Our newest batch of food and cleantech startups was introduced to the program, partners, mentors, lean canvas, and each other when the 8th acceleration round was kicked off.
It is always with a vibe of excitement and a hum of what’s to come when our startups meet for the first time. In Accelerace, we make sure to welcome all new batches of companies to our accelerator with a proper kick-off camp.
The importance of networking
This week, we had invited all our food, ICT, and cleantech startups to visit our home at Symbion. It is always optional for our startups, coming from all over the world, to choose if they want to relocate to Denmark and if they just want to participate in person in our kick-offs, camps, and sessions.
We highly recommend doing so because it not only gives the founders a chance to meet their mentors, but also to ask the initial questions, share their current challenges and celebrations, and most importantly form an extensive network with each other.
A big chunk of the new batch did show up for the two-day program.
Seafood, ugly food, and creating better lives
BlueLobster was there. A new Danish startup going into the space of the quota kings, the fishermen owning a substantial part of the right to fish for certain species in specific areas. BlueLobster makes it easier to buy fresh fish directly from local fishermen and fishmongers and see where exactly the fish was caught.
Another new foodie is EatGrim. Grim is the Danish word for ugly, and the startup delivers ugly, organic, and delicious produce directly to your door. If a cucumber is not straight enough, or if a carrot is not big enough it won’t be sold in supermarkets and only contribute to the massive amount of food being wasted every year. EatGrim is changing the beauty standards of fresh produce.
Zooming out from our kitchens we have Airship One. A startup tackling the world’s biggest challenges caused by globalization by launching the world’s greatest exponential organizations and technologies. They work project-based to empower teams in product development, strategic design, and new market creation.
Airplant is also in striving to create a better life for everyone. Airplant does it by improving the indoor climate. The startup has developed a sustainable product, which improves the natural ability of plants to eliminate toxic chemicals and regulate humidity indoors, where we spend up to 90 percent of our time, according to the startup.
Drones, electricity, and almost alcohol
Upteko is developing an autonomous drone system for the maritime sector. The drones will be mounted on the ships together with a charging station making automatic charging possible between tasks like helping the skipper docking the ships. The project is backed by The Danish Maritime Fund.
Back on shore – mostly – we have Rliabl. An industrial artificial intelligence startup working with predictive maintenance. They have specialized in developing advanced machine learning algorithms for asset condition monitoring mainly within wind power.
Novo Grid from Ireland also works within electricity. The startup provides real-time grid visibility and automation software to utilities and renewable generators. They have developed GridViz, a fully decentralized platform configured for each specific location based on local network characteristics.
Back on the kitchen table or bartop is IshSpirits. A Danish food tech startup that has concocted a new type of alcohol-free spirits, GinIsh and RumIsh. They are the alternative to the athlete, pregnant woman, or abstainer who like the taste of a good drink without compromising their health. The spirits have already won the Best New Natural Drink Product at the Natural and Organic Awards Scandinavia in November 2018.
Tailored programs for every startup
Our kick-off’s usually spread over two days where the startups are also introduced to valuable theories that our program revolve around. Like, for example, lean canvas; a business plan template adapted by Ash Maurya from Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and optimized for Lean Startups. It helps teams deconstruct their idea into its key assumptions, test them, and iterate them – fast.
We value an agile mindset and help our startups to be as adaptable, as efficient, as resilient as possible. So not only do the startups get introduced to lean canvas, we work through it, we give them access to all our tools, we tailor our program to their needs, and we love getting our hands dirty with them.