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5G Open Innovation Lab adds new ag tech partner and names 12 startups in fourth cohort

The 5G Open Innovation Lab, a Bellevue, Wash.-based startup program, has named the 12 startups selected to participate in its fourth cohort.

The lab, which is funded by T-Mobile, Microsoft, Intel, F5 and others, runs a 12-week program in which the startups work closely with partners to “accelerate monetization opportunities of 5G, edge computing and other use cases.” The partners provide business and technology assets, resources, and mentorship.

The companies in the cohort — including two from Seattle — represent a wide variety of technologies and industries, including AI, advanced driver assist systems, cybersecurity, IoT, natural language processing and advanced wildfire fighting technology. The lab said in a news release that new members have cumulatively raised $203.9 million in investments to date.

Since the lab’s first batch of startups in May 2020, 69 teams have participated in the program, raising over a $500 million in pre-program funding.

The lab also announced the addition of CNH Industrial as a new partner, to spur innovation in manufacturing and agriculture.

Here are the startups, as described by the 5G Open Innovation Lab:

  • Brodmann17 (Israel) — Brodmann17 develops AI that is revolutionizing safety in mobility. The company’s computer-vision-centered technology saves 95% of compute power. This huge saving in cost has brought AI for the very first time to new verticals including mass-market passenger vehicles, video telematics and micro mobility.
  • DarwinAI (Canada) — DarwinAI is the leader in Explainable AI (XAI), a collection of technologies that reveals how and why AI makes the decisions that it does. These valuable insights enable DarwinAi to build superior enterprise AI solutions that have a smaller memory footprint, are more computationally efficient, and perform with extraordinarily high levels of precision.
  • Juganu (Israel) — Juganu’s mission is to converge the benefits of the digital into the physical world by enabling safe, connected environments.  It combines lighting with an AI-edge compute platform to monitor, analyze and secure public spaces.  The company’s technology empowers any organization to leverage the value of real-time data insights – both indoors and outdoors.
  • Metrolla (Seattle) — Metrolla is an edge data access and deployment platform for smart sensor ecosystems. Metrolla offers high-volume on-demand streaming from data-intensive sensors like LiDAR and additionally provides a highly accurate GPS server, NTP service, and data modem for other V2X sensors.
  • MixMode (Santa Barbara, Calif.) — MixMode is a Cybersecurity platform powered by a cloud-native, self-learning AI with next generation anomaly detection and predictive capabilities. MixMode ingests and monitors large data volume environments (e.g. Cloud, Enterprise, 5G) in real time to discover zero-day threats and attacks with no signature, including those from ransomware, supply chain attacks and insider threats on Zero Trust Architecture.
  • OasisWorks (Billerica, Mass.) – OasisWorks provides composable infrastructure deployed in the datacenter, edge or customer sites.  Legacy datacenter automation and assurance tools provide limited value as it relates to an infrastructure’s total lifecycle and were never designed to handle the diversity or scale of the ‘edge’. With a common API or through the UI, applications or people can find resources, deploy blueprints and assess value.
  • Onclave Networks (McLean, Va.) — A global cybersecurity leader securing new and legacy Operational Technology (OT) and IoT/IIOT devices including those using 5G. Onclave dramatically reduces cyberattack surfaces, breaches, network complexity, and costly overhead created by shared infrastructure – enabling a more efficient and secure way to operate and communicate.
  • Pano (San Francisco) — Pano offers hardware and software solutions for fire professionals and emergency managers via a connected, intelligent platform to detect wildfire threats, confirm fires and disseminate information to responders, faster than ever.
  • Polte (Addison, Texas) — Polte’s patented Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology provides the best quality location for any device connected to 4G/5G cellular anywhere, from 5G Massive and Critical IoT to handsets. Through more accessible, global indoor and outdoor visibility, Polte is enabling an unprecedented area in location intelligence and actionable insights for enterprises.
  • Section (Boulder, Colo.) – Section’s Edge as a Service technologies enable SaaS, PaaS, and application builders to accelerate their path to Edge. By removing the burdens associated with infrastructure provisioning, workload orchestration, scaling, monitoring, and traffic routing, Section helps innovators quickly and easily move their services closer to their end-users so they can cost-effectively deliver faster and more secure digital experiences.
  • Symbl.ai (Seattle) – Symbl.ai is a Conversation Intelligence (CI) platform for businesses to contextually understand natural human conversations across voice, video and text communication channels in real-time, at scale. Its suite of products enables developers to easily build and deploy intelligent speech-to-text functionality, extract contextual insights, generate domain-specific insights and intelligence, and access advanced conversation analytics.
  • Thrugreen (Falls Church, Va.) – ThruGreen makes legacy traffic lights smart by connecting them to traffic data, reducing wait times at red lights and cutting CO2 emissions by reducing idling.  Its plug and play solution installs within minutes to existing traffic signal cabinets and is compatible with all major traffic hardware vendors.

Earlier this year the lab also launched its first application development Field Lab focused on the agricultural industry to include greenfield broadband connectivity for smaller farms.

Unlike many accelerators and incubators, the lab does not take equity stakes in the startups. But the sponsoring companies get early access for potential venture investments and are part of the cohort selection process.


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