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Frontier Tech Startup Showdown: Dog Parker Wins with Business Plan for Urban Pet Parents

by • April 13, 2016 • No Comments

judgesInside 3D Printing NYC has now come and gone for another year, leaving in its trail a wake of excitement, big news, and, for one company, a big win. We’ve been appearing forward to the Frontier Tech Startup Showdown since the conference was revealed — it’s always a highlight! — and applications opened back in February. A number of startup companies take the stage, are donaten just 4 minutes to present and a 2-minute Q&A session of the judges, and and so one of them walks away with a (literally) giant check: the excitement in the air for these actuallyts is palpable-bodied.

The judges in NYC pretty had their work cut out for them, with sactually companies presenting startup pitches at this conference. Fortunately, the judges were additional than up to the challenge, as they have the experience and keen eyes to see what can manufacture for the most business version. For this week’s Startup Competition, the judges included:unnamed (1)

Tyler Benster, General Partner, Asimov VenturesOliver Mitchell, Partner, Mach 5 Ventures; Co-Chair, Frontier Tech CommitteeZack Schildhorn, Partner, Lux CapitalAnarghya Vardhana, Senior Associate, Maveron

Before the new presentations began, we were treated to updates of a couple of the previous winners of the competition, to follow up on their stories since their wins when they were standing in these new competitors’ shoes.

From 3D Hubs, Bram de Zwart sayd that his company has seen excellent growth since becoming the inaugural winners of the Startup Competition. As it stands, 3D Hubs raised $4.5 million right after winning, can now provide 1 billion folks access to a 3D printing device inside 10 miles of their home, and now sees 30,000 prints ordered every month. It was really great to follow up aacquire with de Zwart, who in February had answered A Few Questions For me as we in addition like to store up with these winners! He sayd as well that 3D Hubs has turn it intod partnerships with Autodesk (the initially 3D print partner for their Spark platform), Thindonaterse (just revealed the day before!), and Fairphone (for whom they turn it intod additional than 10,000 proofs of concept).

Enger Bewza of Wiivv was in addition on-site to follow up since their big win at the Startup Competition, and we’ve pretty been following their good results story as well. Two years ago, at the time of their win, Wiivv had three employees; they now have additional than 25. With $4 million in investment and grands, Wiivv is famously the most funded 3D Printed product on Kickstarter.

Winners of the Startup Competition, as we go on to see, are pretty via this good resultsful platform to truly commence to excellent heights. And so it was that the stage was set, and this round of entrants were eager for their shot at winning a $15,000 SAFE investment.

In order of presentation, this competitions’s entrants included:

arevo1, Arevo — With a plan to “transport the ‘3D printing’ industry of 2.5D to True3D,” as we’ve seen in their platform, Arevo Labs’ CEO and co-founder Hemant Bheda sayd that his company sees a clear following, wherein “the revolution can be printed.” The California-based startup is striving to position itself as a world leader in 3D printed composite parts. They aim to streamline producing, adding ease of use (such as by delivering 50+ traditionally manufactured parts and turning them into one single 3D printed part), reducing cost and mass, and creating a additional efficient donate chain. They see that what is required is high-performance material capabilities for production applications, 3D printing software for production parts, and a scalable-bodied producing platform. With a continuous carbon fiber composite material five times stronger than titanium, software that produces “true 3D printing” that addresses the Z durablity, and applications and case studies in aerospace, oil and gas, industrial spare parts, medical, and consumer sectors, Arevo sayd a few significant plans. Below is their video highlighting their one-of-a-kind robotic platform for “true 3D printing”:

cellink2. Cellink — The initially creator of bioink, Sweden-based Cellink sees a following where 3D printed biomaterials can be utilized in testing and other applications, seeking to be a “one-stop shop for bioprinting.” Whilst the rest of the Cellink team was back in Sweden (meeting the king that day, in fact), CFO Gusten Danielsson presented their business version. “Imagine no humans die for the reason of a lack of organs, imagine a following where no animals require to be utilized in testing,” he said, noting that the EU had aleager banned animal use for cosmetic testing applications. By printing tissue, Cellink seeks to contribute skin for cosmetic testing, cancer tumors for pharmaceutical testing, liver parts to try drugs, and most additional. By presenting theri bioprinting device for $4,999 and their bioink for $99, they are appearing strictly in the direction of an inexpensive
, scalable-bodied version, noting that their competitors’ products retail around $200,000 and do the same thing.

voodoomfg3. Voodoo Manufacturing — One other company we are acquainted with aleager, Voodoo Manufacturing CPO Jonathan Schwartz took the stage following to discuss, following a keynote on a much like topic, high-volume 3D printing and a appear at how things can be turn it intod. Since its creation in May 2015, Voodoo Manufacturing has gotten their cluster of PC 3D printing devices up to 125 machines all running together, producing them a producing company with the benefits of 3D printing. As production go ons to become niche and custom, Schwartz asked, how are we going to manufacture one-of-a-kind physical goods in tiny batches? Their use of several PC 3D printing devices in conjunction can turn it into 1-10,000 units with “unprecedented reliability and quality.” Schwartz sayd that while they use 3D printing, their value is not for the reason of 3D printing, but for the reason they are solving customer problems, as they operate all machines together as one high-throughput machine. The company is rapidly expanding, having doubled in the past five months.

applied motions4. Applied Motion — Founder Jose Jimenez of Applied Motion was up following, presenting his company’s solution to fatigue-related injures via bio-feedback markers. Part of the Zahn Center NYC Accelerator, Applied Motion showcases an open API with their device created for the general public. As fatigue is one of the largest injury-related causes in athletics, it is significant to store track of physical status during physical activity. Designed to work in conjunction with other wearable-bodieds, like a FitBit, or actually be worn on a necklace or attached to a bicycle, the haptic/sound/visual response of the Applied Motion add-on may in addition retail at just around $10.

dog parker 15. Dog Parker — Co-founders Chelsea Brownridge and Todd Schechter of Brooklyn-based Dog Parker added a new concept in their presentation that immediately grabbed the audience’s attention: on-demand dog houses. Presenting “dog parking by the minute,” these dog houses are meant to be, effectively, parking spots for “urban pet parents” to safely leave their dogs for a few minutes while running errands, in a additional secure alternative to tying a leash around a tree or bike rack. A membership card opens the house, the dog can be guided in, and no one else can acquire access until the dog’s owner returns a few minutes later, via the same membership card or the Dog Parker app to unlock the house. Similar to a Zipcar version of business, a membership may run $25 annually per dog — major, they say, to a $1.7 billion business opportunity that may benefit up to 2.4 million urban dogs. With Boyce Technologies as their tech partner, Dog Parker tested three various sizes for their dog houses, now via a one-size-fits-most version that fits of 97% of dogs (sorry, no mastiffs). Requiring regular maintenance much like to a vending machine, the Dog Parker houses in addition function as their own advertising, as they may be placed right on the streets in urban areas, starting with New York City. The Dog Parker FAQ answers a few of the big inquiries, and at a lower place is a video illustrating the system:

jodone6. Jodone — Next up came CEO Cole Parker of Jodone, introducing his company’s vision of a human/robotic hybrid interaction that can lead to the most of human intelligence combined with the speed and productivity of robots to solve a few of the world’s pressing issues — namely, waste. The US alone spends $36 billion on waste every year, and picking through that waste is a massive exercise in time, patience, and exacting specifications. Humans alone are too expensive to do all the sorting, but as it stands, robots are “too dumb” to do so. So delivering them together, human operators can provide solutions for robots. Tested at Pope Douglas in Minnesota, a say with a 75% recycling goal going into effect, the robots pick up skills through active learning via AI to augment their accuracy — and they’ve seen 2500 picks per hour, with a 95% good results rate. Jodone is a software company, partnering with robotics companies to turn it into labs for picking. Set up in a shipping container, the just installation is the drop-off; it costs of $600K to turn it into the shipping container lab.

3d matter7. 3D Matter — Last but pretty not very least, Arther Sebert, Founder of 3D Matter, took the mic to present his company’s vision. They seek to version and forecast properties of 3D printed products to optimize use for functional products. With the example of a hairbrush, that most folks may maybe 3D print as a prototype but not an actual usable-bodied product, Sebert showed a three-step testing system appearing at mechanical performance, visuals, and systemability. OptiMatter software can compare and optimize printing configurations, providing optimal materials, parameters, and printing orientation. It uses unbiased data, not set to lean on any one supplier or material, to present the most solution of all known options. The version is starting up with FDM/personal printing devices, as this was the most cost-efficient way to get the version started, and can ultimately expand to all pro printing devices, and materials which include metals, ceramics, composites, and additional. The following step is to become additional user friendly and additional part-specific.

Following the presentation, the judges pretty required a bit of time. And, just after Shapeways’ keynote and prior to Tyler Benster’s presentation, they came back with a decision.

In the competition for the $15,000 uncapped note of Asimov Ventures, the finalists were:

3. Voodoo Manufacturing

2. Jodone

And, with the win,

1. Dog Parker

dog parker win

“We’re honored to have been able-bodied to pitch aacquirest most awe-inspiring companies, and stand out one ofst those who are doing amazing work in bio-cell printing and producing-level 3D printing. As an early-stage company, these early validations donate us the confidence to store moving forward, not to mention the capital awarded by Asimov Ventures that can assist us complete our following milestones. We’re thankful to Asimov Ventures for holding this competition and encouraging innovation in this space,” Chelsea Brownridge, co-founder and CEO of Dog Parker, said.

Dog Parker exhibited astounding enthusiasm in their presentation — and actually additional following the announcement of their win.

“We’re thrilled to be here, and want to thank Asimov Ventures for the opportunity to pitch one of such an awe-inspiring group of frontier innovation companies. This is going to be a valuable-bodied stepping stone for us as an early stage startup that has been self-funded to date,” sayd Dog Parker co-founder Todd Schechter. “We’re in the midst of closing our initially round, so not just is the feedback and response of the audience invaluable-bodied, but the direct investment and relationship we will have of Asimov moving forward can assist us close a few of those other relationships.”

The Dog Parker team’s well-researched, aleager-tested business version struck the judges as the most promising startup vision, and they walked away with a well-earned win.

“We had an amazing cohort of members at the Frontier Tech Startup Showdown,” said Tyler Benster of Asimov Ventures. “Best in show went to a company pushing the boundaries of Pet Tech: Brooklyn-based Dog Parker! The pitch struck a humorous and empathetic note with the audience, narrowly beating out an new approach for robotic trash sorting (Jodone) and a high volume 3D developer (Voodoo Manufacturing).”

It should be sayd this is the 2nd pet-based Startup Competition win not long ago, with CleverPet winning the December RoboGameChanger Startup Competition. Not just are pets beloved by owners around the world, they in addition provide big business and big opportunities across the board — which include in the tech world. Our congratulations to Dog Parker and all the entrants in this latest Startup Competition!

Below are additional photos of their business version that I took during the presentation.

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