Amid North Brooklyn’s man buns and artisanal kale donuts, the Urban-X accelerator is bulking up to focus on smart city challenges.
Amid North Brooklyn’s man buns and artisanal kale donuts, the Urban-X accelerator is bulking up to focus on smart city challenges.
Food is a necessity, which means that there’s a constant demand for businesses that provide it in new, improved and of course delectable ways. To help the startups that want to cater to this need, Food-X is on the scene and the food-focused accelerator is more than just a flash in the pan.
Startups based in the US are used to attract international funding as venture capital firms diversify their holding across various geographies. Their own expansion into major markets in Asia has been an opportunity for local firms to invest.
Despite its reputation for fakes and cheap electronics, the Shenzhen tech scene is proving the city’s potential as a centre for innovation.
With food startups ranging from a platform that offers real-time produce freshness reporting for retailers to a food-delivery service for expectant moms, food innovation accelerator Food-X, a member of the accelerator venture capital firm SOSV, held an event for its latest crop of graduates in New York on Thursday.
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Sean O’Sullivan is founder and Managing Director of SOSV. Sean got his entrepreneurial start as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo went on to become a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees.
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Shenzhen is the world’s electronics manufacturing capital, so what better place to be for entrepreneurs with ideas they want to turn into actual devices?
An accelerator called HAX held its 8th Demo Day for hardware startups in San Francisco yesterday. Best known for bringing companies in its portfolio to Shenzhen, China for about 15 weeks to get to know everything they can about manufacturing there, Hax is funded by SOS Ventures.
The HAX hardware accelerator held its 8th Demo Day in San Francisco yesterday. While all 15 companies in the latest batch hold promise, and encompass some very wild ambitions, these three stood out thanks to creative applications of advanced tech to sometimes overlooked, but truly massive potential markets.
Conventional wisdom holds that New York is the greatest city in the world, so what better place for an accelerator focused on technological innovations that will push the “smart city” forward? Urban-X, a collaboration between Hax and the car company Mini, kicked off its first batch of incubatees in NYC back in March.
Accelerators in food and beverage are able to identify the technologies that can impact the way manufacturers operate and develop products. From DNA analysis to gene-editing technology, startups are at the head of these technological innovations and can pass their discoveries onto major manufacturers.
Where the accelerators go, sea changes in the food and beverage industry tend to follow. One strategy is for manufacturers to keep an eye on the startups that accelerators fund and work with. Those selections could be a sign of the next disruptive trends, technologies, and product categories.
MINI and HAX, a division of venture capital firm SOSV, announced the names of its first cohort of the URBAN-X startup accelerator program–and St. Louis’ CTY was on the list. Led by CEO Tara Pham and CTO Martin McGreal, the “analytics for places” company is the maker of a plug-and-play urban analytics sensor called Numina.
Startup accelerators are everywhere. Started in the US by Y-Combinator a decade ago, they’ve grown almost exponentially and are now a fixture in the tech world. With little or no resources, founders turn to these accelerators for mentorship, office space, connections, and funding, hoping to transform their idea into the next multimillion-dollar company.
MINI is rolling on new ground today as it announces the first nine companies that will participate in the company’s URBAN-X startup accelerator program. The automaker has partnered with HAX, a division of venture capital firm SOSV, to create a cohort of innovative startups with the goal of improving the quality of life in cities.
Creating waves in the area of sustainable foods, many start-up biotech companies are developing lab-grown foods. Fuelled by IndieBio (a biotech accelerator), these companies are reaching new heights in the sustainable food industry.
Your hardware startup got some buzz and you beat your crowdfunding target. You’ve lived on planes to set up production, and have even been a featured speaker at some hot tech events. At last, you’re ready for the orders to start rolling in!
The CrunchBase Women in Venture report is the third study in our ongoing analysis of women and their participation in the startup ecosystem.
IndieBio, a San Francisco-based biotech accelerator, believes biology is our most powerful technology — powerful enough to begin a “second domestication,” in which meat is grown in a lab and not on the farm — and flexible enough to put neurons on a chip. IndieBio also believes it can help scientists become entrepreneurs.
NEW YORK — “Food is the new tech” is a refrain uttered often that appears to be becoming truer as more small business venture capitalists, incubators and accelerators focused on food and beverage continue to emerge.
Food tech accelerator Food-X has announced its fourth cohort of startups. Tapping into the accelerator’s mentor network, business model development, and pitch prep, the 10 companies will spend the next several weeks ramping up for Demo Day on June 2, 2016, in New York City.
Food-X, the food-focused accelerator based in the city, recently announced its spring class for its fourteen-week program. A total of 10 companies were vetted and selected to receive $20K in investment, $30K convertible note at the end of the program, office space, and mentorship.
Food-X – a bi-annual food accelerator program backed by venture capital firm SOSV – has unveiled its spring cohort of 10 early stage companies spanning everything from Mexican cooking sauces to meal-delivery services for pregnant women.
Startups that build robots are on the rise. Visit a small business in 2016 and you might notice a fresh face in the room: a robot.
I’m in the Hax accelerator for manufacturing start-ups in Shenzhen, eating mealworms made by an Austrian company and trying to find my balance on a two-wheel personal transporter backed by Chinese telecoms and tech firm Xiaomi.
CoderDojo is just one of the many inspiring, but vital projects, philanthropist, Bill Liao has spearheaded over his expansive career and each one exists to provide solutions to significant problems that face the modern world.
Looking back at Demo Day of IndieBio’s second class on February 4th, one of the most striking features is diversity of ideas and innovation.
BioNascent is a brand new startup company that was formed very recently in February 2016. Mr Craig Rouskey and Mr Shane Greenup are the co-founders of the company and their aim is to produce milk formula, that closely mimics breast milk.
IndieBio is an accelerator program for new ideas in Synthetic Biology – to transform them into startups during a Summer in Ireland.
According to Todd Embley, the Program Director of Chinaccelerator, the failure rate for startups in China is 95% – a daunting number that’s even higher than the estimated failure rate for startups in general.
Above a bank on the 21st floor of Century Plaza Office Tower, in the heart ofShenzhen’s Huaqiangbei market, teams from 15 hardware startups are programming delivery robots, tweaking trans-cranial ultrasound devices and adjusting wireless agriculture sensors.
Batch 9 of Chinaccelerator, China’s premier startup accelerator kicked off last Monday. Having been through Batch 7 myself, I thought it might be an idea to give a short message to the incoming batch:
The first billion internet users entered the space using their PC´s. But the last four billion users will be mobile only, says innovation expert William Bao Bean in Tech in Asia, talking about the MOX demo days. To reach those billions, innovation startups also has to be mobile.
If you’re a mobile app maker, chances are user acquisition is one of your biggest concerns. Sure, you’re probably also worried about funding, resources, technical challenges, and what have you. But all of it is for naught if you can’t get eyes and fingers on those touchscreens.
I am excited to announce Arvind Gupta as one of the Speakers and Mentors duringStartup Iceland 2016. Arvind has a connection to Iceland and thank you Om for noticing that and introducing me.
MOX, a Taipei-based mobile-only accelerator, presented its first batch of startups last week and looks to work more closely with Taiwan’s Internet startup scene
Technology has transformed the way we communicate, work, and entertain. Many believe it could also change what we eat. Indie.Bio accelerator seeks to literally change the building blocks of your diet.
It’s a good time to be in the specialty foods business. Retail sales in the United States were worth over $85 billion in 2014 and, overall, $42 billion in sales came from mainstream stores like Target or Costco.
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Whether it’s a big juicy steak or a tasty shrimp cocktail, some Bay Area biotech startups are racing to fill your plates, but not from a feed lot or the vast blue ocean.
I’m not a vegan, and I’m not a vegetarian. (Longtime readers know I love a good burger.) Yet the unnecessary suffering that can happen in factory farming operations around the world might not be the most moral tack for an enlightened society.
Can biology move at “internet speed”? Is there a Moore’s Law for cells? What about the problems that cannot be solved by information technology alone? IndieBio, a new biotech accelerator based in both San Francisco and Cork, Ireland, is proposing to answer these questions and more.
Despite signs of crisis among science startups, many still think that biotech will create companies so powerful that they will ‘win’ the 21st century
SOSV, a $250 million venture capital fund founded by Cork-based entrepreneur Sean O’Sullivan, is looking to establish a European version of Food-X, the first international business accelerator programme for start-ups in the food and drink industry in Ireland.
IndieBio, a seed-stage biotech accelerator, believes we can reprogram life to solve “intractable problems.” It’s helping companies develop faster solutions to those problems with $200,000 in cash and $50,000 in resources, for which the accelerator gets 8 percent equity.
Functional drinks are the hot topic this month. Every day, we seem to come across a new brand or start-up launching a new beverage, containing new and interesting ingredients. Our recent find is no different.
Memphis Meats, the startup growing meat in a laboratory, has closed its seed round oversubscribed on $2.75 million after attracting investment from accelerator venture capital firm SOSV, food-focused VC New Crop Capital and a group of angel investors.
“The heat in the food industry is pretty intense,” Andrew Ive, Food-X’s new managing director, tells AgFunderNews. Ive joined Food-X in November 2015. Food-X is one of the eight sector-specific startup accelerators maintained by venture capital firm SOSV.
William Bao Bean, a partner at Shanghai venture capital firm SOSV, works with more than 120 start-ups every year. Bao Bean, who is also managing director of two venture capital firms – Shanghai software-focused Chinacceleratoras well as MOX, focused on mobile technology – tells us about his businesses and the reality of starting up your […]
When Jeff Nosanov’s baby was born and ended up in intensive care, something scary happened: the tiny vital sign monitors attached to his son kept falling off, over and over. Each time, all of the baby’s stats—like whether he was safely breathing—disappeared.
Once fringe foods are migrating toward the middle as alternative eating goes mainstream. The recently wrapped Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco reported “record sales of the $109 billion specialty food industry” and its biggest turnout in 41 years, “a 16 percent increase above 2015 [attendance].”
What will the city of the future look like? We’re starting to see new technologies capable of helping future urban populations share more resources, reduce costs and communicate in new ways and BMW’s MINI would like to be at the forefront of this movement.
Startups should not expect to find the Promised Land in China, told VC-veteran William Bao Bean an investment conference on China in Tel Aviv last month. 95 percent of you should not be here, he told according to the Times of Israel. With one exception: Chinese internet companies cannot deal with algorithms. They urgently need […]
Canada has a new crowdfunding champion after Revols, the maker of Bluetooth earphones that mold to the contours of a person’s ears, raised $2.5-million U.S. on Kickstarter in two months.
The last four years have seen a surge in the startup accelerator space within the APAC region. According to a report on the startup accelerator sector in Asia and Oceania published by Fundacity — an investment platform connecting startups to investors — 2012 saw the launch of 22 new accelerators, the most in any year […]
SafeMotos app encourages motorbike taxi riders to travel safely, preventing traffic accidents and providing steady employment.
MOX, the mobile software accelerator backed by SOSV, is a two-month mobile-only development programme designed for startups to localise, test and fine-tune platforms, services and apps focussing on mobile users.
Food-X is the first international businesses accelerator dedicated to food ventures. They’ve been helping grow the food movement since 2014 by partnering with nascent companies producing game-changing ideas, including Green Blender, Next Door Organics, and Local Food Lab.
Crema, a digital loyalty program and payment solution designed for independent Coffee Shops, is seeing great growth. Crema is a Graduate of the Montreal Founder Institute. They are part of the third cohort of the FOOD-X Accelerator program.
Alexander Lorestani and Nikolay Ouzounov are the co-founders of Gelzen, Inc. situated at San Francisco, CA. Alexander is the CEO of Gelzen, Inc. and an MD/PhD candidate in the Rutgers University-Princeton University MD/PhD program.
“If you can get ahold of Facebook’s product roadmap, it’s a giant WeChat clone,” says William Bao Bean. “China is behind in a lot of different areas, but one area where it’s ahead is in social content-driven commerce.”
Remember when eating bugs still had some shock value? “We’ve come a long way in just the past three years, now everybody has heard about the topic of eating insects,” says Katharina Unger, the founder of Hong Kong-based startup Livin Farms.
Bill Liao, SOSV European venture partner, discusses the COP21 climate summit in Paris with Bloomberg’s Guy Johnson and Anna Edwards on “Countdown.”
The latest Silicon Valley frankenfood endeavor might be the most ambitious yet: lab-grown shrimp. That’s right, a biotech start-up called New Wave Foods is currently trying to create a plant protein-based, lab-grown, faux shrimp to bring to the market.
Thirteen Startups That Solve Hard Problems Unveiled New Hardware Products during HAX Accelerator Demo Day in San Francisco.
Tall and skinny, with round blinking eyes designed to make it seem friendly, Tally is a new kind of retail worker. It is an inventory-tracking robot, able to tell when a store shelf is running low on tomato soup, or if a rogue can of tuna has ended up in the wrong spot.
How one startup found a new way to build earphones, drawing inspiration from audiology, Japanese music experts, and sex toys.
An impoverished child who was often cold and hungry, multi-millionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean O’Sullivan drove himself out of the welfare trap and helped improve countless lives.
IndieBioSF announces its Spring 2016 Class, offering $250,000 in seed funding for biotech startups. Apply NOW! Deadline is November 30th.
This week’s Dublin-based Web Summit will have something of a Latin flavour, with a large number of start-ups coming from South America. At least 16 young companies are coming from Brazil alone, and there will also be representatives from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Backed by smart money, mentors and the state, China’s aspiring tech entrepreneurs are channelling their inner Jack Ma.
Far away are the days high-tech zones would offer an office and tax breaks to startups. China´s government has become much smarter in nurturing the next generation Jack Ma´s, says William Bao Bean, managing director of Chinaccelerator and an investment partner at SOS Ventures in InTheBlack.
Tinia Pina didn’t set out to create a supercharged organic fertilizer for hydroponic agriculture. It just worked out that way.
It’s another huge week for muru-D. A few days to go before Sydney applications close, Australian Digital Summit, Sydstart and some big, BIG, BIIIIG announcements.
Korea’s startup scene threw an extravaganza of a demo day in Seoul on Wednesday after 40 startups spent a month of training for the pitchoff.
More than 1,500 business leaders and entrepreneurs are gathering this evening at the gala EY entrepreneur of year awards ceremony in Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
Selected startups will participate in top-notch global acceleration programmes at Chinaccelerator and more.
The SOSV Slingshot: Dublin mentoring event will be given its official launch on 23 October with the aim of being an education day for early-stage founders.
Take 40 great British businesses to China for a three day Go Global mission and what do you get? A head full of information on how to break into the market, inspiring moments with western and Chinese entrepreneurs, and connections to last a lifetime. Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation founder, reflects on her top five takeaways from […]
Bucharest, October 15th 2015 – CEE tech startups looking for investment, distribution partnerships, media exposure, and valuable connections in the industry are invited to apply to the 4th edition of Startup Spotlight, competition and mentoring program organized in parallel with How to Web Conference 2015.
In this episode we chat with Andrew Schorr from Grata the WeChat product services platform. We learn what a content marketing success on social media looks like and the challenges of starting a business in China.
Online lending platform Faircent has raised an undisclosed amount in funding from TV Mohandas Pai led Aarin Capital Partners, while carpooling app Zify has raised $190,000 in the first round of angel funding from two city-based angel investors and Sean O’Sullivan of SOSventures.
Do you wonder what’s it like to be a start-up tech company inside an accelerator? Maybe you’re thinking – what the hell’s an accelerator? Find out when in-studio guest Arne Pauwels, Wakati CEO, talks about his experience going through the Food-X accelerator now in New York.
Hyderabad based ZIFY, which lets people share rides on the go via its platform, has raised $190K in a angel round of funding from Sean O’Sullivan of SOSventures and two Hyderabad-based angel investors. Sean was also an early investor in Netflix & Guitar Hero.
It’s a rare opportunity for a startup to pitch in front of one accelerator, let alone six on the same day. Recently, representatives from 500 Startups, Alchemist, Startup Bootcamp, Seedcamp, Open Network Lab and Chinacclerator watched nearly 40 startups deliver two-minute pitches in Seoul.
Ahead of his appearance on Entrepreneur of the Year, we speak to the engineer turned venture capitalist who was through being “a cog in the wheel”.
Participants in the fall issue of the Food-X accelerator have submitted projects related to water, agriculture in developing countries and small farmers, super food or loyalty applications for small establishments.
Leadership network H2 convenes leaders from across the world’s startup frontlines for third annual summit and announces launch of new initiative for early to growth stage funds.
The creators of Robo Wunderkind, a robot kit for children, intend to break into the market currently dominated by LEGO, one of the most powerful brands in the world, one of the founders of Robo Technologies startup told Tengrinews.
Google, Ebay and Amazon are just some of the tech giants who failed in China. With a good preparation that would not have happened, claims William Bao Bean, managing director of the ChinaAccelarator. His organization prepares startups for launches in China, and Chinese firms for going global. A production of the Game Changers.
The Bay Area’s biotech industry makes global waves. Considering more than $3.9 billion was invested in the industry in America (compared to $4.7 billion raised globally), it’s a sure bet that what’s happening here is having an international effect. What does this mean to organizations in Oakland and San Francisco? Let’s explore.
Two years ago, Bunny Yan opened up a boutique store in Shanghai selling accessories and home items. It focused on sustainably-produced goods – “impact products,” as Bunny calls them.
At the China Speakers Bureau, we mostly organize excellent experts on different fields regarding China. But our clients now and then are also looking for people who can guide an debate, host an event an act as moderators. A few of our speakers have earned their stripes in the way, and here are a few of […]
Preemadonna just unveiled the Lacey Nailbot, a nail decorating robot, at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015. The Lacey, which will retail for $199, uses your smartphone’s back camera and prints full color art on nails in just a few seconds.
Manufacturing is one of the final obstacles for hardware startups and it can be a rage-inducing affair. Flaky suppliers, the belated realization that crucial parts aren’t easily made or found, and the huge cost of a defective product run could spell the end of a small, pre-revenue company.
William Bean, Managing Director of ChinAccelerator, explains the global perspective on the Shanghai based tech accelerator, and the program to build global business using mobile technology.
Breather, the on-demand private room service has raised $20M led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. The series B brings Breather’s full raise to $27M. This round also had participation from Real Ventures, RRE Ventures, Slow Ventures and SOS Ventures. Valar will join the board.
What do tomorrow’s dinners look like, and how will you adjust? Our special feature sheds light on a world of algae, cowless beef, insect lollies and even an mouthwatering recipe for jellyfish salad
In the last few years, hardware startup activity in Shenzhen has increased dramatically. It is now comparable to the software innovation system in Silicon Valley.
Singapore-based startup Vibease wants you to relive that. No, it’s not close to spawning sentient robots that will fawn over you. But it’s working on a “virtual boyfriend” that syncs up with a smart vibrator to pleasure users.
Startup Grind Ireland’s premier event with special guest, Sean O’Sullivan of Avego, SOS Ventures and Dragons’ Den. Sean goes over his experiences as the founder of numerous startups, being an American VC based in Ireland what the future holds.
A reported $630 million round of funding into China’s food delivery service Ele.me last week — making it the third-most funded startup in China — may have actually been less than $400 million, a source familiar with the matter has told VentureBeat.
The founder of Ouro_botics, Jemma Redmond, was working on her masters thesis about four years ago – a tome entitled An Investigation into Osteoblast Adhesion — when she discovered bioprinting. In Dublin, around her kitchen table, her company came to fruition.
Plans for a new start-up hub in the capital have fallen apart after Dublin City Council and the hub’s founders failed to reach agreement over a bank guarantee.
Blaine Doyle had a very close-up experience with the very problem his startup has set out to fix.
If you’ve been living under a rock, I’ve got some bad news for you: this has not been a great week for China’s stock markets.
Thomas G Tsao and William Bao Bean, two VCs who deal with Chinese and SEA startups, weigh in on investment opportunities between China and Southeast Asia
Ron Shigeta is the Chief Science Officer at IndieBio, a seed stage Biotechnology Accelerator in San Francisco. With its investments in small startups, IndieBio seeks to expand the definition of Biotechnology to consumer, tech and other nontraditional markets.
Old McDonald might want to start looking for a new career. That’s because Arvind Gupta thinks he’s found a better, cheaper and faster way to find companies that can bring new biotech products to market, such as bio-engineered eggs and milk.
The capital will be used to finalize the manufacturing of Wink, the company’s Bluetooth-enabled basal thermometer that connects with the popular Kindara app.
Kindara, a startup that helps women track ovulation cycles and fertility, has raised $5.3 million in seed funding to bring big data to women’s health.
Thimble, a Buffalo-based technology start-up company, is preparing to enter one of the world’s most prominent accelerators for hardware companies.
JAKE COTTER AND Dakota Hamill have a simple, if unconventional, request at the centre of their business plan: they want your soil. The duo are behind bio-technology startup Prospective Research, which they have billed as the world’s first crowdsourced drug-discovery venture.
Nine start-ups taking part in the IndieBio accelerator in Cork this week pitched their products and services to an audience of investors, academics, industry and scientific partners.
Cork has all the attributes to position itself as the world’s premier location for biotech startups, with the IndieBio accelerator programme having set the foundation for success.
It’s often a good idea for startup founders to have a close familiarity with their product. For one scientist, contracting the tropical disease for which he’s attempting to provide a revolutionary diagnosis was not part of the plan.
China’s devalued currency isn’t fazing tech’s hardware startups. “It means nothing.”
The synthetic biology revolution being pioneered in Cork and that is about to storm the world was compared to early days of the PC industry before the internet and cloud by successful tech investor Sean O’Sullivan.
We have created two products to address the global health issue of noise damaged hearing. Sound Relief is an online sound therapy for those suffering from tinnitus which has been proven to reduce chronic ringing in the ears within one month.
Piranha Tank announced today that it has invested in Greenease, an app designed to connect consumers with restaurants, cafes and grocers that source from local and/or sustainable farms. The Piranhas invested $100,000 in the company at last month’s Piranha Tank.
Saphium Biotechnology develops bioplastics that are all natural, non-toxic and compostable, in a cost- effective way. Our first product is PHAbolous philaments – a 3D printer filament that provides a green alternative to conventional filaments.
It is being heralded as one of the biggest shake-ups to science and innovation in our time, and this week nine biotech start-ups taking part in the IndieBio accelerator will show how Ireland’s finger is on the pulse of new innovations in healthcare and a whole lot more.
Food e-commerce startups have been an increasingly popular source of deals among venture capital and angel investors in recent months as they flock to technologies aimed at bringing consumers closer to their food and its producers.
A ‘French revolution’ is going on in Shenzhen, thanks to Cyril Ebersweiler and his company, HAX, which helps start-up businesses speed products to market. He spoke to ZEN SOO
Founded by Robert Edell and Julien Wormser, Servy is a mobile app comprised of a vetted community of frequent diners and hospitality experts. These Servy Consultants use the app to complete private restaurant evaluations in exchange for a partial reimbursement of their meal.
We know that your blender sits in a shelf way up high in your kitchen right next to your gravy server just waiting to be used. But now you may have a good reason to take out your blender everyday!
Pembient, a startup, is 3D printing rhinoceros horns in a lab on the far edge of San Francisco. These are not horns that look like rhino horns. These are genetically identical rhino horns, according to the startup. Pembient just didn’t need a rhino in order to make them.
Afineur is considering the science behind animal poop coffee kopi luwak and using technology to alter beans.
EFFLORUS, a biotechnology company that hopes to cultivate a Middle Eastern fragrance called oud in the laboratory, has received funding from SOSventures.
Really interesting interview with Indie Bio innovator Ryan Bethencourt Program Director & VC Partner at IndieBio San Francisco. Also former Head of LifeSciences at Xprize and Co-Founder Lablaunch, Berkley biolabs, Counter Culture Labs and Sudoroom..
ChugaChaga, a University at Albany startup that makes tea out of a fungus that grows in the Catskills, has been accepted to an international food accelerator based in New York.
ChaseFuture is creating a better way for students to apply to international universities with its consulting platform.
The world’s first and only synthetic biology accelerator programme in Cork is positioning Ireland at the forefront of a wave of innovation that could revolutionise industry across the globe.
Cork could be home to one of the biggest scientific revolutions that could yet eclipse digital. That’s the view of Bill Liao, partner with SOSventures, the venture capital firm that has elected to accelerate nine global biotech start-ups from Cork city.
A peanut without allergens, a yogurt to help people live longer and an ocean-friendly fish-farming feed are just some of the projects being developed at a synthetic biology accelerator programme in Cork..
Biotech is the new digital – and Indie Bio is making a play for Cork to be the global hub.
Might people with diabetes someday be able to brew their own insulin for free at home, just as with beer? The answer may be yes, but whether it’s a good idea is another question.
Engineer turned venture capitalist, Sean O’Sullivan is the founder and managing director of SOSventures, an “accelerator VC”, running programmes globally to help fund and launch more than 100 start-ups annually.
Silicon Valley is a pretty effective tech hub, of that there is no question. But what happens when a world leading hub aims to diversify in order to tackle a different set of problems? Phil Rodriques finds out.
Biotechnology is now taking shape alongside those other big ideas, thanks to reduced costs in robotics, machine learning and some innovative Silicon Valley thinkers. Investors poured more than $3.9 billion into U.S. life sciences in 2014, and there are a growing number of startups in the field.
To say that Sean O’Sullivan has had a successful career would be an understatement. He pioneered street mapping on computers, is credited with coining the term “cloud computing” (along with George Favaloro of Compaq), and built up a company worth $200 million by the time he was 28.
Would you like to eat a probiotic yoghurt that helps to keep you young? What about using plastic packaging that is biodegradable in 60 days and helps win the race against waste?
San Francisco-based seed stage biotech accelerator Indie Bio is offering up to $250k in seed funding for scientists and entrepreneurs developing cultured meat, milk, and egg products.
The future of medical marijuana may be grown in a Petri dish, and not in a field.
Founder of biotech start-up says many of the major food co-operatives are silently backing the venture.
Entrepreneur and former RTE anchorman Mark Little is to leave the multi-million media startup he founded.
The US$20bn black market for wildlife like rhinos could be undermined thanks to a breakthrough by a biotech start-up called Pembient, which has bio-engineered a rhino horn that could act as an alternative to ones poached in the wild.
Shenzhen, China (CNN) – Soon after computer engineer Terry Ouyang finished university, he found there was plenty of work with industry behemoths such as IBM. But it wasn’t long before he ditched the corporate ladder to make hardware on his own terms.
EVERY YEAR, THE black market for poached animals and animal parts is worth $20 billion worldwide.
Tuesday in New York, food-business accelerator Food-X hosted a Launch Day celebrating the start of its second cohort of start-ups. This Examiner has referenced Food-X before, but has never been inside, so she jumped at the invitation to attend as a member of the media.
The emerging countries represent the majority of Internet users.They tend to be more active on social networks and more engaged online than in the “Old World.”
IndieBio San Francisco, a startup accelerator dedicated to launching science-based companies, launched its first class of 12 companies last week. Backed by SOSVentures, the same company that’s behind hardware accelerator Hax, IndieBio San Francisco is a sister company to IndieBio Europe, based in Cork, Ireland, launched in 2014.
From tennis performance tools to wearable smart vibrators, here are eight IoT startups that will showcase at Echelon, to be held next week.
With the passage of federal health-care laws, medical practices have started using software to better track the health outcomes of their patients–a metric by which they are reimbursed by insurance companies rather than the volume of patients treated.
Reuters did a feature on Haxlr8r with a brief explanation of the lean hardware start-up method.
SOS Venture’s biotech accelerator IndiBio held its first ever demo day today. The event held in downtown San Francisco showcased startups working on some pretty wild science projects like 3D printed animal parts, artificial skin and bioreactors to make better beer.
Some entrepreneurs are part of a new program to make biotechnology innovation move faster than ever before.
Want to know which venture capitalist you should meet at Echelon Asia Summit? Here are five that will leave you wanting more.
At 42, Nic Fleming discovered that he has never really seen in three dimensions. Can new therapies based on video games fix his lazy eye and give him his first glimpse of life in 3D?
When a university cut the funding for her 3D bio-printing project, researcher Jemma Redmond gave her school the finger…literally. Now she’s leading a startup called Ourobotics that is paving the way for the printed delivery of fully-formed human-tissue digits and a whole lot more.
Finalists were selected by panel chaired by 2006 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, CPL Resources chief executive Anne Heraty.
Chinaccelerator, an SOSventures accelerator presented its ten startups yesterday for judging after a 90-day intensive program. The China-based competition is globally unique in a few aspects, not only does it host startups from a range of foreign backgrounds as well as China, but it also has a 50% female founder participation rate.
A record number of Canadians are taking U.S. billionaire Peter Thiel up on his controversial offer: Drop out of school and he’ll give you $100,000 (U.S.) to pursue your dream.
After 90 days of mentoring and molding, 10 startups graduated today from Shanghai-based Chinaccelerator. They’re the seventh batch to emerge from the program since it started in 2009.
A bunch of great hardware projects on Kickstarter right now have one thing in common: they all came out of the startup accelerator HAX. The folks at HAX (formerly Haxlr8r) invite promising teams with working prototypes to come to Shenzhen, China, for four months. Once they arrive, creators work with experts in a variety of […]
We caught up with Sean O’Sullivan @sosventures founder of SOS Ventures and Car.ma. Sean O’Sullivan will be addressing the ITLG Silicon Valley Global Tech Summit in Fingal on 26 May.
San Francisco-based biotech accelerator IndieBio has pledged to raise the funding per startup accepted into its program from $50,000 to $250,000 going forward. Each startup will now get $200,000 in cash plus $50,000 worth of co-op lab space to work with in order to give each startup a longer runway.
HAXLR8R, the Shenzhen, China and San Francisco hardware accelerator that works with startups to teach them how to manufacture their own products, has changed its name to the friendlier HAX Accelerator as of this Monday. It also now has up to $300,000 to offer participants in its program, up from $100,000, according to Benjamin Joffe, […]
Even though venture capitalists put more money into hardware startups last year than ever before–$2.56 billion according to Dow Jones Venture Source data–these companies still face a steep challenge getting from prototype to full-blown production, says hardware investor Benjamin Joffe, a partner at the San Francisco- and Shenzen-based HAX accelerator.
China’s startup scene is on fire – everybody agrees on that. In just the past couple of weeks, for example, Baidu CEO Robin Li said investors are so desperate to throw money at Chinese startups that they’re camping outside Baidu headquarters to tempt Baidu employees into founding a startup. JD CEO Liu Qiangdong told attendees […]
Synthetic biology is advancing faster and more cheaply than ever before—and now many startups are getting swept up in that promise.
After three months of hard work as part of the Carma Axlr8r, nine carpooling start-ups are ready to showcase their efforts to bring ‘sustainable mobility’ to the masses.
Many investors put money into a young company or help fund a project in return for equity in future developments and a share of the profits. But it’s a risky business.
Food-X – a new food business accelerator program backed by venture capital firm SOSventures that runs twice a year – is seeking the ‘best and brightest disruptors in the food space’ to join its second accelerator program starting in New York in early 2015.
International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences.
He will also take on the role of MD of Chinaccelerator. His last stint was as MD of Singtel Innov8.
Y Combinator, which set off a whirlwind of skeptical commentary when it opened its highly ranked tech accelerator program to biotechnology startups last spring, now has some company.
Founders Fund and SOSventures have joined to launch Leap Axlr8r –– a startup accelerator for companies building on Leap Motion, the gesture-based technology that’s dictating the future of 3D human computer interaction.