Cohort News & Updates

Meet the Top 10 Finalists in NASA’s iTech Cycle 3 Challenge
TechCo | December 31, 2017
On December 14, 2017 NASA announced the discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth, “making our solar system tied for most number of planets around a single star,” according to NASA. The newly-discovered Kepler-90i is a sizzling hot, rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days. This brings the number of confirmed exoplanets from Kepler to …

CEO of FanAI presented at SBJ Sports Marketing Symposium in New York
Sports Business Daily | November 2, 2017
Sports teams are competing for attention, and revenue, in a very crowded entertainment space. And building, and maintaining, relationships with increasingly distracted sports fans is a real challenge. The Holy Grail of the fan experience may be found in fan insights. By analyzing everything from rights holder information payment data (ticket, concession, and merchandise); to social, and digital stats, marketers…

Nex Cubed Selects Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Frontier Tech Companies for Fall 2017 Incubator Program
PR Newswire | October 23, 2017
Not the typical incubator, Nex Cubed focuses on quality over quantity, incubating an average of five to eight select startups per cohort from around the globe and offers a remote, entirely customized program with a full suite of services to drive innovation, value, and growth. The selected companies receive a capital investment, office space in downtown San Francisco, customized consulting from…

CB Insights selects FanAI as a Top 10 esports startup to watch
CB Insights | October 22, 2017
eSports startups account for a large slice of funding to the broader gaming landscape, and have received significant investment and press coverage in recent years. We used the CB Insights platform to surface 10 notable, early-stage eSports startups developing technologies related to competitive gaming facilitated by electronic systems, particularly…

ARE YOU THE WHY? | October 22, 2017
Trials.AI is humanizing the research industry by telling real stories about the impact that effective treatments can have on real lives. is starting an “I’m the Why” social media campaign, similar to Humans of New York, where we share the stories of the people who are the WHY behind what we’re doing. Our goal is to…

BioVirtua: HealthTech Standout Winner
LinkedIn | October 12, 2017
As part of the 2017 Connected Health Conference, Partners Connected Health and the PCHAlliance are pleased to present the 7th Annual Health Tech StandOut! Competition (formerly the Innovators Challenge, a highly popular event featured for the past six years at the Partners Connected Health Symposium). CHC17 brings together the Partners Connected Health Symposium and the PCHAlliance Connected Health Conference, creating…

The Intelligent Trial: AI Comes To Clinical Trials
Clinical Informatics News | September 29, 2017
Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing health care and advancing the clinical trial process faster than any Hollywood AI robot could predict. Besides cutting costs, improving trial quality, and reducing trial times by almost half, AI is finding biomarkers and gene signatures that cause diseases, recruiting eligible clinical trial patients in minutes, reading volumes of text in seconds, and is on the cusp of breakthrough discoveries involving new…

Blackbird.AI – Hurricane Harvey Case Study 2017
YouTube | September 29, 2017
Blackbird.AI provides Anomaly and Event Detection for Public Safety officials and Enterprise Solutions. During Hurricane Harvey, Blackbird.AI was used to provide first responders with critical information during a rapidly changing and volatile event. Speaking here about how Blackbird.AI helped during Hurricane Harvey is Constable Ryan Gable who leads Precinct 3 and was voted Best Constable in Texas for 2016.

Let the Endorsify Chatbot Help Find Your Next Influencer
Medium | August 29, 2017
Before Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Chatbots were a ubiquitous development in the tech sphere they were a novel feature of AIM, MSN and chat rooms around the world. Those who grew up on AIM probably remember SmarterChild, the Chatbot on your buddy list with an uncanny ability to carry a conversation. For a lot of people this was likely the first encounter with AI. Not many could…

How Endorsify is Changing the Market for User-Generated Content
Medium | August 7, 2017
Placing a monetary value on your work can be a difficult and uncomfortable task if you don’t have access to the right information. Maximizing your worth without overpricing yourself is a tightrope act. Endorsify wants to make it easier.
In an industry like user-generated content, one that hasn’t had a lot of time to…

Esports Audience Monetization Platform Raises $1.8 Million Seed Round
Forbes | July 27, 2017
As of July 2017, there is little doubt in the staying power of esports, which is essentially an industry consisting of competitive video game play that has attracted not only participants, but also a wide range of spectators on platforms such as Twitch. However, one of the biggest challenges remains finding out successful methods to monetize the rapidly expanding industry. Enter FanAI…

Eating The Farm?
Equities | July 18, 2017
In 2011, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously penned his essay “Software is Eating The World,” arguing that all companies will eventually become software companies. Today, Silicon Valley is betting that software will eat the farm. From sensors that track soil health to drones and “nano-satellites” that gather data from the sky, entrepreneurs and corporate R&D labs…

Start-Up Execs Urge Trump Not To Kill Special ‘Start-Up Visa’ For Entrepreneurs
CNBC | June 19, 2017
A new immigration rule that would allow foreign-born entrepreneurs to stay legally in the U.S. and work on their companies could become a key point of contention between tech execs and the White House, who are meeting this week. The International Entrepreneur Rule, colloquially called a “startup visa,” was created through an executive order from President Obama…

‘Startup Visa’ Rule Could Help Entrepreneurs, If Trump Keeps It
San Francisco Chronicle | May 20, 2017
In less than two months, foreign entrepreneurs will have another way to reach for the American dream — unless the Trump administration closes it off. The International Entrepreneur Rule, approved by the Department of Homeland Security during President Barack Obama’s waning hours in office, grants foreign entrepreneurs a window of time to…

Pluto AI Aims To Transform Wastewater Treatment With Applied AI
Clean Technica | April 19, 2017
Artificial Intelligence startup Pluto AI has raised $2.1 million in VC funding in order to inject intelligence into the traditionally mundane world of wastewater treatment. Modern plants are flush with sensors and automated controls, but they typically operate independently and often require user intervention.

Pluto AI Raises $2.1 Million To Bring Intelligence To Water Treatment
Tech Crunch | April 4, 2017
Former 500 Startups accelerator company Pluto AI is announcing $2.1 million in fundraising today from Fall Line Capital, Refactor Capital, Unshackled Ventures, Comet Labs and additional angels. Pluto is taking advantage of the sensorification of modern water treatment plants to extrapolate insights that can save operators precious time, money and water.