New round of IoT startups joins R/GA-Techstars accelerator

New York City-based design and marketing firm R/GA last week announced the latest inductees into its connected devices accelerator program, which is run in partnership with Techstars.

Here’s the list of companies chosen:

  • Astro – A New York City-based company that has created a series of automated devices that change the way consumers interact with their homes.
  • Bitfinder – Based in Seoul, Korea and San Francisco, Bitfinder's portable device and software platform detect airborne and environmental irritants.
  • Chargifi – London-based start-up that provides wireless and location-based charging stations with a platform for content or advertising.
  • Diagenetix – The Honolulu startup has built a low-cost, portable diagnostics tool that allows food producers, processors, and buyers to test for pathogens.
  • Freedom Audio – Reflecting its Florida roots, this company develops durable and waterproof wireless audio products.
  • Latch – Based in Washington, DC, this start-up has developed a connected, keyless entry security platform using beacons to manage building access.
  • LISNR – With its supersonic beacon platform, this Cincinnati company can activate second-screen experiences from any source with a speaker.
  • One Million Metrics – A New York City-based company that creates connected devices for the workplace – including connected warehouse and office building tracking systems.
  • Pinoccio – A Reno, NV startup that has developed an IoT kit to build wireless, web-enabled projects that are mesh-networked, open source and Arduino compatible.
  • SkySpecs – Hailing from Ann Arbor, this startup offers a hardware-enabled software system to avoid drone collisions.

The companies will be supported by R/GA and Techstars staff, program mentors, and industry partners like PCH International, Stratasys and Makerbot. In addition to being eligible for up to $120,000 in funding from R/GA and Techstars (In the form of $20,000 cash and an optional $100,000 covertible debt note), the companies will pitch their wares at a demo day in February 2015.

"We are excited to kick off this second class with Techstars because our partnership has already proven that it can enable startups to build a brand, not just a product, which helps grow their businesses and increase their chances for success," said R/GA COO Stephen Plumlee in a statement.

The programs inagural class included:

Learn more about the accelerator at rgaaccelerator.com, and check out the video to learn more about the collaboration between R/GA and Techstars.

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