food wastage, Deligate believes that they can make this world a better and more sustainable place to live in. And this is what matters.
Diwala is a digital economy platform, powered by Blockchain, which enables displaced individuals to build identity through their skills and resources. By digitally documenting and verifying refugee’s skills we provide impact & aid organisations with improved transparency, through a decentralised collaboration platform. Diwala is specifically attacking the UN development goals: 4,5, 8 and 17. They ascertain the current abilities of displaced individuals so they can continue to educate themselves & work. The platform connects displaced individuals with a digital product that incentivises and supports collaboration in displaced communities. Since the skills are connected to a person’s ID, it, therefore, gives women and girls an equal chance to be independent in refugee camps, receptions or asylums. Diwala allows everyone to build their finances independently and will also kick-start a market economy among people supporting their entrepreneurship initiatives.
Ducky is a highly scalable, easy-to-use engagement platform and climate calculator enabling anyone to a) visualise how daily activities impact their carbon footprint, and b) get personalised advice on how tolerable lifestyle changes can reduce their footprint. Ducky utilises web technologies to encourage individuals to live more sustainability. It is designed for corporations to engage their customers and employees in their sustainability strategy on a large scale. Ducky disseminates and applies the latest climate research to raise awareness and educate individuals. Users can easily visualise and quantify how their daily activities impact their carbon footprint and get personalised advice on how sustainable lifestyle changes will reduce their footprint.
World Health Organisation has deemed mental health a pandemic of the 21st century due to increased stress amongst other things. FLOWVR helps solve today’s stress and productivity challenges by giving access to meditation’s benefits, regardless of where or when we choose. FLOWVR delivers personalised, interactive meditations via rich guided content, 360° videos and high impact VR technology. Self-guided, rapid immersion, tracking and progress/feedback controls enable their mobile solution to meet the unique needs of companies and individuals. FLOWVR provide highly adaptable stress management tools for people on the go, with effects that are immediate and breathtaking.
Country: India, Turkey, South Korea & Morocco
Oizom is an Environmental Solution Company. Through strategic installations, Oizom develops a dense data-grid of networked instruments which helps us understand air pollution and climate change. The monitoring allows for spotting and resolving the sources of pollution. Oizom Big-data is the key to accurate forecasting & change analysis of environmental conditions. Oizom artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms identify unique patterns in ecological dynamics and provide accurate forecasting and predictions through machine learning.
Country: USA, Singapore, Nigeria and Kenya.
RxAll is an AI pharmacy platform for drug authentication. Their platform uses a molecular sensor device & a cloud database of spectral signatures of medicines to carry out non-destructive product authentication before order fulfilment of medicines. They are expanding their business in Africa- currently operational in Nigeria, Kenya and Singapore. Users will find RxAll’s technology unique as it aims to assure the quality of medicines delivered to patients in growth countries.
SceneThere’s technology links 360 videos from different places together into a “real virtual world”, where you as a viewer can choose your point of view. SceneThere founders – and long-time friends – Marcus and Marcus built their first 3D world in 1998, but it’s not until the last two years – with the advent of VR – that they’ve been able to realise their vision around interaction and 360 films fully. Having helped world leading research institute “Stockholm Resilience Centre” to use VR to boost empathy for life and challenges for the inhabitant in a Brazilian favela, their technology was shown in 2016 to top-level energy ministers at NY Times Energy for Tomorrow as well as UN’s conference Habitat 3.
Country: UK, Nigeria and Kenya
SimbaPay is an award-winning mobile app transforming the international and pan-African remittance. With a focus on extreme speed, convenience and constant innovation. Customers are able to send money to loved ones or even merchants, from wherever they are at any time of day or night. The company is headquartered in London and is licensed and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Two-thirds of the energy consumption in various industries are thermal energy, which is produced with expensive and polluting fossil fuels. In the case of heat-intensive sectors, like food processing, for example, thermal energy can represent more than 70% of the overall production costs, squeezing their margins and their competitiveness. Industries looking for solar energy alternatives find that current technologies are only competitive at large scale (over 5MW), making them unviable for most industrial applications. Solatom offers industries a viable alternative to traditional solar projects, producing pre-assembled modules which, connected, form a solar plant. These modules are transportable, and can be entirely built in a factory, as opposed to traditional designs where the whole solar plant must be built on site.
State of Place
State of Place (SOP) is an urban data analytics platform to help placemakers identify and economically justify urban design, planning, and development projects that create thriving places people enjoy. SOP collect about 280 on-the-ground features about the built environment – including the nuts and bolts of streets, like sidewalks, crosswalks, and street width, to the softer elements like facades, benches and trees which ultimately create the State of Place Index. The Index, which ranges from 0 to 100, is broken up into subindices that capture the urban design dimensions empirically to walkability and quality of place. The State of Place Index provides a quick snapshot of what is and what does not work on a block, set of blocks, or neighborhood.